iran/america share technology
I am participating in a water resources conference in Marrakech, Morocco.
Yesterday, I promoted the idea that instead of $trillions going to war, the US and the world community would do well to invest the same amount for peace - by increasing the % of water Turkey collects for its own use and shares with its neighbors, including Syria and Iraq.
As the primary source of water in the region (average elevation 1,150 m), Turkey needs to take the lead (with an enlightened group of world leaders?) in capturing a larger share of the water that comes from the mountains and from orographic precipitation - now it captures (naturally, and through dams) about 98 billion cubic meters per year (although there's been a several year drought that has brought tension in the unstable areas to Turkey's south), with a potential to capture at least 186 BCM/yr.
I promoted a water conflict resolution framework I developed that requires an understanding of the nature of crisis in resource management.
I only had 20 minutes to load my slides on the conference laptop...it did not have Microsoft Office software, but Open Office, so my slides got misaligned. I left the lunch early to fix the slides in Open Office, got conference staff to open the Karam 2 room, and started to do the fix.
The speaker following me, Hamed (from Iran), had a laptop that he was going to use for his talk...with Microsoft Office/Powerpoint. What luck. We shared each other's slides and within 10 minutes, I was up.
If somebody knows, tell me, but his computer key board was not QWERTY format, but something like ZWERTY. This is something you may want to check out if you need to borrow a computer overseas, or go to a cyber cafe. It was not just the Iranian laptop, but the same for the Morrocon cyber cafe.