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The rational over the spiritual, propriety and ethic, our outlook lists the main issues we are likely to face, from rising tensions in the Middle East and North Africa to the spread of misinformation on-line. 

To be continued…

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Forthcoming Trends 2014

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The final countdown

The year 2014 just started but The Futurist Daily News can already predict the top ten trends for the next six years to come. But don’t worry, for whoever can read the signs, exploit them and is willing to grow his box, the sun will still shine and, this is all about The Futurist Daily News.

For the next six years to come, The Futurist Daily News expects more unrest in the religious, economical and political world especially in the Middle East and Africa. Notwithstanding the opinion of many, the so-called « Arab Spring » is far from over. The social « Awakening » of the Arabic has forced the Arab world to change, mainly for the better, nevertheless the opinions of too many and despite the massive recent disappointments of Syria and. For the next six years to come, the uncertainties of a changing world will continue to shake the autocracies of Africa and the Arabian Gulf. Social media and the Internet have revolutionised Arab minds. The ability of the crowds in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to bring down both a military government and-with help from the generals-an Islamist one has given people a new thirst for having a say in who rules them.

The Futurist Daily News expects more unrest in the workplace around the world. Unemployment will be on the rise worldwide, particularly among the younger generation. According to the 2013 International Labour Organisation (ILO) report, as of 2012, nearly 200 million people out of the global working-age population of 5.3 billion are were jobless. This number will dramatically increase in the years to come and further increase the disparity between the riches and the poor. The middle class is now in jeopardy and, for the years to come will be even further economically exploited.

In this worldwide struggle of the persecuted, the poor and the exploited for justice, equity and prosperity, The Futurist Daily News expects the rise and spread of more and evermore misinformation in the medias especially on the Internet. While expecting more and more people attempting and trying to combat and reverse these trends, The Futurist daily News predicts that it may well be, if not a losing battle, a daily uphill battle for survival of the strongest and the fittest. Only those who will genuinely and truly understand the real challenge of the years to come will thrive and prosper. Those who don’t will be mere survivors.

Most of these societal disasters of today have one thing in common: the tolerance of the people and his utopian faith in the spiritual and religious.

To be continued…

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Iran : les incertitudes d’un accord

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LE MONDE | 18.12.2013 à 11h07

Les États-Unis, la Grande-Bretagne, la France, la Russie, la Chine et l’Allemagne et l’Iran ont signé, le 24 novembre à Genève, un accord sur le programme nucléaire iranien. Soupçonné d’avoir des visées militaires, Téhéran accepte de limiter son programme en échange d’un allégement des sanctions économiques internationales.

L’accord n’est que transitoire et devra déboucher dans six mois sur un texte définitif, du moins, nous l’espérons.

Pour un dossier complet et l’opinion de la France sur la situation:

http://www.lemonde.fr/idees/article/2013/12/18/iran-les-incertitudes-d-un-accord_4336112_3232.html

To be continued…

JMD

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Who’s running the show?

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I am but Benjamin will have to take the blame!

A new flurry of threats by Israeli leaders to strike Iran on their own has coincided with a visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to finalize an arms deal that will guarantee Israel’s regional military supremacy over the Middle East for a decade or two.

Last week, Israeli Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz boast that Israel can act alone if need be and that’s true. But this was without saying that before yesterday; Israel’s military capabilities were not enough to deliver a knockout blow against Iran’s nuclear infrastructure, the in-flight refueling capability being the key factor in such a long-range operation.

Well, yesterday, the United States made Israel’s dream possible.

First, in March, Obama brokered a rapprochement between Turkey and Israel and now this. Why press Israel not to attack Iran, for fear of igniting a region-wide conflagration, and then provide it with the very systems they need to make such and attack possible? Is there something in the wind here that I long suspected and feared?

The Israelis have long threatened to unleash unilateral airstrikes on Iran, despite U.S. pressures not to and despite their own limitations. They’ve been pretty quiet in recent months. Then last week, the Pentagon announced the Israeli government was seeking to buy 86.4 million gallons of petroleum products, mostly fuel used by Israeli air force jets.

Is there something in the air?

Yesterday, the US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon announced the signature of an armaments deal that will ensure the military supremacy of Israel over the Middle East for the next two decades. Hagel pointed out that the deal involves the selling of defense platforms never before made available by the United States to another country, adding that he had begun talks with Ya’alon about a future assistance program to Israel for 2017, when the current agreement ends.

“We are in a tough neighborhood in the Middle East,” Ya’alon said. “Iran is a security threat which funds Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza. It is involved in terrorism in the whole world – Afghanistan, Yemen, and Libya.” Ya’alon said that while he prefers a diplomatic solution to end the Iranian nuclear program, Israel is prepared to defend itself by itself.

Finally, last week, the Pentagon announced it was sending 200 American soldiers to Jordan, adding that the deployment could end up being part of a larger movement of 20,000 soldiers to secure loose chemical weapons in neighboring Syria.

There is definitely something cooking!

While the American and Israeli defense officials are welcoming their new arms sale agreement as a major step toward increasing Israel’s military strength, some others Israeli officials are saying that this new deal is still leaving them without the weapons they need if they decide to attack Iran’s deepest and best-protected nuclear sites.

The new weapons sale package includes aircraft for midair refueling and missiles that can cripple an adversary’s air defense system. But what the Israelis wanted most was a weapons system that is missing from the package: a giant bunker-busting bomb designed to penetrate earth and reinforced concrete to destroy deeply buried sites. According to both American and Israeli analysts, this weapon known as “Massive Ordnance Penetrator”, is the only weapon that would have a chance of destroying the Iranian nuclear fuel enrichment center at Fordow, which is buried more than 200 feet under a mountain outside the holy city of Qum.

Iran having consistently denied that it wants nuclear weapons and has called its uranium enrichment activities peaceful, the Obama administration always has been and is still reluctant to even discuss selling such capability to the Israelis pointing to a decision by President Obama to send advanced refueling tanker planes to Israel that would make it possible for the country’s fighter aircraft to reach as far as Iran.  A similar refueling capability was turned down during the administration of former President George W. Bush.

To attack or not to attack, that is the question!

“It’s all about timetables,” said Dore Gold, the president of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and a member of Mr. Netanyahu’s inner circle of strategists: “If you say the goal is to halt Iran in the enrichment phase, you don’t have much time, maybe you can give it another year or more.”

The bets are open!

JMD

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À quand l’attaque d’Israël sur l’Iran?

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Demain ? L’an prochain ? 2015 ou 2018 ?

Par le passé, les États-Unis s’étaient toujours opposés et refusés à fournir quel qu’avantage militaire que ce soit à Israël sur l’Iran mais voici que les États-Unis viennent à peine de changer leur fusil d’épaule : Une entente pour la fourniture d’armements conclue entre les États-Unis, Israël, l’Arabie Saoudite et les Émirats arabes Unis vient d’être signée pour un montant de dix milliards de dollars. Cette entente assurera maintenant à Israël un avantage certain sur les capacités militaires de l’Iran. Si ce n’est pas un feu vert implicite donné à Israël pour se lancer dans l’aventure de frappes militaires contre les sites nucléaires iraniens, cela y ressemble fort.

Probablement consciente de ce risque (calculé), l’administration américaine, par prudence (ou par aveuglement volontaire), a beaucoup insisté pour que sa décision de fournir des armements sophistiqués à l’État juif ne soit pas interprétée comme un accord tacite à une accélération de la planification d’une attaque de l’Iran et, en ce sens, a refusé de fournir à Israël l’arme ultime qui lui aurait permis une attaque immédiate des installations nucléaires iraniennes : le M.O.P « The Massive Ordnance Penetrator,» bombe de pénétration massive fort utile pour détruire les bunkers nucléaires souterrains des Iraniens.

Le secrétaire américain à la défense, Chuck Hagel, a  par contre reconnu que ce contrat de vente d’armes américaines à Israël était un “signal très clair pour l’Iran”. Israël “prendra la décision qu’il doit prendre pour se protéger et se défendre lui-même”, a-t-il ajouté.

Les paris sont ouverts !

JMD

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Une attaque d’Israël sur l’Iran, une quasi-certitude !

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Le chef d’état-major israélien Benny Gantz

Interrogé sur les capacités de l’armée israélienne d’attaquer seule l’Iran, le chef d’état-major israélien Benny Gantz a affirmé mardi que l’armée israélienne avait les capacités d’agir seule contre le programme nucléaire controversé de l’Iran.

«Oui, absolument. Nous avons nos plans, nos prévisions, nos évaluations (…) le moment venu nous déciderons», a-t-il affirmé dans une interview à l’occasion du 65e anniversaire de la création de l’État d’ Israël.

«Nous avons la capacité de faire face aux dangers posés par l’Iran, mais je ne veux pas entrer dans les détails opérationnels», a-t-il ajouté.

JMD

Mie Tomoda may well be wright: We are to get it in 2013!

Israel pounds Gaza from air as troops assemble!

Israel is now accelerating its air offensive in the Gaza Strip and destroyed the offices of Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh in the process. Among other buildings struck were the civilian police headquarters and the house of a commander of Hamas, which Israel considers a terrorist group.

While Israeli officials are maintaining that they do not seek war, their intent to send a loud warning to Hamas was clear and Israel is now seemingly intensifying its focus on targeting sites connected to the leaders of the militant Islamist movement that rules the coastal territory.

As strikes fell on Gaza, the foreign minister of Tunisia’s Islamist-led government, Rafik Abdesslem, pledged to work with the Arab League and the United Nations to stop what he called Israeli aggression.

Hamas newly  found support

As the conflict between Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip intensifies, Arab governments are throwing their weight behind the territory’s long-isolated Islamist leaders. Long kept at a distance by Arab autocrats, the group now finds a new set of highly influential friends including the democratically elected governments of Egypt, Tunisia and Turkey, all U.S. allies. Those backers give Hamas stronger standing internationally. Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi signaled the extent of the shift on Friday when he sent his prime minister to Gaza in a show of solidarity with Hamas.

The Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Kandil toured Gaza alongside Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh. “Egypt will not leave Gaza alone,” Morsi said.

Hamas long relied on two Iran and Syria for support. But the outbreak of a revolt in Syria shattered ties between Hamas and the government of President Bashar al-Assad and forced a rift between Hamas and Shiite Iran. Hamas has since repositioned itself, gaining a new set of regional partners in democratic Egypt and Tunisia, along with regionally influential Qatar and Turkey.

Hamas’s new support has given it stronger backing than it had during the 2008-2009 Israeli military offensive into Gaza, during which the Arab world largely stood aside. The leaders of the new Middle East have promised that this time will be different. What we are seeing now taking place is a major opinion shift in Hamas’s favor and against Israel.

If Israel does not acknowledge this opinion shift in responding positively, this will be definitely interpreted, as a message to the world that Israel wants war.

And the Western World is better to stay out of that one.

JMD

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Turmoil in the Middle East: A Dead-End Issue for Israel!

The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: A brain-dead Prime Minister

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In an effort to smooth over an unusually rocky period in diplomatic relations between the two countries and to put an unusual public rift to rest and invigorate peace talks with the Palestinians, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met US President Barack Obama in Washington.

Netanyahu has already made clear that Iran’s nuclear programme, which Israel fears masks a weapons drive and there is a major disagreement between the United States administration and the Israeli government about where the red line is on the Iranian nuclear programme. While Israel is considering launching a preventive strike, the United States, consider that it would be “premature” to launch military action against Iran.

The United States is not alone in wanting to rein in Israel, the sole if undeclared nuclear power in the Middle East. British Foreign Secretary William Hague has said it would not be “wise” for Israel to take military action against Iran, echoing earlier comments by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

In 1981, Israel launched a pre-emptive strike on the unfinished Osirak reactor outside Baghdad, leaving US officials stunned and earning it a sharp rebuke from its American ally. For now, Israel says it is keeping all options open for dealing with Iran’s nuclear programme, which much of the international community fears masks a weapons drive, despite Tehran’s denials.

2035

The main driver of the Middle East economy [oil] has been declining for the past two decades and is now undergoing spectacular falls in production as the world adjusts to the reality of peak oil. Following years of peace disruption and a global race to avert catastrophe, viable alternatives for humanity’s energy needs have become a realistic prospect.

Algae bio-fuel is now leading the way; solar, wind and other forms of renewable energy have also borne fruit. With nanotechnology being applied to panels, solar energy has seen exponential uptake; electric cars are becoming widespread, accounting for more than half of new vehicles. No longer funded by the West’s limitless demand for oil, the Middle East is collapsing into a largely poverty-ridden, internally feuding region.

A “brain drain” ensues, as the Middle East falls back into relative insignificance and much of Israel following a series of devastating conflicts including the use of nuclear weapons, still lies in ruins.

William Hague Warns Against Stiking Iran

William Hague, UK Foreign Minister

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LONDON — An attack on Iran would carry huge costs. Striking Iran could lead to a dangerous nuclear standoff in the Middle East. Striking at Iran’s disputed nuclear program would have enormous downsides. Britain’s foreign minister warned.

While allowing Iran to proceed with its nuclear program unchecked would lead to a Cold War-style arms race in the Middle East, with neighboring countries rushing to match the Iranian arsenal, we are very clear to all concerned that we are not advocating military action, he said. We couldn’t assume that a strike would be over quickly. There would be large scale and long-lasting repercussions. And so, the most serious round of nuclear proliferation since nuclear weapons were invented would have begun with all the destabilizing effects in the Middle East. That would be a disaster for world affairs.

Tensions over Iran’s nuclear program are running high. Israel, the U.S., Britain and others suspect that the Islamic Republic is using the program as cover for the manufacture of atomic weapons and observers fear that a pre-emptive strike may be in the works.

Related article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/18/william-hague-iran-strike_n_1286322.html