LABOUR ACTIVISTS are mounting a bid to oust the environment minister, David Miliband, as head of the party’s green wing because he supports nuclear power. Miliband, increasingly mentioned as a possible challenger to Gordon Brown for Labour leader, was appointed president of the Socialist Environmentand Resources Association (Sera) in January. Sera is affiliated to the Labour Party, and has been influential in formulating its environmental policy for years. Although Sera has always opposed nuclear power, Miliband has repeatedly said the technology has a role to play in tackling climate change. now Scottish Sera members are spearheading a campaign to force Miliband out. They say more than 30 members across the UK have pledged to sign a letter demanding a meeting to discuss a motion calling on Miliband to “graciously move aside”.
Sunday Herald 1st April 2007
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The United States on Friday ordered a freeze on the assets of an Iranian defense contractor accused of involvement in Tehran’s nuclear and missile programs. The sanctions were ordered by the State Department against Iran’s Defense Industries Organization (DIO) under the terms of two UN Security Council resolutions adopted since December which are aimed at forcing Tehran to suspend its uranium enrichment program.
NCR 31st March 2007
The European Union grappled with a double problem over Iran — the country’s nuclear programme and its seizure of 15 British sailors and marines — and reported no progress on either issue.
Channel 4 News 31st March 2007
PAKISTAN successfully test-fired an indigenous short-range nuclear-capable missile today, the military said.
Edinburgh Evening News 31st March 2007
A Councillor has asked colleagues to restate Highland Council’s opposition to siting a national nuclear waste repository anywhere in the Highland area. This follows proposals by a number of councillors and public bodies in Caithness to open discussions on the desirability of designating Dounreay as a possible site. Highland Council’s waste management spokesman Councillor Bill Fulton has tabled a question to council convener Alison Magee, at the last meeting of the council next week, which seeks her support to maintain the council’s stance.
Aberdeen Press and Journal 31st March 2007
A dramatic increase in the number of submarines being built in southeast Asia has sparked claims that a new arms race is under way beneath the waves in the Western Pacific. Dozens of hunter-killers, armed with missiles and intelligence-gathering equipment, are being built, fanning fears of potential conflict in a volatile corner of the world and threatening to alter the global balance of military power. The Indonesian government has announced that it wants to build 12 submarines by 2024 to patrol the strategically vital waters around its 17,000 islands. Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, South Korea, Bangladesh and -Pakistan are all buying -submarines “off the shelf”. China and India – the two emergent superpowers of the Asia-Pacific region – are now planning a new generation of nuclear-powered boats that, in China’s case, could fire nuclear missiles capable of hitting the US mainland.
Telegraph 1st April 2007