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“China is the only country that promised not to use nuclear weapons first”

With the permission of the interviewee we publish here an interview with RIA Novosti.  The original article can be found on their website here. Alice Slater, New York Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, told Rossiya Segodnya about the current situation with nuclear weapons in China. 50 years ago China detonated its first nuclear test, nearly 20 years after the US dropped their bombs on Hiroshima a ...

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CALL TO ACTION: April/May 2015 mobilisation against nuclear weapons

Announcement of a global mobilisation for a nuclear-free, fair, democratic, ecologically sustainable and peaceful future On the heels of the September 21 People’s Climate March, a broad international network of NGOs is marking the first United Nations-led International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons by announcing plans for a major mobilization in the run-up to the critically important Nucl ...

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26 September: the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

Friday, 26th September marks the first ever Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons as decreed by the United Nations General Assembly and events are being organised around the world by anti-nuclear networks such as UNFOLD ZERO and ICAN (the International Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons). On Thursday 25th, there was a kick-off event at the UN in Geneva hosted by the permanent missions of Indonesia, ...

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On actions for Sept. 26, International Day for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

Press Release On Actions for September 26, International Day for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons September 22, 2014 Japan Council against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs The forthcoming September 26 will mark the first International Day for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. In December 2013, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the resolution to declare September 26 as the International Day, based on ...

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Open letter from the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center

  OPEN LETTER FROM THE BROOKLYN METROPOLITAN DETENTION CENTER from Sr. Megan Rice, on behalf of the Transform Now Plowshares July 28, 2014 Our Dear Sisters and Brothers, We send warm greetings and many thanks to all who actively engage in the transformation of weapons of mass destruction to sustainable life-giving alternatives. Gregory Boertje-Obed (U.S. Penitentiary, Leavenworth, Kansas) Michael Walli ...

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New Campaign for a Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons Gains Momentum

The 1970 Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT),  extended indefinitely in 1995 when it was due to expire, provided that five nuclear weapons states which also happened to hold the veto power on the Security Council (P-5)– the US, Russia, UK, France, and China– would  “pursue negotiations in good faith”[i] for nuclear disarmament.  In order to buy the support of the rest of the world for the deal, the nuclear weapo ...

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Parliaments Want A Nuclear-Weapon-Free World

By Jamshed Baruah | IDN-InDepth NewsAnalysis GENEVA (IDN) - More than 163 parliaments from around the world, constituting the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), have adopted a landmark resolution urging parliaments to “work with their governments on eliminating the role of nuclear weapons in security doctrines” and to “urge their governments to start negotiations on a nuclear weapons convention or package of ...

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The urgency of banning nuclear weapons

In the recent conference in Nayarit, Mexico on the Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons, ICAN presented a six minute video arguing for the need for a ban on these terrifying weapons. "Nuclear weapons are the most destructive weapon ever invented able to unleash a humanitarian catastrophe and the chances of unintentional detonation are rising. They belong to the dustbin of history." ...

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Momentum builds for a ban on Nuclear Weapons

Ray Acheson, Beatrice Fihn, and Katherine Harrison* “Nayarit is a point of no return,” concluded the Chair of the Second Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, held from 13–14 February in Nayarit, Mexico. In his summary of the meeting, he called for the development of new international standards on nuclear weapons, including a legally-binding instrument. The time has come, he argued, for ...

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Nobel laureate warns two billion at risk from nuclear famine

International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), the 1985 Nobel Peace Laureate, and its US affiliate Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) today released a new report concluding that more than two billion people—a quarter of the world’s population—would be at risk of starvation in the event of a limited, regional nuclear exchange, such as one that could occur between India and Pakist ...

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