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29.11.2011: INES 20th Anniversary

What's New in INES February 2011

CONTENTS

CAMPAIGNS

  • INESCampaign Commit Universities to Peace - Reject Research for the Military.
  • New Signature Campaign “Appeal for a Total Ban on Nuclear Weapons" by the  Japan Council against A&H Bombs

NEWS

  • Hamed El-Mously, member of the INES Executive Committee sent a message from Egypt
  • The INES Annual Report 2010 now available
  • Analysis of military spending
  • INES at facebook
  • The memoirs of Judge C.G. Weeramantry

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • The Dangers of Nuclear Deterrence, 16.- 17. February 2011, Santa Barbara/USA
  • Youth Conference on Nuclear Disarmament, 25. February 2011, Geneva/Switzerland
  • ICAN Norway Youth Conference, 3.- 6. March, 2011, Oslo/Norway
  • Global Day of Action on Military Spending, 12. April 2011


CAMPAIGNS

Please support the worldwide INES campaign against military research. Commit Universities to Peace - Reject Research for the Military. It is time to act. Information an online signature at www.inesglobal.com


New Signature Campaign "Appeal for a Total Ban on Nuclear Weapons" by the  Japan Council against A&H Bombs

 As you will recall, last May Gensuikyo, the Japan Council against A- &H- Bombs, brought nearly seven million petition signatures for nuclear weapons abolition to New York where they were formally presented to the President of the NPT Review Conference.

In mid-February Gensuikyo will launch a new petition drive which it hopes will be even more successful. When they launch the new drive in Hiroshima and Nagasaki they want to announce endorsements by leaders of the world’s disarmament and peace organizations.

Appeal for a Total Ban on Nuclear Weapons

In August 1945, two atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki instantly turned the two cities into ruins and took the lives of about 210 thousand people. Even now, more than 200,000 Hibakusha, or A-bomb survivors, are carrying with them scars. Their tragedy should not be repeated anywhere on earth.

The call for the elimination of nuclear weapons is becoming ever widespread across the world. Citizens are taking actions, and many governments are endeavoring to reach this goal. The surest guarantee against there being another Hiroshima, or Nagasaki, is a total ban and the elimination of nuclear weapons.

In May 2010, the 189 parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), including the Nuclear weapons States, agreed “to achieve the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons”. Now is the time to act to accomplish it.

We call on all governments to enter negotiations without delay on a treaty banning nuclear weapons.


Please endorse Gensuikyo’s appeal. Your endorsement should be sent to antiatomtopazplalaorjp
Please list your name and title as you wish them to appear, along with your organization’s name. You can also include a brief message.


NEWS

13.2.2011: Message from Egypt

We all have had hard times when we were deprived of not only the internet service, but also of the mobile phone service. The regime wanted to isolate us from the world, as well as from each other to hinder the revolution. I was obliged to stand before my dwelling to protect my family from gangs flooding all Egypt to put people between the choice of the acceptance of the regime or chaos. I as a citizen joined the demonstrators in Tahrir square several times. It is a white revolution, led by several youth organizations and followed by the people: from all strata, Moslems and Christians. The Egyptian people has united to put an end to the regime. On Friday, 11 Feb. we have had the first victory: Mubarak has stepped down. Ordinary people from all classes, children, women, young girls and boys, youth and old like me celebrated the victory in the streets at the night of 11 Feb. Let us hope for a free democratic Egypt.

Hamed El-Mously, member of the INES Executive Committee


The INES Annual Report 2010
is available for download here: www.inesglobal.com/download.php


Analysis of military spending

The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) looked at the price of militarism for the '16 days of activism against gender violence' in December 2010. WILPF gathered information about the military expenditures of countries from their member sections to highlight the enormity of the allocations given for security when looked at from a purely military perspective. The responses are a snapshot of the inequalities in budgetary allocation. Read on here: www.inesglobal.com/analysis-of-military-spending.phtml


INES on facebook

The INES website is now linked to the INES global group on facebook.


Towards One World

is the title of the memoirs of Judge C.G. Weeramantry. To order here: www.srilankanbooks.com/pdesc.php


UPCOMING EVENTS

The Dangers of Nuclear Deterrence, 16.- 17. February 2011, Santa Barbara/USA

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation will bring together experts to discuss the dangers of nuclear deterrence. Participants in the conference include David Krieger and Richard Falk (Nuclear Age Peace Foundation), Jackie Cabasso (Western States Legal Foundation), John Burroughs (Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy) and Commander Robert Green and Kate Dewes (Disarmament & Security Centre).

On February 17 at 7:00 pm, the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation welcomes Commander Robert Green to give the 10th Annual Frank K. Kelly Lecture on Humanity's Future. The lecture will take place at the Fe Bland Forum at Santa Barbara City College

For more information please visit:napf.org/


Youth Conference on Nuclear Disarmament, 25 February 2011, Geneva/Switzerland

Keynote speakers:
Ms. Michiko Kodama
Ambassador Akio Suda
Dr. Christian Schoenenberger
Ambassador Helmut Hoffmann
Ms. Susi Synder
Ms. Regina Hagen
Ambassador Hisham Badr
Mr. Fatih Özcan

For more information please visit:  www.inesglobal.com/student-events.phtml


ICAN Norway Youth Conference, 3.- 6. March, 2011, Oslo/Norway

We are experiencing substantial efforts to eliminate nuclear weapons. The vision of a nuclear weapons free world has been revitalized on an international political level, with several initiatives that show that the time is ripe for negotiations on a comprehensive ban on nuclear weapons.

For more information please visit:  www.inesglobal.com/student-events.phtml


Global Day of Action on Military Spending, 12. April 2011

In 2009, global military spending surged to an all‐time high of US $1.53 trillion. Given the numerous crises facing the planet - economic, environmental, health, diplomatic ‐ we must create a global movement to shift this money to human needs. Thousands of organizations and millions of individuals support this point of view. Because of the global economic crisis, governments are even beginning to talk about cutting military spending. But they won’t make these cuts unless we pressure them to do so. We need to begin a serious mobilizing effort on a to feed people not the military‐industrial complex.

INES will hold a workshop on military research in Berlin.

For more information please visit: demilitarize.org/