Peace and Disarmament

03.03.2013

What Is Ethical?

What Is Ethical?

By Rick Wayman, Director of Programs & Operations, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. During the lunch hour on the final day of the ICAN Civil Society Forum in Oslo, around 150 people attended a panel discussion on “Ethics in International Politics.” At the end of the panel discussion, Fr. John Dear… »

03.03.2013

From dismay to inspiration: the final day of the Oslo nuclear weapons civil society forum

From dismay to inspiration: the final day of the Oslo nuclear weapons civil society forum

Day 2 of the Oslo civil society forum brought with it much important and new information and ended on a wave of inspiration and joy that will surely carry the delegates back to their countries ready to redouble their efforts to eradicate nuclear weapons. During the day the issues dealt… »

03.03.2013

Interview with Tim Wright from the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear weapons

Interview with Tim Wright from the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear weapons

Pressenza took the opportunity on the last day of the civil society forum on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons to interview Tim Wright, 27, from Melbourne, Australia, the spokesperson for ICAN (the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear weapons) who organised the event in Oslo.   PRESSENZA: What’s the idea… »

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… »

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