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‘Their Weapons Possess Them’

Nuclear Abolition News | IDN

By XANTHE HALL*

BERLIN | VIENNA (IDN) - Nearly a thousand people crammed into the conference hall in the majestic Hofburg in Vienna for two full days of discussions on the unspeakable and unimaginable theme – the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons. This was the third in a series of state-sponsored conferences taking place outside of the UN, the first two having taken place in Norway and Mexico. [P]

Survivors Aspire For A World Free Of Nuclear Weapons

Nuclear Abolition News | IDN

By NEENA BHANDARI*

SYDNEY (IDN) - Sue Coleman-Haseldine, a Kokatha-Mula Indigenous woman, was about three years old when the United Kingdom began conducting Nuclear weapons tests in Australia’s Monte Bello Islands, off the Western Australian coast, and Emu Field and Maralinga in South Australia. [P]

Faiths United Against Nuclear Weapons

Nuclear Abolition News | IPS

By JULIA RAINER

VIENNA (IPS) - “Never was there a greater need than now for all the religions to combine, to pull their wisdom and to give the benefit of that combined, huge repository of wisdom to international law and to the world.”

The words are those of Christopher Weeramantry, former judge at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and its vice-president from 1997 to 2000, who was addressing a session on faiths united against nuclear weapons at the civil society forum organised by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) on Dec. 6 and 7 in the Austrian capital. [P]

Nuclear States Face Barrage of Criticism in Vienna

Nuclear Abolition News | IPS

By JAMSHED BARUAH

VIENNA (IPS) - Sarcastic laughter erupted when a civil society representative expressed his “admiration for the delegate of the United States, who with one insensitive, ill-timed, inappropriate and diplomatically inept intervention” had “managed to dispel the considerable goodwill the U.S. had garnered by its decision to participate” in Vienna Conference on Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons. [P] GERMAN |

U.N. Urged to Ban Nuke Strikes Against Cities

 

Nuclear Abolition News | IPS

By ROGER HAMILTON-MARTIN

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - Civil society groups are urging the U.N. General Assembly to pass a resolution declaring nuclear strikes on cities to be a clear-cut violation of international humanitarian law. [P] GERMANJAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | SPANISH

Civil Society Support for Marshall Islands Against Nukes

Nuclear Abolition News | IPS

By JULIA RAINER

VIENNA (IPS) - Ahead of the Dec. 8-9 Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, activists from all over the world came together in the Austrian capital to participate in a civil society forum organised by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) on Dec. 6 and 7. [P] GERMANJAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | SPANISH

Hiroshima, Nagasaki Cast Shadow Over Nuclear Conference in Vienna

Nuclear Abolition News | IPS

By THALIF DEEN

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - When Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was at Harvard University December 2 to pick up the ‘Humanitarian of the Year’ award, his thoughts transcended the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, to the venue of a key international conference in Vienna, Austria,  on nuclear weapons.

Nuclear-Weapon Free Northeast Asia Is Possible

Nuclear Abolition News | IDN

By Jamshed Baruah

GENEVA (IDN) - While existing tensions in Northeast Asia continue to be a source of concern and urgent action is required to diffuse these and bring about meaningful cooperation, a nuclear-weapon free zone (NWFZ) in the region is possible and should in fact be a priority, according to an international conference held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, on November 26. [P] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

Why Nuclear Disarmament Could Still Be the Most Important Thing There Is

Nuclear Abolition News | IPS

By RISTO ISOMAKI

In this column, Risto Isomäki, Finnish environmental activist and award-winning writer whose novels have been translated into several languages, describes the practically unimaginable capacity for destruction inherent in the nuclear facilities that currently exist around the world and argues that we have to try the impossible – force nuclear technologies back into the Pandora’s box from which they came.

HELSINKI (IPS) - At the height of the Cold War the world’s total arsenal of nuclear weapons, counted as explosive potential, may have amounted to three million Hiroshima bombs. The United States alone possessed 1.6 million Hiroshimas’ worth of destructive capacity.

Since then, much of this arsenal has been dismantled and the uranium in thousands of nuclear bombs has been converted to nuclear power plant fuel. [P] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | SPANISH

Nuclear Weapons as Bargaining Chips in Global Politics

Nuclear Abolition News | IPS

By THALIF DEEN

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - Has the world reached a stage where nuclear weapons may be used as bargaining chips in international politics?

So it seems, judging by the North Korean threat last week to conduct another nuclear test – if and when the 193-member U.N. General Assembly adopts a resolution aimed at referring the hermit kingdom to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for human rights abuses. | GERMAN

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