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Italian parliamentarians present motion supporting a treaty banning nuclear weapons

A motion was recently submitted to the Italian Parliament supporting the humanitarian initiative and urging the government to take action towards a nuclear weapons ban. We spoke to Lisa Clark of PNND and Francesco Vignarca from Rete Disarmo about this motion, and what this could mean for Italy and its involvement in creating a ban on nuclear weapons. Rete Disarmo and PNND Italy supported a motion that was p ...

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The War for Nothing

Human Wrongs Watch By Uri Avnery 30 August 2014 AFTER 50 DAYS, the war is over. Hallelujah. On the Israeli side: 71 dead, among them 66 soldiers, 1 child. On the Palestinian side: 2,143 dead, 577 of them children, 263 women, 102 elderly. 11,230 injured. 10,800 buildings destroyed. 8,000 partially destroyed. About 40,000 damaged homes. Among the damaged buildings: 277 schools, 10 hospitals, 70 mosques, 2 chu ...

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International Day against Nuclear Tests

Today (29 Aug) is the International Day against Nuclear Testing, a UN-initiated day to work against nuclear testing and to commemorate those whose lives have been damaged over the years by the nuclear tests carried out by the US, Russia, the UK, France, China, India, Pakistan, and most recently the DPRK. The day was initiated by a unanimous resolution in the UN General Assembly, in December 2009, sponsored ...

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How a “Yes” vote for Scotland’s independence could chalenge the UK’s nuclear weapons program

By Steve Rushton Crossposted from Occupy.com (USA publication) “The entire Scottish independence movement is firmly against nuclear weapons,” Jimmy Watson, a resident at Faslane Peace Camp, tells me. At 32 years old, Faslane is one of the world’s longest-running peace camps and a symbol of the widespread opposition to nuclear weapons both across Scotland, and in the Yes campaign for Scottish independence. I ...

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Will it hold? Israel and Hamas agree to ceasefire

Israel and Hamas appear to have accepted an Egyptian proposal for a long-term ceasefire after seven weeks of war.  According to UK's Channel 4 News "an Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said "a complete and unlimited-in-time ceasefire" had been agreed". "Israel has also agreed to open its borders to allow humanitarian aid and building materials to be sent to Gaza, as well as the widening ...

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From Gaza to Ferguson: Exposing the Toolbox of Racist Repression

Mass incarceration and militarized police forces are two of the most potent tools in a panoply of repressive instruments of power used by Israel and the U.S. By Corinna Mullin and Azadeh Shahshahani A version of this article originally appeared in Foreign Policy in Focus. From the death and destruction in Israel’s latest war on Gaza to the dramatic arrival of the national guard on the streets of Ferguson, M ...

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Austrian Parliament Backs Government Efforts For Nuclear Disarmament

By Jamshed Baruah | IDN-InDepth NewsAnalysis VIENNA (IDN) - As the Austrian government prepares to host the third international conference on the humanitarian consequences of atomic weapons on December 8-9 in Vienna, the county’s parliament has provided it the legal basis for its commitment to usher in a world without nuclear weapons of mass destruction. The forthcoming gathering in Vienna will be the third ...

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10,000 protest in Tel Aviv for a just peace, end to occupation

"Under a coalition of Israeli left-wing political parties and organizations, thousands gathered in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square in the largest anti-war demonstration since the outbreak of violence in Gaza. Some 10,000 Israelis flooded Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square under the slogan “Changing direction: toward peace, away from war” in the largest anti-Gaza war demonstration in Israel since the outbreak of hostilities mo ...

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USA blocking Chinese-Russian ban on weapons in space

US CONTINUES TO BLOCK CHINESE-RUSSIAN PROPOSAL TO NEGOTIATE TREATY TO BAN WEAPONS IN SPACE By Alice Slater, who is an activist with ABOLITION 2000, a network of over 2000 organizations in more than 90 countries worldwide working for a global treaty to eliminate nuclear weapons. What is it about the rule of law that the US government doesn’t like? The US is still holding out on signing the treaty to Ban Land ...

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Vigil for Peace in Gaza and Israel In the spirit of Japanese o-bon

August 15 in Japanese calendar is o-bon, a day dedicated to honoring deceased loved ones. By doing so, it also gives an opportunity for the living to reflect on our lives that were given by our ancestors and renew a commitment to live our lives to the fullest and in peace.  As I stand in front of the statue of Gandhi at Union Square Park, I reflect on what’s going on in my life and what it means to live my ...

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