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26.02.2019

Israel and the Arab States’ positions in international discussions concerning disarmament

Israel and the Arab States’ positions in international discussions concerning disarmament

by Zain Hussain for BASIC*. Israel has reiterated time and again on the international scene that it supports the idea of a WMD Free Zone in the Middle East (WMDFZME). It has not, however, acceded to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), like all other… »

25.02.2019

South Africa: from nuclear armed state to disarmament hero

South Africa: from nuclear armed state to disarmament hero

Today, the only country that went from developing its own nuclear arsenal to dismantling it and being an outspoken advocate against these weapons of mass destruction, took another critical step towards a nuclear-weapons-free-world: in the halls of the UN HQ in New York, South Africa just ratified the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear… »

24.02.2019

The NPT: a big distraction from the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

The NPT: a big distraction from the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

In April 2019, states parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty will meet in New York to continue their preparations for the 2020 edition of the 5-yearly revision conference. Hopes are not high, however, that anything will change in this forum to take the planet closer to the stated aim of… »

01.02.2019

At two minutes to midnight, the French parliament considers a Bill proposing a referendum to abolish nuclear and radioactive weapons

At two minutes to midnight, the French parliament considers a Bill proposing a referendum to abolish nuclear and radioactive weapons

On 23 January 2019 in Chicago, atomic scientists in charge of the “Doomsday Clock” decided to keep the minute hand of this big symbolic timepiece in the same place as they put it in January 2018: at two minutes away from a nuclear catastrophe that threatens to annihilate humanity –… »

16.01.2019

Swedish pension fund to abandon nuclear weapons investments

Swedish pension fund to abandon nuclear weapons investments

Today Sweden’s fourth national pension fund company, AP4, announced via a press statement that it is to divest from firms involved in the production of nuclear weapons, such as Airbus, Boeing and Raytheon.  In June last year, AP4 had more than 2.5 billion Swedish kronor (around 250… »

15.01.2019

Banning the bomb, smashing the patriarchy | Ray Acheson

Ray Acheson, from Reaching Critical Will, the disarmament wing of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom talks about nuclear weapons in the conext of the patriarchal system in which we live today. Transcript: Who has the biggest nuclear button?  No, I’m serious.  This is a real foreign… »

04.01.2019

Reflections on 2018, Forecasting 2019

Reflections on 2018, Forecasting 2019

In many ways it is painful to reflect on the year 2018; a year of vital opportunities lost when so much is at stake. Whether politically, militarily, socially, economically, financially or ecologically, humanity took some giant strides backwards while passing up endless… »

18.12.2018

Australian Labor Party commits to join the UN nuclear weapon ban treaty

Australian Labor Party commits to join the UN nuclear weapon ban treaty

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) Australia applauds the Australian Labor Party for committing today to sign and ratify the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The party is widely expected to win government in 2019. “This is a major breakthrough that heralds a more constructive… »

03.12.2018

Manchester becomes the first major European city to endorse ICAN’s cities appeal

Manchester becomes the first major European city to endorse ICAN’s cities appeal

As the campaign to bring the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons into force moves to the city-level with ICAN’s Cities Appeal, especially in nuclear weapon states and their friends, the City of Manchester in the UK, famous for its football teams and music which has… »

23.08.2018

73 Years On, a Nuclear-Weapons-Free World Remains a Mirage

73 Years On, a Nuclear-Weapons-Free World Remains a Mirage

By Ramesh Jaura BERLIN (IDN) – Nobel Peace Prize laureate Adolfo Pérez Esquivel and Buddhist philosopher Daisaku Ikeda recall a quote from Martin Luther King Jr – “We are always on the threshold of a new dawn” – and aver that the adoption of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear… »

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