APSNet Semi-Weekly Bulletin, September 27, 2007

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APSNet for 20070927

Austral Peace and Security Network (APSNet)

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

Thursday 27 September 2007

  1. Climate Change a Huge Security Problem: Keelty
  2. RI Nuclear Plants a ‘Regional Issue’
  3. Don’t Mention the ‘N’ Word
  4. Cholera Outbreak in Iraq is Spreading
  5. Afghan Clashes Kill ‘160 Taleban’
  6. Survey Finds Wide Support for RAMSI
  7. Papuans to Be Sent back to PNG

  1. Climate Change a Huge Security Problem: Keelty, Simon Lauder, ABC, 2007-09-25

    Australian Federal Police (AFP) Commissioner Mick Keelty has labelled climate change the biggest security issue of the century. He said global warming will certainly pose national security issues never seen before. “[C]limate change is going to be the security issue of the 21st century. It’s not difficult to see the policing implications that might arise in the not-too-distant future.”

  2. RI Nuclear Plants a ‘Regional Issue’, Adianto P. Simamora and Alvin Darlanika Soedarjo, Jakarta Post, 2007-09-26

    Indonesia may operate the first nuclear power plant in Southeast Asia, but should first secure the consent of other countries in the region, said Simon Tay, chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs. “Safety issues in nuclear use are real issues and have influence in a wide range of contexts, such as the environment, climate change and regional security,” he said.

  3. Don’t Mention the ‘N’ Word, Katharine Murphy, Age, 2007-09-27

    What is the precise nature of our participation in GNEP? Australia has signed on to “expand nuclear power to help meet growing energy demand in a sustainable manner and in a way that provides for safe operations of nuclear power plants and management of wastes”. But there is a reference to shared stewardship of nuclear waste, something GNEP espouses but the Government has assured us will not be an issue for Australia.

  4. Cholera Outbreak in Iraq is Spreading, Juan Cole, Informed Comment, 2007-09-26

    A spread of cholera and cholera-like symptoms in Iraq is being reported. The outbreak is rooted in the breakdown of water purification plants and possibly in an interdiction of chlorine trucks by the US military, for fear guerrillas will use them for truck bombings (it has happened). The US military will have to choose between the risk of chlorine truck bombs and the deaths or illness of thousands of Iraqis.

  5. Afghan Clashes Kill ‘160 Taleban’, BBC, 2007-09-26

    The US-led coalition force in Afghanistan says more than 160 Taleban fighters have been killed in the south. They say more than 100 insurgents were killed in Helmand province, and at least 65 in Uruzgan. One coalition soldier died, US forces said. The Taleban denied the figures, which could not be independently verified. Villagers said there had been a large number of civilian deaths from aerial bombardments in both provinces.

  6. Survey Finds Wide Support for RAMSI, ABC, 2007-09-27

    An independent nationwide survey of Solomon Islanders has revealed overwhelming support for the regional assistance mission, RAMSI, and its presence in the country. The survey was carried out by the Australian National University, with over 5,000 Solomon Islanders taking part. The findings have been released as the Solomon Islands government begins a review of the Facilitation Act allowing RAMSI’s presence.

  7. Papuans to Be Sent Back to PNG, David Crawshaw, Australian, 2007-09-27

    The Federal Government has defended its decision to send a group of Papuan asylum-seekers back to PNG, saying their safety is not at risk. The five men were found on August 21 at Saibai Island in the Torres Strait after sailing from PNG. They were unable to seek asylum in Australia because the Government has excluded Saibai Island from Australia’s migration zone.

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