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What's New In INES (WNII), Issue 7, August 2008


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Contents and Hotlinks, INES, WNII, Issue 7, August 2008


1. INES ACTIVITIES - BRIEF OVERVIEW AND PUBLICATIONS


- INES NEWS


· Three New INES Publication


- CONFERENCES AND ACTIVITIES INES IS INVOLVED IN


· Hiroshima and Nagasaki - Rememberance Events in India

http://www.inesglobal.com/news.html


· Anti-NATO Activities

http://www.inesglobal.com/_News/NatoInvitation6.pdf


· Teaching Ethics to Science and Engineering Students

http://www.inesglobal.com/2008.html


· European Social Forum

http://www.esf2008.org/search?SearchableText=INES


- NEWS FEED


· New Issue of Sustainable News, July 2008, No. 61

Online available (pdf): http://www.inforse.org/doc/SEN61.pdf


· The Sunflower e-Newsletter, Aug 2008

http://www.wagingpeace.org/sunflower.php?issue=133



- GEORGIA-RUSSIA CONFLICT


· Brief Overview

http://www.crisisgroup.org/home/index.cfm?id=5623&l=1


· Q&A: Conflict in Georgia

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7549736.stm


· Georgia, Russia Sever Ties as Rights Groups Report on Violations

http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,3603241,00.html


· Russia Rejects Western Criticism But Commits to G8, WTO

http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,3602430,00.html


· Analysis: EU's Future as Peace Broker at Stake in Caucasus Crisis

http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,3603085,00.html


· Jubilation and Dismay in Georgia

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7583782.stm


· BBC Special:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/europe/2008/georgia_russia_conflict/default.stm


· NATO Ships in Black Sea Raise Alarms in Russia by Andrew E. Kramer

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/28/world/europe/28russia.html?_r=1&oref=slogin


· Russia vs Georgia: The Fallout

http://www.crisisgroup.org/library/documents/europe/caucasus/195_russia_vs_georgia___the_fallout.pdf


- US-INDIA NUCLEAR DEAL


· US-India Civil Nuclear Agreement by Phil Goff

http://feeds.beehive.govt.nz/release/us-india+civil+nuclear+agreement


· 'Testing' Time for a 'Civil' Nuclear Deal by P.K. Sundaram

http://sanhati.com/front-page/938/


· The US-India Deal Moving Forward


- US MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM


· The US Missile Defence System Is the Magic Pudding That Will Never Run Out by George Monbiot

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/aug/19/usforeignpolicy.russia


· A Catastrophe in the Making by Richard Beeston

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article4543775.ece


- US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION


· Comparing the Positions of Senators Obama and McCain on Nuclear Disarmament by David Krieger

http://www.wagingpeace.org/articles/2008/07/16_krieger_comparing_positions.php?krieger


· A Roadmap for US Presidential Leadership for Nuclear Disarmament by Alice Slater

http://abolition2000.wordpress.com/2008/07/17/a-roadmap-for-us-presidential-leadership-for-nuclear-disarmament/


· Questions for the candidates by Mikhail Gorbachev

http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/07/04/opinion/edgorbachev.php?page=1


- PERSPECTIVES


· Middle East Free of WMDs?


· UN: Finally, a Step Toward Confronting Rape in War

http://hrw.org/english/docs/2008/06/19/global19161.htm


· Pakistan: Abolish the Death Penalty. Immediate Moratorium Should Precede Abolition

http://hrw.org/english/docs/2008/06/17/pakist19143.htm



3. NUCLEAR AND RENEWABLE ENERGIES


- NUCLEAR WASTE REPOSITORY CASE STUDY


· Germany by Michael Sailer

http://www.thebulletin.org/web-edition/reports/nuclear-waste-repository-case-studies/nuclear-waste-repository-case-studies-germ


· The Netherlands by Bob van der Zwaan

http://www.thebulletin.org/web-edition/reports/nuclear-waste-repository-case-studies/nuclear-waste-repository-case-studies-the-


- NUCLEAR POWER AND CLIMATE CHANGE


· Time for an International Renewable Energy Agency: Nuclear Power is No Solution to Global Warming by Alice Slater

http://www.pacificecologist.org/archive/16/pe16-slater.pdf


· Compiled Analysis by Amory B. Lovins, Peter B. Bradford, R. Stephen Berry

http://thebulletin.org/web-edition/roundtables/nuclear-power-and-climate-change



4. SUSTAINABILITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE


- CLIMATE CHANGE


· Conflict Potential in a World of Climate Change

http://www.crisisgroup.org/home/index.cfm?id=5648&l=1



· Global Food Crisis: Biofuels Have Had a Bigger Impact than Previously Claimed

http://www.globalissues.org/article/758/global-food-crisis-2008


· Going Camping? Don't Bring Firewood

http://ucsaction.org/ct/vpxpsVK1fY6n/



5. CONFERENCES AND ACTIVITIES


· ICAN - International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

http://www.icanw.org/public


· Cities Are Not Targets (CANT) Project - Online Petition

https://www.ssl-hiroins.city.hiroshima.jp/pcf/en/form.htm


· Call for Papers - Research Conference: Solutions for a Complex World

http://www.governance.unimaas.nl/research/Call_for_papers.html


· Exchanging Ideas on Europe 2008. Rethinking the European Union

http://www.uaces.org/Edinburgh.htm



6. DOCUMENTATION


· SIPRI Yearbook 2008: Summaries in Three Languages (English, Spanish, Dutch)

http://yearbook2008.sipri.org/


· Disarmament Forum 2008, No. 2: Arms Control in the Middle East

http://www.unidir.ch/bdd/fiche-periodique.php?ref_periodique=1020-7287-2008-2-en#contents



7. ANNOUNCEMENTS


- NEW BOOKS


· The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein

http://www.naomiklein.org/shock-doctrine


· Democracy and Security. Preferences, Norms and Policy-Making by Matthew Evangelista, Harald Müller and Niklas Schörnig (eds.)

http://www.routledgepolitics.com/books/Democracy-and-Security-isbn9780415433891


· Strategies for Peace. Contributions of International Organizations, States, and Non-State Actors by Volker Rittberger and Martina Fischer (eds.)


- VACANCY


· Senior Researcher, IFSH

http://www.ifsh.de/IFSH_english/personal/ofstellen.htm



8. IN THE END


· Despite Objections to Size, Cologne Approves Mosque

http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,3602182,00.html#



1. INES ACTIVITIES - BRIEF OVERVIEW AND PUBLICATIONS


- INES NEWS


· Three New INES Publications


- INES Special Edition for the European Social Forum in Malmö

- INES Special Edition for the INES UNAM conference, Mexico City and Oaxtepec, 29.2.-3.3.2008

- The new INES information Flyer


Check our website: www.inesglobal.com


And feel free to contact the INES office: ines.office@web.de



- CONFERENCES AND ACTIVITIES INES IS INVOLVED IN


· Hiroshima and Nagasaki - Rememberance Events in India


The Indian Institute for Peace, Disarmament & Environmental Protection (IIPDEP) in collaboration with INES and International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) is organizing events on the occasion of remembering Hiroshima - Nagasaki Bombing Days, from 6th August to 9th August 2008 at Nagpur, India.


Read on: http://www.inesglobal.com/news.html



· International Preparatory Conference for the Anti-NATO Activities Related to the 60th Anniversary of NATO 4th and 5th October 2008 Stuttgart, Germany


We will discuss NATO 's 60th anniversary in May 2009, which will be celebrated with an official summit in Strasbourg and Kehl.


We believe: Sixty years of NATO are enough. NATO is the main driving force behind global war. NATO stands for the missile defence system, military bases around the world, nuclear weapons and military interventions and expenditure. NATO is a rival to the UN and the system of international law. NATO is intertwined with the European security and defence system. But NATO is not all-powerful, indeed it is under extreme pressure right now in Afghanistan.


Read on (pdf): http://www.inesglobal.com/_News/NatoInvitation6.pdf



· Teaching Ethics to Science and Engineering Students


University of Hamburg 15 - 17 October 2008


An international workshop at University of Hamburg 15 - 17 October 2008.

The natural and engineering sciences produce knowledge and technology which can be abused or used to the better. Students of science and engineering are often unaware of related dilemmas which they will face in their future careers.


More information here: http://www.inesglobal.com/2008.html



· European Social Forum


Malmö/Sweden

September 17-21, 2008


Check out: http://www.esf2008.org/search?SearchableText=INES



- NEWS FEED


· New Issue of Sustainable News, July 2008, No. 61

Online available (pdf): http://www.inforse.org/doc/SEN61.pdf



· The Sunflower e-Newsletter, Aug 2008

http://www.wagingpeace.org/sunflower.php?issue=133



2. PEACE AND WAR - ARMSRACE AND DISARMAMENT


- GEORGIA-RUSSIA CONFLICT


· Brief Overview

http://www.crisisgroup.org/home/index.cfm?id=5623&l=1



· Q&A: Conflict in Georgia

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7549736.stm



· Georgia, Russia Sever Ties as Rights Groups Report on Violations


Aug 29, 2008 - Georgia and Russia cut direct diplomatic ties in a tit-for-tat political feud. The move came as human rights bodies called attention to a potential humanitarian disaster and evidence of ethnic violence during the war.


Read on: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,3603241,00.html



· Russia Rejects Western Criticism But Commits to G8, WTO


Aug 29, 2008 - Russia rejected the criticism of fellow G8 members as biased, saying it was orchestrated to justify Georgian "aggression." But Moscow also said it aimed to keep its spot among the world's top industrialized nations.


More: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,3602430,00.html



· Analysis: EU's Future as Peace Broker at Stake in Caucasus Crisis


Aug 29, 2008 - An emergency EU meeting Monday in Brussels on how to respond to Russia's recognition of the Georgian breakaway provinces of Abkhazia and South Ossetia could be instrumental in confirming the EU as a force for peace.


Read more: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,3603085,00.html



· Jubilation and Dismay in Georgia


Aug 27, 2008 - As Russia announced it was recognising the Georgian breakaway provinces of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent states, the BBC's Gabriel Gatehouse was in South Ossetia witnessing the jubilation and dismay of the conflicting sides.


More: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7583782.stm



· Also have a look at the BBC Special: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/europe/2008/georgia_russia_conflict/default.stm



· NATO Ships in Black Sea Raise Alarms in Russia by Andrew E. Kramer


Aug 27, 2008 - Russian commanders said Wednesday that they were growing alarmed at the number of NATO warships sailing into the Black Sea, saying that NATO

vessels now outnumbered the ships in their fleet anchored off the western coast of Georgia.


To read more, click here: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/28/world/europe/28russia.html?_r=1&oref=slogin



· Russia vs Georgia: The Fallout


Aug 22, 2008 - The Russia-Georgia conflict has transformed the contemporary geopolitical world. The international challenge is not only to restore peace and stability in Georgia through the immediate implementation of the ceasefire accord, but to seriously address the more fundamental questions the conflict raises for security in Europe.


Russia vs Georgia: The Fallout, the latest report from the International Crisis Group, examines the mistakes on all sides that led to war and offers comprehensive recommendations for the belligerent parties and international institutions. Both Georgia's rash miscalculation in attacking its breakaway region of South Ossetia, and Russia's disproportionate response in invading large portions of Georgia, make the conflicts over the separatist territories of South Ossetia and Abkhazia far harder to resolve.


The urgent need is to implement fully the 15-16 August ceasefire, and most significantly, to ensure that Russian troops return immediately to pre-7 August positions. "Western states must press Moscow to accept the common understanding of the loosely-worded ceasefire, and not try to use loopholes to retain a de facto occupation of parts of Georgia", said Crisis Group Caucasus Project Director, Lawrence Sheets.


International monitors should be deployed to observe Russian withdrawal and then help keep the ceasefire in South Ossetia and Abkhazia until the UN authorises an international peacekeeping mission, which Russia should be allowed to join but not dominate. Humanitarian aid must be freely distributed and displaced persons assisted in returning to their homes.


More broadly, Russia's actions have undermined regional security; threatened vital energy corridors; made claims on ethnic Russians and other minorities that could be used to destabilise other former Soviet republics, including Ukraine; and shown disregard for international law.


The crisis raises questions about the compatibility of Russia's intentions with the rights of other states on its borders. It has also raised concerns about the capacity of NATO, the UN and EU to address basic security challenges stemming from the aggressive self-confidence of a Moscow that feels the West has, since the Soviet Union collapsed, taken advantage of its weakness, ignored its interests, and maintained NATO in an unnecessarily confrontational way.


"Current rhetoric in Moscow and Western capitals is eerily reminiscent of the Cold War and will do nothing to resolve the crisis on the ground in Georgia or repair the damage done to European security", says Crisis Group President Gareth Evans. "The West needs to address Russia's behaviour not by isolating Moscow, but by engaging it in a way that is both hard-headed and conditional."


The West should deliver a firm message to Russia that if it does not respect the ceasefire deal and cooperate in implementing the international peacekeeping mission, it will be met with a serious response, including suspension of its Moscow's World Trade Organisation application and its participation in the G-8, and a challenge to its holding the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.


But if Russia does now significantly moderate its behaviour, the message should be that the West is prepared to explore common security interests and ways to bridge differences, on a wide range of regional and global security and economic issues.


Read the report (pdf): http://www.crisisgroup.org/library/documents/europe/caucasus/195_russia_vs_georgia___the_fallout.pdf



- US-INDIA NUCLEAR DEAL


· US-India Civil Nuclear Agreement by Phil Goff


Aug 26, 2008 - Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) discussions on the US-India Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement will resume in Vienna on 4 September, after two days of wide-ranging discussion on the Agreement at the end of last week, Disarmament and Arms Control Minister Phil Goff said today.


Read here: http://feeds.beehive.govt.nz/release/us-india+civil+nuclear+agreement



· 'Testing' Time for a 'Civil' Nuclear Deal by P.K. Sundaram


Aug 20, 2008 - India's desperate diplomacy prior to the NSG meet on August 21-22, 2008 reveals the not-so-hidden truth about the deal - at a time when there is a need for renewed focus on disarmament, India rehabilitates nuclear energy corporates in order to circumvent nonproliferation regime and secure its right to conduct nuclear tests. And it finds supports from the Bush nuclear strategy bent on reducing nonproliferation into counterproliferation.


More here: http://sanhati.com/front-page/938/



· The US-India Deal Moving Forward


First the communists, now Pakistan, the IAEA and the NSG - can a trip to Iran secure the US-India Deal?


On Monday, July 28, Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee traveled to Tehran in an effort to secure India's nuclear goals, including the US-India Deal. During his three-day trip, Mukherjee's major meeting was with Iranian President Ahmadinejad. In exchange for Iranian support, Mukherjee reaffirmed India's support of Iran's nuclear energy program and plans for an Iranian-Indian-Pakistani gas pipeline (that the US opposes).


Mukherjee's visit comes just days before the IAEA meeting on August 1, where the Board will decide whether the US-India Deal's safeguards are acceptable. The proposed safeguards aim to separate Indian civilian and military nuclear facilities, allowing the IAEA jurisdiction over the former. If the IAEA approves the safeguards agreement, the US-India Deal will then require the approval of the 45-state Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).


The US-India Deal would allow the US to trade nuclear fuel to India. US officials claim the deal would pull India closer to Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) rules, even though it is not a signatory state. Critics claim the deal would promote regional instability and undermine the integrity of the NPT. Last month, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) General Secretary Karat threatened to call midterm elections if the deal was not abandoned. Despite this, Prime Minister Singh continued with the deal and won the confidence vote on July 22 with 275 votes for and 256 against his National Congress Party. This has fueled allegations that Singh's party bribed key communist leaders.


Fresh complications now come from Pakistan, with Pakistani Foreign Minister Qureshi stating that "Pakistan should be eligible for the same facility [from the US]." President Bush then met with newly elected Pakistani Prime Minister Gilani on July 21 and announced plans to shift $226.5 million in counterterrorism aid to Pakistan towards upgrading Pakistani F16 fighter jets. While White House Press Secretary Dana Perino issued a statement saying that F16s remained in the counterterrorism category, military experts claim these jets cannot be used against militants, but will only affect the military parity between India and Pakistan. In any case, the US-India Deal has altered political relations and will continue to do so.


"Mukherjee in Tehran, to Seek Support of IAEA, NSG," Newindpress, July 28, 2008. "Pakistan Wants India-Style Nuclear Deal with US," Nation, July 25, 2008. "US Wants Counterterror Funds for Pakistan F-16s", Reuters, July 24, 2008.


Source: Sunflower, e-Newsletter, Aug 2008



- US MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM


· The US Missile Defence System Is the Magic Pudding That Will Never Run Out by George Monbiot


Aug 19, 2008 - It's a novel way to take your own life. Just as Russia demonstrates what happens to former minions that annoy it, Poland agrees to host a US missile defence base. The Russians, as Poland expected, respond to this proposal by offering to turn the country into a parking lot. This proves that the missile defence system is necessary after all: it will stop the missiles Russia will now aim at Poland, the Czech Republic and the UK in response to, er, their involvement in the missile defence system.


To read more, click here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/aug/19/usforeignpolicy.russia



· A Catastrophe in the Making by Richard Beeston


Aug 16, 2008 - Donald Tusk, Poland's Prime Minister, could not have chosen his words better when he told his countrymen: "We have crossed the Rubicon." He

was speaking after the signing of an agreement with America to base ten US interceptor missiles on Polish soil, ostensibly to protect the West against rogue states such as Iran. To clinch the deal, the US also agreed to boost Poland's defence with Patriot missiles and to conclude a mutual defence treaty "in case of trouble".


More: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article4543775.ece



- US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION


· Comparing the Positions of Senators Obama and McCain on Nuclear Disarmament by David Krieger


A major goal of the next president of the United States should be to achieve a clear path to the elimination of all nuclear weapons. This will require making a commitment to the goal of a nuclear weapons-free world; bringing US policy in line with this commitment; and convening negotiations with the other nuclear weapon states to achieve this goal.


Both leading presidential candidates have articulated a commitment to a world free of nuclear weapons. Senator Obama has said, "A world without nuclear

weapons is profoundly in America's interest and the world's interest. It is our responsibility to make the commitment, and to do the hard work to make this

vision a reality. That's what I've done as a Senator and a candidate, and that's what I'll do as President."


To read more, click here: http://www.wagingpeace.org/articles/2008/07/16_krieger_comparing_positions.php?krieger



· A Roadmap for US Presidential Leadership for Nuclear Disarmament by Alice Slater


July 17, 2008 - There have been recent calls by former cold war leaders, Henry Kissinger, George Schultz, Sam Nunn and William Perry, for the US to make new commitments for the elimination of nuclear weapons, as well as promising statements from leading Presidential candidates that the elimination of nuclear weapons is an issue they will address or commit to if elected. This Roadmap is designed to outline how we got to where we are today in the Nuclear Age and what would be required of a new Administration if the US was truly committed to the elimination of nuclear weapons. The Roadmap notes the offers on the table for nuclear disarmament that were spurned over the years by the US and the damaging effects of US plans to dominate and control the military use of space on prospects and possibilities for reaching agreement with Russia and China on nuclear abolition. Finally, the Roadmap addresses the undeniable momentum of nuclear proliferation as we promote so-called "peaceful" nuclear technology around our pla

net and argues that a genuine commitment to nuclear disarmament would require a world-wide phase out of nuclear power and support for clean, safe, sustainable energy.


More: http://abolition2000.wordpress.com/2008/07/17/a-roadmap-for-us-presidential-leadership-for-nuclear-disarmament/



· Questions for the candidates by Mikhail Gorbachev


July 4, 2008 - There has been unusual interest throughout the world in the U.S. presidential race.


Skeptics, of whom there are quite a few, say the campaign is just a marathon show that has little to do with real policymaking. Even if there's a grain of truth in that, in an interdependent world the statements of the contenders for the White House are more than just rhetoric addressed to American voters.


Major policy problems today cannot be solved without America - and America cannot solve them alone.


Read on: http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/07/04/opinion/edgorbachev.php?page=1



- PERSPECTIVES


· Middle East Free of WMDs?


More than 40 nations, including Israel and Arab states, agreed this past month to work for a zone free of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) in the Middle East.


The final declaration from a summit launching the Union for the Mediterranean stated members would "pursue a mutually and effectively verifiable Middle East Zone free of weapons of mass destruction."


This declaration includes chemical and biological weapons and their delivery systems. The countries also pledged to "consider practical steps to prevent the proliferation" of WMDs.


"43 Nations to Seek Middle East Free of WMDs," Associated Press, July 13, 2008.


Source: Sunflower, e-Newsletter, Aug 2008



· UN: Finally, a Step Toward Confronting Rape in War

Security Council Takes Action to Identify and Help End Sexual Violence


June 19, 2008 - The UN Security Council's new resolution on sexual violence is a historic achievement for a body that has all too often ignored the plight of women and girls in conflict, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch applauds the council for setting out in the resolution a clear path to systematic information-gathering on sexual violence. Until now, the Security Council has asked for information on such violence only in selected cases.


Read on: http://hrw.org/english/docs/2008/06/19/global19161.htm



· Pakistan: Abolish the Death Penalty. Immediate Moratorium Should Precede Abolition


June 17, 2008 - The newly elected government in Pakistan should abolish the death penalty, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gillani. Until the death penalty is abolished by an act of Parliament, Pakistan should announce an immediate moratorium while the government establishes a commission to review the application of the death penalty, the offenses for which it can be applied, and implements reforms to ensure that international fair trial standards are met.


More: http://hrw.org/english/docs/2008/06/17/pakist19143.htm



3. NUCLEAR AND RENEWABLE ENERGIES


- NUCLEAR WASTE REPOSITORY CASE STUDY


Discussion of nuclear power regularly leads to the issue of what to do with the waste created during power generation. One course of action many experts and scientists support is building geologic repositories where the dangerous, long-lived waste can be stored--for instance, inside of a mountain. Throughout the next year, the Bulletin's web-edition will present a country-by-country analysis of how certain nations are proceeding with the disposal of the waste produced by their nuclear power plants and reactors.


· Germany by Michael Sailer


Aug 29, 2008 - Currently, there are 17 nuclear reactors at 12 different sites in Germany. According to a 2002 amendment to the country's 1959 Atomic Energy Act, each reactor has a fixed amount of megawatt hours that it's allowed to produce. When it reaches its limit, the reactor has to be shut down permanently. Therefore, depending on their age and production history, all of Germany's reactors are expected to cease operating between 2009 and 2023.


More: http://www.thebulletin.org/web-edition/reports/nuclear-waste-repository-case-studies/nuclear-waste-repository-case-studies-germ



· The Netherlands by Bob van der Zwaan


May 19, 2008 - All Dutch radioactive waste is (or has been) produced at essentially four locations--a nuclear power plant in Borssele, a nuclear power plant in Dodewaard, a research reactor in Delft, and a research reactor in Petten. Currently, it's centrally stored at an aboveground facility of the Central Organization for Radioactive Waste (COVRA), which is situated next to the Borssele reactor on the country's Zuid-Beveland peninsula and flanks the Westerschelde estuary.


More: http://www.thebulletin.org/web-edition/reports/nuclear-waste-repository-case-studies/nuclear-waste-repository-case-studies-the-



- NUCLEAR POWER AND CLIMATE CHANGE


· Time for an International Renewable Energy Agency: Nuclear Power is No Solution to Global Warming by Alice Slater


Download here (pdf): http://www.pacificecologist.org/archive/16/pe16-slater.pdf



· Compiled Analysis by Amory B. Lovins, Peter B. Bradford, R. Stephen Berry


Sept 5, 2007 - When considering ways to limit carbon dioxide emissions, experts agree that all options should be considered--including nuclear power. Such thinking has led to many to believe (including prominent environmentalists) that we stand at the precipice of a nuclear renaissance, where in the quest for clean energy, nuclear power will assume a much larger portion of the world's energy portfolio. But, of course, with nuclear power comes concerns about proliferation, waste disposal, safety, and cost. Below, our three discussants consider the feasibility of nuclear power as a remedy to climate change.


Click here to find the different articles: http://thebulletin.org/web-edition/roundtables/nuclear-power-and-climate-change



4. SUSTAINABILITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE


- CLIMATE CHANGE


· Conflict Potential in a World of Climate Change


Address by Gareth Evans, President, International Crisis Group, to Bucerius Summer School on Global Governance 2008, Berlin, 29 August 2008


Read here: http://www.crisisgroup.org/home/index.cfm?id=5648&l=1



· Global Food Crisis: Biofuels Have Had a Bigger Impact than Previously Claimed


Countries and regions such as the US and EU have claimed the impact of biofuels on the food crisis has been minimal and that instead demand from countries such as India and China are amongst the prime factors. However, a World Bank report finds that biofuels have forced global food prices up by 75% while another institute estimates an increase of around 30%. Either way, it is a lot more than US estimates of 3%. The update also includes a link to an interview I did with Radio Adelaide on this issue.


More here: http://www.globalissues.org/article/758/global-food-crisis-2008



· Going Camping? Don't Bring Firewood


Did you know that by transporting firewood you may unintentionally spread invasive insects and diseases that can destroy trees and reshape entire forests?

State and federal quarantines attempt to prevent such damage by prohibiting firewood transport into or out of certain areas, or limiting transport to a specified radius.


Read online at: http://ucsaction.org/ct/vpxpsVK1fY6n/


Related Links:


Don't Move Firewood Campaign

http://ucsaction.org/ct/vdxpsVK1fY6y/


Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources--Firewood Facts, Rules & Advice

http://ucsaction.org/ct/fdxpsVK1fY6j/


Continental Dialogue on Non-Native Forest Insects and Diseases

http://ucsaction.org/ct/fpxpsVK1fY6E/


Union of Concerned Scientists--Firewood Pledge

http://ucsaction.org/campaign/5_22_07_firewood_pledge/888gnu54h7m5xiej?



5. CONFERENCES AND ACTIVITIES


· ICAN - International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons


ICAN is a campaign initiated by the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), a federation of medical professionals in 60 countries.


More about ICAN you will fin here: http://www.icanw.org/public



· Cities Are Not Targets (CANT) Project


Online Petition for the Non-Targeting of Cities and the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons


We, the undersigned, make the following demands of the leaders of all Nuclear Weapon States.

- Do not target the cities in which we live with nuclear weapons!

- Do not target any cities, towns or villages anywhere in the world in which innocent children live!

- In accordance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Protocol for a Nuclear Weapons Convention, please engage constructively in good-faith negotiations to abolish all nuclear weapons by the year 2020!

- Do not, even in war, attack cities or non-combatants!


Sign the petition here: https://www.ssl-hiroins.city.hiroshima.jp/pcf/en/form.htm



· Call for Papers - Research Conference: Solutions for a Complex World, 24/25 Nov 2008


Governance, Conflict and Crisis, and Aid Effectiveness


Further information: http://www.governance.unimaas.nl/research/Call_for_papers.html



· Exchanging Ideas on Europe 2008. Rethinking the European Union, 1-3 Sept 2008, Edinburgh


At the 38. annual conference of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) Dr Wolfgang Wagner (PRIF) will present a paper

entitled "Parliaments and European Security Policy. Mapping the Parliamentary Field". This paper has been written jointly by him, Dr Nicole Deitelhoff (PRIF) and Dirk Peters (PRIF). The Edinburgh Europa Institute will host the event.


Please find further information at: http://www.uaces.org/Edinburgh.htm



6. DOCUMENTATION


· SIPRI Yearbook 2008: Summaries in Three Languages (English, Spanish, Dutch)

http://yearbook2008.sipri.org/


About SIPRI:

The task of our Institute is to conduct research on questions of conflict and cooperation of importance for international peace and security, with the aim of contributing to an understanding of the conditions for peaceful solutions of international conflicts and for a stable peace.



· Disarmament Forum 2008, No. 2: Arms Control in the Middle East


The articles contained in Disarmament Forum are the sole responsibility of the individual authors. They do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the United Nations, UNIDIR, its staff members or sponsors.


Read more: http://www.unidir.ch/bdd/fiche-periodique.php?ref_periodique=1020-7287-2008-2-en#contents



7. ANNOUNCEMENTS


- NEW BOOKS


· The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein

http://www.naomiklein.org/shock-doctrine


About the book:

Around the world in Britain, the United States, Asia and the Middle East, there are people with power who are cashing in on chaos; exploiting bloodshed and catastrophe to brutally remake our world in their image. They are the shock doctors. Thrilling and revelatory, The Shock Doctrine cracks open the secret history of our era. Exposing these global profiteers, Naomi Klein discovered information and connections that shocked even her about how comprehensively the shock doctors' beliefs now dominate our world - and how this domination has been achieved. Raking in billions out of the tsunami, plundering Russia, exploiting Iraq - this is the chilling tale of how a few are making a killing while more are getting killed.


About the author:

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the New York Times and international bestseller, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. Published worldwide in September 2007, The Shock Doctrine is set to be translated into 20 languages to date. The six minute companion film, created by Alfonso Cuaron, director of Children of Men, was an Official Selection of the 2007 Venice and Toronto International Film Festivals and was a viral phenomenon, downloaded over a million times.


Her previous book No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies was also an international bestseller, translated into over 28 languages with more than a million copies in print. A collection of her work, Fences and Windows: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Globalization Debate was published in 2002.


Naomi Klein writes a regular column for The Nation and The Guardian that is syndicated internationally by The New York Times Syndicate. In 2004, her reporting from Iraq for Harper's Magazine won the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. In 2004, she released The Take, a feature documentary about Argentina's occupied factories, co-produced with director Avi Lewis. The film was an official selection of the Venice Biennale and won the Best Documentary Jury Prize at the American Film Institute's Film Festival in Los Angeles.


She is a former Miliband Fellow at the London School of Economics and holds an honorary Doctor of Civil Laws from the University of King's College, Nova Scotia.



· Democracy and Security. Preferences, Norms and Policy-Making by Matthew Evangelista, Harald Müller and Niklas Schörnig (eds.)

http://www.routledgepolitics.com/books/Democracy-and-Security-isbn9780415433891


About the Book:

It has become generally accepted wisdom that democracies do not go to war against each other. However, there are significant differences between democratic states in terms of their approach to war and security policy in general.


This edited book offers a broad examination of how democratic preferences and norms are relevant to security policy beyond the decision of whether to go to war. It therefore offers a fresh understanding of state behaviour in the security realm. The contributors discuss such issues as defence policy, air war, cluster bombs, non-lethal weapons, weapons of mass destruction, democratic and non-democratic nuclear weapon states' transparency, and the political and ideological background of the ongoing Revolution in Military Affairs'.


It has become generally accepted wisdom that democracies do not go to war against each other. However, there are significant differences between democratic states in terms of their approach to war and security policy in general.


About the Authors:

Matthew Evangelista is Professor of Government at Cornell University. Harald Müller is Director of the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt and Professor for International Relations, Frankfurt University. Niklas Schörnig is a research fellow at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt.



· Strategies for Peace. Contributions of International Organizations, States, and Non-State Actors by Volker Rittberger and Martina Fischer (eds.)


About the book:

The volume presents results from an international symposium held by the German Foundation for Peace Research. The book looks at the potential of supranational, state and non-state actors in peacebuilding processes. Furthermore, it develops strategies to address the problems and dilemmas of international peacebuilding.


About the authors:

Prof. Volker Rittberger, Professor of Political Science and International Relations, Institute for Political Science, Center for International Relations/Peace and Conflict Studies, Eberhard-Karls-University of Tübingen, President of the German Foundation for Peace Research Dr. Martina Fischer, Deputy Director and Senior re - searcher at the Berghof Research Center for Construc - tive Conflict Management, Berlin; Vice-President of the German Foundation for Peace Research



- VACANCY


· Senior Researcher


The Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH) is seeking to recruit a Senior Researcher for a full-time position, salary group 13/14 on the TV-AVH public service salary scale (equivalent to IIa BAT).


The successful applicant will mainly supervise and carry out research projects within the framework of the new IFSH work programme in one of the three IFSH

research units (CORE, ZEUS, IFAR2).


The central topic of the new work programme is the prevention, containement and management of transnational security risks by international actors. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of the effects of concepts, strategies, policies and activities characterising international organisations and their institutional structures. The work programme focuses on Europe and the neighbouring regions, and the two major European security organisations, the EU and the OSCE, as well as the UN. The full version of the new IFSH work programme may be sent on request.


Further information: http://www.ifsh.de/IFSH_english/personal/ofstellen.htm



8. IN THE END


· Despite Objections to Size, Cologne Approves Mosque


Aug 29, 2008 - Cologne's city council has approved building plans for what is slated to be Germany's largest mosque. Politicians hope the structure's glass design and bilingual program will help integrate the Islamic community.


Read on: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,3602182,00.html#