U.S. and Egypt broach issue of Americans’ trial
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that the United States and Egypt are “moving toward a resolution” regarding the prosecution of Americans and other nongovernmental organization employees accused of trying to stoke unrest in the country.
“We are engaged in very intensive discussions with the Egyptian government about finding a solution,” Clinton said during a Senate hearing. “We’ve had a lot of very tough conversations and I think we’re … moving toward a resolution.

Argentina Seeks Boycott of U.K. Products

Argentina’s government has asked companies to stop importing products from the U.K., in the latest escalation of tensions between the countries over the Falkland Islands.

Industry Minister Debora Giorgi on Tuesday called around 20 of the nation’s top chief executives and asked them to replace whatever goods they import from the U.K. with products from other countries.

Renewable Energy Desalination: An Emerging Solution to Close MENA’s Water Gap Renewable Energy Desalination: An Emerging Solution to Close MENA’s Water Gap

Many countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region are facing real water security challenges. In arid, coastal cities, water demand is often met through large-scale desalination systems powered by fossil fuels. While groundwater and surface water resources are dwindling due to population growth and climate change, more desalination plants will be required to meet the water demand gap.

Epic Sahara Forest Project Unveils Plans For a Pilot Plant in Qatar

The Sahara Forest Project was borne out of a dire necessity to ensure the long term survival of residents living in the Middle East’s desert regions. 60 People from 12 countries have contributed research to the project that aims to turn inhospitable deserts into flourishing food and power producing habitats that harness new climate-specific innovations. Jordan was the first country to come on board, and yesterday, SFP announced a new collaboration with Yara International and QAFCO that will result in a one hectare pilot plant in Doha, Qatar.

Only puny secrets need protection. Big discoveries are protected by public incredulity.” – Marshall McLuhan

Interpol arrests Anonymous hackers: Do they warrant the attention?

Muslim Quota – Will Congress bite SP bait (UP Assembly Election 2012)?

In a move aimed clearly as a message to the Muslims ahead of the last two round of polling in Uttar Pradesh and also as a bait to Congress, the Samajwadi Party on Sunday reiterated its readiness to do business with the principal ruling party at the Centre for ensuring 18% reservation to the community.

La guerre de l’eau

Sanctions contre l’Iran : qui suit l’UE en Europe

Fishermen killing: India-Italy talks fail

External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna and his Italian counterpart Giulio Terzi di Sant’ Agata discussed the on-going investigations in the case but continued to have differences over jurisdiction and legal aspects of the incident..

India and Italy on Tuesday failed to resolve their difference over the trial of two Italian marines for killing two fishermen despite talks between their foreign ministers here.

ExMergere: another incident illustrates the risks linked to the fight against piracy; 2 Hostages Are Killed in Sea Rescue That Frees 16

India to Auction 5% ONGC Stake in ‘Next Couple of Days,’ Oil Minister Says

India plans to auction a stake in Oil & Natural Gas Corp. (ONGC) in the “next couple of days” after failing to meet a revenue target from public offerings of shares in state-owned companies this year.


A 25 percent slump in the benchmark Sensitive Index (SENSEX) in 2011 undermined efforts to sell shares of state-owned companies, with the government meeting 3 percent of its 400 billion rupee ($8.1 billion) target for the year ending March 31. The budget shortfall may widen beyond Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee’s goal of 4.6 percent as slowing economic growth reduces revenue receipts.

ExMergere: the indian budget deficit is up to 5.6%.

Galula in Algeria – Counterinsurgency Practice versus Theory

This groundbreaking investigation uncovers serious mismatches between David Galula’s counterinsurgency practice in Algeria and his counterinsurgency theory—the foundation of current U.S. counterinsurgency doctrine in Iraq and Afghanistan.


French defense researcher Grégor Mathias compares each of the eight steps of Galula’s theory set out in Counterinsurgency Warfare against his practice of them as described in his writings and now, for the first time, against the SAS archives and those of Galula’s infantry company and battalion. The study shows that Galula systematically inflated his operational successes to match his theoretical scheme and that he left problems unresolved, causing his work to unravel quickly after he left his command. Mathias concludes that, however heuristically fruitful Galula’s theory might prove for U.S. COIN doctrine, it must be interpreted and implemented under the caveat that it was not successfully field-tested by its author.

ExMergere: “David Galula – Combattant, espion, maître à penser de la guerre contre-révolution”

Intervention or Indecision?

Finmeccanica denies wrongdoing in India deal

Finmeccanica denied any wrongdoing over a 560 million euros helicopter deal after Indian authorities launched a corruption probe into the contract which sent shares in the Italian defence and aerospace group reeling.

Defence Minister AK Antony has ordered a probe into the purchase of 12 helicopters from Finmeccanica unit AgustaWestland because of alleged irregularities, two defence ministry sources said, declining to be identified.

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