Tuesday, 30 September 2014
|SDR wishes to introduce: European Union Naval Force Somalia.EU NAVFORE does much more than is commonly known.|
Here a brief introduction to the source of the good work being
handled by EU´s united efforts to secure the waters
|EU NAVFOR ATALANTA|
EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia - Operation Atalanta is part of the EU's comprehensive approach to tackle symptoms and root causes of piracy off the coast of Somalia and the EU Strategic Framework for the Horn of Africa adopted in November 2011.
EU NAVFOR conducts anti-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia and the Indian Ocean and is responsible for the protection of World Food Programme (WFP) shipping carrying humanitarian aid to the people of Somalia and Horn of Africa as well as the logistic shippings supporting the African Union troops conducting Peace Support Operations in Somalia (AMISOM). Additionally, Operation Atalanta contributes to the monitoring of fishing activity off the coast of Somalia.
For more information, please visit the original website www.eunavfor.eu.
Sunday, 28 September 2014
The Willys MB – better known as the original jeep – was a game-changer during World War II.
Small, agile, versatile and durable, jeeps were easy to deploy, easy to operate and easy to
maintain, making them perhaps the Allies’ most important battlefield equipment.
original jeep’s winning formula in a stocky little bruiser of a car called the Phantom Badger
steering, it is highly manoeuvrable. The setup gives the vehicle a turning circle of just 24ft
fully 10ft tighter than a Mini Cooper’s. Such agility is particularly valuable in urban
environments, where the ability to make tight turns and slip through narrow alleys can
change the outcome of a battle.
Willys’ civilian Americar line, the Phantom Badger makes use of the 3-litre turbo-diesel
V6 from the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The engine – which can run on JP-8 jet fuel as well as
diesel – produces 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, sufficient to enable the
four-wheel-drive Badger to reach a breezy 80mph on paved surfaces.
heavy tests that included form-fit checks, pressure trials and structural evaluations, the
US Navy officially certified the Phantom Badger for transport in the belly of the
Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft a big step toward actual deployment
with the US Marine Corps and US Air Force Special Operations, both of which
already operate the Osprey.
of a traditional turboprop aircraft, the Osprey can deliver cargo to tight spaces and hostile
environments and get out quickly. (The current record for off-loading a Badger is just
The Osprey first flew in 1989 and has known its share of troubles over the years including
a swollen budget and some highly publicised crashes.
But it has since proven its mettle in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as on humanitarian
missions, including the delivery of relief supplies after Typhoon Yolanda hit the
Philippines in November 2013.
lease on life.
Boeing has designed 10 so far, including packages for reconnaissance, combat search
and rescue, casualty transport and explosive ordnance disposal, along with mounts
for such weapons as a .50-caliber machine gun and a 40mm automatic grenade
interchangeable in the field in 30min or less!
the aide of North Carolina-based MSI Defense Solutions.
MSI applied its expertise in off-road racing, Nascar and Formula 1 to develop the
Badger's suspension and four-wheel-steering systems, and is presently handling
the design and fabrication of the interchangeable mission modules.
matter – just like the original Jeep. And like its heroic grandfather, the Phantom Badger
will be a game-changer on the modern battlefield, able to go places and do things the
outsize Hummer never could.
the works, Boeing has plans for the Phantom Badger that extend beyond
other applications. And how about a civilian version?
“It is a commercial vehicle, and Boeing will gladly have a discussion with anyone is
interested in purchasing Phantom Badgers for their collection or personal use.”
For now, however, Badger pricing remains classified.
Friday, 26 September 2014
As reported by:
As efforts are underway to hold an international conference in Cairo for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip in the aftermath of Operation Protective Edge, the two major Palestinian parties, Hamas and Fatah, are already accusing each other of stealing funds that were channeled to help Palestinian families.
It is not clear at this stage how much money has made its way into the Gaza Strip since the Egypt-brokered cease-fire was announced late August.
But it is clear by now that both Hamas and Fatah are engaged in a fight over who will control the funds and assume responsibility for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip.
The war between Hamas and Fatah over the funds earmarked for the residents of the Gaza Strip is being fought over every penny and dollar. This is a power struggle in which the only losers are those Palestinians who lost their homes and family members during the military confrontation with Israel.
Hamas and Fatah know that hundreds of millions of dollars will sooner or later be allocated by Arab and Western donors for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip. The two parties are determined to lay their hands on the funds, knowing that he who controls the money controls the people.
Both Hamas and Fatah are desperate for cash and are ready to do everything to enrich their coffers, even if that means robbing a bank.
This is exactly what Hamas did last week. Sources in the Gaza Strip said that Hamas security officers raided the Bank of Palestine in Gaza City's Rimal neighborhood and "seized" $750,000 in cash.
The sources said that the cash belonged to the Palestinian Jawwal Cellular Company. They said that the raid on the bank came on the pretext that the company had not paid all its tax debts to Hamas. Palestinians in the Gaza Strip described the raid as an "armed robbery in broad daylight."
The "armed robbery" came shortly after Fatah accused Hamas of "squandering" $700 million of financial aid earmarked for the Palestinian victims of the war. It is not clear where this large sum came from.
Fatah spokesman Ahmed Assaf claimed in an interview with an Egyptian TV station that the funds were donations from many countries. He said that Hamas collected the donations "in the name of children, women and the elderly under the pretext of rebuilding what was destroyed by Israel." The money, he added, did not reach its destination.
Assaf's charges are seen as part of a Fatah-orchestrated campaign to prevent donors from dealing with Hamas. Fatah wants to ensure that the millions of dollars intended for the Gaza Strip will pass through its hands and not end up in Hamas's bank accounts.
During the military confrontation, Fatah leaders in Ramallah issued a strong condemnation of Hamas. They said the Islamist movement was stealing relief aid dispatched to the Gaza Strip and distributing it among its followers in mosques.
But then who said that Fatah could be trusted when it comes to distributing financial aid? Relying on Fatah in this regard is like asking a cat to guard the milk.
The 20-year-old Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority [PA] is notorious for its financial and administrative corruption.
Earlier this month, Rafik Natsheh, head of the PA's Anti-Corruption Commission, revealed that his department has managed to retrieve $70 million of public funds embezzled by Palestinian officials. He also said that his department uncovered 60 more cases of financial corruption in 2013.
But what is most notable is that some Fatah officials are now accusing their own supporters of stealing funds provided by the PA leadership to the Gaza Strip. A Fatah-affiliated news website revealed that Fatah leaders in the Gaza Strip have been distributing the funds among their family members and friends. The report said that Hamas officials also succeeded in laying their hands on the funds arriving from the office of the Palestinian Authority president in Ramallah.
A Fatah member in the Gaza Strip was quoted as saying, "A Palestinian Authority official bought chocolate for 300 Shekels ($90) while our men are being ignored and cannot afford to use public transportation or feed their children."
He and dozens of Fatah activists in the Gaza Strip wrote a letter to PA President Mahmoud Abbas, asking him to form a commission of inquiry into the embezzlement of financial aid meant for Palestinian families.
The rising tensions between Hamas and Fatah following the war do not bode well for efforts to achieve Palestinian "national unity."
Read the entire report at:
Human Rights Commissioner:
Bahraini human report is an important document in both length and frankness
The Bahraini National Institution for Human Rights (NIHR) published its first annual report in September.
In this connection, Federal Government Human Rights Commissioner Christoph Strässer issued the following statement in Berlin today (24 September):
The human rights situation in Bahrain is the focus of international attention time and again, especially as a result of the violent clashes between demonstrators and security forces. The first annual report by the National Institution for Human Rights in Bahrain is an important document on the human rights situation – not only due to its length of around 200 pages but also its frankness.
The report could become an enduring point of reference for social consensus in Bahrain. However, this will require all stakeholders – Government and Parliament, to which the report assigns extensive tasks, as well as civil society – to work in the spirit of the report and further strengthen human rights in Bahrain.
The Bahraini National Institution for Human Rights (NIHR) published its first annual report in September. In just under 200 pages, not only the political, judicial and administrative spheres but also education and environmental protection are examined from a human rights viewpoint. In the annual report, NIHR outlines what it expects of Government, Parliament and the judicial system in the human rights sphere. It also expresses clear views on contentious issues such as naturalisation, deprivation of citizenship or freedom of assembly.
With regard to the violent clashes between demonstrators and security forces, for example, the NIHR highlights the discrepancy between the penalties imposed on these two groups, puts forward specific recommendations on new regulations regarding the right of assembly and demands that the ban on public assembly in the capital Manama be lifted.
The NIHR is Bahrain’s national human rights organisation and has a broad mandate which not only envisages reports and the issuing of recommendations but also, for example, makes it possible for it to organise visits to prisons. Gradual changes to the law have brought the NIHR closer to fulfilling the Paris Principles for national human rights institutions.
Website of the Federal Foreign Office: www.auswaertiges-amt.de/EN
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