quarta-feira, 16 de fevereiro de 2011
MK-5 Iranian Frigate photo from here
Israel's television said Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, had spoken out of turn as the Defense Ministry "had preferred to ignore" the ships' approach. Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Israel was tracking them and had alerted "friendly nations in the region" accordingly.
Israel's Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper described the two Iranian ships as a MK-5 frigate and a supply vessel, which would not present a significant danger to the Jewish state.
Still, with Israeli-Iranian tensions long running high, the theoretical possibility of the geographically distant enemies encountering each others' forces in the Mediterranean Sea was enough to send oil prices surging.
Syria is one of Israel's neighboring adversaries. It has an alliance with Iran which has deepened along with Tehran's isolation from the West over its disputed nuclear program, which the Jewish state sees as an existential threat.
"To my regret, the international community is not showing readiness to deal with the recurring Iranian provocations. The international community must understand that Israel cannot forever ignore these provocations" Lieberman said in a speech.
The U.S. reaction was cautious. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Washington was aware of the ships but had no information about what they were doing or where they were going.
Iran's semi-official Fars news agency reported on January 26 that Iranian navy cadets were going on a year-long training mission into the Red Sea and through Suez to the Mediterranean.
They were training to defend "the country's cargo ships and oil tankers" against the threat of Somali pirates, it said.
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segunda-feira, 14 de fevereiro de 2011
quinta-feira, 10 de fevereiro de 2011
Wael Ghoneim is a young man of 30 years, an executive at Google. On January 25 he called to a demonstration to protest against the Egyptian regime. He was the responsible for the manifestation for a pro-democracy in Egypt.
Ghoneim is a marketing director at Google for Middle East and North America. He lives in Dubai. Two days before the revolt against Mubarak, he had traveled to Egypt. Ghoneim was eventually arrested on January 27 and was released 12 days later.
I am against dictatorships. And despite the achieved peace in the Middle East, Mubarak does not seem the solution to Egypt. However, I don't see a good end in revolutions with no alternatives. These revolutions are the first step towards war in the interest of many, including the sellers of weapons and vultures of the battlefield. Egypt would have many, surrounding its museums…
I wondered, "Who is this Ghoneim?". Knowing little about him, and having visited his Facebook page, the first impression was not a very good one...
I have nothing against those who inspire Ghoneim. But the inspirations of Ghoneim show him a weird revolutionary ... at least, he stands for what he is fighting against…