Sealing off skies: Iran finalizes 360 degree early warning air defense radar

Iran is close to deploying an early-warning radar system of its own to detect missile launches, stealth aircraft and drones thousands of kilometers from its borders. Once fully deployed, the Sepehr radar system will secure Iran’s entire airspace.

Iran is introducing its most long-range Sepehr (Sky) phased array radar system, capable of controlling airspaces of all of its neighbor countries in the Middle East and Central Asia, as well as vast parts of Northern Africa, Eastern Europe and Russia.

With a range of up to 3,000 kilometers in distance and up to 300 kilometers into space, Sepehr radar system will protect the country’s airspace completely. Continue reading

Spain to become major logistics platform for southern Europe and northern Africa

The Spanish Secretary of State for Infrastructure, Transport and Housing, Rafael Catalá, said that, “Spain aims to become the major logistics platform for southern Europe and northern Africa, serving the global east-west trade routes, as well as the emerging north-south.”

To achieve this goal, which is part of the Logistics Strategy, Spain can offer “its geostrategic position and its credentials in infrastructure and transportation systems,” stressed Catalá.

The official also said that Spain has the largest motorway network in Europe and the world’s fifth best rail infrastructure, as well as the second most extended high-speed network in the world and a port system characterised by its excellent management and results. Continue reading

Do You Realize What Happened in Cyprus?

Germany just conquered this island nation, seizing a crucial, strategic piece of real estate.

The government of Cyprus no longer rules its own country. In March, the world watched in shock as the Cypriot government prepared to obey the Germans and raid the bank accounts of its own citizens.

Why Cyprus Matters

Cyprus is a powerful watch-post for anybody who wants to survey events in the Middle East. This is precisely what Germany and Rome are interested in. Continue reading

Will Iran Try to Take Over Nigeria?

Africa’s largest oil producer is almost in a civil war. Is Iran about to make it worse?

“Are we at war?” asked Nigerian writer Victor Ehikhamenor in an article for cnn last month. He painted a shocking picture of a cycle of violence that we hear too little about in the Western media.

“Suicide bombing, towns and villages getting blown up, allegations of extra-judicial killings by the police and the military, kidnappings, terrorist attacks on government establishments—total confusion and a lack of solutions to the violence is no longer just news, but a terrifying daily reality show,” he wrote (May 20). Continue reading

China and Germany Strengthen Cooperation With Nigeria

As America grapples with the fiscal cliff, China and Germany are increasing their military presence in an African nation vital to global seaborne trade.

Just last August, the Chinese military had discussions with the Nigerian government to upgrade the Nigerian Navy. During the discussions, Chinese military attaché to Nigeria, Kang Honglin, pointed to the fact that China has already helped Nigeria set up an ammunition assembly line. He then went on to talk about China’s desire to provide the Nigerian Navy with both the training and equipment necessary to secure the Gulf of Guinea. Continue reading