Peace and Disarmament

31.12.2012

Kenya: No More Stone Throwing

Kenya: No More Stone Throwing

Youths in Kisumu recently took a vow never to use stone throwing as a way of airing their grievances. The peace initiative dubbed ‘Sitarusha Mawe Tena’ peace campaign which translates to ‘I shall never throw stones again’ was held in the lakeside town of Kisumu about 334km north west of… »

27.12.2012

‘Humanity Could Not Survive a Nuclear War Using Even a Fraction of Existing Arsenals’

‘Humanity Could Not Survive a Nuclear War Using Even a Fraction of Existing Arsenals’

By IPPNW* – Nuclear weapons are the most destructive, most indiscriminate, most inhumane instruments of mass murder ever created. Their use—and even their possession—goes against every principle of international humanitarian law. In fact, it is likely that humanity could not survive a nuclear war using even a fraction of… »

21.12.2012

Obama vows action after online guns petitions

Obama vows action after online guns petitions

US President Barack Obama on Friday vowed to take action to stop gun violence in response to online petitions signed by more than 400,000 people after last week’s elementary school massacre. “In the days since the heart-breaking tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, hundreds of thousands of you, from all 50 states,… »

20.12.2012

The real ‘End of the World’: 1000+ nuclear warheads launchable in minutes or less

The real ‘End of the World’: 1000+ nuclear warheads launchable in minutes or less

With just hours to go before the 21st of December arrives in the author’s home country of Australia, one of the first places on the planet to see if the Mayan doomsday prophecy will be proven true or false, John Hallam, from People for Nuclear Disarmament, Human Survival Project, writes… »

19.12.2012

Britain to pull nearly 4,000 troops from Afghanistan

Britain to pull nearly 4,000 troops from Afghanistan

Britain will slash its military force in Afghanistan next year, withdrawing nearly 4,000 troops as local security forces become increasingly capable, Prime Minister David Cameron said Wednesday. Cameron told parliament that the current force of 9,000 British troops would be reduced to 5,200 by the end of 2013 and that… »

19.12.2012

Middle East Nuclear Free Zone: Pushing the States to the Negotiating Table

Middle East Nuclear Free Zone: Pushing the States to the Negotiating Table

As the Helsinki conference on the Establishment of a Zone Free of Weapons of Mass Destruction in the Middle East failed to materialise, civil society organisations gathered to express their frustration and try to channel it in a positive direction.  Here Xanthe Hall of International Physicians for the Prevention of… »

19.12.2012

The Frightening Scenario of the Nuclear War

The Frightening Scenario of the Nuclear War

By Ira Helfand Soon after President Barack Obama was elected in 2008, hundreds of leaders of the global medical community wrote an open letter to him, and to newly elected Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, urging them to make the abolition of nuclear weapons their highest… »

18.12.2012

A Salute to Colonel Valery Yarynich

A Salute to Colonel Valery Yarynich

Anti-nuclear campaigner, Colonel Valery Yarynich, formerly of the Soviet Strategic Rocket Forces, has died on the 13th of December in a hospital in Moscow.  John Hallam of the Australian campaigning group, People For Nuclear Disarmament, has written this obituary recalling his last visit to Australia. I last saw Colonel Yarynich… »

17.12.2012

The Middle East without Weapons of Mass Destruction, Civil Society Input

The Middle East without Weapons of Mass Destruction, Civil Society Input

In the NPT 2010 conference resolutions was a call for a Middle East Weapons of Mass Destruction Conference in 2012.  The government of Finland volunteered to host it but sadly it never took place.  Before it was cancelled though civil society organisations had already organised a fringe conference to accompany… »

15.12.2012

Immediately address the issue of gun control through the introduction of legislation in Congress.

Immediately address the issue of gun control through the introduction of legislation in Congress.

We petition the obama administration to: The goal of this petition is to force the Obama Administration to produce legislation that limits access to guns. While a national dialogue is critical, laws are the only means in which we can reduce the number of people murdered in gun related deaths. »

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