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Technology has always found its greatest consumer in a nation's
war and defense efforts. Since the last attempts at a "Star Wars"
defense system, has technology changed considerably enough to make
the latest Missile Defense initiatives more successful? Can such an
application of science be successful? Is a militarized space
inevitable, necessary or impossible?
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- 02:08pm May 19, 2002 EST (#2303
Office Of National Security Advisor Established (Lusa/08/05/01)
The transition administration of East Timor announced Tuesday that
an office of the national security advisor has been established,
headed by Nici Dahrendorf, who last June oversaw a study on the
territory's defense. That study, prepared by King's College in
London, had envisaged creation of the office. Dahrendorf's
responsibilities will include advising the territorial leadership
and the UN on policies and strategies concerning "internal and
external developments that may involve the area of security". The
office, which has been operational since late last month, will
collect, analyze and coordinate pertinent information for the
security services at the national and district level. Dahrenhdorf
may also call meetings of a national security council made up of
senior members of the territory's UN transition administration and
the East Timorese leadership, among other duties.
The first group of candidates for the East Timor Defense Force,
which was formally founded last February, are currently undergoing
- 02:19pm May 19, 2002 EST (#2304
Looking at the NYT and other papers, as a whole, it seems to me
that we are getting CLOSER to a situation where a lot of things can
be sorted out -- if people are willing to distrust and
Just Try to Imagine a Palestinian Democracy By JAMES BENNET http://www.nytimes.com/2002/05/19/weekinreview/19BENN.html
Reform is turning into a political football. But
consider if it was a grail instead.
- - - even during the fighting, people are talking.
Suicide Bomber Strikes Market in Israeli City of Netanya By THE
ASSOCIATED PRESS http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/international/AP-Israel-Palestinians.html
Peres' proposal says a restructuring of the
security forces would be followed by a Palestinian state
established in areas the Palestinians currently control, a process
that could occur within weeks.
Palestinian autonomy zones now cover some
two-thirds of the Gaza Strip and islands of territory amounting to
about 40 percent of the West Bank.
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There are promising things going on. Can they get to
People are learning more about what that will take.
Is it possible to get from muddle (or statistics) to workable
certainty, and clear agreement?
Takes work and clarity, but people do it all the time.
- 02:20pm May 19, 2002 EST (#2305
The New Statesman Essay - Whatever happened to liberty?
Ralf Dahrendorf on the missing word in the Third Way ...
.... The Third Way presupposes a more Hegelian view of the
world. It forces its adherents to define themselves in relation to
others, rather than by their own peculiar combination of ideas;
and often the others have to be invented, even caricatured for the
The point about an open world is that there are not just two
or three ways. There are - as I put it in an earlier NS article
(29 May 1998) - 101 ways, which is to say, an indefinite number.
For purposes of practical politics, that is important. The
question may be the same everywhere, since it is put by largely
global conditions: how can we achieve wealth creation and social
cohesion in free societies? The answers, however, are many. There
are many capitalisms, not just that of Chicago; there are many
democracies, not just that of Westminster. Diversity is not an
optional extra of high culture; it is at the very heart of a world
that has abandoned the need for closed, encompassing systems. In
fact, even politics in the name of the Third Way is quite varied
... He then identifies six policy areas of the Third Way:
(1) a new politics or "second wave of democratisation" by
going directly to the people;
(2) a new relationship of state,
market and civil society that "joins them up";
policies through social investment, notably in education and
(4) the fundamental reform of the
welfare state through creating a new balance of risk and security;
(5) a new relationship to the environment by "ecological
(6) a strong commitment to transnational
initiatives in a world of "fuzzy sovereignty".
- 02:24pm May 19, 2002 EST (#2306
.... there HAVE been 'transNational' initiatives by the score
since then, and the binding interlocking-linking of Nations is a
move towards ONE rather than separate worlds.
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