The blocking minority

IWC 2014 Day Four Several pertinent comments were made during the rush to complete the agenda of IWC 65 before delegates headed for the exit. My favourite is one Antigua and Barbuda’s Commissioner Daven Joseph made after Japan once again failed to obtain a “small type coastal whaling” quota. Bluntly stating there was no way […]

The fine art of holding one’s nose

IWC 2014 Day Three There was some good news today. The “Safety at Sea” agenda item, which Japan routinely uses to bash Sea Shepherd and hitherto Greenpeace for opposing its “research” activities in the Antarctic, was dealt with in just 34 minutes. We’re accustomed to it dragging on for hours, staving off sleep in a […]

The sound of silence

  IWC 2014 Day Two Day Two of IWC 65 began with a downsweep, quite possibly because last night’s reception, hosted by the government of Slovenia was long and indulgent, great fun but with consequences that crept into the room this morning.  Thought seemed slower, and after the ASW (Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling) agenda item was […]

Two thumbs down

IWC 2014 Day One The 65th meeting of the International Whaling Commission, being held in fairytale seaside surroundings in Portoroz, Slovenia, began pretty much where the last meeting in Panama left off, with the issue of Greenland’s request to kill whales for “aboriginal” consumption. Readers who have followed the IWC story will recall that Greenland […]

A new chance for whales

Hovering in the background or perhaps above the 65th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in Portoroz, Slovenia, is the March 2014 decision of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) which declared Japan’s so-called “scientific” whaling in the Antarctic a thinly disguised form of commercial whaling, and ordered it halted immediately. Japan complied, in […]