Peace and Disarmament

13.05.2013

Dispatch #1 from the International Peace Delegation to Syria: “When can we go back?”

Dispatch #1 from the International Peace Delegation to Syria: “When can we go back?”

“When can we go back?” This plaintive question of refugees since time immemorial was asked again of Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire at the United Nations High Commission on Refugees intake center in Zahleh, Lebanon, overlooking the vast Beqaa valley, now dotted with refugee camps wherever we look. … »

10.05.2013

“Don’t take Arabs’ NPT membership for granted”

“Don’t take Arabs’ NPT membership for granted”

By Baher Kamal* | IDN-InDepth NewsViewpoint CAIRO (IDN) – Not that nuclear issues are an actual source of concern to Egyptian citizens. They are deeply worried about their present and immediate future now that inter-religious violence is on the rise, triggering a dangerous, growing insecurity amidst an overwhelming popular discontent… »

10.05.2013

Russia bidding farewell to Soviet nukes

Russia bidding farewell to Soviet nukes

By J C Suresh | IDN-InDepth NewsAnalysis Russia is in the midst of a comprehensive modernization of its nuclear forces that began more than a decade ago. The upgrade, which involves replacing all Soviet-era ballistic missiles with fewer improved missiles, is now approaching a point at which the number of… »

10.05.2013

UK: BAE Systems can’t hide from difficult questions and disruptions

UK: BAE Systems can’t hide from difficult questions and disruptions

Supporters from Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) turned out in force to shame arms giant BAE Systems at their Annual General Meeting AGM), accusing it of supporting repressive regimes through arms sales and unethical business practices. Acute questioning combined with high farce during the two hour meeting culminated in the attempted… »

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… »

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

US Congresswoman introduces nuclear disarmament bill for 11th time

US Congresswoman introduces nuclear disarmament bill for 11th time

On April 18, 2013, DC’s Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton re-introduced HR-1650, the “Nuclear Weapons Abolition and Economic and Energy Conversion Act“ for the 11th time WASHINGTON, DC Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today introduced the Nuclear Weapons Abolition and Economic and Energy Conversion Act of… »

28.04.2013

Security Council unanimously approves new UN peacekeeping mission in Mali

Security Council unanimously approves new UN peacekeeping mission in Mali

The Security Council today approved a 12,600-strong United Nations peacekeeping operation to take over from the African-led mission in Mali on 1 July and authorized the blue helmets “to use all necessary means” to carry out security-related stabilization tasks, protect civilians, UN staff and cultural artefacts, and create the conditions… »

24.04.2013

NPT conference: Joint Statement on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons

NPT conference: Joint Statement on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons

At the NPT prepcom in Geneva today, South Africa presented a statement on behalf of 74 states highlighting the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons.  Pressenza publishes the statement in full here. Delivered by Ambassador Abdul Samad Minty, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations at Geneva, 24… »

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