Nuclear-Weapons-Free Africa Keen To Harness Atomic Energy

By Jeffrey Moyo


HARARE (IDN) - Nuclear disarmament is a non-issue in Southern Africa. Because no African country possesses nuclear weapons. In fact the 38-nation African Nuclear Weapon Free Zone  (ANWFZ) Treaty, also known as the Treaty of Pelindaba, signed in 1996, established a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in Africa. The treaty came into effect on July 15, 2009. [P39] ARABIC | GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | NORWEGIAN

UN Plans New Working Groups Aimed at Nuclear Disarmament

By Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - Against the backdrop of a potential military confrontation between the world’s two major nuclear powers – the United States and Russia – the United Nations is taking a significant step towards a hitherto impossible goal: nuclear disarmament. [P38]  GERMANITALIANJAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | PORTUGUESE | TURKISH

Australia Under Heavy Criticism For Nuclear Agreement with India

By Neena Bhandari

SYDNEY (IDN) - Though the Australian Parliament has not yet ratified the Australia-India Nuclear Cooperation Agreement signed in 2014, civil society, environment and disarmament advocates caution that sale of uranium to India would fuel a nuclear arms race in the region and undermine Australia’s strong credentials as an exponent of nuclear safeguards policies. [P37]  GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF 

Saudi Nuclear Blustering Remains Hollow – for Now

By Emad Mekay*

CAIRO (IDN) - When the U.S.-Iran nuclear deal was announced in July, the image in state-controlled Saudi media was of Western powers caving in to a new powerful neighboring foe. The usually reticent Saudi officials paid the usual diplomatic lip-service to the agreement but social media, academia and state-owned news outlet all portrayed a different picture; profound Saudi anxiety that included statements that the oil-rich country can use its wealth to go nuclear. [P36] ARABIC | GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | NORWEGIAN | PERSIAN

Nuclear Power Plants on the Rise – UN Agency Concerned

By Ranjit Fernando


UNITED NATIONS (IDN)  - The Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is mandated to promote the safe, secure and peaceful uses of nuclear technologies, says the global nuclear landscape continues to change – amidst a rise in power plants worldwide.

Symbols of Peace for Survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombings


NAGASAKI (IDN) - Officials of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs will present global symbols of peace to the people of Nagasaki and Hiroshima in a special ceremony, which will take place on November 1, 2015 at 9:00 am (local time) at the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum.

This ceremony will mark the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the 60th anniversary of the Russell-Einstein Manifesto, and the 20th anniversary of the Nobel award to the Pugwash Conferences.

International Partnership Updates on Nuclear Disarmament Verification

By Fabíola Ortiz

NEW YORK (IDN) - An effective verification of atomic arsenals as well as that of nuclear material and other military activities is a pre-condition for achieving a world free of nuclear weapons, experts told IDN. They were participating in a briefing to update on International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verification (IPNDV) at the UN Headquarters in New York. [P35]  JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF  

EU Gives Additional Funds to Promote Entry into Force of Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

By Jaya Ramachandran

BERLIN (IDN) - With a view to promoting entry-into-force of the nuclear test ban treaty, the European Union (EU) has decided to increase its support to the Preparatory Commission of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO) by contributing an additional amount of 3 million euros (about 3.9 million dollars). This brings the bloc’s voluntary financial contributions since 2006 to a total of some 19 million euros (nearly 21.5 million dollars). [P34]  GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | NORWEGIAN

The Complex Game of Counting U.S. and Russian ‘Warheads'

By Hans M. Kristensen*

WASHIGTON, DC (FAS | IDN) - The number of U.S. strategic warheads counted as “deployed” under the New START Treaty has dropped below the treaty’s limit of 1,550 warheads for the first time since the treaty entered into force in February 2011 – a reduction of 263 warheads over four and a half years.

Russia, by contrast, has increased its deployed warheads and now has more strategic warheads counted as deployed under the treaty than in 2011 – up 111 warheads.

Nuke Disarmament Groups Ask Obama and Putin to ‘Reduce Nuclear Risks’

By Ramesh Jaura

BERLIN (IDN) - Major nuclear disarmament groups are deeply concerned over speculations whether a Russian Tupolev Tu-160 supersonic bomber, intercepted late September in British airspace, was planning to attack the country and unleash World War 3. They have urged Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama to agree to “an immediate reduction in nuclear risks”. [P33]  GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | PERSIAN