INES INFORMATION SERVICE


The International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility (INES) is an independent non-profit-organization concerned about the impact of science and technology on society. INES was founded in 1991. INES' efforts focus on disarmament and international peace, ethics, justice and sustainable development. INES is affiliated with the United Nations and with UNESCO as a NON-Governmental Organization (NGO). INES has become a network of nearly 100 organisations and individual members.


The "What's New In INES" (WNII) is one of the main communication instrument of INES. It shall give the member organisations the possibility to publish their articles, and serve at the same time as a general overview of related international news.


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Topics, INES, WNII, Issue No. 1/2007, January 2006




1. WAR AND PEACE - ARMS RACE AND DISARMAMENT


- Europe Says Saddam's Execution Solves No Problems for Iraq 


- Japan Has No Capability To Produce Nuclear Weapons In Near Future by Komfie Manalo


- Egypt slams Iran over "nuclear" words


- Nuclear material secretly moved by Peter Eisler




2. SCIENCE AND ETHICS


- "New" drugs said to escape patent restrictions


- Developing nations eligible for European funding by Evelyn Harvey




3. SUSTAINABILITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE


- Egypt designates a "decade of science" by Wagdy Sawahel


- Talking climate change by Mohammad Reazuddin




4. NUCLEAR AND RENEWABLE ENERGIES


- Peru Struggles to Go Green with Natgas


- California Regulators Issue Solar Energy Guide 


- German Firm to Make Biodiesel from Big Mac Fat 



5. CONFERENCES AND ACTIVITIES 


- International congress "Nuclearisation in Europe and the Middle East - From Threat to Preventive Action"




6. DOCUMENTATIONS


- Lebanon at a Tripwire, Middle East Briefing No. 20 by International Crisis Group


- Half Full or Half Empty? Realizing the Promise of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty by Jean du Preez




7. ANNOUNCEMENTS


- Medical Peace Work


- Security Council imposes sanctions on Iran for failure to halt uranium enrichment




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1. WAR AND PEACE - ARMSRACE AND DISARMAMENT





EUROPE SAYS SADDAM'S EXECUTION SOLVES NO PROBLEMS FOR IRAQ


Dec 31, 2006 - As European nations criticized the execution of Saddam Hussein out of opposition to the death penalty, Sunday newspapers across the continent were pessimistic as to whether the hanging would solve any of Iraq's problems.


More:

http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,2295643,00.html



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JAPAN HAS NO CAPABILITY TO PRODUCE NUCLEAR WEAPONS IN NEAR FUTURE by Komfie Manalo


Dec 26, 2006 - A Japanese government internal document said Japan would need at least three to five years to test produce small nuclear warheads despite having a uranium enrichment plant and the technology and equipment for the reprocessing spent nuclear fuel. 


Read the full article:

http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7005960868



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EGYPT SLAMS IRAN OVER "NUCLEAR" WORDS


Dec 26, 2006 - Egypt rebuked Iran's president for claiming his state is "a nuclear country" - a comment that touched a nerve among Iran's neighbors in the Middle East.


Iran has consistently denied it seeks to build nuclear weapons, saying it aims to use its nuclear technology only to produce electrical power. But President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's ambiguous statement stirred fears about its nuclear ambitions.


More:

http://www.iranian.ws/iran_news/publish/printer_19756.shtml



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NUCLEAR MATERIAL SECRETLY MOVED by Peter Eisler


Dec 18, 2006 - In a secret mission during the past five days, U.S., Russian and German officials secured nearly 600 pounds of abandoned, Soviet-made nuclear material. On Monday, they moved it from a former East German research lab to a protected site in Russia.


Read more:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2006-12-18-nuclear-material-moved_x.htm




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2. SCIENCE AND ETHICS




"NEW" DRUGS SAID TO ESCAPE PATENT RESTRICTIONS


Jan 2, 2007 - A British research team claims to have developed a way of bypassing patent restrictions on expensive drugs used against infectious diseases by radically modifying the structure of their active chemical components. 


Read more:

http://www.scidev.net/content/news/eng/new-drugs-said-to-escape-patent-restrictions.cfm



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DEVELOPING NATIONS ELIGIBLE FOR EUROPEAN FUNDING by Evelyn Harvey


Dec 21, 2006 - For the first time, researchers in developing countries will be able to apply for European funding under nearly the same terms as European researchers, as opposed to a limited amount of funding for earmarked projects.


More:

http://www.scidev.net/content/news/eng/developing-nations-eligible-for-european-funding.cfm





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3. SUSTAINABILITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE




EGYPT DESIGNATES A "DECADE OF SCIENCE" by Wagdy Sawahel


Dec 28, 2006 - The next decade (2007-2016) will be Egypt's decade of science and technology, President Mohammed Hosni Mubarak has declared, in a move that lends political support to the country's plans to expand its scientific and technological capabilities. 


More:

http://www.scidev.net/content/news/eng/egypt-designates-a-decade-of-science.cfm


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TALKING CLIMATE CHANGE by Mohammad Reazuddin


Dec 22, 2006 - Human activities are increasingly altering the Earth's climate. These effects add to natural influences that have been present over Earth's history. Scientific evidence strongly indicates that natural influences cannot explain the rapid increase in global near-surface temperatures observed during the second half of the 20th century.


Read the full article:

http://www.thedailystar.net:80/2006/12/22/d612221801115.htm




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4. NUCLEAR AND RENEWABLE ENERGIES





PERU STRUGGLES TO GO GREEN WITH NATGAS


Dec 22, 2006 - Peru, a sizable oil producer in the 1970s, is rediscovering its energy export potential but its natural gas output may end up like its gourmet coffee beans -- in abundance abroad, hard to find at home. 


Read the entire aticle:

http://www.planetark.com:80/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/39599/story.htm



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CALIFORNIA REGULATORS ISSUE SOLAR ENERGY GUIDE


Dec 22, 2006 - The California Pubic Utilities Commission on Thursday issued requirements and other details for a new energy program that aims to make the state one of the world's biggest producers of solar energy. 


Read more:

http://www.planetark.com:80/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/39604/story.htm


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GERMAN FIRM TO MAKE BIODIESEL FROM BIG MAC FAT


Dec 22, 2006 - German biodiesel producer Petrotec said on Thursday it had signed an agreement to build a plant to produce 100,000 tonnes of biodiesel annually using waste edible oil. 


More:

http://www.planetark.com:80/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/39595/story.htm




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5. CONFERENCES AND ACTIVITIES 




INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS "Nuclearisation in Europe and the Middle East - From Threat to Preventive Action"


IPPNW Switzerland cordially invite you to attend a symposium, which will take place in the spring of 2007, from March 22nd to 25th on beautiful Monte Verità, above Ascona in the Southern Swiss Canton of Ticino. The general topic will be the "Growing nuclearisation of the world". Specifically we want to discuss, if the time has come to promote Nuclear Weapon Free Zones in Europe and the Middle East.


Read more: 

http://www.ippnw.ch/#announcement




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6. DOCUMENTATIONS




LEBANON AT A TRIPWIRE, Middle East Briefing No. 20 by International Crisis Group


Dec 21, 2006 - Lebanon is at risk of renewed collapse unless domestic and especially international actors abandon their zero-sum struggle and seek compromise.


Find the full report:

http://www.crisisgroup.org/home/index.cfm?id=4586



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HALF FULL OR HALF EMPTY? REALIZING THE PROMISE OF THE NUCLEAR NONPROLIFERATION TREATY by Jean du Preez


Some analysts are already writing the epitaph for the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT). Others are dusting off Cold War prognosis about nuclear chain reactions, arguing that the treaty has failed and that more and more states will break out or creep out from the almost 40-year-old regime. Still others are looking into ways to establish a new nuclear nonproliferation regime, arguing that the NPT cannot meet today’s challenges.


More:

http://www.armscontrol.org/act/2006_12/DuPreez.asp




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7. ANNOUNCEMENTS




MEDICAL PEACE WORK


With the Medical Peace Work project we wish to strengthen a new field in medicine and health sciences that deals with the role and professional responsibility of health workers in violence prevention and sustainable peace building. The project draws on the experiences of Health as a Bridge to Peace (WHO) and Peace through Health (McMaster University), as well as on other relevant concepts and disciplines like Global Health, Violence Prevention, Health & Human Rights, and Medicine & War.


Read more:

http://www.ippnw-europe.org/article/Medical_Peace_Work.html



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SECURITY COUNCIL IMPOSES SANCTIONS ON IRAN FOR FAILURE TO HALT URANIUM ENRICHMENT, unanimously adopting resolution 1727 (2006)


Measures Will Be Lifted if Iran Suspends Suspect Activities; Report Due from Atomic Energy Agency on Compliance within 60 Days


See the resolution:

http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2006/sc8928.doc.htm