Dateline: January 19, 2001

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CONTENTS of WNII No. 3/2001


"The SEU TIMES" No 6 (15) - August-November 2000

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

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

Russians in 20 Cities Protest Nuke Waste Import Plan http://ens-news.com/ens/jan2001/2001L-01-16-03.html

Russian INES member organisation Socio-Ecological Union was part of a Russian environmental groups' day of actions against a proposal of the Ministry of Atomic Power (Minatom) import nuclear waste on a commercial basis. Actions took place in 20 cities across western and central Russia, the Ural district and Siberia. The environmentalists are protesting approval given by the Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, for a first reading of three laws that would allow Minatom to store and reprocess foreign spent nuclear fuel in Russia. Current Russian law does not permit the import of nuclear waste. The Socio-Ecological Union and EcoDefense! have been working since 1994 to stop the development and spread of nuclear technology, and replace it with renewable sources of energy and efficiency technologies.

Prof. Rotblat on Ballistic Missile Defence in "The Times"

"The Times", January 16, 2001: Letter to the Editor Pretext for missile defence 'absurd'

From Professor Sir Joseph Rotblat, FRS
Sir, You may be right (leading article, January 13) that the US ballistic missile defence (BMD) system will be built, even though it is unlikely ever to be 100 per cent effective. But you are wrong, in my opinion, to imply that BMD would enhance world security. On the contrary, it would endanger world security. The Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty of 1972 will almost certainly be the victim of the decision to proceed with BMD, and it is important to remind ourselves of the significance of this treaty. At the time the treaty was negotiated, the US Administration was in favour of it while the Soviet Union was strongly opposed to it. At the Pugwash Conferences we managed to convince our Russian colleagues to persuade their Government that ballistic missile defence would be bound to result in an intensification of the nuclear arms race, because any such system could be saturated by the use of a larger number of missiles, and offensive missiles are much cheaper than defensive ones. Three decades later, and this argument is still valid. Although the Cold War is over, the mindset on nuclear issues has survived: We still seem to rely on the nuclear deterrent for world security. But if the US were protected by a BMD system, Russia and China would have lost their deterrents and be compelled to restore the balance by increasing their nuclear arsenals - a new nuclear arms race. Officially, of course, BMD is not intended to defend against Russia or China but against "rogue states" (or "states of concern" in current jargon). But this pretext is absurd. Any nuclear attack with ballistic missiles would be suicidal for those states. If such states, or terrorist groups sponsored by them, wanted to injure the US, this could be achieved by cheaper means and with less risk of reprisal. Anyhow, there is an alternative way to deal with the nuclear threat, whether from rogue states or from overt or covert nuclear states, namely, by the creation of a nuclear-weapon-free world, safeguarded by a robust verification and enforcement regime. The UK (as well as the US) is legally committed to the elimination of nuclear weapons. In pursuance of this policy - and for the sake of world peace - the Government should make an effort to convince the US Administration to abandon the BMD project.
Yours faithfully, JOSEPH ROTBLAT, 8 Asmara Road, NW2 3ST. January 14


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NEW on the Abolition 2000 Website:

Update of WILPF's Reaching Critical Will Project http://www.reachingcriticalwill.org/

From: Felicity Hill, Director, UN Liaison Office, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)

Stockpile Stewardship and Nuclear Weapons Development

Two noteworthy resources on the Stockpile Stewardship Program have recently been published:

ISODARCO papers on arms control

The International School On Disarmament And Research On Conflicts (ISODARCO) held the Seventh ISODARCO-Beijing Seminar on Arms Control in Xian, PRC, from October 8-12, 2000. The conference brought together nonproliferation experts from China, the United States, Europe, Canada, Japan and Russia to discuss nuclear weapons nonproliferation and disarmament issues. The US-based Nautilus Institute is pleased to provide selected papers from this conference. Papers will be distributed periodically on the following web site: http://www.nautilus.org/nukepolicy/workshops/ISODARCO-00/papers.html   Already available are:

Abolition 2000 Grassroots Newsletter January 2001 (Vol. III Number 1)

The latest Grassroots Newsletter of the Abolition 2000 Network has the following contents:


Report "Scientific Assessment of Climate Change"

Working Group I of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) met in Shanghai, China from 17 to 20 January to finalize its contribution to the IPCC's Third Assessment Report. The 1,000-page draft volume entitled "Scientific Assessment of Climate Change" was to be accepted in Shanghai by several hundred expert and government reviewers, who were also approve a brief Summary for Policymakers. The report's Summary for Policymakers will be posted English at: http://www.ipcc.ch


Nobel winner proposes nuclear rebel Vanunu for peace prize

(from: "Times of London", January 14, 2001) The Nobel peace laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire has called for this year's award to be presented to Mordechai Vanunu, who was jailed for treason and espionage after leaking details of Israel's nuclear weapons programme to The Sunday Times. Maguire has nominated the whistleblower because of the personal sacrifice he made after he decided to alert the world to the Israeli arsenal. The move comes as new efforts are made to win parole for Vanunu, who has been in jail in Israel since 1986. He was lured from London to Rome and kidnapped by a team working for Mossad, the Israeli secret service.


Re: Depleted uranium weapons (II)

Since there are far too many articles and sources to be summarized here, I shall prepare a separate on-topic compilation which will be available upon request within the next week. The contents would cover some of the major articles on this issue plus web references. Tobias Damjanov, Editor

"Disabled People Speak on the New Genetics". DPI Europe's Position Statement on Bioethics and Human Rights http://www.dpieurope.org/

To mark the UN Human Rights Day on 10 December, Disabled People's International (DPI) presents this statement which you can find in English at: http://www.dpieurope.org/htm/bioethics/dpsngfullreport.htm   For a list of 10 key demands, visit: http://www.dpieurope.org/htm/bioethics/dpsng10demands.htm   Both documents are downloadable as PDF files in the following languages: Spanish: http://freespace.virgin.net/dpi.europe/downloads/bioethics-spanish.pdf
Italian: http://freespace.virgin.net/dpi.europe/downloads/bioethics-italian.pdf  
English: http://freespace.virgin.net/dpi.europe/downloads/bioethics-english.pdf

UNIDIR "disarmament forum" four/2000

"Biological Weapons: from the BWC to biotech" is the subject of the latest issue of "disarmament forum" which is published by the UN Institute for Disarmament Research. Introduced by a Special Comment by the Hungarian Minister for Foreign Affairs, JŠnos Martonyi, the fourth edition of last year carries the following articles:


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