Turkey saw a tectonic shift in yesterday’s elections. Probusiness, but violent and authoritarian President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lost single-party majority rule. His AKP will have to partner with another party to form a government. That’s if the other parties don’t get together and throw Erdogan and the AKP out. Either way, big changes are likely.

It’s too soon to say if this will be good or bad for mining in Turkey. Buyers beware.

Meanwhile, something similar has been happening in Mexico. The ruling PRI has just seen its grip on Congress further eroded. The PRI is in coalition with Mexico’s fast-growing Green Party. Exit polls estimate that the Greens just bagged 9.6% of Congress. The PRI will have to accommodate them more than ever. Ominous.

Mexico struggles with poverty and needs jobs. We wouldn’t write the place off yet. Still, watch this space.

Mining has long been an unwelcome activity in developed countries. It’s tolerated at best. In cash-poor, resource-rich countries, mining is sometimes welcome – but only for lack of “better” options. Mining in such places faces a multitude of other risks, ranging from social unrest to nationalization. Sometimes, all of this is overcome, and mining elevates the population out of abject poverty. The irony is that the prosperity then gives rise to “not in my backyard” thinking.

This is the reality for all mining. Everywhere. As Doug Casey says, “You can run, but you can’t hide.”

And yet…

Imagine a green dream come true: all mining banned.

Think about it… it would literally put us back in the Stone Age. That would wipe out most people alive today. Some green extremists might think that’s a great idea, but can you imagine most voters in Asia or Africa opting for mass suicide?

Ain’t gonna happen.

Mining is a tough business. And it’s essential for human life. This is exactly what makes it perfect for speculation. It’s why we’re here: just one or two winners in this field can yield life-altering wealth.

But we have to keep our eyes on trends such as the above. We can’t win them all, but we can stay out of the worst of harm’s way. That’s part of the service of Casey Research resource publications.

Fortune favors the bold, but not the uninformed.