Peace and Disarmament

16.11.2020

The New U.S. War on Western Sahara

The New U.S. War on Western Sahara

I’m not misusing the word “war” to mean something like the war on Christmas or drugs or some TV pundit whom somebody else insulted. I mean war. There is a new U.S. war in Western Sahara, being waged by Morocco with the support of the U.S. military. The U.S. military,… »

15.11.2020

Faith-based & Other NGOs Look Forward to Entry into Force of the Nuclear Ban Treaty

Faith-based & Other NGOs Look Forward to Entry into Force of the Nuclear Ban Treaty

By Ramesh Jaura When she learned that the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) reached the 50 states parties required for its entry into force, Setsuko Thurlow said: “I was not able to stand. I remained in my chair and put my head in my… »

14.11.2020

Martha Hennessy, Kings Bay Plowshares Anti-Nuclear Weapons Activist Sentenced

Martha Hennessy, Kings Bay Plowshares Anti-Nuclear Weapons Activist Sentenced

Martha Hennessy, the sixth of the Kings Bay Plowshares defendants to be sentenced, was ordered to serve 10 months incarceration as well as three years supervised probation and restitution. This was a downward departure from the guidelines of 18 to 24 months recommended by the probation department. Conducting the sentencing… »

14.11.2020

Letter of Support to the 5th Latin-American Humanist Forum

Letter of Support to the 5th Latin-American Humanist Forum

This 5th Latin American Humanist Forum may be the most important forum in a generation. It arrives in the middle of a planetary pandemic that is affecting billions of people and paralyzing everything from transport to the economy to the possibility of gathering together. We need to recall that… »

13.11.2020

IFOR Statement on the Current Situation in Western Sahara

IFOR Statement on the Current Situation in Western Sahara

Today, on November 13th 2020, several media outlets have reported that the Moroccan army launched an operation near the border crossing at Guerguerat against a group of Saharawi protesters.1 The representatives of the Saharawi people had previously stated that any such Moroccan action would be considered an aggression to which… »

12.11.2020

Why hasn’t Canada signed the UN Nuclear Ban Treaty?

Why hasn’t Canada signed the UN Nuclear Ban Treaty?

Join a webinar on the need for Canada to sign the UN Nuclear Ban Treaty, featuring Liberal MP Hedy Fry, NDP MP Heather McPherson, Green Party MP Elizabeth May, Bloc Québécois MP Alexis Brunelle-Duceppe as well as Setsuko Thurlow, survivor of Hiroshima’s atomic bombing, who jointly accepted the Nobel Peace… »

12.11.2020

‘No way’ to get vital humanitarian aid into Ethiopia’s Tigray region, UN warns

‘No way’ to get vital humanitarian aid into Ethiopia’s Tigray region, UN warns

With telephone lines still cut and transport links disrupted, it is impossible for humanitarians to get vital supplies into Ethiopia’s Tigray region or assess evolving humanitarian needs, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has said. “With roads closed, food, health and other emergency supplies have currently… »

11.11.2020

Storm clouds gather over Ethiopia

Storm clouds gather over Ethiopia

The armed conflict which began on 4 November 2020 between the central government of Ethiopia and the semi-autonomous province of Tigray—bordering Eritrea and Sudan—has raised fears of a wider conflict.  Hundreds of people have already been killed, and the United Nations has warned of a massive refugee flow.  Details are… »

10.11.2020

Is the generational gap a hurdle in unifying the Korean peninsula?

Is the generational gap a hurdle in unifying the Korean peninsula?

as reported by Bereket Alemayehu Just last week, we had an online global seminar on the peaceful reunification of the Korean peninsula organized by People for Successful Corea Reunification (PSCORE), an organization in special consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council since 2012. It advocates internationally and domestically… »

08.11.2020

The unsustainability of hypocrisy

The unsustainability of hypocrisy

Every year the team at Reaching Critical Will, the disarmament arm of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom report on all international forums concerned with disarmament. At this time of year they follow the First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly which deals with “disarmament, global challenges… »

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