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Failure of Review Conference Brings World Close to Nuclear Cataclysm, Warn Activists

By THALIF DEEN

UNITED NATIONS, May 23 2015 (IPS) - After nearly four weeks of negotiations, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference ended in a predictable outcome: a text overwhelmingly reflecting the views and interests of the nuclear-armed states and some of their nuclear-dependent allies. [P11] GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

Opinion: Universalisation and Strengthening Nuke Treaty Review Need to be Qualitative

NEW YORK (IPS) - “Strengthening the Review Process” and “Universalisation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty” (NPT) are distinctly substantive issues, that require consideration with their specificities in view. [P10] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

Q&A: Nuclear Disarmament a Non-Starter, “But I Would Love to Be Proven Wrong”

By THALIF DEEN

Interview with Dr Jennifer Allen Simons, Founder and President of the Simons Foundation, dedicated to the elimination of nuclear weapons

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - Albert Einstein, the internationally-renowned physicist who developed the theory of relativity, once famously remarked: “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”

Perhaps Einstein visualised a nuclear annihilation in the next world war, with disastrous consequences in its aftermath: humanity going back to the Stone Age. [P09] GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

Faith-Based Organisations Warn of Impending Nuclear Disaster

By THALIF DEEN


UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - As the month-long review conference on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) continued into its second week, a coalition of some 50 faith-based organisations (FBOs), anti-nuclear peace activists and civil society organisations (CSOs) was assigned an unenviable task: a brief three-minute presentation warning the world of the disastrous humanitarian consequences of a nuclear attack. [P08] CHINESE TEXT VERSION PDF | GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF  | SPANISH | SWEDISH

Q&A: Comprehensive Ban on Nuclear Testing, a ‘Stepping Stone’ to a Nuke-Free World

KANYA D’ALMEIDA interviews LASSINA ZERBO
Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO)

 

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - With the four-week-long review conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) underway at the United Nations, hopes and frustrations are running equally high, as a binding political agreement on the biggest threat to humanity hangs in the balance. [P07] GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

Nuclear Testing Legacy Haunts Pacific Island Countries

By SHAILENDRA SINGH*

SUVA, Fiji (IDN) - Prominent Pacific Island anti-nuclear campaigners want a revival of their once-robust movement to support the international effort against ‘nuclearism’. Their call coincides with a major international meeting at the United Nations in New York – the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) from April 27 to May 22, 2015. [P06] GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

No Signs Yet Of Mass Destruction Weapon-Free Middle East

By RAMESH JAURA

BERLIN (IDN) – In run-up to the four-week-long quinquennial review of the landmark Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the goal of a Middle East free of the weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their means of delivery remains a distant dream. And so does the Helsinki Conference that should have been convened in December 2012. [P05] GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDFNORWEGIAN

U.N. Warns of Growing Divide Between Nuclear Haves and Have-Nots

 By THALIF DEEN

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - As she prepared to leave office after more than three years, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane painted a dismal picture of a conflicted world: it is “not the best of times for disarmament.” [P04] GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDFPORTUGUESE

Opinion: Shared Action for a Nuclear Weapon Free World

By DAISAKU IKEDA*

TOKYO (IPS) - From the end of April, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference will be held in New York. In this year that marks the seventieth anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, I add my voice to those urging substantial commitments and real progress toward the realisation of a world without nuclear weapons. [P03] GERMAN | ITALIAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | NORWEGIAN | SPANISH

Mixed Middle East Reaction to Iran Nuclear Deal

By MEL FRYKBERG

RAMALLAH (IDN) – Regional reactions to the April 2 framework agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme have been mixed both in Israel and its Arab neighbourhood. Vested interests including geopolitical ambitions, economic competition, religious ideology, personal political ambition, and strategic alliances have all played their part in this mixed reaction. [P02] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | KOREAN TEXT VERSION PDF

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