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2015 a Make-or-Break Year for Nuclear Disarmament

Nuclear Abolition News | IPS

By THALIF DEEN

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last month singled out what he described as “one of the greatest ironies of modern science”: while humans are searching for life on other planets, the world’s nuclear powers are retaining and modernising their weapons to destroy life on planet earth.

“We must counter the militarism that breeds the pursuit of such weaponry,” he warned. [P] GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

Waiting For Zero Nuke

Nuclear Abolition News | IDN

By D RAVI KANTH*

GENEVA (IDN) - The commemoration of the United Nations International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons on September 26 was a grim reminder of the continued threat from nuclear weapons to people at large. [P] GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF  | NORWEGIAN | SPANISH | PERSIAN (FARSI) | TURKISH

Zero Nuclear Weapons: A Never-Ending Journey Ahead

Nuclear Abolition News | IPS

By THALIF DEEN

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - When the United Nations commemorated its first ever “international day for the total elimination of nuclear weapons,” the lingering question in the minds of most anti-nuclear activists was: are we anywhere closer to abolishing the deadly weapons or are we moving further and further away from their complete destruction? [P] GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

OPINION: Sleepwalking Towards Nuclear War

Nuclear Abolition News | IPS

By HELGE LURAS*

OSLO (IPS) - New military measures to deter what NATO perceives to be a direct threat from Russia were adopted at the alliance’s Heads of State meeting in Wales (Sep. 4-5). A few days earlier, President Barack Obama made promises in Estonia that the three tiny Baltic NATO member states would “never stand alone”

Since early 2014, Russia has done practically all that Western leaders have warned President Vladimir Putin in advance not to do. Crimea was occupied and annexed. Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine were encouraged and given practical support. Later, Russian personnel and equipment came more and more openly into conflict with Ukrainian forces. [P] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

Mideast Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone Remains in Limbo

Nuclear Abolition News | IPS

By THALIF DEEN

UNITED NATIONS  (IPS) - After four long years of protracted negotiations, a proposal for a nuclear weapons-free zone (NWFZ) in the strife-torn Middle East remains in limbo – and perhaps virtually dead.

But United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a relentless advocate of nuclear disarmament, is determined to resurrect the proposal. [P] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF   SPANISH | TURKISH

UN Report Faults Humanitarian Vigilance in Response To Nuclear Detonations

Nuclear Abolition News | IDN

By JAMSHED BARUAH

BERLIN (IDN) - About 22,000 nuclear weapons continue to threaten humankind’s survival nearly 70 years after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and more than 2,000 nuclear tests have been conducted to date, according to the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA). But the world is far from prepared to effectively respond to nuclear weapons detonations, “even at basic levels of preparedness, let alone a large-scale nuclear war”. [P]  HINDI | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | NORWEGIAN | PERSIAN (FARSI) | SPANISHSWEDISH

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]  GERMAN | ITALIAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

OPINION: 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 was the historic decision to close on Aug. 29, 1991 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. [P]  JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | SPANISH

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] GERMAN | 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.

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