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What's New in INES, 5. January 2012


A Nuclear Nightmare in the Making: NATO, Missile Defense and Russian Insecurity
y David Krieger and Steven Starr

In the aftermath of the Cold War, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), has become increasingly powerful.  It was created in 1949 as an alliance of Western military forces to protect against the perceived military threat posed by the Soviet Union and the Eastern bloc countries.

With the breakup of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact, NATO has expanded by adding former Soviet bloc countries, moving to the borders of Russia.  It has also engaged in military actions, notably in the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan and Libya. To read on klick here: www.wagingpeace.org/articles/db_article.php

The Real & Propaganda War Against Iran Is On.
Interview with Ph.D., John Scales Avery

This video is a wonderful and heartening interview with John Avery, who gives us both knowledge and hope to avoid the current real danger of war, including nuclear war.

John Avery is an INES Council member and was part of a group associated with the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs. He is chairperson of the Danish Peace Academy, and the author of numerous books.
See the interview with
TV Street Space Copenhagen herewww.youtube.com/watch

Open Letter on NATO Missile Defense Plans and Increased Risk of Nuclear War
INES supports the Open Letter to Presidents Obama and Medvedev that addresses missile defense deployments in Europe, a critical point of ongoing contention between the US and Russia that is capable not only of ending the possibility of nuclear disarmament but of restarting a nuclear arms race between the two countries and others.  NATO deployment of a missile defense system in Europe is a scenario for nuclear disaster, and it is being provoked by US hubris in pursuing a technology that is unlikely ever to be effective, but which Russian leaders must view in terms of a worst-case scenario.  Read the letter here: www.wagingpeace.org/articles/db_article.php

Science and the corporate university in Britain
Article by Stuart Parkinson, SGR, published as part of the debate on 'Capitalism and the University' on the openDemocracy website.

It has surprised few that since coming to power the Cameron government has pursued an agenda which included pressing for much stronger links between university and business. The justification given is a simple one – that, to enhance our economic competitiveness in these difficult times, we need to become better at commercialising scientific and other academic research to help fuel economic growth. This is a perspective that has been gaining increasing support among policy-makers in the UK (and elsewhere) for over 20 years. But there are many flaws in this thesis – with the strongest evidence of problems coming from academic research itself.

The full article can be accessed at:

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence in India
The INES meber organization Indian Institute For Peace, Disarmament & Environmental Protection (IIPDEP) arranged a regional conference in Nagpur, Central India on November 25, 2011. In cooperation with The Association of Medical Women in India the conference was part of the "16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign". More than 84 women from Central India participated. Read on here: www.inesglobal.com/womens-conference-nagpur.phtml

IAEA report on Iran
By Seymour Hersh "Iran and the IAEA," The New Yorker, November 18, 2011.

I've been reporting on Iran and the bomb for The New Yorker for the past decade, with a focus on the repeated inability of the best and the brightest of the Joint Special Operations Command to find definitive evidence of a nuclear-weapons production program in Iran. The goal of the high-risk American covert operations was to find something physical - a "smoking calutron," as a knowledgeable official once told me - to show the world that Iran was working on warheads at an undisclosed site, to make the evidence public, and then to attack and destroy the site.

The new report, therefore, leaves us where we've been since 2002, when George Bush declared Iran to be a member of the Axis of Evil - with lots of belligerent talk but no definitive evidence of a nuclear-weapons program.

To read the full article, click here: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/comment/2011/11/iran-and-the-iaea.html

Report from International Panel on Fissile Materials
In October 2011 the International Panel on Fissile Materials (IPFM) has released a  report entitled "Managing Spent Fuel from Nuclear Power Reactors: Experience and Lessons from Around the World."

The report provides an overview of the policy and technical challenges posed by problems of long-term storage and disposal of spent fuel from nuclear power reactors over the past five decades. It analyzes the efforts to manage and dispose of spent fuel by ten countries that account for more than 80 percent of the world's nuclear power capacity: Canada, Finland, France, Germany, South Korea, Japan, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.

To read the full report, click the link to the IPFM website: www.fissilematerials.org/blog/rr10.pdf

European security research – it is time for change
Martina Weitsch of the Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA), shows how arms companies – including those from Israel – have obtained public EU research funds, despite military research being specifically excluded from the formal R&D framework.

Read the article from SGR Newsletter no. 40, autumn 2011 here: www.sgr.org.uk/resources/european-security-research-it-time-change

Report on Spanish arms trade
The Centre d'Estudis per a la Pau JM Delàs presented its report The controversial spanish arms trade, a secret business 2001-2010, which shows that the Spanish government has sold weapons to countries in an armed conflict situation on 24. November 2011.
The Spanish State, only in 2010, has sold 1,128 million euros in arms, many destined to countries in armed conflict, in a situation of tension and where Human Rights are violated.
Download the report here:www.inesglobal.com/download.php

Launch of the Nuclear Abolition Forum
The Nuclear Abolition Forum is a joint project of eight key organizations active in the disarmament field. It was launched on 21. October 2011 in New York. The founding organizations are:

INESAP, Albert Schweitzer Institut, Global Security Institute, IALANA, IPPNW, Middle Powers Initiative, Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs and the World Future Council

The Forum’s first issue of its periodical focuses on the application of International Humanitarian Law to Nuclear Weapons and its implications. Edited by Dr. John Burroughs of the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, the issue offers a variety of perspectives on this important issue through articles from high-level contributors.

Learn more here: www.abolitionforum.org/site/

"Does Unmanned Make Unacceptable? Exploring the Debate on using Drones and Robots in Warfare".
Report by IKV Pax Christi
Drones and robots are an emerging military technology that has a growing impact on today’s warfare. The use of these types of military machinery has brought forward new challenges and discussions which needs to be analyzed and discussed thoroughly due to the nature of these weapons. The use of drones and robots raises military strategic, ethical and legal questions. This report gives an overview of the types of drones and robots which are used, who uses them and where the advantages and disadvantages and ethical and legal questions that came along with the increased use of these machines.

To download the report please visit the website of IKV Pax Christi - a cooperation between the IKV and Pax Christi Netherlands: www.ikvpaxchristi.nl/UK/above_publications.htm

The Road to Rio: Newsletter of the UN-NGLS
In an effort to provide a range of different voices and views on key issues as momentum builds towards “Rio+20,” the United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS)  publishes the “Road to Rio” e-newsletter. Readers will find a range of opinion pieces, interviews and thought-provoking articles on some of the main issues at hand, as well as reports and resources from the UN system and civil society.
Please visit: http://www.un-ngls.org/rioplus20/newsletter/issue3/toc.html
Subscribe here: http://www.un-ngls.org/rioplus20/subscription/

World Wide Views on Biodiversity
This is an open invitation to organisations with an interest in public participation and/ or biodiversity to join the global citizen participation project "World Wide Views on Biodiversity". World Wide Views on Biodiversity is an ambitious, global citizen participation project on global biodiversity policies and actions.
On September 15 2012 the Danish Board of Technology (DBT) and its World Wide Views Alliance partners will arrange a string of simultaneous citizen consultations in countries across the world, giving citizens in every participating country the opportunity to discuss, deliberate and vote on issues concerning biological diversity.
As a partner in the project you will become a member of a global network of organisations involved in public participation and deliberative processes. Your organisation will be responsible for the planning, execution and funding of a national citizen consultation, with prior method training and assistance from the DBT. Furthermore, you will be responsible for dissemination to national decisions-makers and media.
The results of the citizen consultations will be instantly available on the project homepage, analysed and presented at the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP11) in India, 2012.
We hope we have caught your interest and that you will be interested in becoming a partner in World Wide Views on Biodiversity. Find out more about the project here: www.tekno.dk/subpage.php3


INES wishes to identify potential sources of funding - foundations, corporate grants, other institutions - that support the values and goals of organisations like INES.
We are seeking grant funding in several areas including infrastructure, fundraising and public relations, and the INES Students & Youth project to expand our ability to support critical scientists and engineers and make information more accessible to the general public and the future generation.
If you have knowledge of or would be willing to research such funding resources, please contact Gabriele Krauskopf at officeinesglobalcom

  • 17. April 2012: Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS)

  • 29. April 2012: INES Council meeting, Vienna, Austria. Call for proposals: INES is looking for candidates for the Executive Committee. Please send nominations to the INES office by March 14, 2012. We encourage especially young people and women to be nominated!

  • 30. April - 11. May, 2012: NPT PrepCom, Vienna, Austria

  • 18.-19. May 2012: NATO Counter Summit, Chicago, USA

  • 2. June 2012, International Nuclear Abolition Day

  • 20.-22. June 2012: Rio+20 Earth Summit, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. INES members, please contact the INES office if you are going to the Rio+20 conference. We would like to gather and offer workshops and/or side events