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SEARCH FOR A NUCLEAR WEAPON FOR LIMITED CONFLICTS
Bromley and David Grahame report on the Pentagon's search for a nuclear
FUTURE OF NUCLEAR ARMS CONTROL
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CALLS NEW ISRAELI ELECTIONS
briefly surviving a collapsed government and a votes-ofno confidence,
Ariel Sharon finally dissolves the Knesset and calls for elections in
February. Sharons explanation is that with support from labor gone,
he refuses to give in to political blackmail form the political right.
By Yossi Verter, Nadav Shragai and Aluf Benn, Haaretz, November
to Netanyahu were likely to be far more "painful" than those
to Netanyahu are likely to be far more "painful" than those
to labor. Netanyahu, who has now agreed to join Sharon's government, wants
to force Sharon into an unambiguous stand on whether he accepts a Palestinian
state, and other critical issues.
By Akiva eldar in Haaretz, November 4, 2002
POLITICS OF THE CHECHEN HOSTAGE TAKING IN MOSCOW
hostage taking in Moscow did more than publicize Chechen frustration over
Russias occupation. It played a critical role in determining who
Moscow will negotiate with when it finally tries to work out a Chechen
Sanobar Shermatova details the background. By Sanobar Shermatova in the
Institute for War & peace Reporting, Moscow, October 31, 2002
NUKES: NO EVIDENCE YET
repeated news reports that Iraq is close to developing a nuclear weapon,
the evidence so far indicates that most of Iraqs efforts to get
the bomb have ended in failure.
By Linda Rothstein in the bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, October 2002
MISSILE KILLS AL QAEDA CHIEF
a drone as a killing device, A CIA task force kills suspected turncoat.
The Guardian, November 5, 2002
"Proactive Preemptive Operations Group" aka P20G is allegedly
the brainstorm of the Defense Science Board, another secret policy group
advising the Bush administration on security and international relations.
According to a story that first surfaced On UPI, the idea is part of a
$7 billion plan which will, among other things, entice terrorist movements
like Al Qaeda into launching ill-conceived and premature terrorist attacks
which will then hopefully allow U.S. intelligence experts to identify
and destroy the terrorist cells. Whether P2oG ever gets off the ground
The idea has already sparked cynical commentary which appeared in the
Moscow Times and elsewhere on the net.
Pamela Hess, UPIs Pentagon Correspondent, first mentioned the P2og
in a report on September 26, 2002.
ISLAMISTS WIN IN TURKEY
pro-Islamic Justice and Development Party won nearly twice as many seats
as its closest rival in Sundays legislative elections in Turkey.
The partys leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a former mayor of Istanbul,
is legally banned from serving as prime minister because of his previous
positions on religion which ran counter to Turkey's traditional ban on
mixing religion and politics. Erdogan promises to maintain friendly relations
with Washington and European capitals, but he openly opposes war with
Iraq, partly on the grounds that it is likely to drive Iraqi refugees
across the border into Turkey.
a discussion on Jim Lehrers News Hour
Center for International and Strategic Studies discusses the background
leading up to the Turkish elections.
an insistence that it will be politics as normal in Istanbul, you can
expect significant changes. By Hilmi Toros, Asia Times, November 5, 2002
THE UNRULY MOSCOW PRESS
the wake of last weeks hostage rescue in Moscow, the Kremlin has
now issued guidelines for future news coverage of crises. While some of
the advice seems relatively mundane, other parts of the 16-point document
have left reporters confused. For instance, journalists are advised to
" Avoid reporting details of the work of specialists involved in
The Moscow Times, November 4, 2002
WITH IRAQ AND THE STOCK MARKET
of war in the Middle East helped triggered a recession in the 1970s. The
U.S. was eventually able to counteract the depressing effects. The U.S.
faces a similar situation today, but in the wake of 9/11, American companies
are more vulnerable and applying the same remedies that were used in the
past may prove more difficult. By Felix Rohatyn in the New York Review
of Books, November 21, 2002
OBJECTIONS OVER IRAQ
to the Bush administrations stance on Iraq are motivated by more
than jealousy and self interest. At the root of the French position is
a strong belief that to be legitimate a war must either be a matter of
genuine self defense, or it must have the support of a large segment of
the international community. At present, Washington hasnt been able
to fulfill either condition.
By Justin Vaisse, the Brookings Institution, November 3, 2002
AND U.S. WANT EGYPT TO DROP ANTI-SEMITIC T.V. MINI-SERIES
40-part TV series, "Horseman without a Horse." Which is due
to air on Egyptian television, is based on a a piece of hate literature
called the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion." The manuscript
argues that Jews want world domination. Both Washington and Israel are
trying to keep the series off the air.
By JTA, November 4, 2002
NEXT WAR IN SPACE
the last 40 years, the U.S. has argued strenuously against the militarization
of outerspace. George W. Bush is changing that. Not only is the U.S. now
considering development of space-based weapons systems, but it is also
planning on space platforms as part of the new anti-ballistic missile
system. As a result, space is likely to become the militarys new
"high ground" in future battles.
By Theresa Hitchens, vice-president of the Center for Defense Information,
in The Acronymn Institutes Disarmament Diplomacy, October-November
IMPORTANT THAN SPACE?
recent poll by the Mellman group indicates that a majority of Americans
(51% against 25%) would rather spend tax money on prescription drug benefits
than missile defense. 55% consider better military training to be more
important. The only thing less important than missile defense was improving
the conventional weapons the military already possesses.
Council for a Livable World, November 1, 2002
TIME IN GEORGIA
has been steadily pressuring Georgia over Chechen rebels allegedly hiding
out in the Pankisi Gorge. That pressure is likely to intensify in the
wake of the Chechen hostage taking in Moscow, and the Georgians are in
a vulnerable position because much of the gas they depend on for heating
in winter comes from Russia. The U.S. now finds itself caught in the middle.
It needs to restrain Russia and at the same time convince Georgias
president Eduard Schevardnadze to engage in genuine reforms or risk seeing
the government replaced by bandits.
Center for Strategic and International Studies, November 4, 2002
IS A FORCE THAT GIVES US MEANING"
New York Times correspondent, Chris Hedges,
explores the madness that surrounds societies about to go to war. In an
interview with TomPaine.com, Hedges analyzes the seductive effect of the
notion that resorting to organized violence for a good cause will somehow
make us safe. As Hedges puts it:
myth is always part of the way we understand war within a society.
Its always there. But I think in a peacetime society we are at least
open to other ways of looking at war. Just as patriotism is always part
of the society. In wartime, the myth becomes ascendant.
Patriotism, national self-glorification infects everything, including culture.
Thats why you would go to symphony events and people wave flags and
play the "Star Spangled Banner." In essence, its the destruction
of culture, which is always a prerequisite in wartime. Wartime always begins
with the destruction of your own culture.
Once you enter a conflict, or at the inception of a conflict, you are given
a language by which you speak. The state gives you a language to speak and
you cant speak outside that language or it becomes very difficult.
There is no communication outside of the clichés and the jingos,
"The War on Terror," "Showdown With Iraq," "The
Axis of Evil," all of this stuff.
So that whatever disquiet we feel, we no longer have the words in which
to express it. The myth predominates. The myth, which is a lie, of course,
built around glory, heroism, heroic self-sacrifice, the nobility of the
nation. And it is a kind of intoxication. People lose individual conscience
for this huge communal enterprise
"War has a very dark beauty, a kind of fascination with the grotesque.
The Bible called it "the lust of the eye" and warned believers
against it. War has a rush. It has a hallucinogenic quality. It has that
sort of stoned-out sense of -- that zombie-like quality that comes with
not enough sleep, sort of being shelled too long. I think, in many ways,
there is no drug, or there are no combination of drugs that are as potent
as war, and one could argue as addictive. It certainly is as addictive as
Chris Hedges interviewed
by TomPaine.com, November 4, 2002
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