ALICE SLATER, http://gracelinks.org/nuke
President of the GRACE Policy Institute, which works on issues of
nuclear power and the environment, Slater said today: "We are reaping
the whirlwind when the North Korean government launches this shocking
series of missile firings. The U.S. has been hurling missiles over the
Pacific, most recently in June, after the Korean threat was reported as
a 'provocation' to U.S. interests. Russia is getting into the act, too,
having launched a ballistic missile on June 29, from a submarine in the
Barents Sea, at a target nearly 4,000 miles away in the Pacific. It is
folly to think we can tell North Korea what to do, when we are unwilling
to restrain our own missile testing.
"We ought to be negotiating a treaty to ban all missiles. Instead,
the Bush administration has pulled out of the Anti-Ballistic Missile
Treaty, an agreement we had with Russia not to provoke a missile arms
race, brazenly asserting our U.S. right to 'dominate and control the
military use of space,' proclaimed in the mission statement of the U.S.
IAN WILLIAMS, http://www.ianwilliams.info
Author of the book "The U.N. For Beginners," Williams said today:
"The manner in which the Security Council is dealing with Israel and
North Korea is quite an interesting exercise in hypocrisy."
"Israel has just announced it's moving into civilian areas [in
Gaza], and was already in egregious violation of international law and a
multitude of UN Security Council resolutions. It has ripped up the 'Road
Map' and, despite occasional hot air from ambassadors, the U.S.
government has made sure nothing is done about it.
"Meanwhile, whatever you may think of the provocative...actions of
the North Korean government, it is not violating any international
statute -- there is no treaty governing missile launches -- but there is
a rush to put the issue on the Council agenda."
MARK WEISBROT, http://www.cepr.net
Weisbrot is co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy
Research and has written extensively on Latin America. The group issued
a statement this morning: "The credibility of Mexico's electoral process
was thrown into question on Tuesday morning when the head of Mexico's
Federal Electoral Institute, Luis Carlos Ugalde, acknowledged that as
many as 4 million votes had not been counted in the preliminary vote
count that began after the polls closed on Sunday."
Said Weisbrot: "[Felipe] Calderon's lead in the preliminary vote
count appears to be statistically meaningless, since the excluded votes
are more than 10 times as large as his margin over Lopez Obrador. ...
Why didn't the Federal Electoral Institute inform the public about the
more than 3 million votes not included in the preliminary vote count
until about a day and a half had passed and only after the PRD
[Democratic Revolution Party] had raised the issue of '3 million missing