A NEW COLD WAR
Are nuclear policies shaping
a new Cold War era?
U.S. policies anatagonize Russia and
The Clinton administration appears to be heading for a
confrontation with Russia and China on its plans to
develop an antiballistic missile (ABM) system capable of
warding off blows from rogue states like North Korea and
High-level Chinese diplomat
sees the United States developing into a rogue state.
U.S. is drunk with its own
Washington seems to be developing a stubbornness against
abiding by weapons' control pacts and a greater penchant
to use armed force against its real or perceived enemies.
This is not the era of peace it could have been, says
the director-general of the Arms Control and Disarmament
Department of the Chinese foreign ministry.
Russia's warfare in
Chechenya, just an immitation of NATO's in
Winning Battles And Losing
Russians who want to bomb Chechnya can cite NATO's
behavior as a moral standard. What's the essential
difference between Clinton and Putin - asks The Moscow
Times in an editorial.
Provocative steps continue in
the direction of a less peaceful world. Does the U.S.
really feel that threatened - or is it just hysteria and
the military-industrial complex at work again?
missile defence plans worry and
The U.S. wish to change the ABM Treaty is "extremely
dangerous," says Russia - and worries why
is ready to accept NATO's nuclear weapons. Reuters
reported at the same time that Hungary intends to
increase it military budget 43 per cent next
Think if we could learn to
see non-violence when it happens...here is an
tracks victories of nonviolent strategies for
The power of nonviolent
resistance to check tyranny and injustice is the theme of
a thoughtful new documentary that magnifies the moral
victories of the 20th century - writes Gail Russell
Chaddock in the Christian Science Monitor about "A Force
foregiveness must be part of any serious post-war policy.
And the Westmay have something to learn.
the desire for
As the international
community strives to restore stability in Kosovo and East
Timor, two African countries with their own traumatic
histories have dug deeply into their cultural reservoirs.
A route strikingly different from Western therapeutic
approaches has been taken in communities across
Mozambique, where 1 million people lost their lives in a
16-year civil war that devastated the country.
History's most controversial
world trade meeting is about to take place
World Trade Organization, WTO, meeting in
The World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting is attracting
people who oppose global governance - such as the
International Monetary Fund and World Bank. The ruckus
will make the Seattle Round, as it is known, the most
controversial trade negotiations yet. And that's before
the trade ministers even start debating. "I don't recall
any trade meeting ... with this kind emotion," . Read
more and find interesting links in the Christian Science
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versus human rights, the environment and against
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If Albania falls apart again,
what will NATO do?
NATO fight another war - among
Despite their long history of conflict, Albania's divided
ethnic groups presented a united front during the war in
Kosovo. Now that the war is over, however, the country
has elected the previous leadership and resumed its
internal feuding. It is likely this feuding will escalate
to a clash threatening to envelop Kosovo, and forcing
NATO to become involved in yet another foreign ethnic
conflict - writes Stratfor.com.
We were told that NATO
carried out a humanitarian intervention, preventing a
genocide in Kosovo. What's the emerging truth?
in the Kosovo numbers
In a grim and icy-cold corner of northern Kosovo is the
site of what was suspected to be the country's largest
mass grave. To date, however, four months later, the
International War Crimes Tribunal at the Hague has had to
admit that its investigation of the site has turned up no
evidence of bodies or of any wrongdoing by the Serbs -
writes Jon Swain in Sunday Times.
Could it be that someone
deliberately exaggerated - remember we always heard
Western politicians say that people in the Balkans could
not be trusted?
accused of misleading public on Kosovo
Robin Cook, the foreign secretary, is under pressure
to answer claims that ministers misled the public over
the scale of deaths among civilians in Kosovo to justify
the Nato bombing of Belgrade. The all-party Balkans
committee of MPs will ask the Foreign Office this week to
comment on reports that the number of bodies of victims
of Serbian ethnic cleansing is lower than the figures of
dead issued during the conflict - writes Nicholas
Rufford in Sunday Times.
Others also wonder about the
genocide - what was called Operation Horseshoe...
is the evidence of genocide on
Count another victory for the Big Lie. Meanwhile, the
normally reliable Society for Endangered People in
Germany says 90,000 Gypsies have been forced to flee
since the Serbs left Kosovo, with the KLA conducting
ethnic cleansing on a grand scale. But who cares about
Gypsies? - asks Alexander Cockburn in Los Angeles
And what will be the status
disagree on future of
Wall Street Journal
editorial features editor Max Boot asks how "colonialism,
UN-style" is going in Kosovo, concluding that "the idea
of Kosovo as anything but a ward of the international
community seems remote." And Carl Bildt is certain it
will become a republic. Read more at the UN
THE ARMS RACE
Are we going to see a new
type of war - as a consequence of Kosovo?
in space against
That's pushing the Pentagon into a whole new kind of
warfare. In the future, the U.S. military will be
responsible for "countering . . . space systems and
services used for hostile purposes," says a Pentagon
space policy paper published in July. That's a nice way
of saying the Pentagon needs to be prepared to defend the
ultimate high ground by attacking hostile
And U.S. miliary spending
continues to rise
US defense for 2000 will be more than three times
greater than the combined military spending of China,
Russia, and the rogue states Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya,
North Korea and Cuba...writes Justin Brown in the
Christian Science Monitor.
And is that why even
mainstream American commentators are increasingly
Perhaps the big news in all this is that 10 years after
the Cold War began to end, nuclear arsenals and the
strategies that govern them still occupy a central place
in global and American politics. The Berlin Wall went
quietly into history's long night. But Dr. Strangelove is
alive and flitting--stirring ambitions and concerns on
Capitol Hill, at the Kremlin, in grubby think tanks in
New Delhi and in gilded salons at the Elysee Palace -
writes Jim Hoagland in Washington Post.
Jan Oberg with TFF