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In this month's edition
base to shed 220 submarine jobs on Clyde
Alan Jones, Scotsman, June 9, 2007
MORE than 220 jobs are to be axed at the Clyde Naval Base because
of a gap in demand for submarine maintenance work.
crews' cost cutting criticism
BBC News Online, May 29, 2007.
Indeed one sailor serving on a Trident submarine claims they are "just
about" seaworthy, with crews scouring other subs for spare parts in a
massive "make do and mend" operation... "There's so many things that seem
to go wrong that the guys do an unbelievable job fixing it, and how they
keep going is beyond me."
Oxford Mail, June 10, 2007
Among the protesters was Oxford East Green Party candidate Peter Tatchell,
who said: "Gordon Brown is a continuation of Tony Blair. He is backing
every Blairite blunder, from the war in Iraq to ID cards, Trident missiles
and expanding nuclear power. "We are protesting here to urge Gordon Brown
to change direction from the failed Blairite policies of the past."
cheers union with vow on private equity tax loopholes
Will Woodward and Phillip Inman, The Guardian, June 6, 2007
He was uncompromising in defending low public-sector pay settlements
and gave fluent backing to spending on a replacement for the Trident nuclear
deterrent. "I can't see a situation where a unilateral gesture by Britain
would make any difference to what other countries do."
rebukes 'off message' deputies
Politics.co.uk, May 31, 2007
Gordon Brown has reprimanded his potential deputies for rearing "off message"
after the Tories claimed Labour was lurching to the left... Ms Harman
has also called for a review of the decision to renew Trident, despite
voting with the government in support of Trident.
to Keep U.S. `Special Relationship' While Altering Tone
By Mark Deen, Bloomberg, May 18 2007
The tone of British-U.S. relations may change when Gordon Brown succeeds
Tony Blair as U.K. prime minister next month. The substance won't. Brown
is well aware that Blair's support for U.S. President George W. Bush has
cost him dearly in public support, analysts say. At the same time, Brown
is a self-proclaimed admirer of America who has vacationed on Cape Cod
since the 1980s, vows to be tough on security matters and values the ``special
relationship'' between the two nations that has shaped British foreign
policy since World War II.
put Cruddas in sight of deputy role
Telegraph, May 17, 2007
Mr Cruddas - who advised Tony Blair on links with the unions during
the Prime Minister's first term - has voted against his own party on key
issues such as Trident and university top-up fees.
sets out views on Iraq
E-politix, May 13, 2007
On Trident renewal, Brown suggested that global talks could lead to a
reduction in nuclear armaments. He said that "if we act multilaterally...
then I think we can get results in the next couple of years".
Demonstrations and Actions
at AWE Aldermaston
Indymedia, June 9, 2007
Ten women from the Aldermaston Women Peace Camp(aign) (AWPC) were
last night arrested in a blanket action by MOD police just over a week
after the introduction of new Bylaws designed to stop the women from their
22 year-long protest against the base which is currently building facilities
for the upgrade of the Trident nuclear missile system.
priests and ministers risk arrest at Faslane
Inspire Magazine, June 7, 2007
A group of 28 Anglican and Roman Catholic ordinands, Methodist ministerial
candidates and staff from four theological colleges will hold a service
of prayer and witness against Britain’s Trident weapons nuclear programme
outside the Faslane military base in Scotland on Sunday 10 June (10am-4pm).
in Faslane protest against 'immoral and stupid' Trident
By Russell Jackson, Scotsman, June 6, 2007
ACTORS and authors yesterday backed a campaign at Faslane to stop
the replacement of the UK's nuclear weapons programme. Roger Lloyd Pack,
who starred in Only Fools and Horses and The Vicar Of Dibley, spoke out
at an organised protest at the nuclear submarine base in Argyll.
protests at Faslane
BBC News Online, May 26, 2007.
A series of faith-based protests against nuclear weapons have been taking
place at Faslane naval base on the Clyde. They form part of the year-long
campaign, Faslane 365, which has seen protesters at the base since October.
Warhead Convoy Secretly Passes Through Chilwell, Nottingham
Indymedia, May 11, 2007
It has come to light that in the early hours of Thursday 10th May a convoy
carrying nuclear warheads secretly passed through the Stapleford and Chilwell
area of Nottingham.
Astute Class Submarines
sub that listens to mobiles
The Sunday Times takes a tour of the new Astute - the boat that caused
ructions at the MoD
Dominic O'Connell, Sunday Times, June 10, 2007
... it is not yet clear how many will be built... Easton is adamant
that seven should be made. “It’s not definite yet there will be seven,
but for several reasons it needs to be that number. For the Royal Navy’s
operational requirements, they need seven if they are to meet their commitments.”
There is also a compelling industrial logic, he said. An order for seven
– with one launched every 22 months under Barrow’s current plan – would
take the yard up to the start of construction of the new fleet of submarines
that will replace the Vanguard class, which carry Britain’s nuclear deterrent
in the shape of Trident missiles.
Orders 4th Astute-Class Submarine
Agence France Presse, London, May 21, 2007.
Britain’s defense ministry said May 21 it had placed a 200-million-pound
(295-million-euro, 395-million-dollar) contract to construct a new nuclear-powered
attack submarine. The 7,800-ton vessel, to be named HMS Audacious, will
be the fourth in the Astute class of submarines, which are the largest
and most powerful of their type ever built in Britain for the Royal Navy.
in anti-missile shield talks in Bulgaria
Agence France Presse, June 11, 2007
US President George Bush, on the last leg of his European tour, is set
for talks Monday with Bulgarian leaders about the proposed expansion of
the US anti-missile defence shield in Europe.
Struggles With Missile Defense
By Joris Janssen Lok, Aviation Week and Space Technology, June 10, 2007
NATO nations are growing increasingly divided over how to move forward
plans to establish European missile defenses, with unease exacerbated
by concern over Russia's strategic objectives.
Officials at NATO Headquarters in Brussels say the U.S. plan to station
a radar site and 10 interceptor missiles in the Czech Republic and Poland,
using bilateral agreements, is throwing NATO's own approach off balance.
NATO worries are being aggravated by what one official describes as "well-orchestrated
Russian pressure on all chess boards simultaneously, ranging from the
CFE [Conventional Armed Forces in Europe] treaty to energy, Estonia, Kosovo,
NATO expansion and missile defense." Moscow's latest gambit is the offer
of a joint missile defense system to be sited in Azerbaijan.
House encouraged by Russia's willingness to discuss missile defense system
By The Associated Press, from the IHT website, June 10, 2007
WASHINGTON: The United States is encouraged by Russia's willingness
to discuss ways to defend against possible missile attacks from nations
armed with nuclear weapons, White House press secretary Tony Snow said
Sunday. Yet he sidestepped a suggestion by the Russian foreign minister
that the United States freeze plans for missile defense installations
in eastern Europe during the negotiations.
and Blair are the joint rulers of nuclear la-la land
President Putin had a moment of self-deceiving nostalgia last week
Sunday Times, June 10, 2007
The case for an independent British deterrent rested on the existence
of the USSR. Blair’s policy is another example of nostalgia. Last week
came news of a Polish man who has woken froma coma that he had entered
when his country was still communist. You have to wonder whether Blair
has been fully conscious during the past two decades. Maybe like Putin
he fantasises that the Soviet threat still exists.
missile shield threatens resolution of Iran stand-off: Russia
By AFP, June 9, 2007
MOSCOW, June 9, 2007 (AFP) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said
on Saturday that United States missile defence plans could worsen the
Iranian nuclear stand-off and urged Washington to freeze work on the issue
with the Czech Republic and Poland.
Czech towns reject US radar, one referendum invalid (Roundup)
Deutsche Presse-Agentur, June 9, 2007
Prague - Just days after US President George W Bush visited Prague to
back the US missile shield plans in Central Europe, eight municipalities
rejected the US radar to be built in their vicinity on Saturday, while
one local poll was invalid due to low turnout.
shield offer still "on the table"
Reuters, from the Scotsman website, June 9, 2007
ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Russia is still willing to offer the
United States joint use of a radar station in Azerbaijan to combat hostile
missiles despite Washington's signal it will press ahead with its plan
of using Poland and the Czech Republic, a Russian official said on Saturday.
pitches U.S. defence site alternatives
Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press, June 9, 2007
HEILIGENDAMM, GERMANY -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday
that U.S. missile-defence interceptors could be located in Turkey, or
even Iraq or on sea platforms, offering yet another alternative to a U.S.
plan for a missile shield in Eastern Europe.
"They could be placed in the south, in U.S. NATO allies such as Turkey,
or even Iraq," Mr. Putin said at a news conference after the close of
the Group of Eight summit. "They could also be placed on sea platforms."
last exchange with Putin melts no ice
James Kirkup, Scotsman, June 9, 2007
TONY Blair warned last night that tensions between Russia and the West
will linger for years to come, even as Vladimir Putin appeared to give
ground on the US missile defence system that triggered a nuclear threat
earlier this week.
'fearful' of Russia, says exasperated Blair
Talks with Putin were frank but fruitless
'Real issues' will not be resolved easily or soon
Patrick Wintour, The Guardian, June 9, 2007
An exasperated Mr Blair admitted: "There are real issues here that
are not going to be resolved any time soon". He warned the west was "worried
and fearful" at the political direction of Russia.
missile system is foolproof
Gulf News, June 9, 2007
What will safeguard Europe and America is not missiles but good old-fashioned
diplomacy. No missile system is foolproof or even anywhere near foolproof.
Placing faith in a missile shield is more than a little contradictory.
It is downright dangerous, breeding a false sense of security and providing
all the defensive capabilities of a modern-day Maginot Line.
vital because of Putin nuclear threat, hints Downing St
Russia a contributing factor in government case for Trident
James Kirkup, Scotsman, June 5, 2007
RUSSIA'S threat to target its nuclear missiles on Europe helps to justify
Britain's decision to retain the Trident system, government sources suggested
threatens to target missiles at Europe
By Demetri Sevastopulo, Financial Times, June 4, 2007
Russian president Vladimir Putin has raised tensions over controversial
US plans to install a missile defence shield in Poland and the Czech Republic
by threatening to target Russian missiles at Europe.
G8 Summit, Non-Proliferation, not Disarmament
statement ignores disarmament
Siddharth Varadarajan, The Hindu, June 9, 2007
Not one word in declaration on weapons states' obligation to get rid of
their arsenals. Heiligendamm statement silent on the new 'Cold War' that
is threatening the security of the world.
Read the G8 statement at: http://www.g-8.de/Webs/G8/EN/G8Summit/
New Nuclear Weapons
Panel Cuts Warhead Funds
Appropriators Ax Bush's $88.8 Billion Request for RRW
By William Matthews, Defense News, June 11, 2007
Exercising "power of the purse," the U.S. House committee that controls
spending voted not to fund any efforts in 2008 to develop a new nuclear
Nuclear Warhead's Funding Eliminated
By Walter Pincus, Washington Post, May 24, 2007.
The House Appropriations subcommittee that controls the U.S. nuclear
weapons complex's funding voted yesterday to eliminate all money that
would have paid for engineering and cost studies for the new nuclear warhead
that the Bush administration hoped to put in production in 2012.
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