Posts Tagged ‘AKW’

Afrika: Vor dem AKW-Run?

Donnerstag, Juni 6th, 2013

“Atomic Africa

Dokumentarfilm von Marcel Kolvenbach

Seit Jahren schon sind es afrikanische Staaten, die weltweit die Riege der Länder mit dem stärksten Wirtschaftswachstum anführen. Doch der neue Boom braucht Energie, Stromausfälle sind an der Tagesordnung. Immer mehr afrikanische Regierungen wollen deshalb auf Atomkraft setzen. Nach einer Prognose der Internationalen Atomenergie-Organisation IAEA sollen bis 2050 in Afrika 40 neue Atomkraftwerke gebaut werden, ganz nach dem Motto: “We want power, no arms” (“Strom statt Waffen”).

Zwei Jahre lang reiste der Filmemacher Marcel Kolvenbach durch Afrika und recherchierte im Zeichen dieser neuen afrikanischen Atompolitik – vom Osten des Kontinents nach Südafrika, weiter in den Kongo und von dort in die Sahara.

Stets nah bei den betroffenen Menschen zeigt der Filmemacher, wie sich der Konflikt um die Uranvorkommen des Kontinents verschärft. Vom Krieg in Mali bis hin zum Raubbau an der Natur in Tansania prägen die Interessen mächtiger Konzerne wie dem französischen Stromriesen Areva immer mehr das Schicksal ganzer Regionen.

Zugleich zeigt der Film eindrucksvoll, welche Folgen der Einstieg in die Atomkraft für die Umwelt und Sicherheit eines Kontinents haben dürfte, auf dem die wenigen Atomkraftgegner um ihr Leben fürchten müssen. “Atomic Africa” wird so zum politischen Road-Movie durch das nukleare Afrika (…).”

Sender:     WDR Fernsehen

Sendedatum: 06.06.2013

Sendezeit:   23:15 – 00:40 Uhr



Türkei: Vertiefte Strategische Kooperation mit Russland

Sonntag, Mai 23rd, 2010

“Old friends and foes move toward deepening strategic cooperation


Even during the Cold War, Turkey and Russia, members of two different blocs (NATO and the Warsaw Pact), managed to maintain relatively good relations. Setting up an iron and steel factory in the southern city of İskenderun with Soviet support, Turkey became the second non-communist country after India to cooperate with the former Soviet Union.

Since the demise of the Soviet Union almost 20 years ago, Turkish-Russian relations have been growing considerably and include military procurement cooperation. Ankara struck a deal with Moscow soon after the end of the Cold War in the early 1990s, buying armored vehicles as well as a number of Mi-17 helicopters. At the time, this marked Turkey as the first NATO member to buy arms from a former foe.

The two countries also signed a military cooperation agreement while enjoying close ties in the Black Sea through the Blackseafor naval exercises, conducted along with other littoral states of this strategic sea.

Russia, together with Iran, is the major supplier of gas to Turkey. Ankara and Moscow strengthened ties through the Blue Stream natural gas pipeline project, which carries Russian gas via the Black Sea to Turkey. There are also plans to build a twin pipeline. Turkish businessmen are involved in major construction work in Russia. The southern coastal town of Antalya has become one of the major resort towns for about 3 million Russian tourists visiting Turkey. Trade volume between Turkey and Russia, which stood at around $38 billion in 2008, is expected to reach $100 billion in the coming five years.

Turkey and Russia sealed a deal yesterday to build a nuclear power plant in Mersin’s Akkuyu district in southern Turkey, marking a deepening of strategic cooperation. Turkish-Russian relations have gone beyond neighborly ties and moved toward developing strategic cooperation, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin said last Tuesday while in Ankara.

The US, which seeks to take part in the second phase of Turkey’s nuclear power plant project, planned to be built in the Black Sea region, is speculated to have been endorsing increased cooperation between Turkey and Russia at a time when US President Barack Obama forged a close relationship with Moscow in his endeavor to build a nuclear-free world.

Turkish President Abdullah Gül yesterday signed around 25 cooperative agreements with visiting Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, including an accord on eliminating visa requirements between the two countries as well as one on security cooperation that envisages, among other things, combating drug trafficking.

Professor Baskın Oran, an expert on international politics, recently accompanied Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu to Oxford for a conference and stressed in an article that appeared in the Radikal daily’s Radikal İki supplement on Sunday, that Davutoğlu had been building a relative autonomy in Turkish foreign policy.

This is because, he says, Turkey, under the current government and under Davutoğlu, has for the first time been preparing the basis to become a bridge in real terms between East and West. In domestic policy, Oran says, Davutoğlu and his government have been introducing democracy for all identities, from the Kurds to the Alevis. Davutoğlu’s sole weak point has been on relations with Armenia, Professor Oran asserts.

As a matter of fact, Turkey’s cooperation with Russia has taken on new momentum as a result of the current government’s ‘zero problem with neighbors’ policy. This policy does not contradict Turkey’s bid to join the European Union, though that process has been moving slowly. On the contrary, Turkey’s increased cooperation with its neighbors can be an asset for the EU.”

(Quelle: Todays Zaman.)

Russland: Rüstungsdeal mit Syrien

Dienstag, Mai 18th, 2010

“Russia relieves Syria’s stumbling economy

Phil Sands

DAMASCUS // Syria could scarcely have dreamed of a better outcome to the recent historical visit by the Russian president, Dmitry Medvedev.

In the first leaders’ summit between the two nations in almost 100 years, the policy positions of Moscow and Damascus were aligned with uncanny precision.

Mr Medvedev criticised US inaction regarding Middle East peace and promised a greater regional role for Moscow, before promptly calling for Hamas, the Palestinian resistance movement, to be included in peace talks; deals were finalised to supply Syria with advanced Russian jet fighters and anti-aircraft defences; economic and business tie-ups were signed.

If that were not enough, the Kremlin chief also opened the door to nuclear co-operation with Syria, which is seeking to build a civilian power station, a project that would certainly require outside sponsorship.

The resurrection of Moscow’s relationship with Damascus – so strong during the Cold War but substantially weakened after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 – has irritated both Israel and the United States.

Israel remains at war with Syria while Washington, its ally, sees Damascus as a persistent troublemaker that refuses to fall into line.

News of the Russian arms sales prompted a rebuke from the Israeli foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, as did the call for recognition of Hamas – considered a terrorist group by Israel and the United States, despite winning elections in the Gaza Strip in 2006.

A US State Department spokesman, Philip Crowley, expressed his government’s dissatisfaction over the potential nuclear deal, noting that Damascus is under investigation by the United Nation’s atomic watchdog over an alleged secret nuclear programme.

With the United States still moving at a snail’s pace in its own rapprochement with Syria – one heavily burdened by fundamental policy differences – Damascus could be forgiven for thinking that, following the Russia summit, it is successfully outmanoeuvring Washington and holding an increasingly strong hand.

Last month Syria was under pressure from (…).”


(Quelle: The National Newspaper.)