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Interview: Claude-France Arnould, Chief Executive of the EDA

Contributor:  Andrew Elwell Posted:  12/19/2012  12:00:00 AM EST  |  0      This week Defence IQ had the privilege of sitting down with Madame Claude-France Arnould, the Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency, to discuss what the organisation has achieved over the last few years under her leadership and what its focus will be going forward. Could you please briefly outline what the EDA does and what its goals are? "EDA supports member states in improving their defence capabilities, which, particularly under the pressure of the financial crisis, means running and supporting cooperative European defence projects. We also support research and technology development, which is a key issue. In essence, the EDA seeks to boost and support the European defence technological and industrial base. Could you please give an overview of some of the EDA's key achievements and milestones over the last few years? "For me the most important achievement has been delivering on ou

Dollar has lost 97% of its value in 100 years

Over the past century, the Federal Reserve has eviscerated roughly 97% of the greenback’s value. No small feat...especially for an entity supposedly created to protect the integrity of that very same currency. Perhaps you’ve seen graphs like the following one, depicting the once-mighty dollar’s dismal descent: Politicians to Youth: You’re Screwed!

Owaisi hate speech: Faux pas or prelude to Operation Polarisation?

by T S Sudhir Jan 2, 2013 http://www.firstpost.com/politics/owaisi-hate-speech-faux-pas-or-prelude-to-operation-polarisation-576440.html If this is the route the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) wishes to take to spread its wings beyond the Old city of Hyderabad, we might all have to run for cover. In a two-hour long speech in Adilabad district of Andhra Pradesh last week, Akbaruddin Owaisi who is the leader of the MIM legislature party in the Andhra Pradesh assembly, spewed venom like a wholesale dealer in the market would sell his wares. By the ton. For those not familiar with the party, the MIM has its roots in the Old city area of Hyderabad and claims to be the spokesperson of the Muslims in the city, and Andhra Pradesh by extension. It has seven MLAs in the state assembly and one Lok Sabha MP, which is Akbar’s brother Asaduddin Owaisi. Asaduddin and Akbaruddin’s father, the late Sultan Salahuddin Owaisi represented Hyderabad in the Lok Sabha for six consecut

AKBAR OWAISI HATE SPEECH AT MIM Nirmal-Adilabad

In this video Akbar Owais is challenging Hindus that he will finish 100 crore Hindus if police is removed for just 15 minutes.He also made fun of Ram temple in Ayodhya and Ajanta Ellora caves In this video Akbar Owaisi is making fun of Lord Ram and also inciting muslims to fight against Hindus In this video Akbar Owaisi is threatning that he will pick up a gun and create worst bloodshed in India that the country has not seen for the last 1000 years IN THIS VIDEO AKBAR OWAISI SAYS EATS BEEF AND HE WILL CONTINUE TO EAT BEEF AS ITS VERY TASTY.ALSO WANTS HINDUS TO TASTE BEEF.

Has the time for India to lead come?

December 31, 2012 15:50 IST http://www.rediff.com/business/column/yearend-column-has-the-time-for-india-to-lead-come/20121231.htm For starters given a declining West, it is indeed unwise on our part to depend on it for any matter whatsoever for our growth, writes M R Venkatesh. The events of the past few years at the global level demonstrate that the west is on a significant decline. This decline, let me hasten to add, is not merely political. Rather, it is now visible in economics, finance, demographics and culture. Possibly, this decline of the West is caused by a relative growth of the rest. In a sense one could argue that all this may result in a genuine rebalancing of global order. But if events of 2012 are any indication, in my considered view, the decline of the west could well and truly be terminal where the hegemony of the west is increasingly questioned or probably challenged by the rest of the world in the next decade or two. Let me explain. Americans at th

The Indian Space Programme in 2012: A Review

 http://idsa.in/idsacomments/TheIndianSpaceProgrammein2012_rrao_020113 Radhakrishna Rao January 2, 2013 By all means, 2012 can be considered a watershed year for the Indian space programme. The programme had begun modestly in November 1963 with the launch of a 9-kg sounding rocket from a modest facility in the fishing hamlet of Thumba on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram. 2012 saw the 100th space mission of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). On September 9, 2012, the four stage workhorse PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) orbited the 720-kg French remote sensing satellite Spot-6 along with the 15-kg Japanese Proiteres probe as a piggy back payload on commercial terms, and in the process helped ISRO complete the saga of a “space century”. The significance of the mission lay in the fact that the PSLV, considered a highly reliable space vehicle, launched the heaviest ever satellite of an international customer on commercial terms. The PSLV has so far launched 29

With U.S. Set to Leave Afghanistan, Echoes of 1989

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/02/world/asia/us-war-in-afghanistan-has-echoes-of-soviet-experience.html?pagewanted=print January 1, 2013 By THOM SHANKER WASHINGTON — The young president who ascended to office as a change agent decides to end the costly and unpopular war in Afghanistan. He seeks an exit with honor by pledging long-term financial support to allies in Kabul, while urging reconciliation with the insurgency. But some senior advisers lobby for a deliberately slow withdrawal, and propose leaving thousands of troops behind to train and support Afghan security forces. This is a nearly exact description of the endgame conundrum facing President Obama as he prepares for a critical visit by Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, planned for early January. But the account is actually drawn from declassified Soviet archives describing Mikhail S. Gorbachev’s closed-door struggles with his Politburo and army chiefs to end the Kremlin’s intervention in Afghanistan — one that b

With Peshawar under attack, Pakistan looks the other way

By Myra MacDonald DECEMBER 29, 2012 http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2012/12/29/with-peshawar-under-attack-pakistan-looks-the-other-way/ Pakistan has been facing gun and bomb attacks for so long, it is tempting to think it will continue to muddle along, the situation never becoming so bad as to galvanise it into action. And maybe it will. But a series of attacks in and around Peshawar this month should give serious pause for thought. First came a raid on Peshawar airport in mid-December, for which the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility. Then political leader Bashir Ahmed Bilour – an outspoken critic of the Taliban and a senior minister in the provincial government of the Awami National Party (ANP) – was killed in a suicide bombing. While the city was still in shock over Bilour’s death, its defences were attacked. Taliban militants assaulted three security posts meant to separate the so-called settled areas from the neighbouring Federally Administered Tr

Balochcide: Genocide of Baloch people by Pakistani Army

QUOTE OF THE DAY Shri B. Raman is to be applauded for his consistent and persistent opposition to the Pakistani Genocide against Balochistan. He is probably the only Indian citizen journalist waging a principled war on the side of the oppressed Balochistanis, including the much oppressed and systematically targeted minuscule Baloch Hindu population ---  Praveen Shanker Pillai

BALOCHISTAN: World community silent on genocide

Dr.Allah Nazar's home burnt 

Doctors targeted in Balochistan .

Dr. Deen Mohammad Baloch and Dr. Akbar Marri are among dozens of doctors who are missing or have been killed. The Pakistan Medical Association reports that at least 26 doctors have been killed in Balochistan in recent times and as many as 17 have been kidnapped. Khuzdar, Mastung, Quetta or Jaffarabad – doctors are not safe anywhere as they are allegedly being targeted by the security forces and spy agencies. "Nowadays the young doctors, they are mostly influenced and support Baloch Doctors’ Forum. Leadership of BDF, they are young doctors and especially they have political opinion. And nowadays, the issue of Nationalism is rising in Balochistan, so the Baloch Doctors’ Forum is also working like a pillar. So the government and intelligence agencies mainly targeting the intellectual class of Baloch society." said Dr. ALI AKBAR MENGAL, BALOCH NATIONALIST Instead of taking action against criminals and providing protection to doctors, the Balochistan government has ac

BALOCHISTAN: Pak army operations entered sixth day

The Baloch National Movement (BNM) said in a statement on Sunday that Pakistan military offensive in Mashkay, Balochistan has entered its sixth day.   A spokesman for the party said that after killing dozens of innocent Baloch the Pakistan military has laid siege to the entire area, setting check-posts at all entry and exit points. "Due to the blockade of routes, the people wounded during heavy bombardment by gunship helicopters are being deprived of medical aid, leaving them to die", the spokesman said.  The statement claimed that the so-called "kill and dump" Operation is going on unabated, as the mutilated body of BSO activist, Hassan Langov, was found dumped on Saturday. While condemning the as assassination of Hassan Langov, the BNM appealed to international human rights bodies to take notice of human rights abuses in Balochsitan. The spokesman claimed that Balochsitan was suffering from human rights crisis more serious than those in Uganda, Da

CRIME AGAINST WOMEN IN DELHI: WHAT NEXT?

B.RAMAN The next step in the case relating to the brutal gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old  girl in New Delhi, who has  passed away, is the investigation and prosecution  of the six accused in quick time to ensure that justice is done to the Braveheart, whom the shocked nation looks upon as its daughter. Justice means their conviction and sentencing to the severest sentence possible under the existing laws. 2.The Government has done well to designate a Special Prosecutor to ensure the successful prosecution of the accused. For this purpose, the proposed Special Prosecutor should be given whatever manpower, resources, and expertise that he might require for a successful  prosecution. 3.It would be unwise to be self-complacent thinking that since the accused have already confessed, getting them convicted should be no problem.There is every possibility of the accused retracting their confession as public memory and anger fades.It would be necessary to stre