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06.08.2015

5 seconds: A reflection on Hiroshima

5 seconds: A reflection on Hiroshima

At a press conference on the 5th of August organised by the Greek branch of World without Wars and Violence and the Greek peace campaigner Panos Trigazis, in Athens, Nikos Stergiou gave this reflection on the Hiroshima bombing and it’s continued ramifications today. I close my eyes and I count… »

06.08.2015

City of Hiroshima Peace Declaration

City of Hiroshima Peace Declaration

In our town, we had the warmth of family life, the deep human bonds of community, festivals heralding each season, traditional culture and buildings passed down through history, as well as riversides where children played. At 8:15 a.m., August 6, 1945, all of that was destroyed by a single atomic… »

06.08.2015

Anti-government protest now extends to high school students – Tipping point in Japanese politics

Anti-government protest now extends to high school students – Tipping point in Japanese politics

It was just two months ago that the Japanese parliament passed the bill lowering the voting age from 20 to 18 years old, that is coming into effective in July 2016. The new cohort and soon-to-be voters are now challenging the government regarding the national… »

06.08.2015

Why Americans believe that bombing Hiroshima was necessary

Why Americans believe that bombing Hiroshima was necessary

By Gary G. Kohls, MD*  August 6, 2015, is the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, a civilian city that had minimal military value, despite the claims of President Truman when he announced the event to the American people. The whole truth of what the Nuremburg tribunal would… »

13.07.2015

Save Japan’s Peace Constitution

Save Japan’s Peace Constitution

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe: Save Japan’s Peace Constitution Global Article 9 Campaign [Read this in French. Also find a previous version in Japanese, Korean,Chinese, Spanish, and Russian.] Today, Japan’s peace constitution is… »

04.06.2015

Increasing tension in the South China Sea

Increasing tension in the South China Sea

An increasingly tense situation is developing between many countries in the Far East at the moment. China this week has been criticised by the USA for reclaiming land and building harbours and airstrips in the South China Sea. The dispute goes back to the end of the Second World War… »

02.06.2015

Okinawa, Japan: fighting to save nature and culture

Okinawa, Japan: fighting to save nature and culture

The right-wing newspaper, Washington Times, ran a piece on Monday entitled “The other side to the Okinawa story: The ‘All Okinawa’ opposition to US military presence [occupation] is a leftist ruse”. The hit piece was written by Robert Eldridge (former political affairs and public diplomacy officer, Marine Corps Installations Pacific… »

07.05.2015

Will the NPT sink or swim?

Will the NPT sink or swim?

“We were waist deep in the Big Muddy. The big fool said to push on.” — Pete Seeger The NPT member states have to choose between two irreconcilable narratives, and the success of the 2015 Review Conference depends upon their making the right choice. by John Loretz of International Physicians… »

29.04.2015

Japan agrees to new military cooperation plan with United States despite Its pacifist constitution

Japan agrees to new military cooperation plan with United States despite Its pacifist constitution

As peace activists gather in The Hague, Japan is moving toward taking a more active military role internationally despite having a pacifist constitution. On Tuesday, President Obama hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for a White House state dinner. The two nations have just unveiled new guidelines for military cooperation. »

16.04.2015

‘Historic step towards nuclear-free Japan’: Maverick judge forbids restart of 2 nuclear reactors

‘Historic step towards nuclear-free Japan’: Maverick judge forbids restart of 2 nuclear reactors

A local judge has placed an injunction on the re-opening of two nuclear reactors at Japan’s Takahama plant, even though it had passed the country’s new post-Fukushima safety checks. “The new regulations are not reasonable, therefore there is no need to study whether the Takahama plant satisfies them,” said judge… »

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