WHAT'S NEW IN INES?
Dateline: November 28, 1999
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''Challenges for Science and Engineering in the 21st Century''
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CONTENTS of WNII No. 45/1999
MEMBER ORGANISATIONS' AND PROJECT GROUPS' NEWS
Center for Arms Control, Energy and Environmental Studies
On 22 November, the Center wrote to the subscribers of its "START Web Site News" the following:
We apologize for the major interruption in updating information on the Center's website and for the cessation of the access to a notable part of it.
These problems are the result of the search conducted on October 27, 1999 by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB, Federalnaya Sluzhba Bezopasnosti). During the search the FSB officers took away, among other things, computers that we used as the Internet webserver and the office network fileserver. The search was conducted by Kaluga regional FSB administration officers investigating a case on disclosure of classified information. Along with the computers and numerous working materials, FSB confiscated all remaining copies of "Russian Strategic Nuclear Weapons" - a book that was written, published and being disseminated by the Center.
Same day, within the framework of the same criminal case FSB searched apartments of Pavel Podvig, an arms control researcher with our Center; Joshua Handler, a doctoral candidate at Princeton University, who was invited to Moscow by the Institute for USA and Canada Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (ISKRAN); and Igor Sutyagin, a researcher with ISKRAN. Igor Sutyagin is one of the authors of "Russian Strategic Nuclear Weapons".
Currently, Igor Sutyagin is being charged with treason and held under arrest by FSB. None of the Center's affiliates has been charged with anything, and we believe that there is no grounds for any claims of this kind. Also, we strongly believe that all charges against Igor Sutyagin will be dismissed as soon the case is investigated.
We're working on restoration of the Center's computer network and currently have to suspend our work on the Center's website (including START Web Site). Also, our webserver at http://iris.mipt.ru will not be fully accessible until we restore its contents (and we obviously will not be able to restore the information that was stored at this server only). We invite our readers to use our other webserver at http://armscontrol.ru .
Center for Arms Control, Energy and Environmental Studies, Russia e-mail:
New Zealand: Engineers for Social Responsibility (ESR) Newsletter November 1999
The latest ESR Newsletter carries the following articles, among others:
Next year's ESR Annual General Meeting will be held in Auckland on 16 March 2000.
Action Alert NATO Review by Alice Slater, Global Resource Action Center for the Environment (GRACE), USA
NATO promised, at the 50th Anniversary meeting in April, to review its nuclear policy at their meeting during the first week in December in Brussels. Pol Huyvetter, Chair of our Abolition Days Direct Action Working Group is organizing demonstrations at the NATO headquarters on December 2nd and 3rd.
If you can't get to Brussels, there's still a lot you can do. Regardless of whether or not you live in a NATO state, please contact your legislators, heads of state, foreign ministers, and ask either that your government as a member of NATO act to change NATO nuclear policy to reflect the post-cold war reality, or if your country is not a member of NATO, that your government contact NATO states to realize the promise of nuclear disarmament 10 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
ITS IMPORTANT THAT WE KEEP THE PRESSURE ON!! EVEN THOUGH THE US RELUCTANTLY AGREED TO REVIEW NATO NUCLEAR POLICY AT THE APRIL 50TH ANNIVERSARY, THERE IS INFORMATION THAT THE US WILL ONCE AGAIN TRY TO SWEEP IT UNDER THE TABLE!! WE MUST NOT LET THAT HAPPEN!!
Ask that you government demand steps consistent with our Abolition Statement: 1. An immediate commitment to begin negotiations for a treaty to eliminate nuclear weapons. 2. Guarantees of No First Use 3. Taking all nuclear weapons off alert 4. Taking all US nuclear weapons out of Europe
Letters to the editor, op-ed pieces, etc. will be helpful too.
SPREAD THIS MESSAGE TO ALL YOUR EMAIL LISTS--IF YOU ARE IN A MEMBERSHIP ORGANIZATION ASK YOUR MEMBERS TO HELP CREATE A GROUNDSWELL FOR MEANINGFUL STEPS TOWARDS NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT AT THE NATO REVIEW. Many thanks for your help.
Alice Slater < >
"INES Newsletter" No. 27 out now
The latest "INES Newsletter" has the following contents:
The "INES Newsletter" is edited by Armin Tenner, Buziaustraat 18, 1068 KN Amsterdam, The Netherlands Tel/Fax: , E-mail: A pure ASCII version is available for distribution by e-mail. Ask the "INES Newsletter" editor to put you on his distribution list.
Update of INES Regional Contacts (in alphabetical order of continents and continental regions)
Abolition 2000 homepage: http://www.abolition2000.org
Grassroots News: http://www.napf.org/abolition2000/news/
Abolition 2000 Grassroots Newsletter November 1999 http://www.wagingpeace.org/abolition2000
The section "Articles" of the latest Abolition 2000 Grassroots Newsletter carries the following information bits:
Request from Carah Lynn Ong, Coordinator, Abolition 2000
In the "Abolition 2000 Grassroots Newsletter", November 1999, Carah Lynn Ong requests:
As the 1999 comes to a close, I am preparing a report on the status of the Network at the Year 2000. This comprehensive report is intended to evaluate the diverse aspects of the Network, produce appreciation for all actions that have contributed to the Abolition 2000 movement and inspire action.
I would like to hear of significant events, pertaining to the Network, that have taken place in your country/region/organization throughout 1999 and what plans are being made for the year 2000. I intend to have this report finished and available to all by the end of December 1999. I would greatly appreciate input from your country/region/organization by December 15, if possible.
1. What significant events relating to Abolition 2000 or the abolition of nuclear weapons have taken place in your country/region/organization this year?
2. What plans pertaining to the Abolition 2000 network or actions towards abolishing nuclear weapons does your country/region/organization have for the year 2000?
3. How does your country/region/organization envision the future of the Network? What is your country/region/organization doing to carry out that vision?
4. How can the network be more effective in the year 2000? What type of actions should the Network take to become more unified and to achieve our goal of nuclear abolition?
Yours In Peace, Carah
NATO Assembly Urges US To Ratify CTBT ftp://ftp.nautilus.org/nnnnet/news/111599afp.txt
NATO's parliamentary assembly approved a resolution urging the United States to reconsider its position on ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). The resolution -- which was passed after the U.S. Senate rejected the CTBT, currently signed by 16 of the 19 members in NATO -- stated that the current moratorium on nuclear testing had not reduced NATO's nuclear deterrent.
[Source: NATO Nuclear Flash 99-47 (November 24, 1999)]
Proponent of nuclear abolition elected Prime Minister of Aotearoa/New Zealand
Shortly after the general elections in Aotearoa/New Zealand, Kate Dewes, Vice-President of the International Peace Bureau, writes: " We are thrilled with the news tonight that Helen Clark has been elected the first woman Prime Minister of Aotearoa/New Zealand, leading a Labour/Alliance Coalition government after 9 years in Opposition. She has been a long-time proponent of nuclear abolition and is committed to the Labour Party policy of promoting a Nuclear Weapons Convention, the New Agenda Coalition and the goals of Abolition 2000. She is keen to take an active part in the NPT in April and last year she launched Rob Green's book 'Fast Track to Zero Nuclear Weapons' in Parliament."
Kate Dewes < >
Hague Appeal for Peace: All Africa Peace Conference
A report has been made available about the All Africa Peace Conference (AAPC) held in Kenya on 4-7 November as a follow up to the Hague Appeal for Peace Conference.
If you wish to obtain this report, please contact: Brian Rawson, Program Coordinator, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, at: < >
CONFERENCES - MEETINGS - SEMINARS
Events listed here are being published only once due to limited space. Changes, however, will be taken into account (marked with ''UPDATE'')
"Citizenship and Exclusion" (12th Annual Conference of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics [SASE])
Founded in 1989 at the initiative of Amitai Etzioni, SASE is an interdisciplinary organisation with members in over 50 countries on five continents. It aims to support "the intellectual exploration of economic behaviour and its policy implications within the context of societal, institutional, historical, philosophical, psychological and ethical factors".
For more details, contact the local organizer: Prof. David Marsden < >
Suggestions concerning events, invited speakers, roundtables, sub-themes, etc. should be made to Christel Lane (University of Cambridge) < >
General inquiries about SASE should be addressed to: < >
INES WEB AND E-MAIL SERVICE
All INES e-mail addresses and homepages are available upon request from:
Correction email address European DataBank Sustainable Development
Please note the correct email address of the European DataBank Sustainable Development, a project co-sponsored by INES:
[webmaster's note: EUDB now has a web site at http://inesglobal.org/eudb ]
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