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06.03.2013

Venezuela: Chavez is dead, but his revolution goes on

Venezuela: Chavez is dead, but his revolution goes on

Thousands of saddened Venezuelans poured into the streets of Caracas crying, hugging each other and shouting slogans in support of President Hugo Chavez after learning of his death. “I feel such big pain I cannot even speak,” said Yamilina Barrios, a 39-year-old office worker, to the Associated Press. “He was… »

05.03.2013

Ideology and pragmatism

Ideology and pragmatism

“I’m not saying this for ideological reasons… I’m not trying to give an ideological speech… Ideologies are dead…”  Precisions and declarations such as these are increasingly frequent and accepted and even valued as a sign of modernity and distancing oneself from an old, nostalgic and surpassed mentality. This rejection of… »

05.03.2013

UK: Cardinal’s homosexual confession “undermines the campaign against same-sex marriage”

UK: Cardinal’s homosexual confession “undermines the campaign against same-sex marriage”

With the recent “coming-out” of the UK’s most senior Catholic, Cardinal O’Brien, Peter Tatchell urges him to apologise and repent.  Cardinal O’Brien should apologise to gay community Keith O’Brien urged: Repent your homophobia Estimated 40% of Catholic priests are gay, including top clerics “Cardinal O’Brien’s confession falls… »

04.03.2013

Desmond Tutu: Nuclear weapons must be eradicated for all our sakes

Desmond Tutu: Nuclear weapons must be eradicated for all our sakes

We cannot intimidate others into behaving well when we ourselves are misbehaving. Yet that is precisely what nations armed with nuclear weapons hope to do by censuring North Korea for its nuclear tests and sounding alarm bells over Iran’s pursuit of enriched uranium. According… »

04.03.2013

Bangladesh: critical juncture.

Bangladesh: critical juncture.

Undoubtedly the country is at a critical juncture. What’s gonna happen in the next week or two will clearly determine where the country will be in the next 40 or 50 years. It’s no longer just about the trial of war criminals, it’s about our agility, our resilience, our strength… »

03.03.2013

What Is Ethical?

What Is Ethical?

By Rick Wayman, Director of Programs & Operations, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. During the lunch hour on the final day of the ICAN Civil Society Forum in Oslo, around 150 people attended a panel discussion on “Ethics in International Politics.” At the end of the panel discussion, Fr. John Dear… »

01.03.2013

Dismay at P5 boycott of the Oslo inter-governmental nuclear conference

Dismay at P5 boycott of the Oslo inter-governmental nuclear conference

It appears that Norway’s deliberate plan to limit the focus of its conference to the “catastrophic consequences of nuclear war” in an attempt to secure the attendance of the nuclear weapons states, has failed with the five nuclear weapons states who signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty (known as the P5, as… »

01.03.2013

Reflections on omnicide, nuclear deterrence and a Maginot Line in the mind

Reflections on omnicide, nuclear deterrence and a Maginot Line in the mind

By David Krieger I would like to offer a few reflections in an effort to separate fact from fiction with regard to nuclear weapons, their capacity for devastation and our ability to assure global security by preventing their use. First, today’s nuclear arsenals are capable of omnicide, the death of… »

01.03.2013

Why doesn’t France like Oslo?

Why doesn’t France like Oslo?

This article comes from the monthly bulletin of Armes Nucléaires STOP. The conference proposed by Norway on “humanitarian nuclear disarmament” is judged by France to be an “error”. France’s only problem is that of nuclear proliferation, disarmament is not on the agenda. Explanations. This categorical position taken by… »

28.02.2013

Active Non-Violence, Southern Ocean style…

Active Non-Violence, Southern Ocean style…

We live in an age of holistic knowledge. We live in an age where we increasingly see Planet Earth, or more specifically, all the biological organisms that live on it, and their respective environments, as interdependent. We have come to realize how fragile our Planet can be. With the current… »

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