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Dateline: July 13, 2001
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CONTENTS of WNII No. 28/2001
MEMBERSHIP AND PROJECTS' NEWS"
Nuclear Free Future Award to Arjun Makhijani
On 16 July, Arjun Makhijani, founder and president of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IEER), a US-based INES member organisation, will receive the Josephine Butler Nuclear Free Future Award.
Josephine Butler, co-founder of the the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Peace Committee of the National Capital area [Washington D.C. that is; the ed.], dedicated her entire being to the struggle for Peace, Justice and Nuclear Abolition. Her example was an inspiration to thousands here in the national capital area, nationally, and world-wide, and her memory lives on in the work of her many protégés.
John Steinbach of the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Peace Committee writes: "Arjun Makhijani exemplifies the spirit and substance of Josephine Butlers memory. From his early years working with the poor in Indias villages, to his current status as one of the worlds foremost experts on environmental issues, Arjun has never lost sight of the importance of informed activism in pursuit of Peace and Justice. Although a serious scientist and academic, as President of the Institute for Energy & Environmental Research Arjun dedicates much of his energy to working with activists on the front lines of resistance to nuclear and environmental madness."
ON THE US MISSILE DEFENCE POLICY
Star Wars Test Expensive and Destabilizing http://www.space4peace.org
From Bruce Gagnon, Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space < >
The planned July 14 test of missile defense systems from Vandenberg AFB, California will cost over US$100 million and dramatically help to destabilize global disarmament efforts. Testing of the National Missile Defense (NMD) program is just the beginning of aerospace corporation, U.S. government and Pentagon efforts to move the arms race into space.
The recent "Rumsfeld Commission" report states that, "In the coming period the U.S. will conduct operations to, from, in and through space in support of its national interests both on the earth and in space."
"George W. Bush and his aerospace corporation allies know that they cannot go to the American people and ask for hundreds of billions of dollars for offensive space weapons that will allow the U.S. to control and dominate space," says Regina Hagen, a German board member of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. "So instead they dress up their new Star Wars plan in sheep clothing and call it a defensive shield to protect the U.S., and now its allies, from purportedly 'rogue' states. In Germany, we can see through this façade."
"While the merits of NMD are debated, the Bush administration is moving to deploy Theatre Missile Defense (TMD) systems in the Middle East. It will also eventually surround China, and will force a chain reaction of nuclear weapons proliferation as Iran, China, India, and Pakistan all move to respond to U.S. destabilizing deployments. First comes NMD, then TMD, then space-based lasers. In the end the world becomes more unstable, the weapons corporations get rich, and the American taxpayer gets hung out to dry," claimed Bruce Gagnon, Coordinator of the Global Network.
Coming on the heels of Bush's enormous tax cut, an expansion of the arms race into space will also force Congress to abandon any real effort to provide health care for those Americans who do not presently have it, and will require dramatic cuts in other needed social programs. Despite claims otherwise Congress cannot provide both guns and butter.
The farewell warning to the American people by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1961 to "beware of the power of the military industrial complex" seems all the more relevant today as the aerospace industry now has "unwarranted" access and influence in Congress and the White House. Democracy is in danger when such decisions are made to spend the national treasury on plans that will only lead to a more unstable world.
The Global Network is organizing an International Day of Protest to Stop the Militarization of Space on October 13. Local actions will be held at military bases and aerospace corporations facilities around the world.
US Congress: Missile Defense Critique Published (Source: BITS' NEWS-Press-Report 2001.27, 13 July 2001)
After an extended tug of war between the Pentagon and Congressman John F. Tierney (D-MA), a critique of the national missile defense program that the Defense Department tried to suppress has now been released to the public. The August 2000 report, which faults the missile defense program for inadequate and unrealistic testing, was prepared by Philip Coyle, then-Director of Operational Test and Evaluation.
"The Department of Defense has not approved the release of this report to the general public," wrote Stewart F. Aly, DoD Acting Deputy General Counsel in a May 31 letter to Rep. Dan Burton, Chairman of the House Government Reform Committee. "Accordingly, the report should not be disclosed to persons other than Members of Congress and professional staff members who have an official need to see it," Mr. Aly continued. "We specifically request that you not post this report on any web sites."
But Democrats on the Government Reform Committee, led by Rep. Tierney, quickly determined that there was no legal justification for withholding the unclassified document. They have posted the full text of the Coyle report, with accompanying analysis and related correspondence, here: http://www.house.gov/reform/min/nmd.html
USA: Administration Missile Defense Papers
A new consensus statement of administration policy prepared by the White House has been distributed by cable to all U.S. embassies and post abroad to provide American diplomats with talking points to help persuade other governments to support President Bush's plans for deployment of missile defense systems. The cable is presented in four parts: "Principal Themes on Missile Defense," "Questions and Answers," "The Impact of the ABM Treaty on U.S. Missile Defense Programs," and "Misconceptions about Missile Defense."
The US-based The Carnegie Non-Proliferation Project obtained a copy of the cable and is posting it on the web to increase public understanding of the Administration's proposals: http://www.ceip.org/files/projects/npp/resources/EmbassyCableNMD.htm
Project Director Joseph Cirincione provides an analysis of the defense plans in a Carnegie Analysis: http://www.ceip.org/files/nonprolif/templates/article.asp?NewsID=955
For key documents and background materials on missile defense, please see the Project's Missile Defense section: http://www.ceip.org/files/nonprolif/weapons/weapon.asp?ID=5&weapon=missiledefense
Climate change and carbon emissions
UNEP Energy Centre Newsletter June 2001
The June 2001 newsletter from the UNEP Collaborating Centre on Energy and the Environment, based in Riso, Denmark, is now available online at: http://www.uccee.org/UcceeNews/June01.pdf
Articles deal with:
2001 Human Development Report http://www.undp.org/hdr2001/
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has released its Human Development Report "Making new technologies work for human development". All chapters of this Report can be downloaded as pdf files from the website indicated above.
CONFERENCES, MEETINGS, SEMINARS
Ecological Economic Management and Planning in Regional and Urban Systems
Fifth International Conference of the International Society for Ecological Economics Russian Chapter (ISEE/RC 2001)
For more details, visit: http://www.ulb.ac.be/ceese/STAFF/safonov/ISEERC2001.htm
International Conference on Systems Thinking Globally Concerned
Bertalanffy Anniversary Conference 2001 http://www.bertalanffy.org/discus
For more details, contact: < >
INES WEB AND E-MAIL SERVICE
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