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CNDP Statement Against India’s Activation of Nuclear Submarine and Missile Test

We strongly condemn India’s recent activation of a nuclear-propelled submarine quickly followed by flight-test of another nuclear-capable missile. Brandishing these tools of mass destruction as guarantees of national security while ignoring the issues of real safety, security and well-being of…

BANGLADESH: Stop stifling the whistleblower – Mr. Adilur Rahman Khan arrested

Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission August 11, 2013 The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is informed that, at 10:20 p.m., on 10 August, officers from the Detective Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police have taken into custody, Mr. Adilur…

Hiroshima – stark images by a Palestinian

I and Oliver Stone both spoke at Hiroshima on the anniversary of the first nuclear bombing in human history and we are slated to speak in two days at Nagasaki on the anniversary of the second nuclear attack. My speech…

Oliver Stone joins Jeju residents’ battle against naval base

Photo: Film director Oliver Stone shakes hands with priests and brothers Moon Jeong-hyun (right) and Moon Kyu-hyun at a concert supporting the opposition to the construction of a naval base in Gangjeong Village, Jeju Island, August 3.  Acclaimed director is…

Narhi Park – another site for Silo’s ashes

Sunday 21st July 2013 at Narhi Park of Study and Reflection, Bihar, India; a gathering of around fifty humanists meeting on an all-India, plus Asia guests, occasion who jointly took the opportunity to scatter ashes of Silo at the site.…

Highly hazardous pesticides should be phased out in developing countries

Tragedy of poisoned school children in India provides another reminder The tragic incident in Bihar, India, where 23 school children died after eating a school meal contaminated with monocrotophos, is an important reminder to speed up the withdrawal of highly…

No to uranium plant in Jiangmen

Jiangmen, about one hundred miles up the Pearl River from Hong Kong, has been the scene of thousands taking to the streets in protests against a proposed uranium mining and manufacturing project in that area. Authorities backed down over the…

Fukushima hero dies of cancer as radioactivity problems far from over

Masao Yoshida has died of cancer of the oesophagus. He was 58. He had led the efforts to stop the radioactive leaks at the Fukushima nuclear power plant after the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami induced a triple meltdown.…

Japan’s Election – International Petition Asks Prime Minister Abe not to Amend Japan’s Peace Constitution

Japan will hold elections of the Upper House of the Diet on 21 July 2013. Several parties, notably Prime Minister Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party, have made constitutional revision a priority. If they obtain a majority – and they are in…

Islamists and Democracy: Cautions From Pakistan

Success in free elections held after the “Arab Spring” protests in Tunisia and Egypt has brought Islamists to power through democratic means, and Islamist influence is on the rise throughout the Arab world. Much of the debate about liberal democracy’s…

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