Peace and Disarmament

09.12.2014

“The myth of the good war”: an essay worth reading

“The myth of the good war”: an essay worth reading

It is not often that one finds in a newspaper, unassuming amongst other articles and comments, a thorough analysis of the futility of war, the propaganda that tries to give it some sense and the devastating consequences of armed struggle. Geoffrey Wheatcroft writing today… »

08.12.2014

Nuclear weapon conference opens in Vienna with 157 countries

Nuclear weapon conference opens in Vienna with 157 countries

This morning in the Hofburg Palace, Vienna, in the presence of delegations from 157 countries and dozens of civil society organisations many of whom are partners of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, the inter-governmental conference opened with statements from; Sebastian Kurz, the Austrian Minister for Europe, Integration and… »

07.12.2014

Campaign calls for negotiations on a treaty banning nuclear weapons

Campaign calls for negotiations on a treaty banning nuclear weapons

More than 150 states gather in Vienna for global conference on nuclear weapons (8 December 2014, Vienna), In a demonstration of overwhelming support from the international community, representatives from more than 150 states are gathering in Vienna, Austria for the third international conference to examine the humanitarian consequences of nuclear… »

07.12.2014

Images from the ICAN civil society forum day 2

Images from the ICAN civil society forum day 2

A selection of images from day 2 of the ICAN civil society forum.  All images courtesy of ICAN Austria. More images can be found on their flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/129150020@N08/sets/72157649221634858/ Closing panel… »

07.12.2014

It’s time to quit the nuclear habit

It’s time to quit the nuclear habit

The second day of the civil society forum started with a panel on the theme of political leadership which involved representatives from those countries which have organised inter-governmental conferences speaking about the things achieved to date in the process of this humanitarian approach to disarmament. Gry Larsen from Norway, a… »

06.12.2014

images from the ICAN civil society forum in Vienna

images from the ICAN civil society forum in Vienna

Here is a selection of images from the ICAN civil society forum in Vienna. Photos courtesy of ICAN Austria. A flikr feed of all photos of the event can be found here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/129150020@N08/sets/72157649221634858/ Masters of Ceremonies An artist makes a graphical synthesis of the day’s events… »

06.12.2014

New Nuclear Arms Race Underway

New Nuclear Arms Race Underway

Human Wrongs Watch By Mark Blackwood and Paul Mitchell, 6 December 2014, WSWS*– Nearly five years ago, at the 2010 Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty Review Conference, the nuclear powers restated their commitment to a “diminishing role for nuclear weapons in security policies to minimize the risk that these weapons ever be… »

06.12.2014

“This is not the future that must be. But it is the future that will be if we do not act.”

“This is not the future that must be.  But it is the future that will be if we do not act.”

These were the dramatic words of Dr. Ira Helfand in the opening panel of the civil society forum organised by the International Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons, in Vienna, Austria, today. The forum, bringing together 600 activists, youth and experts from 70 countries, has been organised in the run up to… »

06.12.2014

John Oliver on Nuclear Weapons

As the Third Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons in Vienna on Dec 8-9 approaches, here is a humorous (and terrifying) piece by comedian John Oliver on the subject. Last… »

03.12.2014

UK set to join the USA in Vienna anti-nuclear conference

UK set to join the USA in Vienna anti-nuclear conference

It was announced yesterday in Parliament that the UK will be attending the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, the third in a series that began with Oslo in March 2013 and was followed by Nayarit, Mexico in February 2014. This is the first time that the… »

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