What's New in INES, 1. March 2012
On February 25, the Chair of the INES Executive Committee and President of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation David Krieger, along with his wife Carolee, Daniel Ellsberg, Cindy Sheehan and 11 others, were arrested at Vandenberg Air Force Base while protesting the test launch of a Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile. About 100 people came to Vandenberg to protest the launch that, as usual, happened under the cover of darkness. Read the interview with David Krieger "Sense of Urgency Leads to Civil Disobedienc" here: wagingpeacetoday.blogspot.com/2012/02/sense-of-urgency-leads-to-civil.html
Defense Intelligence Agency threat assessment shows slower Chinese nuclear modernization.
By Hans M. Kristensen
At about the same time nuclear arms reduction opponents last week incorrectly accused the Obama administration of considering “reckless” cuts in nuclear forces that would leave the United States “with fewer warheads than China,” Congress received its annual threat assessment from the U.S. intelligence community.
China’s nuclear arsenal is at a size that makes comparison with U.S. nuclear force level meaningless – even at the lowest level feared by the critics – but the threat assessment showed that China’s nuclear force modernization has been slower than predicted during the Bush administration.
Read on here: www.fas.org/blog/ssp/2012/02/chinamissiles.php#more-5226
The dangers of a military attack on Iran’s nuclear programme
By Stuart Parkinson
There are increasingly vocal demands for military action to halt Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons programme. Stuart Parkinson, ED of the INES member organisation Scientists for Global Responsibility UK, takes a critical look at the evidence for such a programme and argues that any military attack is likely to make matters considerably worse. Read on here.
This text is an advance publication of the INES Global Responsibility Newsletter No. 63., publication date April 2012.
Stop the War protests against Iran and Syria intervention
On 28 January 2012 at the United States Embassy in London, Stop the War held a rally to launch the Don't Attack Iran campaign. Hundreds of anti-war protesters gathered in central London at a demonstration against Western intervention in Iran and Syria. The rally, organised by the Stop the War Coalition, took place outside the US embassy in Grosvenor Square. Protesters waved banners bearing the words "Don't attack Iran" and "Hands off Iran and Syria", while the crowd joined together in chanting: "One, two, three, four, we don't want another war. Five, six, seven, eight, stop the killing, stop the hate." Read on here: stopwar.org.uk/index.php/video/1078-stop-the-war-protests-against-iran-and-syria-intervention-
Preventing War Saves More than Lives
A new fact sheet from the Friends Committee on National Legislation shows that preventing war is 60 times cheaper than fighting it.
Research has indicated that investing early to prevent conflicts from escalating into violent crises is, on average, 60 times more cost effective than intervening after violence erupts. Still, the world spends just $1 on conflict prevention for every $1,885 it spends on military budgets. In the U.S., less than 2% of income tax goes to civilian foreign affairs agencies, while 39% goes to the military.
Download the fact sheet:www.inesglobal.com/download.php
Art contest: Imagine a world free of nuclear weapons
The United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs is holding a youth & children art contest: "Imagine a world free of nuclear weapons". Children and teens of the world are encouraged to create a work of art that relates to this theme and to submit it until 30 April 2012. This contest is open to everyone between the ages of 5 and 17. Details here: www.unartforpeace.org/enter
New IPB on-line course: Disarmament for development
The new on-line course focussing on the IPB’s main area of work (Disarmament for Development) will now run from 27 March - 27 July 2012.
It is organised by IPB and the Open University of Catalonia (UOC). It will be open to adult students (university level or similar) from any part of the world. Language: English. 6 credits, 150 hours.
See details below, and at: http://www.uoc.edu/portal/english/campus_pau/formacio/ong/list.html
INES Annual Report 2011
INES was founded 20 years ago in the belief that, in our complex world of scientific discovery and technological innovation, scientists and engineers have an important role to play in the assessment of risk and in providing leadership for global responsibility in the uses of science and technology. For 20 years INES has been an open network of dedicated organizations and individuals seeking to apply the training of science and engineering to the many serious social and environmental problems and risks created by science and technology. Our message at INES has been and remains that there are limits to the applications of science and technology, and that those limits must be defined by global responsibility to those alive on the planet now and to future generations that will follow us on the planet. Download the report here: www.inesglobal.com/download.php
- 1. April 2012: NATO Game Over: International Direct Action, Brussels, Belgium
17. April 2012: Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS)
28. April 2012: INES Council meeting, Vienna, Austria.
30. April - 11. May, 2012: NPT PrepCom, Vienna, Austria
18.-19. May 2012: NATO Counter Summit, Chicago, USA
20.-21. May 2012: NATO Summit 2012
2. June 2012, International Nuclear Abolition Day
8. - 10. June 2012: Countering the Militarisation of Youth, Darmstadt, Germany
20.-22. June 2012: Rio+20 Earth Summit, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
28.-30. June 2012: IRENEC, International 100% Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition, Istanbul, Turkey
22.-29. July 2012: NAPF Peace Leadership Program: summer workshop, Santa Barbara, California.