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Bhopal victims to stop trains from today

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On the 27th anniversary of the Bhopal gas tragedy on Saturday, victims and survivors, still waiting for relief, will register their protest by launching an indefinite rail roko andolan (stop trains).

 

“On December 3, please don't travel by train. Change your reservations now. We are sorry to cause you inconvenience but stopping the trains is the only effective way we can think of to get our urgent and important message through to the Prime Minister and the government,” read a notice on the Bhopal.net website, which is endorsed by five survivor organisations.

According to Bhopal Group for Information and Action member Rachna Dhingra: “We have been trying to talk to the government about this issue for a year without any resolution and all other modes of protest seem to have had little impact on the government.”

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Last Updated on Saturday, 03 December 2011 19:50

The European Union - A Major International Player? The Common Security and Defence Policy under the Lisbon Treaty

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Since their modest beginnings with the EPC in the 1970s, the efforts of the EC/EU to become a major actor not only in international economic relations but also in the area of foreign and security policy have made considerable progress. The most recent steps in this direction were agreed upon by member states in the Lisbon Treaty. Two years after its entry into force it is too early to tell whether the Treaty will enable the Union to play an important role in the emerging global multipolar system. What can be attempted at this stage is to take stock of the innovations in the area of what is now called the CSDP in the context of the CFSP against the backdrop of the existing “acquis politique et sécuritaire”. It is also appropriate to ask how the new provisions in the Treaty have been implemented and applied in practice.

This workshop is therefore designed to take a closer look at the new legal options and obligations, including permanent structured cooperation and mutual assistance in the event of armed aggression, the institutional framework, and the military and other material tools, in particular the Battle Groups, which can be used in the conduct of the CSDP. The second part of the workshop will deal with the actual record of the EU in this area. A provisional balance of the numerous ESDP and CDSP operations, both completed and still in progress, will be drawn. Finally, two case studies will focus on the most ambitious non-military mission, EULEX Kosovo, and the performance of the EU in the “Arab Spring”

FRIDAY, 9 DECEMBER

14.00 Welcome Hans Winkler (Diplomatic Academy of Vienna)

14.15 Keynote speech Robert Cooper (European External Action Service)

15.00 Panel I: Building Institutions
The Innovations in the Lisbon TEU - An Overview Marise Cremona (European University Institute, Florence)

The Institutional Structure of the CFSP Simon Duke (European Institute of Public Administration, Maastricht)

The Military Dimension of the CFSP Wolfgang Wosolsobe (Military Representative of Austria to the European Union)

Moderation: Hanspeter Neuhold (University of Vienna)

SATURDAY, 10 DECEMBER

10.00 Panel II: Institutions at Work ESDP/CSDP operations: Achievements and Shortcomings Mathias Jopp (Institute for European Politics, Berlin)

EULEX Kosovo Stefan Lehne (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Brussels)

The EU‘s response to the Libyan Crisis Nicole Koenig (Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA), Brussels)

Moderation: Markus Kornprobst (Diplomatic Academy of Vienna)

If you would like to attend this event please register till 5 December 2011 via e-mail  info(at)da-vienna.ac.at or fax +43/1/504 22 65. Participants from LISBOAN institutions may apply for reimbursement of travel costs (subject to availability).

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Last Updated on Sunday, 04 December 2011 03:30

Done deal: Russia supplies cruise missiles to Syria

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Bastion coastal missile

Fulfilling a contract signed in 2007, Russia has supplied Bastion coastal missile systems with Yakhont cruise missiles to Syria under a contract signed in 2007, a diplomatic source in Moscow has told Russian media.

Objecting to Western fears that the defensive weapons system will fall into the hands of terrorist groups, a diplomatic source says that Moscow has fulfilled its obligations as laid out in the five-year-old contract.

"The Yakhont supersonic anti-ship cruise missiles have been supplied as part of Bastion mobile coastal missile systems," the source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Interfax.

However, delivery of the weapons systems is just the first part of the process, and now “more time is needed to complete Syrian personnel training," the source said, adding that the missile system will “enable Syria to protect its entire coast from a possible seaborne attack."

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Last Updated on Sunday, 04 December 2011 03:27

Anders Breivik's hatred does not come from a delusional mind | Aslak Sira Myhre

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The Norwegian terrorist's political madness, which he shares with other extremists, has been reduced to personal madness. Anders Breivik, left, who killed 77 people in Norway in July has been recently declared insane.

 

Photograph: Jon-Are Berg-Jacobsen/AFP/Getty Images

As the terrorist of Oslo is declared insane, the Norwegian faith in our judicial system is challenged. On Tuesday, psychiatrists came to the conclusion that Anders Breivik was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia when he killed 77 people in Norway this July. The news has come as a shock to many, yet the diagnosis is in many ways a logical consequence of various developments over the last month.

USA intentionally killed Russia's Phobos-Ground?

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The failure with the launch of Phobos-Ground (also spelled Phobos-Grunt) space probe, especially against the background of the successful launch of the US Martian mission, gave rise to a wave of rumors and versions. Even if the fact of foreign interference is determined, no one will ever hear the official confirmation to that. Such a conclusion will not meet the interests of either the United States or Russia.

Russia is forced to resort to competitors to be able to conduct its own space program. Exploring space would be impossible for Russia otherwise. Pravda.Ru interviewed Vyacheslav Serbin, who used to serve at the space troops of the Soviet Union, in an attempt to find out what exactly happened with the Russian space probe.

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