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6/27/2001  from Reuters:
                        Russia Tests Old Missile in Apparent Hint to U.S.
                        Wednesday June 27 6:12 AM ET
                        MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia test-fired a 26-year-old
                        ballistic missile on Wednesday, hinting the weapon could
                        gain new life as a ``hydra-headed'' countermeasure if
                        the United States pressed on with President Bush's
                        defense plans. The Russian military said it had
                        test-fired a huge Stiletto missile from Russia's space
                        base at Baikonur in Kazakhstan. ...

6/29/2001  from Reuters:               
                        Russia Open to ABM Changes, Top General Says
                        Friday June 29 8:35 AM ET
                        MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is open to changes to the 1972
                        ABM treaty, which bans a missile defense system planned
                        by the United States, news agencies quoted a top Russian
                        general as saying on Friday.
                        Colonel-General Leonid Ivashov, a military hawk in
                        charge of international cooperation, said Russia ``does
                        not rule out amendments to this agreement, but what the
                        United States is demanding will lead to the collapse of
                        the entire accord,'' RIA news agency quoted him as
                        saying. ...

6/29/2001  from the LA Weekly:
                        Physics of Folly
                        Why a Missile-Defense System Can Never Work
                        By Joshuah Bearman LA Weekly Writer
                        Friday June 29 05:00 PM EDT
                        " ... Ted Postol, a physicist and former Pentagon
                        adviser who is now a professor of science, technology
                        and national-security policy at MIT, is a leading critic
                        of missile defense. Building a $60-billion-plus system,
                        he argues, provides the worst of both worlds: no
                        effective defense and less international stability. In a
                        telephone interview from his MIT office, Postol explains
                        why the so-called kill vehicles won't kill anything, why
                        having them will make the world more dangerous, and why
                        the whole scheme is as dumb now as when Ronald Reagan
                        was seduced by the Star Wars fantasy. ..."

6/29/2001  from U.S. Newswire:
                        Coalition to Reduce Nuclear Dangers Experts Criticize
                        Bush Plan to Deploy Rudimentary Missile Defense by 2004

7/4/2001  from The New York Times:
                        U.S. - Russia Center Opening Delayed
                        By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
                        July 4, 2001 Filed at 10:24 a.m. ET
                        MOSCOW (AP) -- The opening of a Russian-U.S. center that
                        would expand cooperation on preventing accidental
                        missile launches has been delayed because of
                        organizational problems following the change in the U.S.
                        administration, a Russian official said Wednesday. ...

7/6/2001  from AP:
                        Russia Initiates Arms, ABM Talks
                        By JOHN IAMS, Associated Press Writer
                        Friday July 6 8:10 AM ET
                        MOSCOW (AP) - Russia has invited the four other leading
                        nuclear powers to start a permanent consultation process
                        that would encourage deeper nuclear arms cuts and help
                        preserve the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, a
                        senior Foreign Ministry official said Friday. ...
                        The Foreign Ministry's chief spokesman, Alexander
                        Yakovenko, said in a statement released Friday that the
                        proposed consultation process involving Russia, the
                        United States, Britain, France and China - all permanent
                        members of the United Nations Security Council - must
                        focus on ways to ensure strategic stability.
                        The consultations should address Russia's proposal for
                        Moscow and Washington to cut their nuclear arsenals to
                        1,500 nuclear warheads each, he said. ...

7/6/2001  from AP:
                        Pentagon Sets Missile Defense Test
                        By ROBERT BURNS, AP Military Writer
                        Friday July 6 4:40 PM ET
                        WASHINGTON (AP) - After months of delay, the Pentagon
                        said Friday it will attempt to shoot down a missile
                        outside the Earth's atmosphere on July 14, the first
                        missile defense test of its kind since a failed
                        intercept one year ago. ...

7/6/2001  from AP:
                        Bush Wants to Cut Global Warming Aid
                              Friday, July 6, 2001
                              WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush, after faulting
                              the Kyoto climate treaty for excluding developing
                              nations from its requirements, wants to cut U.S.
                              aid for helping Third World countries combat
                              global warming. ...

7/7/2001  from The New York Times:
                        White House Wants to Bury Pact Banning Tests of Nuclear Arms
                        By THOM SHANKER and DAVID E. SANGER
                        July 7, 2001
                        WASHINGTON, July 6 - In its first six months, the Bush
                        administration has been examining ways to escape
                        permanently from an unratified international agreement
                        banning nuclear tests, just as it has moved to scrap the
                        Antiballistic Missile Treaty and has rebelled against a
                        global warming pact that it believes would cripple
                        American industry.
                        But State Department lawyers told the White House that a
                        president cannot withdraw a treaty from the Senate once
                        it has been presented for approval. So, administration
                        officials said, President Bush has resolved to let the
                        Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty languish in the Senate,
                        where its supporters concede they do not have the votes
                        to revive it. ...

7/8/2001  from AP:
                        Rumsfeld Charts Missile Defense Course
                        By ROBERT BURNS, AP Military Writer
                        Updated: Sun, Jul 08 12:49 PM EDT
                        WASHINGTON (AP) - The Bush administration wants to
                        greatly expand the number and kinds of testing it
                        believes is needed to build effective missile defenses,
                        and is willing to spend billions more to do it. ...
                        Having declared the ABM treaty a Cold War relic, the
                        administration plans to go ahead with testing without
                        regard to treaty limitations ...

7/10/2001  from The New York Times:
                        Pentagon to Seek Money for Testing Missile Defense
                        By JAMES DAO
                        July 10, 2001
                        WASHINGTON, July 9 - The Pentagon is preparing to ask
                        Congress for money to build a missile defense test site
                        in Alaska that could also become the command center for
                        a working antimissile system as early as 2004, military
                        officials said.
                        If it becomes operational, the site will be a clear
                        violation of the 1972 Antiballistic Missile Treaty,
                        which allows some testing of antimissile technology but
                        forbids deployment of a shield against long-range
                        missiles in any state except North Dakota. ...
                        ... the Pentagon would also build silos and missile
                        storage facilities for about five interceptors at Fort
                        Greely, which military planners view as the likely base
                        for a system of ground-launched interceptors ...

7/10/2001  At the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
                        A Delicate Nuclear Balance
                        By ANATOL LIEVEN

7/11/2001  from MSNBC and AP:
                        Human embryos created for research
                        Novel stem cell source sparks controversy
                        MSNBC STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
                        July 11 - For the first time, researchers have created
                        human embryos in the lab for the sole purpose of
                        harvesting their stem cells. ...
                        Virginia Lab Creates Human Embryos
                        Updated: Wed, Jul 11 2:20 PM EDT
                        NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Scientists at Eastern Virginia
                        Medical School have created human embryos from donated
                        eggs and sperm for the sole purpose of harvesting
                        embryonic stem cells for research, according to a study
                        published Wednesday. ... The results of the work by
                        researchers at the medical school's Jones Institute for
                        Reproductive Medicine appear in the July issue of the
                        journal Fertility and Sterility, the official
                        publication of the American Society of Reproductive
                        Medicine. ...
                        A biotech firm, Applied Cell Technology of
                        Massachusetts, has done something similar since early
                        last year, but while it uses donor eggs it does not
                        fertilize them with sperm cells. Instead, it replaces
                        the nuclei of the donated eggs with genetic material
                        from adult cells, and then clones the results. The
                        company calls the subject of its research an "ovumsum,"
                        not an embryo. ...

7/11/2001  from The Washington Post:

                        Funding Gap For Defense Is Predicted
                        Rumsfeld Plan Faulted On Cost and Priorities

                        By Vernon Loeb, Washington Post Staff Writer
                        Wednesday, July 11, 2001; Page A02
                        The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said
                        yesterday he doubts there is enough money to pay for the
                        Bush administration's proposed $328.9 billion defense
                        budget for fiscal 2002 without running a deficit,
                        dipping into the Social Security trust fund or cutting
                        important domestic programs. ...

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