What's New in INES, 10. April 2012
New INES campaign on Disarmament for Sustainable Development
On the occasion of the Global Day of Action on Military Spending INES will launch the International Appeal and its new campaign on Disarmament for Sustainable Development with a press conference in Berlin. Co-sponsored by the International Peace Bureau (IPB), Foreign Policy in Focus (FPIF), and the World Future Council (WFC), the appeal will call on the governments meeting at the Earth Summit in June to agree on a global plan for disarmament and to use the freed-up funds for social, economic and ecological programmes. The new SIPRI data on worldwide military spending in 2011 will be published that day. Read on here: www.inesglobal.com/events-2012.phtml#cpid2106
Global study reveals who's financing nuclear arms makers
Don't bank on the bomb: the global financing of nuclear weapons producers
The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) published its report Don't bank on the bomb: the global financing of nuclear weapons producers. It identifies more than 300 banks, pension funds, insurance companies and asset managers in 30 countries with substantial investments in nuclear arms producers. It calls on financial institutions to stop investing in the manufacture, maintenance and modernization of nuclear armed countries. Please find the report on the don't bank the bomb website
Pentagon: Trillion-Dollar Jet on Brink of Budgetary Disaster
The Government Accountability Office reveals recently that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, “the most expensive conventional weapon ever”, could need additional years of work and billions of dollars more investment. It is bad news for this program that is already almost a decade late and hundreds of billions of dollars over its original budget. Read the article by David Axe here:www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/03/f35-budget-disaster/
Greece's austerity doesn't extend to its arms budget
While the Greek are facing austerity measures that have reduced living standards by 30%, the government continues to spend the most on arms in the EU as percentage of GDP and remains one of the biggest weapons importers in the world. The supposed threat from Turkey and the role of armed forces in controlling illegal immigration are presented as explanations for such a high military budget. Paul Haydon of the guardian argues that the main reason for these huge amounts of money spent on the military is the lucrative arms deals between Greece, France, and Germany.
Read the article here: www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/mar/21/greece-austerity-measures-military-spending
Obama Promises to Seek New Nuclear Reductions with Russia
President Obama has promised to engage in negotiations with Russia for deeper cuts in each country's nuclear arsenal. Speaking before the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, President Obama said, "We can already say with confidence that we have more nuclear weapons than we need."
He continued, "Going forward, we'll continue to seek discussions with Russia on a step we have never taken before - reducing not only our strategic nuclear warheads, but also tactical weapons and warheads in reserve."
The president is expected to address the issue with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, when the two meet in May. Read on here: http://www.inesglobal.com/news-2012-1.phtml#cpid2137
Sustainable Energy Roadmaps Chart Course to Healthier Economies and Societies
Worldwatch's newest report serves as a toolkit to aid the transition to a renewable-energy economy.
By embracing an integrated mix of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and grid technologies, countries can put their energy systems on a more sustainable path while developing economically, according to a new report from the Worldwatch Institute. The report, Sustainable Energy Roadmaps: Guiding the Global Shift to Domestic Renewables, lays out an innovative, targeted approach that details how countries can take specific technical, policy, governance, and financial steps to help make the shift to sustainable energy a reality. Order the report here: www.worldwatch.org/node/10237
Rise in international arms transfers is driven by Asian demand, says SIPRI
The volume of worldwide arms transfers in 2007–2011 was 24 per cent higher than in 2002–2006 and the five largest arms importers in 2007–2011 were all Asian states, according to new data on international arms transfers published today by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). To read the press release please click here.
Fukushima: The Tsunami Myth - A disaster caused by safety deficits and earthquakes
On March 11, 2011 a nuclear catastrophe occured at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant due to severe safety deficits and an earthquake. All over the world countless (relatively vulnerable) nuclear power plants are situated in earthquake-prone regions. Another nuclear disaster could be caused by an earthquake anywhere in the world – in Asia, America or in Europe. The IPPNW in cooperation with DNR, INES, EUROSOLAR, IALANA and NatWiss published an information leaflet on the tsunami myth. Information and the report can be found here: www.fukushima-disaster.de/information-in-english.html
Retired US Generals to Obama: 'No War of Choice in Iran'
Several former high-ranking military, intelligence and State Department officials took out an ad in the Washington Post on March 6, 2012 urging President Obama to stand fast against political and lobbying pressure to attack Iran over claims it is trying to develop nuclear weapons.
The letter, signed by five retired generals, two senior intelligence analysts and a senior State Department official, is accompanied by a photo and quotes from other current military and defense officials warning against such an attack.
Note that this link includes a copy of the actual advert published today in the Washington Post: readersupportednews.org/news-section2/330-131/10317-retired-us-generals-to-obama-no-war-of-choice-in-iran
New Nuclear Notebook: Russian Nuclear Forces 2012
By Hans M. Kristensen
Russia is planning to retire more than two-thirds of its current arsenal of nuclear land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles by the early 2020a. That includes some of the most iconic examples of the Soviet threat against the United States: SS-18 Satan, SS-19 Stiletto, and the world’s first road-mobile ICBM, the SS-25.
The plan coincides with the implementation of the New START treaty but significantly exceeds the reductions required by the treaty.
During the same period, Russia plans to deploy significant numbers of new missiles, but the production will not be sufficient to offset the retirement of old missiles. As a result, the size of Russia’s ICBM force is likely to decline over the next decade – with or without a new nuclear arms control treaty.
This and much more is described in our latest Nuclear Notebook published in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Download the pdf here:
On March 28, 2012, a group of Danish parliamentarians met with representatives from the embassies of the non-nuclear circumpolar countries at Christiansborg Palace, Copenhagen. The meeting's purpose was to discuss proposals for an Arctic nuclear weapon free zone. It was organized by the Danish National Group of Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs. The Christiansborg meeting built on the policy paper of the present Danish government, which states that “...In dialogue with Denmark's partners, the government will pursue the policy of making the Arctic a nuclear weapon free zone”. Opening addresses were given by two experts, Dr. Adele Buckley of Canada and Dr. Jan Prawitz of Sweden. To read a summary of Dr. Buckley's presentation click here. A general discussion followed, chaired by MP Holger K. Nielsen of the Danish Parliament. The formal meeting was followed by a dinner at which many productive informal discussions took place. The organizers hope that the meeting and dinner will lead to concrete actions, for example the submission of a working paper to the United Nations General Assembly and/or the request by the General Assembly that the UN Secretary General should set up a study group to examine the steps needed to establish an Arctic NWFZ. Both these concrete actions were especially recommended by Dr. Prawitz, since they would put the issue permanently on the agenda of the General Assembly.
Report by John Avery
Making Peace photo exhibition available
Making Peace is a major outdoor photo exhibition (100 panels in 5 sections) that pays tribute to the people who — all over the world — devote their time, energy and resources to the cause of peace. When the exhibition was inaugurated along Lake Geneva in 2010, over fifty NGO/GO representatives participated (as part of an 'International Village') with 35.000 people visiting the exhibition over a four week period.
For informartion and booking please visit: www.makingpeace.org
Technopathogenology: Technology and Non-Evident Risk - A Contribution to Prevention
This book written by INES members Guillermo Miguel Eguiazu and Alberto Motta deals with the prevention of potential non-evident risks on human health associated with technology which encloses the general knowledge of developing processes used to achieve either goods or services. The voids in technological knowledge used in the development of new technologies are responsible for hidden defects in the same. The authors suggest that hidden defects in technologies are accountable for hazards in generations of environmental factors that they call technopathogens. These factors can cause adverse effects to human health which are expressed not immediately but over years or even generations. This phenomenon is defined as technopathogeny. Since technopathogeny cannot be framed within existing disciplines related to the phenomenon such as risk assessment, risk management, technology assessment, technological genesis, environmental impact assessment, life cycle assessment or ecology, the authors coin a new term for this specific discipline called Technopathogenology. To read more here: www.inesglobal.com/publications-by-ines-members.phtml#cpid636
14. April 2012: Preparation meeting: Afghanistan Peace Conference 2012, Cologne, Germany
16.4. 2012: Press conference on military spending and launch of the news INES campaign on Disarmament for Sustainable Development. Berlin, Germany
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
1.-8. May 2012: National German week of action on Civil Clauses, Germany
18.-19. May 2012: NATO Counter Summit, Chicago, USA
19. May 2012: SGR 2012 Annual General Meeting, London, UK
2. June 2012, International Nuclear Abolition Day
8. - 10. June 2012: Countering the Militarisation of Youth, Darmstadt, Germany
20.-22. June 2012: INES activities at the Rio+20, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
28.-30. June 2012: 2nd International 100% Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition, Maltepe / Istanbul
22.-29. July 2012: NAPF Peace Leadership Program: summer workshop, Santa Barbara, California
31. July - 9. August 2012: Summer Course: Hiroshima and Peace