Bits From Abroad

December 2011

Russia has asked for Britain’s help in resolving the impasse in talks over the proposed European nuclear defence shield, with a warning that retaliatory “military steps” will be taken if the US and Nato go ahead with the programme without the Kremlin’s consent.  Although there are no missiles in this country, Fylingdales in North Yorkshire is part of the radar tracking programme.

Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, wants to resume sales of uranium to India.

The Japanese government has released radiation maps for Eastern Japan showing that almost half of Japan is now polluted.

US Republican Mark Hatfield, who had the best record of any senator in opposing nuclear weapons, has died.  An obituary is at http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/08/us/politics/08hatfield.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all

Thirty former senior political, diplomatic and military leaders from thirteen countries, including nuclear-armed China, India and Pakistahave launched the Asia Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament.  Its website is http://www.indepthnews.info/index.php/global-issues/561-new-network-seeks-nuke-free-world.

The US is to have a new, permanent military presence in Australia, aimed at counteringChina’s influence in the region.