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AFED Monthly Highlights – January 2011

January 2011 AFED Highlights AFED News in a Monthly E-Bulletin January 31, 2011 * The 100 Member Campaign AFED Executive Committee decided in its meeting in Sharjah, on 23 January, to carry out a regional campaign to attract 100 new members to AFED in 2011. Each of the Board of Trustees members committed to sign […]

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Egypt Needs the E-Team – Huffington Post

Mike Bonifer Author of Gamechangers — Improvisation for Business in the Networked World T.H. Culhane rocks the Middle East like no one else I know. I mean he literally rocks the Middle East. A few years ago, on a U.S. State Dept.-sponsored tour, he road-tripped through Egypt and other Middle East countries with Solar Circus, […]

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Israelis find environmentally friendly fish farming system – Jerusalem Post

By GALI WEINREB/GLOBES 01/29/2011 22:54 “Our system is a closed system that prevents contaminating the outside, creating a complete solution to the problem of pollution from fish waste.” Let’s assume that you live in the Jerusalem hills or in arid Las Vegas and you want to found a business to grow sea fish for food. […]

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UN Condemns Israeli Demolition of West Bank Water Cisterns – WAFA

JERUSALEM, February 2, 2011 (WAFA) – The United Nations Monday condemned Israeli demolition of West Bank water cisterns, according to a statement issued by the UN Office for the Coordination on Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Jerusalem. OCHA has joined with the Palestinian Water Authority in condemning the continuing demolition of water cisterns in areas of […]

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Israel, Germany to save Lake Victoria – YNET

Joint mission will head out to Kenya in efforts to save wildlife, create economic opportunities near Africa’s largest lake following major contamination Itamar Eichner Israel and Germany on Monday signed a joint letter of intent for a first of its kind joint cooperation effort, with the goal of saving Lake Victoria in Kenya. Lake Victoria […]

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Israel to train Indians in modern harvesting methods – YNET

New joint Indo-Israeli project aims to help rural farmers transition into modern agriculture, boost trade between countries. India to finance program, while Israel to supply technology, equipment Amy Ginsburg INDIA – A new Indo-Israeli center of agricultural excellence was inaugurated Monday in Haryana state, north of the Indian capital of Delhi. Some 3,000 farmers from […]

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The Mediterranean crucible – Jordan Times

By Joschka Fischer For most Europeans, the Mediterranean is an annual object of longing – the holiday idyll where they spend the best weeks of the year. But many Europeans’ sunny view of the region has yielded to lowering clouds of pessimism. Inside the European Union, the ugly term PIGS (Portugal, Italy/Ireland, Greece, Spain) is […]

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Energy partnership ‘unaffected’ by unrest – Jordan Times

By Taylor Luck AMMAN – Despite the instability on the streets in Cairo, the Kingdom’s strategic energy partnership with Egypt has so far been unaffected, according to officials. Jordan, which relies heavily on natural gas supplies from Egypt for electricity production, is expected to continue receiving the same amount of gas and electricity, according to […]

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Israeli nightmare: Muslims to halt gas supply – YNET

New secular regime in Egypt not expected to harm exports to Israel, but Islamic coup may create economic mayhem Tani Goldstein The violent uprising in Egypt has not stopped the delivery of gas to Israel . So far the Egyptian and Israeli governments have not conveyed any message hinting the supply will stop, despite recent […]

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Egypt unrest may harm gas deals, scare off investors – Jerusalem Post

By SHARON WROBEL 01/31/2011 02:48 Delta Galil shuts down factory. The political upheaval in Egypt may affect planned gas supply agreements with Israel and trigger the exit of foreign investors. “The volume of exports of Israeli goods to Egypt is marginal but Israel is importing large quantities of gas from Egypt, which was expected to […]

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Locals placed faith in EMG gas – Haaretz

By Yoram Gabison Israeli companies put their faith in Egyptian gas, signing four new contracts with EMG last month to supply a total of 1.4 billion to 2.9 billion cubic meters of gas, worth a total of $5 to $10 million. EMG is partially owned by Israeli businessman Yossi Maiman through his company Ampal, whose […]

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Israel threatens to disconnect Gaza’s infrastructure – Maan

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday told French Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie he was considering disconnecting the Gaza Strip from Israel’s electricity and water supplies. The plan was originally proposed by Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman in the summer of 2010. He suggested that the European Union help build a […]

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PM: Israel will work to disconnect Gaza from power grid – Jerusalem Post

By HERB KEINON 01/20/2011 21:20 Lieberman slams PA in talks with French FM; Dennis Ross and David Hale here for talks on Israeli security needs. Talkbacks (36) The Palestinian Authority’s insistence on confronting Israel in international forums at every opportunity cannot go on forever, and will lead to a breakdown in ties between Israel and […]

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Water shortages raise Iraq ethnic tensions – Al Arabiya

Arab farmers accuse Kurds of ruining them Kirkuk, IRAQ (AFP) A worsening water shortage in Iraq is raising tensions in the multi-ethnic Kirkuk province, where Arab farmers accuse the Kurdistan region of ruining them by closing the valves to a dam in winter. “We are harmed by the Kurds, and the officials responsible for Baghdad […]

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Cabinet approves first part of water plan – Jerusalem Post

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS 01/31/2011 04:52 More measures to be brought for consideration within month to prevent another price hike. On one of the few rainy days of the winter, the cabinet approved expanding the capacities of the desalination plants and measures for cleaning up polluted wells. A proposed decision by National Infrastructures Minister Uzi […]

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Proposed IBM centre to provide solutions in water, energy sectors – Jordan Times

By Mohammad Ghazal AMMAN – Discussions are underway between the government and IBM to establish a nanotechnology centre for providing innovative solutions in the field of water and energy, according to a senior official. A strategic agreement will be signed soon between the two sides to start preparing for the centre, according to Minister of […]

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Jordan to host regional renewable energy commission – Jordan Times

By Taylor Luck AMMAN – Amman will soon be home to a regional commission designed to place renewable energy on the agendas of decision makers across the Arab world. The recently formed Arab Renewable Energy Commission (AREC) has selected Jordan as the location of its headquarters, Jordan Renewable Energy Society (JRES) Director Mohammad Taani said. […]

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Masadeh quits Mediterranean Union top post – Jordan Times

AMMAN (JT) – The Mediterranean Union’s first leader, Jordan’s Ahmad Masadeh, has quit the job after one year in office, saying conditions for the post had changed, Agence France-Presse reported. A statement from his office on Wednesday said: “The general conditions against which he accepted to assume the job have changed.” He would “continue his […]

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Al-Bi Wal-Tanmia January / February 2011

http://www.mectat.com.lb/contents/page154-155.htm CONTENTS 1 Lessons from China (editorial by Najib Saab) 6 Tips for a natural bedroom 20 Trans-boundary water resources in the Arab region (cover story) 28 How the Cancun summit was saved 36 Morocco’s combat against climate change ( by Amina Benkhadra, minister of environment) 38 Seawater intrusion: would it drive Lebanon to desalination? […]

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Delek Energy pushes agenda of natural-gas cars – Haaretz

‘Why market electric cars when charging them causes as much pollution as gasoline-fueled cars?’ By Daniel Schmil Natural gas power was the subject of the day at automotive conference, hosted by magazine publisher Moto Mass Communication this week. Natural gas is the cleanest fuel, explained Guy Silberman, marketing vice president of Delek Energy Systems. “Why […]

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