Middle East, Power Generation, China in Sudan

Dated: 10 Sep 2014
Posted by Christine Chan
Categoiry: International, Technology

Middle East: United Nations and Western officials are attempting to push a tentative truce through negotiations now under way between the Assad regime and rebels backed by Western officials.   This uneasy peace is being forged in order to eliminate the threat posed by the Islamic State. The idea is to persuade both sides—as well as their regional backers, Iran for the regime; Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey for the rebels—that no one can win the war.  This comes as President Obama will address the nation this evening regarding his plans and strategy for the region.  The speech can be viewed here at 9:00 p.m. EST.

Power Generation: University of Washington researchers have created a power harvester that uses natural fluctuations in temperature and pressure as its power source. The device harvests energy in any location where these temperature changes naturally occur, powering sensors that can check for water leaks or structural deficiencies in hard-to-reach places and alerting users by sending out a wireless signal.

China in Sudan: China is deploying seven hundred soldiers to a United Nations peacekeeping force in South Sudan to help guard the country’s oil fields and protect Chinese energy interests in the areas.  The deployment marks the first time Beijing has contributed a battalion to a U.N. peacekeeping force.  In related news, Beijing has voiced interest in assisting the US-led coalition in combating ISIS, with Chinese officials recently saying that some nationals have traveled to Iraq and Syria to fight alongside the radicals.

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