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Obama vows action after online guns petitions

US President Barack Obama on Friday vowed to take action to stop gun violence in response to online petitions signed by more than 400,000 people after last week’s elementary school massacre. “In the days since the heart-breaking tragedy in Newtown,…

The real ‘End of the World’: 1000+ nuclear warheads launchable in minutes or less

With just hours to go before the 21st of December arrives in the author’s home country of Australia, one of the first places on the planet to see if the Mayan doomsday prophecy will be proven true or false, John…

Britain to pull nearly 4,000 troops from Afghanistan

Britain will slash its military force in Afghanistan next year, withdrawing nearly 4,000 troops as local security forces become increasingly capable, Prime Minister David Cameron said Wednesday. Cameron told parliament that the current force of 9,000 British troops would be…

Middle East Nuclear Free Zone: Pushing the States to the Negotiating Table

As the Helsinki conference on the Establishment of a Zone Free of Weapons of Mass Destruction in the Middle East failed to materialise, civil society organisations gathered to express their frustration and try to channel it in a positive direction. …

The Frightening Scenario of the Nuclear War

By Ira Helfand Soon after President Barack Obama was elected in 2008, hundreds of leaders of the global medical community wrote an open letter to him, and to newly elected Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, urging them to make the abolition…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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