Wednesday, November 19, 2008

bringing space down to earth

As Constance posted crucial information on the latest (Nov 20) MGI("Managing Global Insecurity)-meeting in the Chrystal Ballroom of The Willard Hotel, Washiongton for Brookings, which looks as Javier Solana's 2008 November present. (LINK: )
They call it:

"A Managing Global Insecurity Project Event with Madeleine Albright, Kemal Dervis, Thomas Pickering, Javier Solana and Strobe Talbott, A Plan for Action: Renewed American Leadership and International Cooperation for the 21st Century.

Already on November 9, Rememberance Day, the Good Doctor played the Peace Man:

"Sarkozy, accompanied by his wife Carla Bruni, and the British royal couple were joined by Lady Quentyn Bryce, the governor-general of Australia, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, European parliament President Hans-Gert Pöttering and EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana. Prince Charles joined Sarkozy to inspect the Guard of Honour and then, together with Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, laid wreaths in memory of the 300,000 dead."LINK

Another ideological player here is Gareth Evans, long time friend of Solana.

They also published together their ideas on their New Global Agenda already some years ago

, see here:

The Future of Transatlantic Relations - Javier Solana

The Responsibility to Protect - Gareth Evans

and they both were also present at the AoC meeting in January in Madrid (see

is a comment/review/propaganda by Glyn Ford on Gareth Evans book "The Responsibility to Protect: Ending Mass Atrocity Crimes Once and For All" published by Brookings. They write:

"GARETH EVANS, Foreign Minister in Australia’s last Labour Government and a key mover in the Cambodian peace process, has attempted to establish an operational mechanism for humanitarian interventions around the world. For him, the US right to interfere was a precursor of pre-emptive deterrence poisoned with colonial overtones and designed to serve the interests of the West rather than the rest. It underpinned the invasion of Iraq and the seizure of its oil in the name of humanitarianism while standing aside and closing eyes and ears to the tribal butchery of millions in Rwanda"....

"It is a responsibility to react to prevent, protect and rebuild; a little appreciated task for, done well, it is barely noticed. Evans argues that R2P type actions have already proved a success. For example, Burundi in 1994 was teetering on the brink of a Rwanda but a huge – and ongoing – effort by South Africa and others dragged them back from the abyss. Closer to home, George Robertson and Javier Solana, Nato general secretary and EU high official for foreign and security policy, used tough love and the presence of 35,000 Nato troops over the hill to save Macedonia from the tragedy that engulfed the rest of the Balkans.

Yet if the concept is clear the institutions within which it is to operate must be found."

Or in other words: Legitimation for Solana as Warman/Peacekeeper who uses Forces must be found.

The comment concludes: "The EU is the world’s number two for military expenditure. But duplication and a lack of inter-operability are compounded by plans to fight the last war we never had rather than those that loom on the horizon today. The EU needs a common foreign and security policy and if Ireland continues to say “No” it will come from a two speed Europe where the Eurozone countries take on foreign policy responsibilities leaving those outside to jump on board or get left behind."

and even better:

"Gareth Evans, now head of the International Crisis Group in Brussels, has done humanity a service. The world now has a duty to ensure it’s not R2P RIP."

and we have Kopernikus...
What is Kopernikus? "Kopernikus is a European initiative, formerly called Global Monitoring for the Environment and Security (GMES), which uses satellites and other sensors on the ground, floating in the water or flying through the air to monitor our natural environment as well as keeping an eye on the security of every citizen."

"Kopernikus - Observing our planet for a safer world
Kopernikus plays a strategic role in supporting major EU policies by its services:

-Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), including the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP);

-other policies relevant to European citizens' security at Community and national levels , notably the potential that exists for application to, e.g., policies related to Justice and Home Affairs activities of the European Union, such as border surveillance."

Then we have also
"space policy that will allow the EU to take global leadership in selected strategic policy areas. Space can provide the tools to address many of the global challenges that face 21st century society: challenges that Europe must take a leading role in addressing.

The adoption of the European Space Policy communication and its endorsement by the joint European Space Council in the Spring of 2007 gives Europe its first agreed space policy."

And a reporter attending the World Astronaut Congress in Glasgow, just days before I was there, wrote:

" start to wonder if the institutions involved were trying to sabotage any possibility of meaningful press coverage.

You may think the view of this reporter is rather jaundiced. While it is true that he has been around long enough to see quite a few ‘grand projets’ arrive with a fanfare then quietly depart, clearly many of the new services underpinned by Kopernicus have the potential to benefit the man in the street, especially in the area of environmental monitoring.

Yet, while the Lille conference impressed for the efforts of a variety of differing organisations to publicise their work, I’m afraid that the results were yet another indication of a net failure at European level to address fundamental public concerns. Namely, the effects of yet more surveillance of the activities of you, me and every other inhabitant of the planet. ‘The police are very interested in Kopernicus,’ I was told. Somehow I am not surprised.

Kopernicus is promised a budget of some 2.4 billion euros to build up the space component and ensure access. It’s nice to know that your taxes are going to help more and more people check what you’re doing every time you walk down to the shops."

European Union Satellite Centre (EUSC) is an Agency of the Council of the European Union dedicated to the exploitation and production of information derived primarily from the analysis of earth observation space imagery in support of Union decision-making in the field of "second pillar", the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP).

The establishment of the EUSC is considered by the Union as an essential asset for the strengthening of CFSP (and of the European Security and Defense Policy -ESDP- as part of CFSP), especially in the crisis monitoring and conflict prevention function.

The Centre was created by a Council Joint Action on 20 July 2001, and it is operational as from 1st January 2002, under the political supervision of the Political and Security Committee and the operational direction of the Secretary-General.

The Centre, which has own legal personality in order to carry out it's function, also conducts research and development projects. The Centre also carries out training activities for expert personnel in the fields of Digital Geographic Information Systems and imagery analysis.

It is located in Torrejón, in the vicinity of Madrid, Spain."

ESA and EUMETSAT are two main European actors in this area who should play the major role in co-ordination, implementation and operational running of the infrastructure.

Bringing space down to earth

European-level coordination is provided through the framework agreement between the European Commission and the European Space Agency, as well as other implementation coordinating bodies, such as the GNSS Supervisory Authority (GSA) for the Galileo satellite navigation system.

GSA's key stated objective is to make GALILEO not just a functioning system but also the world's leading satellite navigation system for civilian applications.

"European-level coordination is provided through the framework agreement between the European Commission and the European Space Agency, as well as other implementation coordinating bodies, such as the GNSS Supervisory Authority (GSA) for the Galileo satellite navigation system.

GSA's key stated objective is to make GALILEO not just a functioning system but also the world's leading satellite navigation system for civilian applications."
stay tuned!


björn (farmer) said...

Brookings boss Strobe Talbott
last week ADVERTISING EU's Lisbon Treaty (the famous single voice and more power to Solana) and the Doctor himself:
"If the Treaty of Lisbon is ratified by the European Union's 27 member-states, it will enter into force at about the same time that the 44th U.S. president takes the oath of office. The treaty will place the European Union on an upward trajectory. In addition to restructuring and improving the efficiency of governance, the treaty enhances Europe's ability to speak with a single, clearer voice. The new E.U. Common Security and Defense Policy will bolster the European Union's coherence in the role it plays in the world. This will principally occur through the creation of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the new president of the European Council, and the European External Action Service. "

"Collaboration with Europe can help. The new E.U. trio presidency - France, the Czech Republic, and Sweden, which will chair the European Union in 2008-2009 - are set to work on "SIS2," a revised edition of the Solana security paper of 2003. Entitled "A Secure Europe in a Better World," the paper characterized the transatlantic relationship as "irreplaceable" and called for strengthened U.S.-E.U. ties. According to the priorities laid down by the Swedish government for its semester of presidency, the European Union is likely to elaborate a broader definition of security that would include a greater embrace of climate- related policies."
the whole story:

Anonymous said...

THank-you for all you do to keep us informed!

Speaking of Kopernicus: what is believed to be the body of Copernicus has be found:

Young Grasshopper

Joyce said...

Did you hear about this:

any thoughts?


microscopic paul said...

Somebody recently mentioned Tim
Russert here. They suggested that
he may have been murdered. I don't
know anything about that, but I do
know that he's the only major
anchorman that I've ever known
to ask Bush a direct question about
his membership in the Skull&Bones.
It's a subject which the press in
general has been told not to bring
up and that Mr President will not
be answering any such questions.
The Skull&Bones is Freemasonry.
I said above that the central bank
has no standing army. Actually they
do, and it's the Freemasons, whether
the soldiers know it or not. The
Illuminatti is a standing army of
spies, double agents and fifth-
columnists, and they're all over
the world and all through our
government, and all through our
education system.

I'll stop.
I just can't wait to see Jesus return
in power to rule the world with
an iron rod. Every knee shall bow
and every tongue confess his
Lordship. He is the King of Kings
and the Lord of Lords, and
he's going to throw the bums out.

miniscule paul said...

sorry I meant to say someone mentioned
Tim Russert on CC's blog.