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Austral Peace and Security Network (APSNet)
Twice weekly report from the Nautilus Institute at RMIT, Australia.
Monday 20 August 2007
- Determining their National Interest: Australia’s Economic Intervention in Iraq
- CSIS: Troops Could Leave Iraq ‘Within a Year’
- Amid Escalating Violence in Afghanistan, Rising Opposition in Germany to Military Mission
- India Nukes Deal, Now for Russia
- Philippines Teeters on Brink of Total War
- Tonga-Australia Sign Performance Partnership
- Indonesia: Agency ‘Ordered Killing’
Determining their National Interest: Australia’s Economic Intervention in Iraq, Chris Doran, AidWatch, July 2007 [PDF]
This is the story of Australian interference, as an occupying power, in the Iraqi economy and its political institutions, interference that has advanced Australian commercial interests against the interests of the Iraqi people. It offers a systematic investigation into how the Australian government pursued narrow economic and trade interests in Iraq, frequently under the guise of humanitarian assistance.
Troops Could Leave Iraq ‘Within a Year’, AP, SMH, 2007-08-15
It would take 9 to 12 months to withdraw all US troops and contractors safely from Iraq and phase out US bases, an Anthony Cordesman of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies said. The US military in Iraq would prefer a somewhat slower-paced pullout over two years, while other experts “indicate it would be feasible” to pull out 10,000 troops and 10,000 contractors a month.
The Tenuous Case for Strategic Patience in Iraq: A Trip Report, Anthony Cordesman, CSIS, 2007-08-06 [PDF]
Amid Escalating Violence in Afghanistan, Rising Opposition in Germany to Military Mission, IHT, Judy Dempsey, 2007-08-19
The abduction of a German aid worker in Kabul on Saturday capped a week in which polls showed rising support within German political parties, and among voters, for a withdrawal of the country’s troops from Afghanistan
India Nukes Deal, Now for Russia, Sarah Smiles, Katharine Murphy and Anne Davies, Age, 2007-08-17
Prime Minister John Howard announced the sale of uranium to India under “strict conditions”. At the same time, Government officials confirmed that a new agreement to sell uranium to Russia could be signed next month during the visit of President Vladimir Putin to Australia. The deal will pave the way for Australian uranium to fuel Russian reactors for the first time.
Philippines Teeters on Brink of Total War, Simon Roughneen, AsiaTimes, 2007-08-17
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have launched a new military campaign against radical Muslim insurgents in its southern regions, an offensive nominally aimed at finishing off the hobbled 300-member Abu Sayyaf terror group, but one that also threatens to widen the conflict with two ceasefire groups, the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
Tonga-Australia Sign Performance Partnership, Tonga Now, 2007-08-16
Australia and Tonga signed a Performance Partnership to assist the Government of Tonga in implementing its program of essential economic and public sector reforms. The partnership is the first in a series of new Performance Incentives arrangements announced in the 2007-08 overseas aid budget.
Agency ‘Ordered Killing’, Mark Forbes, Age, 2007-08-17
Indonesia’s Intelligence Agency ordered several assassination attempts against leading human rights activist Munir Thalib before poisoning him in 2004, a police investigation has revealed. The claims, presented to a Jakarta court yesterday, reopened hearings into the controversial murder case. They should also force President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to reform the feared agency, human rights groups said.