Turkey’s leaders deny crisis as top generals quit | Reuters

Chief of General Staff General Isik Kosaner stepped down on Friday along with the commanders of the army, navy and air force in protest at the detention of 250 officers on charges of conspiring against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s government.

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More than 40 serving generals, almost a tenth of Turkey’s senior commanders, are now under arrest, accused of various plots to bring down Erdogan’s AK Party government.

Turkey’s leaders deny crisis as top generals quit | Reuters

Gaza border violence: Another threat to Palestinian statehood? – CSMonitor.com

Israel said Thursday Gaza militants fired 24 rockets across the border so far in July. Many Gazans are worried that an escalation could torpedo Palestinian reconciliation and statehood efforts.

As Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas ramps up his campaign for a United Nations vote on statehood in September, the Gaza Strip is buzzing with speculation that Israel and radical Palestinian elements could derail the effort with cross-border violence.

Gaza border violence: Another threat to Palestinian statehood? – CSMonitor.com

Obama administration mulls India-style nuclear pact with Saudi Arabia – CSMonitor.com

The US plans to hold what State Department officials are calling “exploratory talks” in Riyadh next week to gauge Saudi objectives behind their interest in a civilian nuclear deal. The US also wants to explore whether the Saudi government would accept restrictions to ensure its nuclear fuel is used purely for civilian purposes, according to congressional sources.

Obama administration mulls India-style nuclear pact with Saudi Arabia – CSMonitor.com

3D interactive journey into the Great Pyramid of Khufu

Interactive 3D film about a theory of the construction of the Great Pyramid of Khufu in Egypt has now migrated on to the home desktop

A mouse click – and a member of a pharaoh’s burial procession turns around.

One more click – and the animated figure invites you inside the snaking, narrow corridors of one of the world’s most magnificent structures – the Great Pyramid of Khufu, also known as the Great Pyramid of Cheops.

Peering into the screen through his funky red and blue 3D glasses, ancient Egypt enthusiast Keith Payne is gripped by the centuries-old story unfolding before his eyes as if through a time-travel lens.

“This is amazing!” he says. “I think that being able to use a 3D simulation tool to explore Khufu’s pyramid is really a whole new way of both learning and teaching.

BBC News – 3D interactive journey into the Great Pyramid of Khufu

Here is the link to the 3D simulation:

The Post-Fukushima Arms Race | Foreign Policy

… But here’s the bad news: As the Fukushima accident has reduced Japan’s domestic nuclear demand, it also has increased the pressures on Japanese nuclear firms to export nuclear technology.

The same perverse logic applies in Europe and the United States. Reduced worldwide demand for nuclear plants is pushing nuclear firms into riskier nuclear markets in the Middle East and Asia, with potentially drastic security consequences. As past experience with India, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, and Syria demonstrates, such projects are also bomb starter kits. If the expansion of nuclear power is to avoid a future proliferation nightmare, the international community needs to tighten export rules now.

The Post-Fukushima Arms Race – By Henry Sokolski | Foreign Policy

Ratko Mladic arrest: Neighbour reveals story | BBC

“I could have killed 10 of you if I wanted…” Ratko Mladic told the Serbian policemen who came to arrest him. “But I didn’t want to. You’re just young men, doing your job.”

Speaking in a BBC interview, Nenad Stocovic, a next-door neighbour who was with Gen Mladic for four hours during his arrest in the village of Lazarevo on 26 May, has given more details of the events of that morning.

BBC News – Ratko Mladic arrest: Neighbour reveals story

‘Fluid cloak’ to help submarines leave no wake

SUPER-STEALTHY submarines may one day glide through the water without creating a wake, if a plan to channel fluid intelligently around objects can be made to work.

A vehicle moving through a fluid normally disturbs the medium in two ways. First, some of the fluid gets dragged along with the vehicle, sapping its energy and slowing it down. Second, a turbulent wake forms behind it where fluid rushes in to fill the vacant space. The churning fluid in the wake in turn creates noise that reveals the vehicle’s presence.

But channelling the fluid around the object in just the right way could solve both problems at once.

‘Fluid cloak’ to help submarines leave no wake – tech – 29 July 2011 – New Scientist

Israel and Hezbollah Furiously Preparing for War

Should another war happen, we believe that it will be even larger and bloodier than the 2006 conflict. Our judgment is based on extensive field research in Lebanon covering the military preparations of both sides and analyzing their own assessments of the likelihood and nature of a future war. Over the past five years, we interviewed and spoke with dozens of Hezbollah members, including political leaders, advisors, commanders, IT specialists, and foot soldiers.

Seeing Red Along the Blue Line – By Bilal Y. Saab and Nicholas Blanford | Foreign Policy

The Japanization of the World Economy

No, no, heavily indebted economies of Europe won’t collapse. They will enter a prolonged stagnation like Japan did in the 1990s, dragging the rest of Europe along. The US economy won’t collapse either. It will also slide into Japanese-style stagnation, dragging along emerging economies that have been thriving on its large and robust consumer market to sell their products—I call it the Japanization of the world economy.

What the Japanization of the World Economy means for Stocks, Bonds, and Commodities – Panos Mourdoukoutas – Global Investment Insights – Forbes

Could Iceland be a model for debt-ridden Europe?

Nearly three years after the Icelandic economy imploded, the country appears to be recovering, and some believe its approach may offer a possible solution to Europe’s debt problems.

Yet Iceland was hit hardest by the credit crunch in 2008. Its current recovery is why Iceland is being held up as the model for an alternative way to deal with the debt that plagues so many economies.

That is because when Iceland’s banks went spectacularly bust, instead of pouring in billions of taxpayers’ money to shore them up, Iceland just closed them down.

BBC News – Could Iceland be a model for debt-ridden Europe?