Dateline: June 23, 2001

This is the weekly electronic information service of the International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility

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CONTENTS of WNII No. 25/2001


UK: Open Science Proposal From: Alan Cottey, Scientists for Global Responsibility (SGR) UK < >

Open Science: the case for doing some scientific projects in a radically open manner, supported by an Open Science Protocol. Open Science is a programme of ideas being developed by Alan Cottey and SGR colleagues. A recently updated report may be seen at: http://www.sgr.org.uk/OS.html  


The Open Science Proposal is that it would be useful for the scientific community to have a widely recognised Protocol of Openness, applying to individual scientific projects. Only a small fraction of all scientific projects would be done according to the required standard of radical openness, but those projects could claim a 'gold standard' of openness. Such projects would permit detailed scrutiny and criticism, and so furnish an efficient route to socially established reliable knowledge. Not all science is open, or even nearly open, nor is there any prospect of this. Four levels of openness are identified. If these four levels were borne in mind, controversial truth claims in science could be debated with more light and less heat.

"The SEU TIMES" No 4 (19) - June 2001

"The SEU TIMES" is the electronic newsletter of the "Socio-Ecological Union", one of the Russian INES member organsiations. The latest edition has the following contents:

Editor: Sviatoslav Zabelin < > Previous issues of "The SEU Times" may be found at "The Online Gadfly": http://www.igc.org/gadfly 


USA: Democrats Criticize Missile Defense [Source: Nuclear Policy Project Flash, Volume 3, Number 24, June 18, 2001]

Seven Democrats from the US House of Representatives joined several anti-missile defense activist groups at a news conference to oppose Bush's proposal as ineffective, too expensive and a threat to national security. While lawmakers often mute their criticisms of a president when he is abroad, they hoped to influence the US allies Bush is trying to convince to support the anti-missile system development.

New Asian Forum Against U.S. Defense Plan (Source: Associated Press, 15 June 2001) http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20010615/wl/china_shanghai_summit_8.html  

At the inauguration of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a new six-nation Asian forum, defense ministers of China, Russia and four Central Asian republics criticized U.S. missile-defense plans Friday as harmful to world security.

The group will foster "world multi-polarization, " said Chinese President Jiang Zemin. Kyrgyzstan President Askar Akayev said it would nurture the "establishment of a fair and reasonable international order." Other members of the group are Uzbekistan, Kazakstan and Tajikistan. It replaces the Shanghai Five, a forum created in 1996 to resolve border disputes and fight rising Islamic militancy.

The defense ministers singled out Washington for criticism, saying its proposed missile defense would have a "negative impact on world security," according to Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Deguang. Zhang said the new group was not a military alliance aimed at the United States. He also stated that the governments want stability and security in Central Asia, but not by "seeking military confrontation or establishing a military alliance, which was a feature of the Cold War era."


Abolition 2000 homepage: http://www.abolition2000.org  Grassroots News: http://www.napf.org/abolition2000/news

Middle Powers Initiative (MPI): New webpage

This is to inform you that the Middle Powers Initiative (MPI) has launched a new webpage: http://www.middlepowers.org  


2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development: Regional preparations


Dangers, Doctrines and Deterrence: The challenges of missile defense, militarization of space and nuclear disarmament

For more details, contact Colin Archer, Secretary, NGO Committee for Disarmament: < >

Conference to launch the European Network for Peace and Human Rights

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