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Three Conferences To Focus On Nuke-Free World

Nuclear Abolition News | IDN

By JAMSHED BARUAH

BERLIN (IDN) - As tension mounts in relations between the U.S. and Russia on Ukraine amid apprehensions of a nuclear fallout, three international conferences scheduled for April 2014 have acquired added significance in promoting efforts towards nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament.

The first in the series is a meeting of foreign ministers on April 11-12 in Hiroshima, nearly two months after the Second Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons in Mexico. It will be followed by an inter-faith conference organised by the Tokyo-based Soka Gakkai International (SGI) on April 24 in Washington. From April 28 to May 9 the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) will hold its third session at the United Nations in New York. [P] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | NORWEGIAN

NATO and Russia Caught in New Nuclear Arms Race

Nuclear Abolition News | IDN

By JULIO GODOY*

BERLIN (IDN) - The U.S. government is unofficially accusing Russia of violating the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, by flight testing two-stage ground-based cruise missile RS-26.

Although the U.S. government has not officially commented on the alleged Russian violation of the INF, which prohibits both countries to producing, testing and deploying ballistic and cruise missiles, and land-based missiles of medium (1,000 to 5,500 kilometres) and short (500 to 1,000 kilometres) range, high ranking members of the government in Washington have been leaking information to U.S. media, in a moment of particular tense relations with Moscow. [P] CHINESE TEXT VERSION PDFJAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

‘Now Is The Time’ For Middle East Nuke-Free Zone

Nuclear Abolition News | IDN

By JAYA RAMACHADRAN

BERLIN (IDN) - The eminent Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) has revived the issue of a Middle East nuclear weapon-free zone (NWFZ), first proposed in 1962. Discussions on the subject have been frozen since the last quarter of 2012, when a planned United Nations conference on the region came to naught in the face of Israel’s opposition.

Nuclear Disarmament, the State of Play

Nuclear Abolition Viewpoint

By PETER WEISS*

NEW YORK (IPS) - If psychosis is a loss of contact with reality, the current status of nuclear disarmament can best be described as psychotic.

On the one hand, the nuclear issue is beginning to creep out from under the rug where it has lain dormant for several decades. On the other hand, the commitment of the nuclear weapon states to a nuclear weapons-free world is honoured more in the breach than in the observance.

Let us begin by adding up the pluses and the minuses of nuclear disarmament. [P] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

Peace Forum At UN Pleads For Nuke Abolition

Nuclear Abolition News | IDN

By JAMSHED BARUAH

NEW YORK (IDN) - The UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), Ambassador Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser has expressed deep concern about “the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons and the threat they pose to international peace and security”. Launching the book titled A Forum for Peace and opening a discussion on Global Citizenship and the Future of the United Nations at the UN headquarters in New York, he also stressed the importance of the culture of peace. [P] CHINESE TEXT VERSION PDF | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | KOREAN TEXT VERSION PDF | NORWEGIAN

Abolitionists Want to Set a Deadline for Nuclear Ban

Nuclear Abolition News | IPS

By EMILIO GODOY

NUEVO VALLARTA (IPS) - Countries in favour of nuclear disarmament have reached the point where they are ready to set a date for the start of formal negotiations to eliminate nuclear weapons, a decision that could be taken in Austria at the end of this year. [P] GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | PORTUGUESESPANISH

Nuclear Weapons Leave Unspeakable Legacy

Nuclear Abolition News | IPS

By EMILIO GODOY

NUEVO VALLARTA, Mexico (IPS) - For decades, Yasuaki Yamashita kept secret his experiences as a survivor of the nuclear attack launched by the United States on the Japanese city of Nagasaki on Aug. 9, 1945.

Yamashita, a 74-year-old artist who settled in Mexico in 1968, broke his silence in 1995 and told the story of what happened that morning to change the fate of Nagasaki and of the whole world. [P] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | PORTUGUESE | SPANISH

Nuke Summit Agenda Circumvents Armed Powers

Nuclear Abolition News | IPS

By THALIF DEEN

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - When over 50 world leaders meet in the Netherlands next month for a Nuclear Security Summit (NSS), the primary focus will be on a politically-loaded question: how do we prevent non-state actors and terrorists from getting their hands on nuclear weapons or nuclear materials?

But sceptical anti-nuclear activists and academics pose an equally serious, but long ignored, question: how do you prevent the use of nukes by the eight countries that already possess the devastating weapon of mass destruction (WMD). [P] GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

A Manufactured Nuclear Crisis

Nuclear Abolition News | IPS

WASHINGTON (IPS) - The subtitle of Gareth Porter’s new book, “The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare,” is well-chosen. Large parts of “A Manufactured Crisis” are indeed untold till now. They amount to what the author terms an “alternative narrative”. [P] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

But don’t be misled by “alternative”. This is not the work of some crank who imagines conspiracies where none exist. One senses, rather, from the author’s meticulous sourcing and the extent of his research that what motivates him is a fierce hunger for truth and aversion to deceit.

Africa Asked To Address Nuke Proliferation Risks

Nuclear Abolition News | IDN

By JAYA RAMACHANDRAN

STOCKHOLM (IDN) - African countries, which are party to the 1996 African Nuclear Weapon Free Zone Treaty of Pelindaba and already contribute a significant share of the uranium used in the peaceful nuclear industry worldwide, have been asked to develop “a full understanding of their extractive industries, to avoid the risk that uranium will be supplied from unconventional sources – for example, as a by-product of other mining activities”.

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