Peace and Disarmament

05.03.2013

Book review: ‘5 myths about nuclear weapons’ by Ward Wilson

Book review: ‘5 myths about nuclear weapons’ by Ward Wilson

By Jean-Marie Collin, “Blog Défense et Géopolitique, Alternatives-Internationales” Here’s a book worth reading!  Its author, Ward Wilson, deconstructs in simple terms the myths that “protect nuclear arsenals”.  His book is a success, because after publication in January last year, he hasn’t stopped travelling the world and large international… »

04.03.2013

Potential nuclear attack ‘devastating and catastrophic’, says senior UN humanitarian official

Potential nuclear attack ‘devastating and catastrophic’, says senior UN humanitarian official

Senior humanitarian aid workers, United Nations organizations and civil society members are meeting today in Norway to discuss what the international humanitarian community can realistically do to prepare for and to respond to the humanitarian impact of a nuclear weapon detonation. “The humanitarian consequences of a nuclear attack or an… »

04.03.2013

Desmond Tutu: Nuclear weapons must be eradicated for all our sakes

Desmond Tutu: Nuclear weapons must be eradicated for all our sakes

We cannot intimidate others into behaving well when we ourselves are misbehaving. Yet that is precisely what nations armed with nuclear weapons hope to do by censuring North Korea for its nuclear tests and sounding alarm bells over Iran’s pursuit of enriched uranium. According… »

04.03.2013

Red Cross “Use of nuclear weapons: No effective relief would be possible”

Red Cross “Use of nuclear weapons: No effective relief would be possible”

Ahead of the international conference on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons that will take place in Oslo on 4-5 March, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is stressing the lack of capacity at the international level to provide appropriate humanitarian assistance to survivors in the event of… »

04.03.2013

ICAN Resolved to Ban Nukes

ICAN Resolved to Ban Nukes

By Ramesh Jaura A global movement to outlaw nuclear weapons is in the making with significant support from Norway, which is protected by the U.S. nuclear umbrella as a member of the 28-nation North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). This emerged from a two-day ICAN Civil Society Forum in… »

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… »

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