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Geir Hønneland and Anne-Kristin Jørgensen

5 Nuclear safety As pointed out in Chapter 1, the threats posed by the nuclear complex of Northwestern Russia have attracted no little attention in recent years, not least from neighbouring Western countries. Thus, the issue of nuclear safety stands forth as the most highly profiled problem area among the three we have chosen to focus on in this study. It also differs from the other two by way of being far more heterogeneous in nature: some of the activities under scrutiny are of a civilian nature; others take place within the military sphere. Partly, the focus

in Implementing international environmental agreements in Russia
Aeron Davis

responsibility. CEOs prefer to be fast followers rather than innovators and explorers. Financiers keep close to their index. No-one likes to strike out or do something too radical in case it all goes wrong big time. Individual risk is set against system or public risk, and personal risk usually comes first. And when a real crisis hits, most leaders don't lead. They run to join the safety of the pack. Financiers huddle together while the banking system crashes around them. Politicians vote to support their leader's misguided ideas, whatever the

in Reckless opportunists
Refugees and the Manchester Women’s Lodge of B’nai Brith
Bill Williams

13 ‘A haven of safety’: refugees and the Manchester Women’s Lodge of B’nai Brith A revival of interest in refugees within the Manchester B’nai Brith Women’s Lodge, following the collapse of its Hospitality Committee in 1935, was apparently sparked off by the same chain of international events and those same pressures from Woburn House which had brought the MJRC into being. Early in November 1938 Colette Hassan brought back from ‘a refugee meeting’ she had attended in London an ‘urgent appeal for help’.1 A joint meeting of the Manchester’s men’s and women’s B

in ‘Jews and other foreigners’
Andreas Hasman

15 The safety of the people and the case against invasive health promotion Andreas Hasman Introduction In his ‘The safety of the people’ argument, Harris draws on Thomas Hobbes’s original position on the legitimacy of sovereign power, to defend a contemporary state’s moral obligation to ensure the provision of health care to its citizens.1 This chapter explores how the argument lends itself to a recent change of emphasis in health policy, which I shall refer to as ‘invasive health promotion’. This development is characterised by: • An understanding that the

in From reason to practice in bioethics
Fear and the franchise in South Africa – the case of Natal
Julie Evans and David Philips

and Union’, for example, the Reverend Frederick Mason declared that his greatest reason for supporting Union was ‘SafetySafety from native trouble’: It won’t come to-day or to-morrow on a big scale, but it is well known that the natives are combining now – chief and chief, tribe and

in Law, history, colonialism
Why Building Back Better Means More than Structural Safety
Bill Flinn

funding and limited capacity, has provoked a focus on structural safety and a rebranding to Build Back Safer. The humanitarian shelter sector 1 hangs on to this notion that BBS is more appropriate than BBB. Although reference is made to the broader aspects of what might constitute a good house, structural safety remains dominant ( Philippines Shelter Cluster, 2014 ). It is argued here that this is due to a misunderstanding of what we mean by ‘better’ or good. We need to define ‘better’ better. Methodology and Sources The discussion in this paper is informed

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Scare, scandal and crisis – insights into the risk politics of food safety
Author: Ed Randall

This is a book about the risk politics of food safety. Food-related risks regularly grab the headlines in ways that threaten reasoned debate and obstruct sensible policy making. This book explains why this is the case, and goes on to make the case for a properly informed and fully open public debate about food safety issues. It argues that this is the true antidote to the politics of scare, scandal, and crisis. The book weaves together the many different threads of food safety and risk politics.

This book is a systematic study that considers how international environmental agreements are transformed into political action in Russia, using three case studies on the implementation process in the fields of fisheries management, nuclear safety, and air pollution control. It develops the social science debate on international environmental regimes and ‘implementing activities’ at both national and international level to include regional considerations.

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Private greed, political negligence and housing policy after Grenfell

As the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire of 14 June 2017 has slowly revealed a shadowy background of outsourcing and deregulation, and a council turning a blind eye to health and safety concerns, many questions need answers. Stuart Hodkinson has those answers. Safe as Houses weaves together Stuart’s research over the last decade with residents’ groups in council regeneration projects across London to provide the first comprehensive account of how Grenfell happened and how it could easily have happened in multiple locations across the country. It draws on examples of unsafe housing either refurbished or built by private companies under the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) to show both the terrible human consequences of outsourcing and deregulation and how the PFI has enabled developers, banks and investors to profiteer from highly lucrative, taxpayer-funded contracts. The book also provides shocking testimonies of how councils and other public bodies have continuously sided with their private partners, doing everything in their power to ignore, deflect and even silence those who speak out. The book concludes that the only way to end the era of unsafe regeneration and housing provision is to end the disastrous regime of self-regulation. This means strengthening safety laws, creating new enforcement agencies independent of government and industry, and replacing PFI and similar models of outsourcing with a new model of public housing that treats the provision of shelter as ‘a social service’ democratically accountable to its residents.

Uses and Misuses of International Humanitarian Law and Humanitarian Principles
Rony Brauman

human beings. That is its primary role, and that is what it does. It is hard to see why any NGOs should agree to help them promote that kind of death sentence. The Principles: Compass or Symbol? ‘Humanitarian principles’ are also invoked by organisations claiming adherence to IHL, which point to neutrality, independence and impartiality, along with humanity, as an ethical framework, a guarantee of safety and a guide to their action in the

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