=== WNII No. 11/1998 ===
WHAT'S NEW IN INES?
=== WNII No. 11/1998 ===
Dateline of this issue: 7 June 1998
Editor: Tobias Damjanov, Am Beckerkamp 12/app 26
D-21031 Hamburg, Germany
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=== > INES-Project "Spiritual Dimensions of Sustainability"
Spirit and Reason of Sustainability
Invitation to an international expert meeting, September, 25-27, 1998 in the Evangelic Academy Bad Segeberg (near Hamburg, Germany), in cooperation with the Evangelic Academy Muelheim (Ruhr)
This meeting stands in the context of
- the INES-Congress "Challenges of Sustainable Development" in Amsterdam 1996,
- a follow-up meeting "Ethical Dimensions of Sustainability - Consequences of the Biocentric Point of View" in the Evangelic Academy Muelheim (June 1997),
- a series of meetings "Do we need a Second Enlightenment? Science and the Ecological Crisis" in Bad Segeberg and Muelheim 1997/98
- and the INES-Project "Spiritual Dimensions of Sustainability".
It can be seen as a preparatory seminar to further events in the Academies in Bad Segeberg and Muelheim and especially for the next INES-Congress "Challenges for Science and Engineering in the Next Century", in Stockholm, 2000.
It is planned to deal with the ranges and limitations of an ethics of discourse, the determination of its forms and contents (ethical values), with the "spirit of sustainability" and by that with the ethical and spiritual dimensions of a sustainable development in a far-reaching perspective.
We will invite international participants, from science, technology, philosophy and theology, also advanced students of these fields.
Conference language is English.
The following topics and parts of the programme are planned:
Biocentric ethics of discourse as a presupposition of sustainability -
spirituality and sustainability - sustainable life-styles - perception
of nature - forms and rituals of secular and Christian spirituality etc.
Contact: Dr. Frank Meyberg,
INES-Project "Spiritual Dimensions of Sustainability",
Eberhardstr. 9, D-22041 Hamburg, Germany,
============ Member Organisations' + Project Groups' News ============
=== > USA: Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF)
The June issue of NAPF's electronic newsletter ''The Sunflower'' (No. 13-1998) focuses mainly on the Indian and Pakistani nuclear testing. Additionally, there are articles on
--- First U.S. Permanent Nuclear Waste Storage Site Approved
--- Mobile Chernobyl Bill Stalls in U.S. Senate
=== > 1999 Hague Appeal / Peace Conference
INES is supporting the Hague Appeal for Peace and the corresponding Conference, 10-15 May 1999. If you wish to receive up-to-date information on this event by email, be informed that the IPPNW runs a Hague Appeal for Peace e-mail list.
For subscription, please contact Brian Rawson <>
=== > 8-nation appeal Toward a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World
You can find this Appeal on BASIC's website at <http://www.basicint.org>
=== > Russian whistleblower in trouble
IALANA, the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms, has distributed the following message:
We urgently need your help! Once again the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) has imprisoned someone for what appears to be the legitimate exercise of his freedom of speech concerning radioactive contamination in Russia. Journalist Grigory Pasko was arrested in Vladivostok on November 20, 1997 and has been accused of espionage. The FSB appears to be hurrying the case to court to get Pasko convicted before an international campaign for his release gathers speed. After the massive campaign for Aleksandr Nikitin's release, we once more need to work to stop persecution of those who openly report on radioactive contamination in Russia.
Grigory Pasko is a highly critical journalist, who is not afraid of whistleblowing. He worked for the newspaper of the Russian Pacific Fleet "Boevaya Vakhta" and published numerous articles in that and other newspapers about the illegal dumping of nuclear waste in the Japanese sea, accidents on nuclear submarines, increasing nuclear contamination of the Pacific coast line, mishandling of nuclear materials and corruption in Russia's Pacific Fleet.
Pasko was not afraid to name those people whom he considered responsible for the abuses he uncovered. Despite repeated warnings from military superiors and harassment by FSB agents, Pasko continued his investigative and critical journalism until the day of his arrest. Only a week before his arrest, Pasko published an article criticizing amendments to Russia's Law on State Secrets, which classifies as secret any information regarding nuclear facilities. It is under this same law that Pasko is now being held on espionage charges.
Pasko's defense is severely limited by the fact that the FSB has classified the case as state secret and his lawyers in Vladivostok are too afraid to talk openly. The criminal investigation was finalized in late May 1998. We are concerned that the FSB is pushing to have this case taken to court quickly. We have few illusions as to Pasko's prospects for a fair trial considering that he will be tried in Vladivostok by a military court in a closed hearing. Therefore, we need to take action now. Several NGOs in Russia, including the PEN Club, Memorial and the Glasnost Defense Foundation, have joined forces in Pasko's defense. We want to add a lawyer from Moscow (who can review the materials of the case free of intimidation of the local FSB) to Pasko's defense team. We believe this is the only way to prevent Pasko's conviction. Unfortunately, a lawyer and trips to Vladivostok cost a considerable amount of money. Pasko's wife and human rights organizations in Russia cannot cover all these costs. If any of you can help us find the money to cover the costs, we would be very grateful. We also ask you to start a letter writing and media campaign for the release of Grigory Pasko. We will send you a campaign package with more background, campaign suggestions, addresses, sample letters, etc., in the near future.
For more information, please contact Kate Jones or Diederik Lohman by phone or by email: <>
Thank you for your help,
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