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Austral Peace and Security Network (APSNet)
Bi-weekly report from the Nautilus Institute at RMIT, Australia.
Thursday 22 June 2006
- Iraqi Fury at Australian Shooting
- East Timor: Fretilin Poised to Sack Alkatiri
- Australian Army Rushes to Set Up Base for 3000 in Timor
- Corruption Rife In Indonesian Military
- More Bang for Defence Equipment
- Indonesia’s Fight Against Bird Flu Needs International Support: FAO
- Heating Up The Planet: Climate Change and Security
- Nautilus News: North Korea Warned Against Long-Range Missile Test
Iraqi Fury at Australian Shooting, Agencies, Age, 2006-06-22
Iraq’s trade minister lashed out at Australia today after escorts guarding an embassy delegation that visited him at his Baghdad office shot dead one of his own guards and wounded several others. “They are trampling on the dignity and sovereignty of Iraqis,” Abdel Falah al-Sudani, a member of parliament’s dominant Shi’ite bloc, said on state television.
Fretilin Poised to Sack Alkatiri, Stephen Fitzpatrick and David Nason, Australian, 2006-06-22
East Timor’s ruling Fretilin party last night withdrew its support of PM Mari Alkatiri and decided to replace him with Foreign Minister Jose Ramos Horta. The party’s central committee decided at an emergency meeting to effectively sack Dr Alkatiri after the Council of State, headed by President Xanana Gusmao, demanded his resignation.
Army Rushes to Set Up Base for 3000 in Timor, Nick O’Malley, SMH, 2006-06-22
The depth of Australia’s military commitment to East Timor has been revealed in an urgent tender document for the establishment and maintenance of a base for up to 3000 soldiers and civilian support staff from Australia and “coalition partners”.
East Timor: U.N. Renews Presence, Warren Hoge, NYT, 2006-06-21
Corruption Rife In Indonesian Military, Morgan Mellish, AFR*, 2006-06-22
Indonesia’s military businesses are still involved in wide-scale human rights abuses despite government efforts to modernise the country’s armed forces, according to an international monitoring organisation. New York-based Human Rights Watch says military-controlled ventures are heavily involved in illegal mining and logging as well as drug, protection and prostitution rackets.
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Too High a Price: The Human Rights Cost of the Indonesian Military’s Economic Activities, Human Rights Watch, Volume 18, No. 5(C), June 2006
More Bang for Defence Equipment, John Kerin, AFR*, 2006-06-20
Defence Minister Brendan Nelson will release a revised 10-year defence equipment plan worth almost $60 billion today that includes a revamp of frontline aircraft as part of the biggest hardware build-up since the Vietnam War.
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Indonesia’s Fight against Bird Flu Needs International Support: FAO, Bhimanto Suwastoyo, NYT, 2006-06-21
Indonesia cannot fight bird flu on its own and needs support from the international community, an expert has said. The world’s fourth most populous country has reported the world’s highest number of human deaths from bird flu this year. Peter Roeder, from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said that just for initial “capacity building”, 50 million dollars was needed over the next three years.
Bird Flu Monitor [web site]
Heating Up The Planet: Climate Change and Security, Alan Dupont and Graeme Pearman, Lowy Institue Paper 12, 2006
This study canvasses the international security consequences of climate change especially for Australia’s Asia-Pacific neighbourhood.
North Korea Warned Against Long-Range Missile Test, Sen Lam, Radio Australia, 2006-06-20
The US has urged North Korea to urgently abandon any plan to test-launch a long range missile. Japan, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea have also warned Pyongyang against the test.
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