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07.05.2013

NPT conference: A strategy for nuclear disarmament

NPT conference: A strategy for nuclear disarmament

On Friday last week, the NPT PrepCom finished in Geneva to reconvene in New York in 2014.  Ray Acheson of Reaching Critical Will gives a final review of the outcomes. The scene of the final day of the second NPT PrepCom provided a snapshot of the NPT process itself. Marked… »

03.05.2013

Bangladesh – stop pointing in wrong directions

Bangladesh – stop pointing in wrong directions

Responding to articles in the media on Bangladesh and the terrible building collapse and worker deaths, our organisation wants to point out that trade action against Bangladesh will only add to the problems in the country. When the quota system was abandoned years ago because of reports of child labour… »

29.04.2013

NPT and risks to human survival: the inside story

NPT and risks to human survival: the inside story

Doctrines, deployments, and the political value attached to “nuclear deterrence” are being challenged at the NPT conference.  As 78 nations co-sponsor a growing “humanitarian initiative”, the five NPT nuclear-armed states and some of their “nuclear umbrella” allies like Japan, Australia and Germany are in denial. Rebecca Johnson reports As 96… »

29.04.2013

NPT conference: About inconvenient facts

NPT conference: About inconvenient facts

As the NPT prepcom enters its second week of work, Pressenza republishes today’s editorial from the daily news bulletin of Reaching Critical Will, prepared by Ray Acheson. “Treaty violations are not to be tolerated as inconvenient facts,” declared the US delegation on Friday. “We should recognize them for what they… »

28.04.2013

Europe bidding adieu to justice and solidarity

Europe bidding adieu to justice and solidarity

By Roberto Savio* | IDN-InDepth NewsViewpoint ROME (IDN | Other News) – For a long time it was a given that while Europe was based on defending a more just society, with social values and solidarity, the United States was based on the glory of individualism and competition, and anything… »

24.04.2013

NPT conference: Rejecting the strategy of denial

NPT conference: Rejecting the strategy of denial

On Monday 22nd April, the NPT prepcom started in Geneva and will last for two weeks.  The Prepcom is part of the five-yearly cycle of meetings to review the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.  Every day Reaching Critical Will produce a newsletter full of analysis, commentary and information for delegates and NGO… »

21.04.2013

Thatcher’s Legacy Part Two

Thatcher’s Legacy Part Two

Margaret Thatcher’s funeral passed without much trouble. The Boston bombs had left the Police fearful of similar incidents and some protesters had managed a permission to turn their backs to the funeral procession as a sign of disrespect. Big Ben was kept quiet and attempts to block the motion that… »

14.04.2013

Religious violence and experience of contact with the Sacred

Religious violence and experience of contact with the Sacred

In a world that is characterized by all sorts of violence (physical, economical, racial, psychological, sexual, etc.), a fanatic and intolerant aspect manifests itself with preoccupying intensity in the three monotheistic religions (Christianism, Judaism and Islam). Apart from constituting a dramatic reality, violence inspired, exercised or justified by religion is… »

05.04.2013

From Prague to a Nuclear-Weapons-Free World: Is President Obama’s vision now achievable?

From Prague to a Nuclear-Weapons-Free World: Is President Obama’s vision now achievable?

Four years today, President Obama announced in Prague his vision and commitment to seek a world without nuclear weapons. Alyn Ware, Global Coordinator for Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament, reports on a number of anniversary actions, and asks whether this vision is still alive, and possible to achieve, or… »

31.03.2013

Big Biz underlying DPRK provocations?

Big Biz underlying DPRK provocations?

While it is the US of A that appears as the most ‘belligerent’ in the current Korea’s crisis – if this is not too weak a term for practices and thus threats of a nuclear attack – questions need to be asked, is it the government of a people that… »

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