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Israel’s Obsession for Monopoly on Middle East Nuclear Power

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By THALIF DEEN

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - As the Iranian nuclear talks hurtle towards a Mar. 24 deadline, there is renewed debate among activists about the blatant Western double standards underlying the politically-heated issue, and more importantly, the resurrection of a longstanding proposal for a Middle East free from weapons of mass destruction (WMD). [P] ARABICITALIAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDFSWEDISH

Marshall Islands Nuclear Proliferation Case Thrown Out of U.S. Court

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By JOHN BUTLER

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - A lawsuit by the Marshall Islands accusing the United States of failing to begin negotiations for nuclear disarmament has been thrown out of an American court. [P] GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

Dangerous Nuclear War Of Words Between NATO and Russia

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By JULIO GODOY

BERLIN (IDN) - The governments of Russia and the United States are using the Ukraine crisis as a justification for upgrading their formidable nuclear arsenals.

This escalation became evident January 25, as the conservative German Sunday newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (FAS) opened its edition with a whole page devoted exclusively to accuse Russia of “threatening gesturing” with its nuclear weapons. [P] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | NORWEGIAN

New Zealand Robustly Defends Nuclear Ban

 Nuclear Abolition News | IDN

By NEENA BHANDARI

SYDNEY (IDN) – The small Pacific island country of New Zealand has punched above its weight in the international disarmament debate. For nearly three decades it has pursued an active nuclear free policy, banning entry of US warships carrying nuclear weapons or propelled by nuclear power into its ports despite being part of the ANZUS Treaty. [P] GERMAN | HINDI | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | NORWEGIAN

Obama-Congress Iran Sanctions Battle Goes International

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By JASMIN RAMSEY

WASHINGTON (IPS) - While it’s anyone’s guess whether a final deal will be reached over Iran’s nuclear programme this year, a number of key international actors have forcefully weighed in on calls from within the U.S. congress to impose more sanctions on the Islamic Republic. [P] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | SWEDISH

Three Minutes Away from Doomsday

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By LEILA LEMGHALEF

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - Unchecked climate change and the nuclear arms race have propelled the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock forward two minutes closer to midnight, from its 2012 placement of five minutes to midnight. [P] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | SWEDISH

2015 Crucial For A Nuclear Weapon Free World

Nuclear Abolition News | IDN 

By JAMSHED BARUAH

BERLIN (IDN) - 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and promises to be a crucial year for moving toward a world without nuclear weapons. While indications are that the global movement for banning the bomb is gaining strength, attempts to open a new chapter in nuclear arms race should not be underestimated, a close look at developments in 2014 shows. [P] ARABIC | CHINESE TEXT VERSION PDF | GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | KOPREAN TEXT VERSION PDFNORWEGIAN | SWEDISH

‘Their Weapons Possess Them’

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By XANTHE HALL*

“Possession does not prevent international disputes from occurring, but it makes conflicts more dangerous. Maintaining forces on alert does not provide safety, but it increases the likelihood of accidents. Upholding doctrines of nuclear deterrence does not counter proliferation, but it makes the weapons more desirable.” - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.

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] ARABIC | HINDI | ITALIAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | NORWEGIAN | PERSIAN | SPANISH | SWEDISH | URDU

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] ARABIC | GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | KOREAN TEXT VERSION PDF | NORWEGIAN | SPANISH

Faiths United Against Nuclear Weapons

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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] BAHASA | ITALIAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | TURKISH

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