Geopolitics

Robert Fisk: Hijab defection drives wedge into fractured party

Robert Fisk: Hijab defection drives wedge into fractured party

The Independent

7 August 2012

The highest ranking-defector yet – the Syrian Prime Minister, Riad Hijab – deserted President Bashar al-Assad yesterday and headed for the highest-paying supporter of the country's rebels: the oil-stuffed state of Qatar.

Interview with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti 'A Front Line Between North and South'

Interview with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti
'A Front Line Between North and South'

Der Spiegel

6 August 2012

In a SPIEGEL interview, Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti says Europe is showing traces of a "psychological dissolution" in the debt crisis and that leaders are doing too little to stop it. He also warns that governments cannot allow themselves to become "fully bound" to parliament in determining policies to save the euro.

Egypt to impose 'full control' over Sinai, says president

Egypt to impose 'full control' over Sinai, says president

 

The Guardian

6 August 2012

 

Egypt will impose full control over the Sinai, its new president has pledged, as the Israeli government warned of a deteriorating security situation after gunmen killed around 15 Egyptian border guards and hijacked armoured vehicles to launch an attack across the border in Israel.

Al-Qaeda's Specter in Syria

Al-Qaeda's Specter in Syria

Ed Husain,

August 6, 2012

The Syrian rebels would be immeasurably weaker today without al-Qaeda in their ranks. By and large, Free Syrian Army (FSA) battalions are tired, divided, chaotic, and ineffective. Feeling abandoned by the West, rebel forces are increasingly demoralized as they square off with the Assad regime's superior weaponry and professional army. Al-Qaeda fighters, however, may help improve morale. The influx of jihadis brings discipline, religious fervor, battle experience from Iraq, funding from Sunni sympathizers in the Gulf, and most importantly, deadly results. In short, the FSA needs al-Qaeda now.

Nuclear Mirage? Assessing Civilian Nuclear Programs Across the Middle East

Nuclear Mirage? Assessing Civilian Nuclear Programs Across the Middle East

 

 

By Yoel Guzansky and Gallian Lindenstrauss

 

6 Aug 2012

 

Many states across the Middle East have embarked upon civilian nuclear projects. While Iran is widely regarded as the catalyst for this development, Yoel Guzansky and Gallian Lindenstrauss suggest that the region’s states are more concerned with developing programs that benefit their people than fending off a looming security challenge.

 

Destertec can be much more than a “Eurotunnel” project for Europe’s energy

Destertec can be much more than a “Eurotunnel” project for Europe’s energy

06 August 2012.

“It is great once you have it but a nightmare getting there,” was the response from Paul van Son, CEO of the Desertec Industrial Initiative, to this opening question during his presentation of the “Desertec” project at the German Marshall Fund’s latest roundtable discussion on the potential for the development of renewable energy in North Africa and linking it into Europe through five interconnectors.

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