WHAT'S NEW IN INES?

No.31/2003

Dateline: 2003


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

Editor: Tobias Damjanov, e-mail: 
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INES Chair: Prof. Armin Tenner    [Please note that the first "1" in q18 is the number one, while the last "l" is an "L"]


Dear WNII readers, Covering some briefing items from the last months, this WNII issue is the last in the row of the back-up issues re-edited due to a major technical problem (see WNII 26/2003). With the forthcoming WNII eidtion, I shall return to the usual weekly mailing.

Yours, Tobias Damjanov


CONTENTS of WNII No. 31/2003


BRIEFINGS

Jakarte Peace Consensus List

In May this year, shortly after President George Bush declared the war in Iraq over, an open meeting of anti-war movements, coalitions, and organizations was held in Jakarta, Indonesia. The conference was organized at this critical moment to help maintain the momentum of the global anti-war movement that emerged in the run-up to war. After intense debates and discussions, the conference came up with the "Jakarta Peace Consensus" (JPC), a set of core positions on the occupation of Iraq as well as a list of priority campaigns and projects proposed for the global movement. (English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, and Arabic versions of the JPC in PDF format can be downloaded from www.focusweb.org ).

The campaigns and projects include the Occupation Watch Center in Iraq, the International People's Tribunal on Iraq, an international campaign against US bases worldwide, a general assembly of anti-war movements during the coming World Social Forum, and a "World Says 'No' to Bush" campaign in time for the Republican convention. Many of these campaigns have been launched and planning and coordination is underway for others.

Most of the planning and campaign discussions happen on-line in an open list-serve that includes all the participants who were in Jakarta as well as other anti-war activists who have since joined the informal group. Work on the campaigns are undertaken by interested organizations who have since formed smaller open working groups.

We invite you to be part of this continuing virtual conference. The focus of the list is on action and on the campaigns listed above. New proposals are also being discussed. It is a virtual community of activists who are not only committed to oppose war but also to link up with others in that struggle.

If you wish to join, please write an e-mail to: <> with a short introduction of yourself, your organization/coalition (if any), and of your work. Please indicate whether you wish to join the work list, which is reserved only for campaign-related communication, or the information exchange list, which is for sharing articles and forwarded pieces or both.

Focus on the Global South (based in Thailand)


International Human Rights March in Palestine/Israel 2003

An International Human Rights March in Palestine/Israel will start in Tel Aviv on the 20th December 2003- and proceed to Jaffa, Bethlehem, Gaza, Israel cities, Nazareth, The West Bank to end up in Jerusalem probably on 11th January 2004.

As to the background, the initiators explain: "For a long time now the hopeless situation and the suffering of the people in the Middle East has been a constant concern for people from all over the world. The situation seems to be deadlocked and a viable solution for both peoples seems very far away indeed. A group of concerned women from Norway felt that in this critical situation something different needed to be done."

For all details of this important March, including addresses of supporting national committees, visit: http://www.humanrightsmarch.org 

For updates on what's going on in the USA, visit: http://home.covad.net/%7Ekaj206/IHRM/ 

E-mail contact of the Norwegian Organizing Committee: <> 


Publications

"Trust & Verify" No. 109/July-August 2003 Published by the London-based Verification Research, Training and Information Centre (VERTIC)
Contents:

"Trust & Verify" No. 110/September-October 2003 Published by the London-based Verification Research, Training and Information Centre (VERTIC)
Contents:

NOTE: New at VERTIC's website
A new datasets section features VERTIC's collection of national implementation legislation for the Biological Weapons Convention and a searchable database logging the UNMOVIC and IAEA weapons inspection in Iraq from November 2002 to March 2003. The Verification Organisations Directory will be online from November 2003. The site also includes a complete list of VERTIC's publications, many of which are accessible online.  
http://www.vertic.org 

"Disarmament Diplomacy" No. 72, August/September 2003 http://www.acronym.org.uk/dd/dd72/index.htm 
Summary of contents:
This edition of Disarmament Diplomacy details the latest developments rocking the global arms control regime: deepening controversy over the decision of the US, UK and others to override a UN weapons inspections process in Iraq; mounting anxiety over Pyongyang's brazen defiance of its international non-proliferation obligations; growing concern over Iran's reluctance to embrace full nuclear transparency; and domestic and international consternation at the willingness of the Bush administration to explore options for new nuclear weapon designs and capabilities.

"Disarmament Diplomacy" No. 73, October/November 2003 http://www.acronym.org.uk/dd/dd73/index.htm 
Summary of contents:
The current, profound impasse in multilateral disarmament diplomacy was illustrated again in early September with the unproductive conclusion of another annual session of the Conference on Disarmament (CD) in Geneva.


Iran News

Annaliis Abrego Canty of the Managing the Atom Project (Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, Cambridge, MA, USA) wrote on 17 September:

Dear Colleagues,
This summer the Project on Managing the Atom at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, launched a daily service for those interested in ongoing affairs in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Since July we have been compiling an informal collection of news stories about Iran and sending them via e-mail to our listserve on a daily basis. We search for news from a variety of online sources, including: Reuters, United Press International, RFE/RL, Daily Times Pakistan, Islamic Republic News Agency, Asia Times, New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Daily Telegraph, Washington Times, Tehran Times, Financial Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and Pars Times.

It is our goal to provide clippings that are timely, relevant, and of interest; additionally, we try to provide as much information as we can from sources within Iran (which on occasion reflect the environment in which they are written). We also occasionally include longer pieces from think tanks, universities and the like; please feel free to submit your own work or suggestions of material for consideration for distribution.

If you are interested in receiving our Iran News, please respond to the e-mail indicated below and I will be happy to make sure you are on our list:
<> 


USA: the world's largest vendor of arms to developing nations (Source: Federation of American Scientists "Secrecy News", Volume 2003, Issue No. 80, September 25, 2003)

The USA remains the world's largest vendor of arms to developing nations, a new report from the Congressional Research Service (CRS) confirmed.

The CRS report, "Conventional Arms Transfers to Developing Nations, 1995-2002," by Richard F. Grimmett, is the latest update of an annual publication that provides an unclassified account of foreign arms sales. The author has privileged access to U.S. Government data that is not otherwise made available to the public.

The CRS report itself is also not being made available to the public, at least not by CRS.

A copy of "Conventional Arms Transfers to Developing Nations, 1995-2002," dated September 23, is posted here: http://www.fas.org/man/crs/RL32084.pdf 


International Coalition Launches Campaign to Ban Depleted Uranium Weapons (Source: Press Conference in Brussels, 13 Oct 03)

>From 10 through 12 October, experts in several disciplines and from eight countries met in Berlaar, Belgium, to discuss the creation of a strategy for an international ban on the use depleted uranium and other radioactive materials in military weapons.

As a result, a number of organisations called for an immediate ban on depleted uranium and the use of other radioactive materials in conventional arms, the cleanup of all contaminated sites, compensation and care for all affected populations, a halt to the production, testing, sale, and export of DU weapons and a decommissioning of all existing stockpiles.

In pursuit of this goal, they have established The International Coalition For a Ban on Depleted Uranium Weapons. The Coalition calls on Governments, Non-Governmental Organizations and other interested parties to join them in this urgent effort. It also calls on governments to demand full disclosure on the amount and the locations of DU contaminated sites, access for the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) to conduct an environmental assessment and for an independent investigation into the human health consequences in Iraq.

For more, contact Davey Garland: <>