World View: Pakistan Will Sell Warplanes to Saudis, Denies Nuclear Cooperation

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  • Russia will sell warplanes to Egypt
  • Pakistan will sell warplanes to Saudis, denies nuclear cooperation
  • France sending more troops to Central African Republic

Russia will sell warplanes to Egypt

Russia will sell $3 billion in weapons systems to Egypt after an agreement was reached during a visit to Moscow by Egypt's defense minister and likely new president, Field Marshal Abdel al-Fattah al-Sisi. The weapons include MiG-29M/M2 Fulcrum fighter jets, air defense missile complexes, Mi-35 helicopters, coastal anti-ship complexes, and light weapons and ammunition. 

Russia was Egypt's main arms supplier in the 1960s and early 1970s. Egypt is returning to Russia now because of military aid cutbacks by the United States following the military coup that ousted president Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood government. Ria Novosti and Al Ahram (Cairo)

Pakistan will sell warplanes to Saudis, denies nuclear cooperation

Pakistan announced that it plans to sell JF-17 Thunder combat jets and other aircraft and equipment to Saudi Arabia. The JF-17 was developed jointly by China and Pakistan. This announcement comes days after reports that Saudi Arabia is asking Pakistan to send 30,000 troops to Saudi Arabia. Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are signing defense cooperation agreements because of the rise of Iran. 

Saudi Arabia is also very concerned that Iran is developing a nuclear weapon, and some reports are suggesting that Pakistan is also planning to sell nuclear weapons technology to the Saudis. However, Pakistan's foreign minister is denying this: 

We have a nuclear weapons program which is a declared one. We have extensive security regimes. Our civilian nuclear program is under the [International Atomic Energy Agency] safeguards and it is meant to provide energy and it is also used in agriculture and medical fields. 
The IAEA and other organizations have listed Pakistan as a model country with regard to the security mechanisms that we have in place.

Saudi Arabia is thought to be turning to Pakistan because its relationship with the United States has been souring. The News (Pakistan) and Indian Express

France sending more troops to Central African Republic

France said on Friday that it plans to send 400 additional peacekeeping troops to the Central African Republic (CAR), making a total deployment of 2,000 troops working with the African Union force of 6,000 peacekeepers. The troops are being sent because a wave of "ethnic-religious cleansing" and "mass atrocities" loom over CAR. The mass atrocities are being committed by Christian tribes in retaliation for last year's attacks on Christians by Muslim Seleka militias. ( "8-Feb-14 World View -- Central African Republic: Christians aim to get rid of all Muslims"

From the point of view of Generational Dynamics, the CAR conflict is spiraling into a full-scale generational crisis war, despite increasingly desperate international efforts to prevent it. CAR's last generational crisis war was the 1928-1931 Kongo-Wara Rebellion ("War of the Hoe Handle"), which was a very long time ago, putting CAR deep into a generational Crisis era where a new crisis war is increasingly likely. CAR is geographically the size of Texas, with over 500 million people, and so 400 additional troops will make no difference whatsoever. Reuters

KEYS: Generational Dynamics, Russia, MiG-20 Fulcrum, Egypt, Mohamed Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood, Abdel al-Fattah al-Sisi, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, JF-17 Thunder, France, Central African Republic, Kongo-Wara Rebellion, War of the Hoe Handle 

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