Peace and Disarmament

13.12.2018

2018 Nobel Peace Prize highlights need to prevent rape as a weapon of war

2018 Nobel Peace Prize highlights need to prevent rape as a weapon of war

In their talks at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremonies in Oslo on 10 December 2018, the co-laureates, Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege urged concerted global action to stop rape and sexual violence as weapons of war. Dr Denis Mukwege has become an eloquent spokesperson… »

13.12.2018

Both houses of Swiss Parliament call on government to join the Nuclear Ban Treaty immediately

Both houses of Swiss Parliament call on government to join the Nuclear Ban Treaty immediately

In a 24 to 15 vote (with 2 abstentions), the Council of States of the Swiss Federal Assembly has joined the National Council today in calling on the Swiss government to sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and submit it to Parliament for ratification without delay. This… »

13.12.2018

Why Green New Deal advocates must address militarism

Why Green New Deal advocates must address militarism

Where is the call for the New Peace Deal that would free up hundreds of billions from the overblown military budget to invest in green infrastructure? by Medea Benjamin, Alice Slater for Common Dreams. In the spirit of a new year… »

11.12.2018

Progress made in UN talks to end Yemen war, Envoy lauds ‘positive and serious spirit’

Progress made in UN talks to end Yemen war, Envoy lauds ‘positive and serious spirit’

United Nations-sponsored political consultations in Sweden, involving the warring parties in the Yemen war, have led to progress “on a number of issues,” said Martin Griffiths, Special Envoy for Yemen, at a press conference on Monday. After 5 days of talks, representatives from the Yemeni Government and Houthi opposition discussed… »

10.12.2018

Trump Has Been Broken by the Military/Security Complex

Trump Has Been Broken by the Military/Security Complex

by Paul Craig Roberts, Dec 9, 2018  In order to protect himself from the military/security complex, President Trump has abandoned his intention of normalizing relations with Russia. Just as the neoconservative ideology needs US hegemony, the military/security complex needs an enemy to… »

09.12.2018

Latin America: Conference on the Protection of Civilians from the Use of Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas

Latin America: Conference on the Protection of Civilians from the Use of Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas

By Pamela Velásquez. On December 5 and 6, the Regional Conference on the Protection of Civilians from the Use of Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas was held in Santiago, Chile. It was attended by 23 Latin American and Caribbean States, representatives of governments and civil society, the United Nations and… »

06.12.2018

Yemen war: UN-backed talks to silence the guns begin in Sweden

Yemen war: UN-backed talks to silence the guns begin in Sweden

Highly anticipated UN-brokered consultations about substantive talks which could lead to an end to more than three years of brutal conflict across Yemen, have begun in Sweden. Brutal fighting has left the Middle East nation divided between Government and rebel forces, with millions on the brink of famine, and the… »

06.12.2018

Could Spain be the first NATO State to sign the Nuclear Ban Treaty?

Could Spain be the first NATO State to sign the Nuclear Ban Treaty?

In September 2018, some unexpected good news came out of Spain: in exchange for their support on the 2019 budget, political party Podemos obtained a commitment from the Spanish government to sign the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). The government has not yet announced how and… »

05.12.2018

Granollers, Spain, once again expresses its commitment to a more just, peaceful and nuclear-weapon-free world

Granollers, Spain, once again expresses its commitment to a more just, peaceful and nuclear-weapon-free world

The municipal plenary unanimously approves a motion on nuclear weapons and support for the Treaty on their prohibition The municipal council of Granollers, Catalonia, Spain in a session held on Tuesday 27 November, unanimously approved the motion proposed by the city in collaboration with Fundipau, ICAN and Mayors for Peace. »

04.12.2018

US Senators urge Trump not to pull out of nuclear arms treaty with Russia

US Senators urge Trump not to pull out of nuclear arms treaty with Russia

A group of US senators have written an open letter to President Donald Trump urging not to withdraw the United States from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, a Cold War-era nuclear weapons agreement with Russia. “While we understand the challenges of getting Russia to reverse its violation of the… »

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