Peace and Disarmament

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. »

15.12.2012

Why Isn’t the Nobel Peace Prize For the Champions of Peace?

Why Isn’t the Nobel Peace Prize For the Champions of Peace?

By Tomas Magnusson, co-president of the International Peace Bureau Leaders of the European Union (EU) will gather in Oslo to receive an increasingly controversial Nobel Peace Prize. Alfred Nobel, the Swedish inventor and industrialist, established the five prizes by his will in 1895 and there is a growing international awareness… »

12.12.2012

US, South Korean, Pakistani missile launches ignored completely as world hyperventilates over DPRK launch

US, South Korean, Pakistani missile launches ignored completely as world hyperventilates over DPRK launch

As the world hyperventilates over today’s successful satellite launch by the DPRK, absolutely no attention whatsoever has been paid to far far more dangerous and unambiguously nuclear weapons related launches in the last ten days by the US (Nov14) and Pakistan, and to a launch by South Korea that received… »

07.12.2012

Landmine Ban: Poland Final EU Member to Join

Landmine Ban: Poland Final EU Member to Join

Poland’s announcement on December 5, 2012, that it is about to ratify the international treaty prohibiting landmines means that all 27 European Union countries have banned these unlawful weapons, Human Rights Watch said today. During the 12th annual meeting of the Mine Ban Treaty, which ended in Geneva… »

02.12.2012

Outlawing Nuclear Weapons: Time for a New International Treaty?

Outlawing Nuclear Weapons: Time for a New International Treaty?

Is it time for a new international treaty that would outlaw nuclear weapons? The short answer to this question is, Yes, it is time. Actually, it is past time. The critical question, however, is not whether we need a new international treaty. We do. The critical question is: How do… »

30.11.2012

Stable Nuke Zero is Feasible

Stable Nuke Zero is Feasible

By Ramesh Jaura Before World War II broke out in 1939, German-born Nobel laureate Albert Einstein recommended President Franklin D. Roosevelt to begin research on a nuclear weapon since Germany under Adolf Hitler might be developing such a destructive tool. The result was the Manhattan Project, which culminated in… »

29.11.2012

Breaking the Nuclear Chain – the Webinar

Breaking the Nuclear Chain – the Webinar

Thursday 29 November 2012 the first session of the Webinar was held focusing on “Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Weapon Tests”. The first speaker, Dr Rebecca Johnson, Director of the Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy and Co-Chair of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), gave an introduction to the… »

27.11.2012

After Brokering Gaza Ceasefire, Egypt’s Morsi Re-Ignites Protests With Decree Expanding Powers

After Brokering Gaza Ceasefire, Egypt’s Morsi Re-Ignites Protests With Decree Expanding Powers

Protests continue in Cairo’s Tahrir Square after Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi issued a decree last week, seizing wide-ranging powers and protections from judicial review or oversight. Morsi made the move one day after he helped secure a ceasefire ending Israel’s assault on Gaza. More than 500 people have been injured… »

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