Peace and Disarmament

02.03.2013

Humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons – civil society forum

Humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons – civil society forum

The first day of the formal part of the ICAN Conference on the humanitarian consequences of the use of nuclear weapons finished today with a relentless flow of extraordinary information about how even a limited nuclear exchange would leave a fraction of humanity surviving and they would probably wish they… »

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… »

27.02.2013

UK to snub discussions on humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons

UK to snub discussions on humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons

Campaigners say this shows why a ban treaty must go ahead without them  The UK has said today that it will not be participating in next week’s international conference on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapon use. The meeting will look at the immediate and long-term impacts of nuclear… »

26.02.2013

France defense minister rejects talk of Mali withdrawal

France defense minister rejects talk of Mali withdrawal

France has rejected any talk of pulling its troops out of Mali in the near future, saying the troops are involved in “very violent fighting” in the mountains of northern part of the African country. France’s Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Tuesday that it is too early to… »

26.02.2013

Argentina slams UK for violating anti-nuke treaty

Argentina slams UK for violating anti-nuke treaty

The Argentine government has deplored the UK for ignoring international obligations by dispatching nuke-armed submarines to the Malvinas islands (The Falklands), which is a nuclear free zone, thus breaching an international treaty. Eduardo Zuaim, Argentina’s Foreign Relations Secretary was quoted by MercoPress as saying that the UK is defying an… »

21.02.2013

Russia, Arab league offer to mediate Syria talks to end crisis

Russia, Arab league offer to mediate Syria talks to end crisis

Russia and the Arab League have offered to broker talks between Syria and its opposition coalition to end nearly two years of foreign-sponsored unrest in the Arab country. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that Moscow and the Arab League are attempting to establish direct talks between the… »

19.02.2013

Colorado House Passes Gun-Control Measures

Colorado House Passes Gun-Control Measures

Colorado lawmakers have passed a series of strict gun-control measures in a state that has suffered some of the worst mass shootings in recent history. The package would ban ammunition magazines with more than 15 rounds, require background checks on all gun purchases and allow colleges to ban concealed weapons… »

19.02.2013

Myanmar: UN welcomes release of child soldiers by national armed forces

Myanmar: UN welcomes release of child soldiers by national armed forces

The United Nations today welcomed the release of 24 children by Myanmar’s armed forces, known as the Tatmadaw, and called for the acceleration of discharges in line with the commitment made last year by the Government to end child rights violations. Last June, the UN and the Government of Myanmar… »

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