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Learning from Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bombings

By Katsuhiro Asagiri*

TOKYO (IDN) - In a message to the Peace Memorial Ceremony, to mark the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon echoed the ardent wish of the survivors of nuclear assault, when he called for "urgent action to eliminate nuclear weapons once and for all". [P21] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | SWEDISH

No More Hiroshimas, No More Nagasakis, Vows U.N. Chief

 By Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - Speaking at a commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Japan, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a vociferous advocate of nuclear disarmament, echoed the rallying cry worldwide: “No more Hiroshimas, No more Nagasakis.” [P20] GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | SPANISH

Churches Seek to Amplify Echo of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

GENEVA (IPS) - The accounts of survivors of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki will serve as inspiration for leaders of Christian churches grouped in the World Council of Churches (WCC), which advocates the elimination of nuclear weapons. [P19] GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | SPANISH

Pacific Island Countries Want a World Without Nuclear Weapons

By Neena Bhandari

SYDNEY (IDN) - As political conflicts magnify in the Middle East and North Africa with the spectre of brutal violence from terrorist organisations like ISIS, and the Ukraine crisis reignites the Cold War between the United States, its NATO [North Atlantic Treaty Organisation] allies and Russia; it is imperative that nuclear-armed and non-nuclear states together work for total elimination of nuclear weapons. The risk of use of nuclear weapons, by deliberation or accident, leading to total annihilation looms large more than ever before. [P18]  ARABIC | HINDI |   ITALIAN  |  JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | NORWEGIAN | SPANISH | SWEDISH | TURKISH

Security Council Defies U.S. Lawmakers by Voting on Iran Nuke Deal

By Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - When all 15 members of the Security Council raised their collective hands to unanimously vote in favour of the nuclear agreement with Iran, they were also defying a cabal of right-wing conservative U.S. politicians who wanted the United Nations to defer its vote until the U.S. Congress makes its own decision on the pact. [P17] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

The Myths About the Nuclear Deal With Iran

By Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - The single biggest misunderstanding about the nuclear agreement with Iran is that it is a bilateral deal with the United States. Not true.

The agreement involved the U.N.’s five big powers, namely, the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia, plus Germany (P5+1). [P16] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

Perfecting Detection of the Bomb

By Ramesh Jaura

VIENNA (IPS) - An international conference has highlighted advances made in detecting nuclear explosions,tracking storms or clouds of volcanic ash, locating epicentres of earthquakes, monitoring the drift of huge icebergs, observing the movements of marine mammals, and detecting plane crashes. [P15] ARABIC TEXT VERSION PDF | FRENCH | GERMAN | HINDI | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDFSPANISH | URDU TEXT VERSION PDF

CTBTO, the Nuclear Watchdog That Never Sleeps

By Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - The world’s nuclear powers may succeed in thwarting sanctions by the Security Council or avoiding condemnation by the General Assembly, but they cannot escape the scrutiny of a key international watchdog body: the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). [P14] ARABIC | FRENCH - FRENCH ON IPSNEWS | HINDI | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | SPANISH | URDU

World’s Nuke Arsenal Declines Haltingly While Modernisation Rises Rapidly

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - The world’s stockpile of nuclear weapons, held by nine states, just got a little smaller. But modernisation continues to rise rapidly, warns the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) in its annual 2015 Yearbook released June 15. [P13] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

Nuclear Weapons Free World No Lost Cause


 BERLIN | NEW YORK (IDN) – The forthcoming 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August is an appropriate occasion to start developing a legally binding instrument prohibiting nuclear weapons. This, according to experts, is the distinct message emerging from the four-week long United Nations conference, which ended without an outcome document on May 22. [P12] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF



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