Dateline: November 25, 2001

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CONTENTS of WNII No. 46/2001


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

"Nuclear deterrence in variable circumstances. And is it a wooden sword?"

This is the title of the English version of a French brochure just produced by a coalition of French organizations linked or associated to the Abolition 2000 Network. It includes Comments on the Legislation for French Military Programming for 2003-2008.

You can get this brochure either from Dominique Lalanne at: < > or from the WNII Editor as an rtf-formatted email attachment.

P.S.: For French-speaking people, I am pretty sure that there is also a French-language original; T.D.

India, Pakistan and the Bomb

"India, Pakistan and the Bomb: The subcontinent is the most likely place for a nuclear war" is the title of a major article in the December 2001 issue of "Scientific American". The authors, M. V. Ramana and A. H. Nayyar, are physicists and peace activists who have worked to bridge the divide between India and Pakistan. Ramana, a research staff member in Princeton University's Program on Science and Global Security > http://www.princeton.edu/~globsec    <, is a founding member of the Indian Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace. Nayyar, a physics professor at Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad, is co-founder of the Pakistan Peace Coalition.

The article can be found at: http://www.sciam.com/2001/1201issue/1201ramana.html  

NOTE the following related links (taken from the article):

Know_Nukes group (From: Jim Hoerner < > )

Know_Nukes is a public group for discussion of all things nuclear. This includes nuclear power, nuclear weapons, food irradiation, the environmental impacts of nuclear technology, radiation, nuclear medicine, depleted uranium, etc. The group is unmoderated. Posting of articles, opinions, and scientific studies are encouraged, as are pro- and anti- viewpoints.


2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development News

NOTE: IPF has been acknowledged by UN-DESA as a host for international civil society groups on PrepCom IV. Through UN-DESA, IPF will coordinate multi-stakeholder participation by linking Jakarta People's Forum with the Global Major Group Consultation in PrepCom IV.

Manual on the International Year of Ecotourism

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has made available this new manual at: http://www.uneptie.org/pc/tourism/ecotourism/documents.htm  


56th UN General Assembly General Debate: quotes on disarmament and security (From Felicity Hill, Director, UN Office, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom)

The 56th General Assembly General Debate was held from November 10-16, 2001 at UN Headquarters in New York City. The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom United Nations Office has compiled selected quotes from the speeches made by Heads of State and Foreign Ministers.

USA: On Campus Conservatives Denounce Dissent (Source: Boston Globe, 13 Nov 01)

A conservative academic group founded by Lynne Cheney, the wife of Vice President Dick Cheney, fired a new salvo in the culture wars by blasting 40 college professors as well as the president of Wesleyan University and others for not showing enough patriotism in the aftermath of Sept. 11.

The report lists 117 comments or incidents as evidence that campuses are hostile to the US government and out of step with most Americans who, according to polls, support the war in Afghanistan. Indeed, the report says, the message of much of academe was clear: BLAME AMERICA FIRST.

College and university faculty have been the weak link in America's response to the attack, say leaders of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni in a report being issued today. The report names names and criticizes professors for making statements short on patriotism and long on self-flagellation.

Several of the scholars singled out in the report said they felt blacklisted, complaining that their words had been taken out of context to make them look like enemies of the state.

It's a little too reminiscent of McCarthyism, said Hugh Gusterson, an associate professor of anthropology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was named in the report for his comments at a campus peace rally where he made a connection between American suffering after Sept. 11 and the suffering in war-torn Afghanistan.

This kind of document reminds me of the Soviet Union, where officials weren't satisfied until 98 or 99 percent of people voted with them, Gusterson said.

While there have been some campus antiwar protests recently - such as the burning of two American flags at Amherst College - these have been relatively rare, and most were criticized by college officials concerned about other students and alumni who lost loved ones in the Sept. 11 attacks.

Among the scholars named in the report, several said the council was carrying out its own political agenda: painting higher education as a bastion of political correctness and trying to silence any criticism of the Bush administration.

Douglas Bennet, the president of Wesleyan, was named for a Sept. 14 letter to the Wesleyan community. The letter condemned the terrorist attacks, but the council singled out one passage in which Bennet voiced his concern that disparities and injustices in American society and the world can lead to hatred and violence, and that societies should try to see the world through the sensitivities of others.

International Society for the Systems Sciences: New website re 11 September

The International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS) is operating a new website containing a compilation of viewpoints which have been gathered together since 11 September. A new page will be uploaded every few days or so. The URL reads: http://www.isss.org/911/index.htm  

NOTE: The viewpoints presented therein are those of the individual author and should not be taken as representative viewpoint of ISSS.


IASTED International Conference Modeling and Simulation (MS 2002)

This conference provides an opportunity for prominent specialists, researchers, and engineers throughout the world to share their latest research in the use of modeling and simulation.

For more, visit: http://www.iasted.org/conferences/2002/marina/ss-353c.htm  

European Conference on Information Warfare and Security (ECIW)


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