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Ban on Nuke Tests OK, But Where’s the Ban on Nuke Weapons?

Nuclear Abolition News | IPS

By THALIF DEEN

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - As the United Nations commemorated the International Day Against Nuclear Tests on Aug. 29, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon lamented the fact that in a world threatened by some 17,000 nuclear weapons, not a single one has been destroyed so far. [P] 

Why Kazakhstan Dismantled its Nuclear Arsenal

Nuclear Abolition NewsViewpoint | IPS

By KAIRAT ABDRAKHMANOV*

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - August 29 is the fifth observance of the International Day against Nuclear Tests. One of the first decrees of President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan, upon the country gaining independence in 1991, was the historic decision to close, on Aug. 29 the same year, the Semipalatinsk Nuclear test site, the second largest in the world.

Kazakhstan also voluntarily gave up the world’s fourth largest nuclear arsenal, with more than 110 ballistic missiles and 1,200 nuclear warheads with the capacity to reach any point on this earth.

Austrian Parliament Backs Government Efforts For Nuclear Disarmament

Nuclear Abolition News | IDN

By JAMSHED BARUAH

VIENNA (IDN) - As the Austrian government prepares to host the third international conference on the humanitarian consequences of atomic weapons on December 8-9 in Vienna, the county’s parliament has provided it the legal basis for its commitment to usher in a world without nuclear weapons of mass destruction. [P] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

IPPNW To Discuss Test Ban Treaty Future in Kazakhstan

Nuclear Abolition NewsViewpoint | ICAN

By JOHN LORETZ*

In the late 1980s, IPPNW helped bridge a dangerous and divided world to connect grassroots activists who wanted to stop nuclear testing by the United States and the former Soviet Union. Those “activists” were, in fact, ordinary people whose lives had been damaged (and sometimes taken from them) and whose communities had been destroyed by the contamination from nuclear weapons tests, which continued underground long after the Partial Test Ban Treaty outlawed them in the atmosphere, under water, and in space in 1963.

69 Years On: Need To Tread A Nuke Free Road

Nuclear Abolition NewsViewpoint | IDN

By AKIRA KAWASAKI*

August 6, 2014 marked the 69th anniversary of the first detonation of a nuclear weapon over Japan. The cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki held ceremonies commemorating those hundreds of thousands who perished in the two nuclear attacks in 1945, and the countless more whose lives would forever be affected. But in these past decades, can we say that we have truly learned from the tragedies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Is our recognition of the suffering inflicted upon those cities matched with the concrete action to ensure that it can never be repeated? Akira Kawasaki answers these and other questions in a contribution to IDN partner Pressenza.

Inhumane, Illegal, Immoral and Cruel: A Survivor Account of the Hiroshima Bombing

Nuclear Abolition NewsDocument | ICAN

By SETSUKO THURLOW

At the Little White House in Key West Florida, on 16 May 2014, atomic bomb testimony was delivered in an official forum on Truman ground for the first time. Together with Clifton Truman Daniel, Hibakusha Stories organized an event where Setsuko Thurlow and Yasuaki Yamashita were able to share their experience of being children in Hiroshima and Nagasaki respectively. Thanks to support from the Truman Family, The Little White House and The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, atomic bomb survivors are now on the official record defending the position that nuclear weapons are immoral no matter in whose hands.  The following is Setsuko Thurlow’s speech from that evening. Watch video

Atom Bomb Anniversary Spotlights Persistent Nuclear Threat

Nuclear Abolition News | IPS

TOKYO (IPS) - It has been 69 years, but the memory is fresh in the minds of 190,000 survivors and their descendants. It has been 69 years but a formal apology has yet to be issued. It has been 69 years – and the likelihood of it happening all over again is still a frightening reality. [P] ARABIC | GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

Nuke Proliferation in East Asia Affects International Security

Nuclear Abolition News Analysis | IDN

By VALENTINA GASBARRI*

ROME (IDN) - The 10th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Security Council Resolution 1540 on April 28, 2014 can be especially propitious for standing back from the perennial present of international security issues and evaluating longer-term trends.

The threat posed by the spread of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles is one of the main security challenges of the 21st century. The fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War led to a gradual reduction both in the security framework and in the perception of security. [P] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION  PDF

U.S. Demand for Deep Centrifuge Cut Is a Diplomatic Ploy

 Nuclear Abolition News Analysis | IPS

By GARETH PORTER

WASHINGTON (IPS) - With only a few weeks remaining before the Jul. 20 deadline, the Barack Obama administration issued a warning to Iran that it must accept deep cuts in the number of its centrifuges in order to demonstrate that its nuclear programme is only for peaceful purposes.

Remembering Hiroshima For The Sake Of Our Common Future

Nuclear Abolition News Essay | IDN

By MONZURUL HUQ*

TOKYO (IDN) - Human memory is short, particularly when it comes to record war and destruction. Countless details of various times portraying the accounts of misery and human suffering probably remind us of something vague and abstract; something distant and detached, not at all related to the realities that we face at any given time. Since what is seen as vague or blurred hardly serves as solid evidence, and what is distant hardly seems inspiring for stirring our conscience to the level of awakening, we tend to forget about what war and destruction brings to mankind soon after the waves of tragic realities subside and pave the way for a relative tranquil setting, at least for a short time. [P] ARABIC | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | CHINESE TEXT VERSION PDF | KOREAN TEXT VERSION PDF | NORWEGIAN

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