Base in Bekaa Valley reportedly houses at least 14 drones
Hezbollah has constructed a small military airport in the Bekaa Valley for transporting weapons between Syria and Lebanon, according to Lebanese officials.
Housed at the base are 14 unmanned drones (Mirsad-1 and -2 types), Israeli daily Maariv reported, citing Qatar-based daily Al-Watan. Hezbollah also reportedly dug tunnels around the base under the supervision of Iran.
Hezbollah has been embroiled in the Syrian civil war for over a year fighting on the side of embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad, and its fighters have been instrumental in the relative turnaround of the regime’s fortunes in the past several months.
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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wants the world to know that the country’s nuclear program will be going nowhere.
“I can tell you that Iran’s nuclear program will remain intact. We will not close any program,” Mr. Zarif said Thursday while speaking to reporters in New Delhi, Reuters reported.
The comment could complicate plans by the United States, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia, which all hope to come to a long-term agreement with Iran regarding its nuclear program by July.
“I am hoping by the first deadline we will reach a final deal and to start implementing it,” Mr. Zarif added, Reuters reported. “And I can assure you that Iran has that political will and good faith that is required in order to achieve that.”
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Sivan Ya’ari’s non-profit Innovation: Africa brings sustainable Israeli technologies to power rural African villages.
Picture a remote African village where women and children spend hours every day finding, collecting and carrying water and wood back to their homes. Envisage these villagers standing in long lines for the privilege of digging into muddy holes with their hands to scoop dirty water into Jerry cans, and later, searching for twigs and branches with which to build fires.
It was just such a sight that Sivan Ya’ari could not get out of her mind after visiting Africa as part of her job at an international clothing company.
A few years later, her master’s degree in international energy management and policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs led her to an internship at the United Nations Development Program.
From here, it was not a far leap to establish Innovation: Africa (originally called “Jewish Heart for Africa”), a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring sustainable Israeli technologies to rural African villages.
In summer 2012, the organization was granted special consultative status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council. On November 1, 2013, it won the Innovation Award at the UN Global South-South Development Expo in Nairobi.
Since its establishment in New York in 2008 with funding from foundations, philanthropies and individuals, Innovation: Africa has transformed 71 famine-ridden villages in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Malawi, Uganda and South Africa into budding communities with hope for the future.
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Six decades of providing water in a country that’s 60 percent desert have made Israel a technological leader in the field, a model that points the way for drought-stricken California.
Desalination of sea water, reuse of treated sewage for agriculture, software creating an early-warning system for leaks, computerized drip irrigation and careful accounting of every drop have become the norm in Israel, the world’s 40th biggest economy. Officials in California, which would be the 10th largest if it were a nation, are paying attention.
North of San Diego, Israel’s IDE Technologies Ltd. is helping to build what it says will be the largest seawater desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere. The facility, when finished in 2016, will be able to provide 50 million gallons of potable water a day. Three smaller plants already operate in California, and 15 more have been proposed.
“This is the one supply that San Diego County is investing in that is truly drought-proof,” said Peter MacLaggan, senior vice president of privately held Poseidon Resources Corp., which is developing the $922 million plant with IDE. “It does cost more, but it has some reliability benefits that are very important to the regional economy.”
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