APSNet Semi-Weekly Bulletin, August 6, 2007

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Austral Peace and Security Network (APSNet)

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

Monday 6 August 2007

  1. Air Force Takes Operational Control of Southern Afghanistan Skies
  2. Afghanistan: Shopkeepers Strike over Digger Raids
  3. Iraq: Spike in Mass Bombings against Civilians
  4. Australia Defence Policy: And Now the Defence Wedge
  5. Canberra’s NT Troop Move ‘Devastating’
  6. Australia extends Rp800 Billion to Fight against HIV/AIDS in Indonesia
  7. Climate Change and Conflict, ICG, July 2007

  1. Air Force Takes Operational Control of Southern Afghanistan Skies, Media Release CPA 235/07, Defence, 2007-08-05

    A 75-strong RAAF detachment formally took over management of a portion of Afghanistan’s operational airspace. RAAF’s Control and Reporting Centre (CRC) are undertaking 24/7 operations from Kandahar Airfield. RAAF personnel are responsible for air space management and air surveillance tasks over southern Afghanistan. CRC is also responsible for coordinating air to air refuelling.

  2. Shopkeepers Strike over Digger Raids, Tom Hyland, Age, 2007-08-05

    The behaviour of Australian and Dutch troops in southern Afghanistan has sparked a protest strike by local shopkeepers complaining of harassment and unjustified searches. The strike came in a week in which Australian troops, fearing suicide attacks, fired twice on civilians, killing a man and wounding two children. A second fatal shooting, this time by Dutch troops, is reported to have further fuelled animosity.

  3. Spike in Mass Bombings against Civilians, Megan Greenwell, Age, 2007-08-06

    The number of Iraqi civilians killed in mass-casualty bomb attacks rose sharply from June to July. But the overall number of civilian casualties remained significantly lower than before the US troop increase in February, according to a Washington Post analysis, even though violence claimed 1539 civilian lives.

  4. And Now the Defence Wedge, Geoffrey Barker, AFR*, 2007-08-06

    Attempting to wedge Labor, the government and its supporters are trying to tag the opposition with a narrow defence-of-Australia regionalism shaped by an irrelevant obsession with geography. Australia has always maintained a bipartisan regional-global defence policy balance. To challenge that balance for crass electoral reasons is simply delusional.
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  5. Canberra’s NT Troop Move ‘Devastating’, Lindsay Murdoch and Katharine Murphy, Age, 2007-08-06

    The authors of the Northern Territory’s ‘Little Children are Sacred’ report have slammed the Howard Government’s radical intervention, saying they were “devastated” to see the army roll into remote indigenous communities. Pat Anderson said she and Rex Wild, QC, “feel betrayed, disappointed, hurt and angry” because the intervention does not include acting on any of 97 recommendations they made after a nine-month inquiry.

  6. Australia Extends Rp800 Billion to Fight against HIV/AIDS in Indonesia, Antara, 2007-08-03

    Australia donated cash worth some A$100 million (Rp800 billion) to strengthen the prevention and handling of the HIV virus spread in Indonesia. Australia will also cooperate with the Papua and West Papua provincial administration, to manage and fund the responses towards HIV.

  7. Climate Change and Conflict, ICG, July 2007

    The security implications of climate change are attracting increased attention, and for good reason. The potential consequences of these changes and of the environmental degradation associated with them are grave. They include food and water shortages, population shifts and economic losses. These in turn may increase a range of risks to human security, including the risk of deadly conflict.

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