APSNet for 26 November 2007
Austral Peace and Security Network (APSNet)
Twice weekly report from the Nautilus Institute at RMIT, Australia.
Monday 26 November 2007
- Rudd Takes Tough Stand on Boat People
- Seamen Pose Big Security Threat
- Rudd to Improve Australia Ties
- Reinado Threatens to Destabilise Timor
- Bush Loses a Friend in Australia
- Afghan Civilians Suffer in Battle for their Security
- First U.S. Troop Cutback in Iraq Gets Under Way
- Indonesia’s Health Minister Says ‘no’ to Sharing Bird Flu Virus with WHO
Rudd Takes Tough Stand on Boat People, Age, 2003-11-23
Labor leader Kevin Rudd says he will take a tough stance on border security, including turning back boat people. Mr Rudd said a Labor government would take asylum seekers rescued from leaking vessels to Christmas Island, but would turn back seaworthy boats. He also said Labor would not lift the current intake of African refugees. A Labor government would aim to deter asylum seekers by using the threat of detention and Australia’s close ties with Indonesia.
- Investigation into Why 16 NTT Residents Seeking Asylum in Australia, Tempo Interactive, 2007-11-22
Seamen Pose Big Security Threat, Richard Kerbaj, Australian, 2007-11-24
Thousands of foreign seamen from terrorist hotspots such as Indonesia and the Philippines are being issued with Australian visas without undergoing the same strict ASIO and AFP scrutiny that local ship workers and wharfies face. Security experts and maritime officials have also warned of the potential terrorist risks posed by some foreign seafarers shipping “sensitive cargo”, such as explosive-grade ammonium nitrate around Australian ports.
- Future Unknown: The Terrorist Threat to Australian Maritime Security, Australian Strategic Policy Institute, 2005-04-19
Rudd to Improve Australia Ties, Al Jazeera, 2007-11-25
Kevin Rudd, Australia’s prime minister-elect, is focusing on the country’s standing in the Asia-pacific region, aiming to strengthen ties with neighbouring countries.
Reinado Threatens to Destabilise Timor, Australian, 2007-11-23
Rebel soldier Alfredo Reinado, who is wanted on charges of murder and illegal weapons possession told cheering supporters in East Timor’s hills yesterday he would destabilise the fledgling nation once again unless the Government reinstated hundreds of mutinous troops. In a rare public appearance yesterday, Major Reinado, who was surrounded by men with automatic weapons, said that if Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao did not reinstate the renegade soldiers “I will lead my soldiers down to Dili”.
Bush Loses a Friend in Australia, Raymond Bonner, International Herald Tribune, 2007-11-25
The defeat of Prime Minister John Howard in the Australian election Saturday deprives President George W. Bush of one of his most steadfast allies and will bring changes in Australia’s foreign policy that will be felt in Washington.
Afghan Civilians Suffer in Battle for their Security, Tom Hyland, Age, 2007-11-25
Tens of thousands of civilians have fled their homes to escape the fighting in southern Afghanistan, where Australian and Dutch forces are claiming early success in what has been Australia’s most costly operation in the conflict. The risk to civilians was highlighted by Friday’s clash that claimed the life of Private Luke Worsley, the third Australian be killed in Afghanistan since last month. Three civilians – two women and a child – also were killed when Australian troops attacked what the Australian Defence Force said was a Taliban bomb-making compound.
- Afghanistan: Conflict-Affected Displacement “Major” Humanitarian Challenge – Afghan Red Crescent, IRIN, 2007-11-20
- Casualties – ADF, Australia in Afghanistan, Nautilus Institute
- Casualties – civilian, Australia in Afghanistan, Nautilus Institute
First U.S. Troop Cutback in Iraq gets Under Way, Alissa J. Rubin and Stephen Farrell, International Herald Tribune, 2007-11-25
The first substantive reduction of U.S. troops in Iraq has begun, as the first members of a brigade from Diyala Province have started to leave, U.S. military officials in Baghdad said.
Indonesia’s Health Minister Says ‘no’ to Sharing Bird Flu Virus with WHO, International Herald Tribune, 2007-11-25
Indonesia’s health minister reiterated Sunday that she would not send bird flu specimens to the World Health Organization, saying poor nations needed assurances that any pandemic vaccines developed from the virus would be affordable.
- Myanmar Reports Bird Flu Outbreak at Chicken Farm in Northeast, International Herald Tribune, 2007-11-24