APSNet Semi-Weekly Bulletin, May 7, 2007

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Austral Peace and Security Network (APSNet)

Twice weekly report from the Nautilus Institute at RMIT, Australia.

Monday 7 May 2007

  1. Joint Patrols with Indonesia to Crack Down on Illegal Fishermen
  2. East Timor Candidate Accuses Australians of Intimidation
  3. Howitzers Pack $600m Punch
  4. Another UN Group to Visit Fiji
  5. Indonesia: Jemaah Islamiyah’s Current Status
  6. Uranium for India: Avoiding the Pitfalls
  7. The Struggle over Iraqi Oil: Eyes Eternally on the Prize
  8. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report

  1. Joint Patrols with Indonesia to Crack Down on Illegal Fishermen, Stephen Fitzpatrick, Australian, 2007-05-05

    The first Australian-Indonesian sea patrols designed to crack illegal fishing syndicates will begin next month. The deal, was negotiated between Canberra and Jakarta and signed by 10 APEC countries. The first patrols will be made either side of the Indonesia-Australia maritime border by Australian Customs and Indonesian Fisheries Department vessels, with assistance from Australian Coastwatch surveillance aircraft.

  2. East Timor Candidate Accuses Australians of Intimidation, ABC, 2007-05-07

    One of East Timor’s two presidential candidates has lodged a formal complaint against Australian troops, accusing them of political interference. Francisco ‘Lu Olo’ Guterres says the actions of Australian soldiers during the presidential campaign have compromised their claims of political neutrality. Australian commander, Brigadier Mal Rerden says troop movements aren’t scheduled around political events.

  3. Howitzers Pack $600m Punch, Geoffrey Barker, AFR*, 2007-06-07

    Defence is preparing to call for tenders for a $600 million project to boost the army’s artillery firepower with up to 23 long-range, self-propelled howitzers and command and control systems. The cost of the artillery systems will not be reflected in tomorrow’s record defence budget, but will feed significantly into future defence budgets.
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  4. Another UN Group to Visit Fiji, FJT, 2007-05-07

    UN Working Group on the use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the rights of peoples to self-determination will conduct a fact-finding visit to Fiji from 14 to 18 May 2007. The Working Group welcomes this opportunity to study and discuss emerging issues, manifestations and trends regarding mercenaries, mercenary-related activities and the role of private military and private security companies and their impact on human rights.

  5. Indonesia: Jemaah Islamiyah’s Current Status, Asia Briefing No.63, International Crisis Watch, 2007-05-03 [PDF]

    South East Asia’s largest jihadi organisation, probably retains more than 900 members across Indonesia at a conservative estimate and remains a major security threat, focused more on local than Western targets. This briefing, examines the significance of police arrests in late March of JI members said to be involved in a new military structure and analyses the organisation’s size and strength.


  6. Uranium for India: Avoiding the Pitfalls, Ron Walker, Policy Brief, Lowy Institute

    Selling uranium to India without the same legal obligations and non-proliferation standards that apply to our other customers could undermine our broader foreign policy interests and weaken the national consensus to continue uranium mining and exports. Instead, Australia should work to strengthen the international nuclear non-proliferation system and engage India in that process. The result could be a more effective non-proliferation regime.


  7. The Struggle over Iraqi Oil: Eyes Eternally on the Prize, Michael Schwartz, TomDispatch, 2007-05-06

    Michael Schwartz follows the oil slicks deep into the Gulf of Catastrophe in Iraq. He offers a sweeping view of the role oil, the prize of prizes in Iraq, has played in Bush administration considerations and what role the new oil law is likely to play in that country’s future.


  8. A Climate of Change, Liz Minchin, Age, 2007-05-05

    The latest volume of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, on how to slow global warming, found that making deep emission cuts will require significant changes to the way we live, from the types of power and transport we use, to how much we consume.

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