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News 2010

22. December 2010

Global Day of Action on Military Spending 12 April, 2011

Newsletter No.2, 22.12.2010

The second edition concentrates on East Asia, which has been the focus of military tensions in the last several months. These tensions are propelling  governments in the region – Japan, China, S. Korea – to boost military spending. (The US, another key regional player, is already the world’s military giant). But peace groups in the region are also working hard to counter these trends. Read on to find out what’s happening in this
critical region.


17. December 2010

Public Money May Fund European Arms

Brussels, Dec 17, 2010 (IPS) - Arms traders are seeking to convince the European Union that publicly-funded scientific research grants should help develop weapons for future wars.

In a series of secret discussions, Brussels officials and representatives of the arms industry are examining if the EU’s multi-billion euro "framework programme" for research can be used for projects of a military nature.

Read on here: www.ipsnews.net/news.asp


14. December 2010

Report of the Workshop "Preparing students in science and engineering for social responsibility"

from 13.-15. October 2010 at the Delft University of Technology / Delft, Netherlands is now available here: www.inesglobal.com/delft-report.phtml


4. December 2010

Engineering - Issues, Challenges and Opportunities for Development

The UN's education and science body, UNESCO, has recently launched a new in-depth report, which focuses on the key issues facing engineering in its attempts to contribute to human development now and in the coming decades.

The publication includes a section on 'Engineers and Social Responsibility: The Big Issues' (Pages 44-47 ) authored by SGR's Executive Director, Stuart Parkinson.

Read the four-page SGR article:

Download full report:unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0018/001897/189753e.pdf

Read Executive Summary of the report


25. November 2010

Changing the Climate of Complacency

Special edition of the INES Global Responsibility Newsletter for the Klimaforum10, Cancún / Mexico, 26. 11. - 11. 12. 2010

Contents:

  • Changing the Climate of Complacency. By David Krieger
  • Interview with IPCC member Hartmut Graßl, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg/Germany
  • Statement of INES and La Unión de Científicos Comprometidos con la Sociedad (UCCS) Mexico
  • INES at the Klimaforum10 in collaboration with UCCS

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Presentation by Reiner Braun on "Climate change and security: Between peace and sustainable development"

presentation_klimaforum.ppt (18M)


21. November 2010

INES and IALANA speaker was refused entry to Portugal to participate at the NATO - Counter summit.

From 19.-20. November NATO Heads of State's met in Lisbon to give itself a new perspective on the world. New threats and assignments were being tagged and declared to be in the realm of the self-called defender of freedom and democracy and western lifestyle. Parallel to the NATO Summit the international peace movement prepared a Counter Summit, criticizing NATO's politics of war, armament and obstruction for a nuclear weapons free world. As a project-related staff member of IALANA and INES, I was one of the main background organizers of this Counter Summit and one of its speakers in the workshop "Actions for Peace".

Also around - to be precise in the wake - of the NATO Summit in Lisbon the Schengen Treaty got suspended for one week (from 15. -22. November), restricting the freedom of movement in the European Union, enabling Portuguese authorities to strictly control the borders. Other "security measures" have been taken for the NATO Heads of State's meeting. But they work - like myself - in the background and usually are not visible and detectible.

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NATO Counter Summit

Listen to radio interview  Reiner Braun, INES Program Director and member of the International Coordinating Committee (ICC) "No to NATO" here:www.youtube.com/watch


Read evaluations:: Lisbon-evaluating.pdf (65K)

icc-statement-no-nato.pdf (62K)

NATO Counter Summit  - International conference

19.-21. November 2010, Lisbon/Portugal

Anti-war activities during the NATO summit

The international network “No to War – No to NATO”, which comprises more than 650 organizations enforces its endeavors to use the NATO summit as a platform for protest against war and militarism.


Selected topics and speakers:

  • War and Peace (Sandra Monteiro, Le Monde Diplomatique, Portugal)
  • Relations between Russia and NATO (Vitaly Merkushew, Eurasian Network of Political Research, Russia)
  • The new NATO Strategy and Global Crisis (Vitor Lima, PAGAN, Portugal)
  • Nuclear weapons in the new NATO-Strategy (Joseph Gerson, AFSC, USA)
  • Missile Defense Systems in Eastern Europe/Russia (Jan Majicek, No Bases, CR)
  • NATO’s War in Afghanistan (Shams Arya, Afghanistan)

To see the complete program, all workshops and activities please visit: www.no-to-nato.org/

Video-Livestream Anti-NATO Summit November 2010 in Lisbon

During the Anti-NATO Summit we will constantly inform you about whats happening.

Find short and concise interviews on why people should oppose NATO and what they could do. You can watch the whole conference in our livestream, see the highlights of the day in short clips and get impressions of all the various actions that take place during the summit.

Find the life stream here:www.no-to-nato.org/en/video-livestream-anti-nato-summit-2010-in-portugal/


27. October  2010

The Legality of the Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons

By Alyn Ware, Director, Aotearoa Lawyers for Peace

This Friday the United Nations General Assembly (First Committee) will vote on Draft resolution L.50, "Follow-up to the International Court of Justice Advisory Opinion on the Legality of the Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons", which calls for negotiations leading to a nuclear weapons convention.

Draft resolution L.50 is a revamped version of the resolution adopted annually calling on implementation of the 1996 ICJ Advisory Opinion through the commencement of multilateral negotiations leading to the conclusion of a Nuclear Weapons Convention prohibiting the development, production, testing, deployment, stockpiling, transfer, threat or use of nuclear weapons and providing for their elimination.

Malaysia, in introducing the resolution, notes that it envisages a number of steps and measures leading to the conclusion of a nuclear weapons convention (NWC), thus providing a compromise between those who call for immediate NWC negotiations or adoption of a specified time-bound framework, and those who say it's too early start work on the required framework to achieve a nuclear weapons free world. The compromise approach in the resolution could thus be seen as a practical mix of idealism and realism.

Last year the vote was 124 in favour, 31 against and 21 abstaining. This year, the co-sponsors have made a number of changes hoping to decrease the opposing votes and increase the votes in favour. In particular, the resolution includes key language that was adopted by consensus at the 2010 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference;

. affirming that International Humanitarian Law applies at all times,

. calling on the Nuclear Weapon States to undertake a number of concrete nuclear disarmament steps,

. stressing that all States need to make special efforts to achieve and maintain a world without nuclear weapons, and

. noting the UN Secretary-General' s five-point proposal for nuclear disarmament which proposes negotiations on a nuclear weapons convention or a framework of separate mutually reinforcing instruments.

For more information see:www.reachingcriticalwill.org/political/1com/FCM10/week3.html#momentum

See:

L50-1.pdf (41K)


22. October  2010

Daniel Ellsberg interviewed on release of Iraq War docs

Amy Goodman from Democracy Now! interviewed whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg.

Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers in 1971, which eventually led to President Richard Nixon's resignation.

He talked with Amy about WikiLeaks and whistleblowing. Watch the interview on Democracy Now! here: www.democracynow.org/2010/10/22/wikileaks_prepares_largest_intel_leak_in

Source: Right Livelihood Award Newsletter October 2010


19. October  2010

David Cameron has confirmed defence spending is to be cut by 8% in real terms over four years, as he unveils the strategic defence review.

See article in BBC News: www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-11570593


13. October  2010

Letter to David Cameron, regarding public science funding cuts and nuclear weapons research

Open letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, co-ordinated by the INES member organisation Scientists for Global Responsibility (SGR) signed by 36 UK professors.

36 science professors have today written to the Prime Minister calling on him to protect core scientific research by cutting investment in developing new nuclear weapons.

The scientists, who include ex-Royal Society head, Sir Michael Atiyah and Nobel Prize winner, Sir Harold Kroto, highlight how £2bn a year, over 25% of the government's total scientific research and development budget, is currently spent by the Ministry of Defence.

Their objections focus on government funding of a multi-billion pound research programme at the Atomic Weapons Establishment at Aldermaston, aimed at developing new nuclear warheads. This year this science programme received an additional £1bn of government funding, and this level of 'additional investment' is set to continue until 2013

Read the letter here: www.sgr.org.uk/resources/letter-david-cameron-regarding-public-science-funding-cuts-and-nuclear-weapons-research#Text

See article in "The Guardian" here: www.guardian.co.uk/science/2010/oct/13/military-research-science-cuts-scientists

and in BBC News: www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11529367


3. September 2010

The Nuclear Deals undermine Indian Science

Long term Nuclear Deals completed today will adversely affect life and liberty of next generations.

By Dhirendra Sharma

“There is no issue more urgent than the democratic control of nuclear power which was born in secrecy for destruction purposes,” said Mr. Tony Benn, Former British Energy Minister (1974-79).
It is for the constitutional probity, therefore, to be strictly operate to see that nuclear business does not violate the rights and liberty of future generations. The Indian government now announced its long-term nuclear commitment to generate 40,000 megawatts by 2030. The Prime Minister describes the Nuclear Deal as an attractive offer to help India meet its high-energy demands. But the Government, in formulating the Nuclear Deals, had not conducted interdepartmental discussions with the concerned ministries - Energy, Planning, Finance, Environment, and the Department of Science & Technology.

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6. August 2010

The Million Pleas initiative of ICAN


The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) is a global grassroots movement for disarmament through a legally binding, verifiable and timebound Nuclear Weapons Convention.

The Million Pleas initiative was launched on 6 August 2010. This initiative aims to gather one million pleas from people all over the globe calling on the leaders of nine nations to finally retire the bomb.

Please visit www.icanw.org/node/5313 to learn about the plea or visit www.millionpleas.com/ to add your own plea.


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AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama

6. August 2010

Appeal from Hiroshima

Conference in Japan: 65 Years After the First Atomic Bomb Dropping, the
Outlawing and Abolition of Weapons of Mass Destruction Are Now More
Urgent Than Ever.

By Reiner Braun

The abolition of nuclear weapons is now again on the agenda of international politics – fundamentally not more than ever, despite the disappointing outcome of the review conference of the Non-Proliferation Treaty in May 2010 in New York. That was the commonly held point of view at the international congress from 2.-4. August in Hiroshima. More than 300 activists from 27 countries took part in this congress.

They showed a different perspective of the international situation, which connected with the European perspective, and made it clear actually how dangerous the use of nuclear weapons in Asia is. The conflict in and around Korea touched on the question, to what level of escalation will the US be prepared at to use nuclear weapons. But also: How far is North Korea going to drive its verbal nuclear war threat? When will provocations, which also serve as a political distraction in South Korea, be set back by diplomacy and détente?

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Read this article in German published in the newspaper  "Junge Welt" on 7. August 2010:

www.jungewelt.de/2010/08-06/035.php


6. August 2010

Silence in Hiroshima

Memorial Service 65 Years after the Dropping of the Atomic Bomb: First Participation of the UN Secretary-General and a U.S. Representative

By Reiner Braun

On this Friday at 7:30 a.m. it is hot and humid in Hiroshima. There is silence with the tens of thousands of people in the Peace Park – all with candles or flowers. Young and old, men and women: all who come from different occupational groups and social strata. The traffic is still, in the otherwise loud, roaring atmosphere of the Japanese city of millions. For several minutes there is silence, which works in an almost spooky way in the peace park. The warning pictures and sculptures have an effect on everyone. Hardly a word is heard among the many people who are gathered there.

On August 6, 1945, at 8:14 a.m., two U.S. aircraft planes appeared in the blue sky. They seemed to carry “no risk”, recalls one survivor – in Japanese, hibakusha – from his memory.
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2. August 2010

Science Conference Against Nuclear Weapons

To begin the array of events on the occasion of the 65 anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Japan Scientists’ Association (JSA) held an impressive “Scientists Forum” in Shizuoka.

More than 150 participants reaffirmed their principle rejection of all nuclear weapons and their unequivocal support behind a Nuclear Weapons Convention, as co-developed by INES and the IALANA.

The forum, held by the program director of INES, Reiner Braun, who introduced a definitive call for civil clauses at a side event at the NPT Review Conference in May 2010 in New York, called on all universities worldwide to adopt a single focus of research and education for civilian purposes in their university statutes and rules. “Military research is banned from many universities precisely because of the painful years of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which were a result of the scientifically and military-oriented Manhattan Project”, said Braun. The Japanese science organization JSA, which is a member of INES, mutually supported a worldwide campaign for the civil clauses and began to collect signatures at the conference.

Please find the Model Nuclear Weapons Convention here: mNWC_2007_Unversion_English_N0821377.pdf (246K)

See the presentation of Reiner Braun at the JSA conference here: Presentation+Japan.ppt (1M)


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2. August 2010

Nuclear disarmament appeals 1945 - 2010. A compilation by the World Future Council and INES

On July 16th, 1945, the first atom bomb exploded at the Trinity Test Site in the New Mexico desert. Less than a month later atomic bombs would be dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing more than 250,000 people. A week before the 10 year commemoration of the Trinity Test, on July 9th 1955, Albert Einstein and Bertrand Russell published the Russell-Einstein Manifesto in London in which they urged world leaders to abolish nuclear weapons and make an end to war. To draw attention to the global responsibility of scientists and engineers, the World Future Council and the International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility (INES) have compiled an overview of relevant appeals made by scientific networks throughout the Nuclear Age.

Download the document here:: Disarmament_Collection_of_Appeals_2.pdf (4M)

For more information on the World Future Council please visit: www.worldfuturecouncil.org

Note: David Krieger, the Chair of the INES Executive Committee is a Councilor of the World Future Council.


1. August 2010

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Source: wikipedia.org

Appeal to the Indian Parliament to declare the entire South Asian sub-continent as a Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone.

By Dhirendra Sharma

On 6 August 1945, in total disregard of the basic tenets of science and civilization, the first Atom Bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, which created a new war paradigm: destroy an entire city. On 9 August, the second atom bomb destroyed the city of Nagasaki. The sole purpose of creating the nuclear war science was to destroy and dominate other human beings. The Law of War, for 5000 years human history, avoided killing unarmed civilians and women, children, the sick and wounded were always protected. But at that hour, thousands of wounded soldiers and the sick civilians were in Hiroshima and Nagasaki hospitals. Tens of thousands of unarmed citizens – Buddhist and Christians, irrespective of gender, region and religion were killed instantly. The law of warfare was thus violated by a technically advanced democratic state that swore In God We Trust and claimed to follow the Christian morality.

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1. August 2010

Message for Hiroshima Day 2010

By David Krieger


The Nuclear Age has entered its 65th year. The first test of a nuclear device took place on July 16, 1945 at the Alamogordo Test Range in New Mexico’s Jornada del Muerto Desert. The Spanish name of this desert means “Journey of Death,” a fitting name for the beginning point of the Nuclear Age. Just three weeks after the test, the United States destroyed the city of Hiroshima with a nuclear weapon, followed by the destruction of Nagasaki three days later. By the end of 1945, the Journey of Death had claimed more than 200,000 human lives and left many other victims injured and suffering.

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23. July 2010

Scientists Condemn Government over Cuts to Environmental Watchdogs


Scientists for Global Responsibility (SGR) today condemned the government's decision to withdraw funding for the Sustainable Development Commission and abolish the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution.

Dr Stuart Parkinson, Executive Director of SGR, said "The Sustainable Development Commission and the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution have been highly influential watchdogs on environmental issues. Their robust reports have led to major changes in thinking within government and across British society. The announcement by the Environment Secretary is, in effect, saying that the government's environmental policies no longer need the level of scrutiny that these independent, expert bodies provided. This thoroughly undermines the government's claimed commitment to sustainable development."

Contact: Dr Stuart Parkinson +44 (0) 7941 953640

SGR is a member of INES and is an independent UK-based membership organisation of about 1,000 natural and social scientists, engineers, IT professionals and architects. It promotes science, design and technology that contribute to peace, social justice, and environmental sustainability.
For more information, see: www.sgr.org.uk/


6. July 2010

A Concerned Citizens’ Memorandum on Nuclear Policy to the Prime Minister of India

By Dhirendra Sharma

No Parliamentary Committee had discussed the reliability and performance of a “Peaceful Nuclear” programme. Yet, our government has been negotiating nuclear deals with seven countries, including the United States and France, costing the nation more than US$ 150 billion. In view of the Bhopal fiasco, we, the young citizens and scientists ask the government to re-assess the social cost of the long-term Nuclear Power programme.

The post-Chernobyl accident (1986) studies and research have “reaffirmed what an abyss will open if nuclear (accident or) war befalls mankind. Inherent in the nuclear arsenals stockpiled are thousands upon thousands of potential disasters far more horrible than the Chernobyl one,’ concluded Dr. Mould in “Chernobyl: The Real
Story”(March 1988; ISBN-13: 978-0080357188).
In Europe thousands of animals were destroyed and helicopters, vehicles, buildings, machines, tools, roads, soil, trees, and forests were contaminated and abandoned.

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5. July 2010

INES activities at the 6th European Social Forum 1. - 4. July 2010, Istanbul

Together with other international networks, INES took part in five events:

1. A forum on nuclear weapons in Europe, at which the 8th NPT Review Conference in New York City was analysed. The withdrawal of US nuclear weapons from five European countries (Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy, Turkey), remains as a main focus for the freedom movement. At the beginning of the forum, a meeting of members from the peace movements from these countries occurred. This increased the coordination of national activities, and joint action for Brussels 2011 was agreed upon.

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Read the final declaration of the Final Assembly here:
www.no-to-nato.org/wp-content/uploads/esf-final-assembly.pdf


12. June, 2010

British Petroluem, Imagination, and Nuclear Catastrophe

By David Krieger

Before the catastrophic British Petroleum oil gush in the Gulf of Mexico, there were environmentalists who warned that offshore drilling was fraught with risk - risk of exactly the type of environmental damage that is occurring. They were mocked by people who chanted slogans such as "Drill, baby, drill." Now it is clear that the "Drill, baby, drill" crowd was foolish and greedy. The economic wellbeing of people in and around the Gulf coast has been badly damaged and, for some, destroyed altogether. Aquatic and estuary life, in the Gulf and beyond, has fallen victim to an environmental disaster that was foreseeable with a modicum of vision and imagination.

Read on here: www.commondreams.org/view/2010/06/12


2. June, 2010

World military expenditure increases despite global financial crisis, says SIPRI

Worldwide military expenditure in 2009 totalled an estimated $1531 billion, according to new figures released today by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). This represents an increase of 5.9% in real terms compared to 2008 and an increase of 49% since 2000.

SIPRI today launches the 2010 edition of its Yearbook on Armaments, Disarmament and International Security. In addition to the release of its much anticipated military expenditure figures, Yearbook 2010 offers an authoritative account and analysis of recent developments in a number of security-related fields. The global financial crisis, the conflict in Afghanistan, and nuclear weapons and disarmament are among some of this year's cross-cutting security themes.

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May 29, 2010

Disputation on Nuclear Weapons

Article in the German Newspaper "Frankfurter Rundschau", 29. May, 2010

Of Elephants and Ants
On Saturday, the eighth Review Conference of the Nuclear Weapons Disarmament Treaty ended in New York. Powerful interest groups have geared up even further. The majority of people want a nuclear-free world. What is there to do? Reiner Braun, of the freedom movement, calls for a nuclear weapons convention, and Giorgio Franceschini, of the Hessian Foundation for Peace and Conflict Studies, favours pragmatic steps.
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See article in Frankfurter Rundschau in German: www.fr-online.de/in_und_ausland/politik/aktuell/


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May 16, 2010

Israel sends Vanunu back to jail


A decision by the Israeli Supreme Court to send Mordechai Vanunu, the nuclear whistleblower, back to jail for three months has reignited calls for him to be freed from restrictions that have dogged his life for the past six years.

 See: www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article7127711.ece

 

 

Amnesty International has accused the Israeli authorities of subjecting jailed nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment by holding him in solitary confinement.

www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/israeli-nuclear-whistleblower-returned-solitary-confinement-2010-06-18

   


May 5, 2010

Report on IPB-INES Session at NPT: Misuse of brainpower: the conversion of science and technology for human and environmental needs.

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This seminar, arranged by the International Peace Bureau (IPB) and International Network of Engineers and Scientists (INES), was chaired by Reiner Braun (INES) and brought attention to the military industrial complex.

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May 4, 2010

15.781 signatures of the Campaign for a Nuclear Weapons-Free World were handed over to to the President of the NPT Libran N. Cabactulan by INES Program Director Reiner Braun.

 

 

 
 


May 1, 2010

UN Secretary General Keynoted International Peace Movement Conference to Abolish Nuclear Weapons on eve of NPT Review Conference.

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U.N. Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, addressed an international conference of leading peace, justice and environmental activists this evening at the historic, Riverside Church in New York City to push for a world free of nuclear weapons. The conference and related events are being organized on the eve of this May’s Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference.

Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, said to nearly 1,000 participants from around 30 countries regarding the NPT, “Let it heed our call. Disarm Now!” He continued, “Our shared vision is within reach…a nuclear-free world.” And that “nuclear disarmament is my top priority.”

The Secretary noted the significance of the Riverside Church hosting Nelson Mendela’s first speech in the U.S and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous speech against the Vietnam War.

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Final statement of "Disarm Now" on the 8th NPT Review Conference

FinalDraftIPCStatement.pdf (155K)

For more information: www.peaceandjusticenow.org

Blog from New York:peaceblog.wordpress.com/
In German: atomwaffenfrei.wordpress.com/
Blog of the Acronym Institute: www.acronym.org.uk/blog.htm


April 20, 2010

Weeks after the signing of the cautious US-Russia START Treaty, the antinuclear movement has ratcheted up efforts to push for more rigorous steps toward a nuclear-free world.

On the eve of next week's Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference, 1,000 leading peace, justice and environmental activists and scholars from communities across the United States and more than 20 nations will gather for an international conference on April 30 and May 1 in New York City. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will be among the participants.

Post conference, the network will hold a rally and march in Manhattan, and will then present millions of petition signatures to the NPT Review Conference, urging it to begin negotiations as soon as possible to eliminate the world's nuclear arsenals.

The conference has been organized by a network of 25 leading popular peace and nuclear weapons abolition organizations in the US, Europe, Japan and Israel. These activists seek a broader, more comprehensive, more effective nuclear strategy that goes far beyond President Obama's efforts to date.

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March 26, 2010

US-Russia Nuclear Reduction Agreement an “Important Step Forward”


The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation today welcomed the announcement of a new treaty to replace the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) between the United States and Russia.

While exact details of the new agreement are not yet known, it is reassuring to see that the two countries are moving ahead with nuclear reductions after years of no progress.

However, two major obstacles remain to full cooperation between the two countries on nuclear disarmament. First, the two sides still strongly disagree on the US missile defense plans, which would put missiles and radar installations close to the Russian border. It appears that the two countries have been able to work around the issue in this new treaty, but resolution of this issue is essential to making further progress toward nuclear weapon-free world.

Second, the US Senate must ratify the new treaty with at least 67 votes. The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation urges the Senate to ratify this new treaty without conditions that would undermine the disarmament progress that has been made. Some senators want to invest billions of dollars in new nuclear weapons production facilities in exchange for a “Yes” vote on ratification.

David Krieger, President of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and the Chair of the Executive Committee of INES, said, “This new treaty is an important step toward President Obama’s stated goal of a world free of nuclear weapons. After this agreement is fully implemented, however, there will still be sufficient nuclear weapons to destroy civilization and most life on the planet. We will still be living with the existential threat posed by nuclear weapons, which requires us now to put the issue of a Nuclear Weapons Convention at the forefront of the debate.”

In a briefing booklet (see below) just published by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation for the 2010 Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference, the Foundation calls on all signatory states of the NPT to commence “negotiations in good faith on a Nuclear Weapons Convention for the phased, verifiable, irreversible and transparent elimination of nuclear weapons, and complete these negotiations by the year 2015.”

Dr. Krieger continued, “We believe that the time is right for the US and Russia to play a leadership role in bringing the other countries of the world into negotiations for a Nuclear Weapons Convention.”

www.napf.org


March 20, 2010

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David Krieger:

Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament: Shifting the Mindset

The booklet discusses the new ways of thinking that must prevail for a world free of nuclear weapons to become a reality.

Download a copy of the briefing booklet:: 2010_NPT_Briefing_Booklet.pdf (1M)


February 15, 2010

International Coalition of over 250 Groups Launches Campaign Calling on Obama and World Leaders to Begin Negotiations to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons Worldwide


May UN non-proliferation treaty review conference is focal point for international organizing

New York– On today’s seventh anniversary of the largest peace demonstration in world history—the historic February 15, 2003 mobilization against the US-led war on Iraq that saw 12 million people around the world march for peace-- an international network of more than 250 organizations publicly launched a campaign to press US President Barack Obama and other world leaders to initiate negotiations to abolish nuclear weapons worldwide.

The coalition, organizing under the banner “For Peace and Human Needs: Disarmament Now!” calls for negotiations on ridding the planet of the scourge of nuclear weapons to begin at or before the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference (NPT RevCon) at the United Nations in New York City this May. 

“Representatives of the world’s governments will gather at the UN for nearly a month, to strengthen the global non-proliferation regime,” said Dr. Joseph Gerson of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC.)
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January 26, 2010

Afghanistan: War is not the Answer - More Troops Mean More War

Statement of INES on the occasion of the Afghanistan Conference in London on January 28th 2010

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President Obama’s recent decision to send 30,000 additional US troops to Afghanistan is part of a larger trend of escalating violence in a country renowned for being a graveyard of empires.  Additional NATO troops are also being sent. The pressure on "not yet willing" NATO states has increased dramatically - especially on Germany which is supposed to increase its troops by 50 percent.

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January 22, 2010

Nuclear disarmament should serve as the leading edge of a global trend toward demilitarization and redirection of resources to meet human needs and restore the environment.

Peace and justice now: new website about all activities at the NPT conference in New York City: peaceandjusticenow.org

Take a step towards a nuclear-free world!

Today, we launch a new website: For Peace and Human Needs: Nuclear Disarmament Now! Hundreds of organizations from the US and around the globe are taking new steps, together, to renew the commitment to a nuclear free world.

For Peace and Human Needs: Nuclear Disarmament Now! is a website dedicated to rebuilding the grassroots movement for nuclear disarmament and abolition! We need a nuclear disarmament movement to build momentum to cut the military budget for war to fund peace, jobs and justice in our communities.

President Obama shocked the world in Prague last April when he declared “I state clearly and with conviction America’s commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.” His call for real steps can only be realized through public debate, education and vocal support. And yes, marching in the streets.

For Peace and Human Needs: Nuclear Disarmament Now! is a source for the most current writings and resources to take the grassroots movement for peace onto the new terrain of getting rid of all weapons of mass destruction.

Go to For Peace and Human Needs: Nuclear Disarmament Now! to get involved in a massive international petition drive Let President Obama know that we want the administration to initiate good faith multilateral negotiations on an international agreement to abolish nuclear weapons, within our lifetimes! Yes, we can!

We have a terrific opportunity in May to progress toward nuclear abolition at an important United Nations conference, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Review Conference. Government representatives and activists from around the world will gather at a variety of events to consider how to move toward a nuclear weapons-free world and strengthen measures to stop the spread of these deadly weapons. Join us in NYC April 30-May 2!

Yours in peace,

International Planning Committee for Nuclear Abolition, Peace, Sustainability and Justice
Website:  peaceandjusticenow.org


January 15, 2010

Scientists against the Nuclear Bomb

By Dhirendra Sharma

The recent visit of the Japanese Prime Minister Mr. Yukio Hatoyama offered an opportunity for India to lead the United Nations towards a Nuclear weapons free world order.  Japan and India can respond to challenges of the 21st century. It is an historical irony that the Japanese premier, asked New Delhi to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and to accept the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).

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11. January 2010

Mordechai Vanunu: Nuclear Hero's 'Crime' was Making Us Safer

By Daniel Ellsberg

Mordechai Vanunu — my friend, my hero, my brother — has again been arrested in Israel on "suspicion" of the "crime" of "meeting with foreigners." I myself have been complicit in this offense, traveling twice to Israel for the express purpose of meeting with him, openly, and expressing support for the actions for which he was imprisoned for over eighteen years. His offense has been to defy, openly and repeatedly, conditions put on his freedom of movement and associations and speech after he had served his full sentence, restrictions on his human rights which were a direct carry-over from the British Mandate, colonial regulations in clear violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Such restrictions have no place in a nation evincing respect for a rule of law and fundamental human rights. His arrest and confinement are outrages and should be ended immediately.

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