What's new in INES (No. 6), 6th September 2013
Dear friends and colleaugs,
Enjoy what's new in Ines,
Lucas Wirl (Program Director)
Jeannine Dreßler (Executive Assistant)
Whistleblower Award 2013 - Ceremony awarding Edward J. Snowden2013 World Conference Against A- and H- Bombs, Japan - by Julia Pippig (Staff member Federation of German Scientists & Member Executive Committee INES)
Hiroshima Peace Declaration
"I don't want to live in a world where
everything that I say, everything I do, everyone I talk to,
every expression of creativity or love or friendship is recorded."
Edward Snowden on July 8, 2013
Edward Snowden receives the Whistleblower Award. Due to his courageous actions the world has gained insights into the surveillance and espionage practices of intelligence agencies. Every single one of us can be affected by them at any time and without there being any grounds for suspicion. The pressing problems associated with whistleblowing will be analyzed in a festive dedication to the honorable Edward Snowden. The focus of the lecture will be the latitude of the secret services in Germany. However, there will also be an analysis of how this has occurred and how it can be changed.[more information on our website]
Berlin, August 30th 2013
The revelations made by the whistleblower Edward J. Snowden have led to some shocking facts becoming recognisable for many citizens: evidently it is not only authoritarian states but also liberal democracies who routinely monitor the electronic communication of a growing number of people. In fact, the technology used to monitor, record and evaluate these communications appears to be even more advanced in the democratic states. This is happening on a global scale by means of a range of different filters and mathematical algorithms and not only to investigate specific, tangible suspicions. One consequence was even the “mistaken” inclusion of tens of thousands of people in the surveillance net, according to an account given by the intelligence agencies themselves.
These practices have arisen in recent years out of an increasing interaction between technological developments, economic ways of thinking and new security policies enacted after the attacks of September 2001.[Read on here]
Berlin, 29th August 2013
The Extended Board of the Federation of German Scientists (VDW e.V.):
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Bartosch, Reiner Braun, Prof. Dr. Lothar Brock, Dr. Horst Feuerstein, Dr. Angelika Hilbeck, Prof. Dr. Götz Neuneck, Prof. Dr. Uwe Schneidewind, Dr. Beatrix Tappeser
Further original signatories:
Prof. Dr. Hans Ackermann, Dr. Helmut Aichele, Priv.-Doz. Dr. Stephan Albrecht, Prof. Dr. Elmar Altvater, RA Dr. Peter Becker, Prof. Dr. Friedhelm Beiner, Dr. Paula Bleckmann, Prof. Dr. Michael Broszka, Dr. Elisabeth Bücking, Prof. Dr. Inse Cornelssen, Prof. Dr. Thomas Cremer, Prof. Dr. Paul Crutzen, Dr. Daniel Dahm, Dr. Dieter Deiseroth, Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Dürr, Dr. Henning Ehringhaus, Pfr. Dr. Matthias W. Engelke, Prof. Dr. Anita Engels, Dipl.-Pol. Annegret Falter, Prof. Dr. Maria Finckh, Dr. Hans-Jürgen Fischbeck, Prof.Dr. Andreas Fischer-Lescano, Prof. Dr. Josef Foschepoth, Dipl.-Ing. agr. Nikolai Fuchs, Dr. Gerd Gebhardt, Prof. Dr. Bernhard Gläser, Prof. Dr. Hartmut Graßl, Prof. Dr. Rainer Grießhammer, Prof. Dr. Martina Haedrich, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Manfred J. Hampe, Dr. Dirk-Michael Harmsen, Prof. Dr. Wolf D. Hartmann, M.A. Hermann Graf Hatzfeldt, Dr. Jürgen Heinrichs, Prof. Dr. Martin Heisenberg, Dr. Petra Hemptenmacher, Dr. Jörg Hemptenmacher, Prof. Dr. Peter Hennicke, Dr. Wilbert Himmighofen, Dipl.-Päd. Peter Hollitzer, Dr. Martin Holtzhauer, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Ludwig Huber, Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Hucho, Dr. med. vet. Anita Idel, RA Otto Jäckel, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hans Joas, Prof. Dr. Eberhard Jochem, Prof. Dr. Carmen Kaminsky, Dipl.-Phys. Christian Kerpal, Prof. Dr. Regine Kollek , Dr. Dieter Korczak, Prof. Dr. Susanne Krasmann, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Peter Kratzer, Prof. Dr. Michael Krawinkel, Prof. Dr. Rolf Kreibich, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wilfried Kühling, Prof. Dr. Rudolf Prinz zur Lippe, Dr. Hanns Ludwig, Dr. H a n s - Jochen Luhmann, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Dieter Meissner, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Mergner, Dr. Martha Mertens, Prof. Dr. Klaus Michael Meyer-Abich, Priv.-Doz. Dr. Lutz Mez, Prof. Dr. Gerd Michelsen, Werner Mittelstaedt, Dr. rer. nat. Hans-Bernhard Nordhoff, Dr. Steffi Ober, Prof. Dr. Michael Opielka, Tobias Orthen, Prof. Dr. Thomas Pleil, Prof. Dr. Angelika Plöger, Prof. Dr. Thomas Potthast, Prof. Dr. Klaus Quiring, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Franz-Josef Radermacher, Dr. Moritz Riede, Prof. Dr. Walter Rosenthal, Prof. Dr. Heidi Schelhowe, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, RA Dr. Klaus Schmid, Prof. Dr. Hans-Jörg Schneider, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Schneider, Dipl.- Päd. Inken Seifert-Karb, Dr. rer. nat. Philipp Sonntag, Dr. Joachim Spangenberg, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Teichler, M.A. Margret Thalwitz, Dr. Holger Thurn, Dr. Peter Viebahn, Prof. Dr. Hartmut Vogtman, Prof. Dr. Hubert Weiger, Prof. Dr. Ernst-Ulrich von Weizsäcker, Dr. phil. Bernhard Wiebel, Prof. Dr. Gerd Winter, Dr. med. Johannes Wolf, Dr. oec. troph. Elisabeth Wolf, M.A. Ulrike Wunderle, Prof. Dr. Angelika Zahrnt, Prof. Dr. Christoph Zöpel.
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In 2010, we decided to focus our efforts on combating poverty. We discovered that, according to a United Nations human development report, the poorest 762 villages in Egypt are located in Upper Egypt, specifically in the Sohag, Asiut and Menia governorates. We also found that 44% of these villages are located in the Menia governorate. That is why we decided to begin our work in Menia. First, a research team conducted a field study of the poorest 10 villages in Menia (according to the human development index). We then set a point system to decide which village had priority. The result was El-Kayat village, North of Menia. During the period of 2011-2012, we conducted the exploratory phase of our project to make sure that the local community could accept our technological intervention and be able to produce new products from palm midribs, a locally available and neglected resource. These products are parquet pieces and block boards. This is the project, which was awarded the International Khalifa Reward of 2013, in the category „best development project“. Read more here
by Hamed El-Mously, 1st August 2013, Egyptian Society for Endogenous Development
Welcome to Sadako Peace Garden. On this day, August 6, we remember Hiroshima, Sadako of the 1,000 paper cranes, and all innocent victims of war.
Today we commemorate the 68th anniversary of the first use of an atomic weapon. The weapon was created by the United States and was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. It killed some 90,000 people that day and some 145,000 by the end of 1945. Three days later another atomic weapon was dropped on the Japanese city of Nagasaki, taking another 70,000 lives.
The creation and use of these weapons, said Albert Einstein, “has changed everything save our modes of thinking, and thus we drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.” The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation exists to change those modes of thinking and assure a human future.
The 68 years of the Nuclear Age is but a blip in geological time or even in the human record on Earth, but it is a critical period of time because within it we have achieved the technological capacity to destroy ourselves and most complex life. It is a peril that confronts humanity daily, constantly present, whether we choose to recognize it or not.
by David Krieger, August 06, 2013
From August 3rd until 9th 2013, the World Conference Against A- and H-Bombs was held for the 58th time in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. This year’s conference focused on the theme “A nuclear weapon-free, peaceful and just world”, thus broadening its agenda to encompass various aspects of the global nuclear weapons regime, the militarization of societies and the use of nuclear energy. Due to the current state of world affairs, a renewed sense of urgency dominated among international delegates and participants regarding the effective abolishment of nuclear weapons and related aspects of the continuing militarization of our societies. That is why the upcoming NPT Review Conference, to be held in 2015 in New York City, is seen as the crucial turning point among international peace organizations, movements and activists to exert such public pressure on the world leaders that real political changes can be achieved.
by Julia Pippig, Staff member Federation of German Scientists and Member Executive Committee INES, August 15th, 2013
Sixty-eight years have passed since Hiroshima and Nagasaki suffered the atomic bombings. The bombs instantly devastated the two cities and took lives of over 200,000 citizens by the end of 1945. They created a “hell on earth,” which denied humans either to live or die as humans. The Hibakusha, who survived the days have continued to suffer from wounds in both mind and body. The tragedy like this should never be repeated anywhere in the world.
Nuclear weapons are the worst weapons of mass destruction, the use of which is a serious crime against humanity. They have to be banned without any further delay.
There are still nearly 20,000 nuclear weapons in the world. One nuclear bomb, if used, could cause disastrous tragedy. Even a small portion of them would cause a large scale climate change, which could lead to famine around the world. Total ban and the elimination of nuclear weapons is an urgent task for the whole of humanity.
Along with the survivors and on behalf of those who died and cannot speak for themselves, we, participants in the International Meeting of the 2013 World Conference against A and H Bombs appeal to all governments to take actions now to achieve a “world without nuclear weapons.”
The demand for a world without nuclear weapons represents an unshakable international development. The General Assembly of the United Nations every year adopts resolutions calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons. The 2010 NPT Review Conference resolved by consensus, with all nuclear weapon states included, to achieve a “world without nuclear weapons”, and affirmed that all States need to make “special efforts” to establish a “framework” to achieve it.
However, primarily due to the intransigence of nuclear powers, no tangible progress has been made. We call on the international community to overcome all stagnations and resistance.
On the governmental level, a movement to seek to outlaw nuclear weapons by focusing on their atrocious, inhuman nature is rapidly gathering momentum. Such is the approach which our movement has adopted and pursued with the Hibakusha since its outset. The resolution calling for the start of negotiations on a Nuclear Weapons Convention, in line with the decision by the ICJ, which the peace movement of the world demands, now commands support of 135 governments, representing over 70% of all U.N. member States.
By continuing these developments, a nuclear weapon-free world can be created. The key lies in the hands of the peace movement and public support across the world.
We call on all governments, and those of the nuclear weapon states in particular, to begin to implement the agreement for “achieving the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons” by starting negotiations on the Nuclear Weapons Convention as the framework of it.
Towards 2015, which will mark the 70th anniversary of the A-bomb suffering of the two cities and in which the next NPT Review Conference will examine how the 2010 agreement has been implemented, let us develop our campaign in each of our countries and bring strong voices of the citizens of the world to New York, to generate a huge ground swell demanding the total abolition of nuclear weapons.
The policy of “nuclear deterrence”, aimed to threaten adversaries with nuclear weapons, contravenes the basic principle of the U.N. Charter, which stands for the solution of international conflicts by peaceful and diplomatic means as opposed to the use of force. It also serves as incentive for nuclear proliferation. A world without nuclear weapons is incompatible with the nuclear deterrence doctrine, which should be overcome immediately.
We call for the problem of North Korea’s nuclear weapons to be solved peacefully on the basis of international agreements reached particularly by the Six-party talks. An international conference to establish a WMD-free zone in the Middle East should be convened as agreed by the previous NPT Review Conferences. Steps forward toward a total ban on nuclear weapons would provide new favorable conditions for the solution of these specific problems.
International conflicts can only be resolved by diplomatic and peaceful means. Threat or use of force would create a vicious cycle of heightened tension and aggravated situation. We note the frameworks of and efforts for peace, which are developing in the Southeast Asia, Latin America and other places. Opposing arms build-up and reinforcement of military alliances, we make a strong call for no-use of force and peaceful settlement of conflicts.
In achieving a nuclear weapon-free world, the A-bombed country Japan, which can denounce the cruelty of nuclear weapons through its own experiences, should play a significant role. However, the government of Japan continues to abstain from voting for the U.N. resolutions calling for the start of negotiations on a Nuclear Weapons Convention or calling for prohibition on the use of nuclear weapons, and for other resolutions leading to the abolition of nuclear weapons, including one for nuclear disarmament tabled by the Non-Aligned movement. Japan’s refusal to join the statement (supported by 80 countries) warning of the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons and calling for their elimination drew deep disappointment and criticism.
The Japanese peace movement calls on the government to play the role befitting the A-bombed country and demands strict observance of the Three Non-Nuclear Principles and breaking away from the U.S. “nuclear umbrella.” Noting its important role, we extend solidarity with the movement for a nuclear weapon-free and peaceful Japan. We support the Hibakusha in their efforts to achieve relief measures based on State compensation and fundamental reform in the A-bomb disease recognition system.
Article 9 of the Constitution of Japan, upholding the renunciation of war and non-possession of war potentials, embodies a strong commitment of the Japanese people to reject war and recurrence of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We express our support to the people of Japan in their endeavors to defend and make the most of the Constitution, to reduce and remove U.S. military bases from Okinawa and elsewhere, and to resist the consolidation of Japan-U.S. military alliance.
The accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant is still in the midst of the crisis. Bringing the situation under control, decommissioning of all nuclear reactors and a fundamental shift to renewable energy resources are keenly called for. Having noted the dangerous relations between nuclear weapons and nuclear power generation, we call for ending all kind of nuclear damage caused by nuclear fuel cycles, and oppose reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel and accumulation of plutonium, as well as military use of nuclear energy.
We call on the peoples of the world to join in the following actions:
- Towards 2015, let us urge the nuclear weapon states and all other governments to implement their agreement to achieve a world without nuclear weapons. In every country, we must inform wider public of the atrocity and inhumanity of nuclear weapons and strengthen the public opinion in support of the abolition of nuclear weapons. Organizing “A-bomb damage exhibitions” and Hibakusha testimonies, let us inform the public of the consequences of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Let us promote international signature campaign in support of the “Appeal for a Total Ban on Nuclear Weapons” and other activities to urge the start of negotiations for a Nuclear Weapons Convention. Let us organize many varieties of actions which everyone at grassroots can take part in, such as peace marches, by making use of social media and other means. And let us deepen cooperation with the U.N. and other international organizations, national governments and local authorities that stand for nuclear disarmament, including Mayors for Peace.
- Strengthening relief and solidarity with the Hibakusha, let us extend our support and solidarity to all nuclear victims. We will support the victims of Agent Orange, depleted uranium and all other remnants of war.
- United in one wish for “no more nuclear victims,” we will develop our campaign together with the movement to break free of nuclear power. We work together with broadest range of people demanding reduction of military spending, better life and employment, welfare, freedom and democracy, defending human rights, protecting global environment and overcoming gender-based discrimination and social injustice. Let us create a far-reaching unity and solidarity for a “nuclear weapon-free, peaceful and just world.”
Together with younger generation, once again, let us listen to the Hibakusha and turn our eyes to the “hell” created by nuclear weapons. Moving the hearts of tens of millions of people, we shall build up powerful public pressure to open the door to a nuclear weapon-free world.
No more Hiroshimas! No more Nagasakis! No more Hibakusha!
August 5, 2013
International Meeting, 2013 World Conference against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs
No More Hiroshima: No More Nagasaki: Peace Museum established by Indian Institute for Peace,
Disarmament & Environmental Protection (IIPDEP) is a member organization of INES, arranged Nagasaki & Hiroshima
atomic bombing poster exhibition and lecture at Kurvey Hospital, Sakkardara Road, Nagpur on 19 August 2013 for
the Women’s College of Arts & Commerce graduate students. This activity is also the part of INES.
Professor Dr. Dipali Bhave, Professor Pranali Updeo and Professor Nitin Chafale accompanied the students. Dr. Balkrishna Kurvey,
President, IIPDEP and EC member of INES with the help of poster, narrated the incident of dropping of Atomic bombs by
Enola Gay bomber by USA on 6th August 1947 on Hiroshima and 9th August 1947 on Nagasaki. Why atomic bombs were dropped and its immediate horrible effects and long range effects was also informed by Dr. Kurvey. Public education and awareness for nuclear
weapons free world is the cry of the hour as India and Pakistan are standing on the precipice of nuclear war.
India and Pakistan posses the nuclear bombs and due to misunderstanding, zealous military officers and
present situation in Pakistan, accidently nuclear war may start between India and Pakistan. There is
no medical cure for nuclear bombing patients and prevention is only cure. International Physician
for Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) a noble peace prize organization of physicians in their
research work published a booklet “Bombing Bombay”. The use of just one 150-kiloton nuclear bomb
over a city like Bombay, Karachi, Tokyo, New York, Paris etc. could cause up to 8,660,000 deaths and 20,00,000
will dies subsequently due to radiation etc. College students took active part in the event and ask
many questions and promised that they will spread the message of nuclear weapons free world.
INES Executive Committee Member
Indian Institute for Peace, Disarmament & Environmental Protection
Honorary Executive Director, No More Hiroshima: No More Nagasaki: Peace Museum
August 23rd, 2013
When asked by a reporter why nuclear weapons are useless, Colin Powell, former US secretary of state and four-star general said: "Because they're such horrible weapons. And so no sane leader would ever want to cross that line to using nuclear weapons. And, if you are not going to cross that line, then these things are basically useless." In other words, one could say, nukes are nuts.
There are innumerable global security issues that need to be addressed, some of which are poverty, terrorism, the climate crisis, pollution of the oceans, loss of biodiversity and forest depletion. Not one of these issues can be addressed with nuclear weapons. In fact, nuclear weapons draw much-needed resources away from solving these global problems. Nukes are nuts.
by David Krieger, August 22, 2013
We greet the morning of the 68th return of “that day.” At 8:15 a.m., August 6, 1945, a single atomic bomb erased an entire family. “The baby boy was safely born. Just as the family was celebrating, the atomic bomb exploded. Showing no mercy, it took all that joy and hope along with the new life.”
A little boy managed somehow to survive but the atomic bomb took his entire family. This A-bomb orphan lived through hardship, isolation, and illness, but was never able to have a family of his own. Today, he is a lonely old hibakusha. “I have never once been glad I survived,” he says, looking back. After all these years of terrible suffering, the deep hurt remains. [Read on here]
by Mayor Kazumi Matsui, August 6th 2013
Humankind invented and produced this cruel weapon. Humankind has even gone so far as using nuclear weapons on both Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Humankind has repeatedly conducted nuclear tests, contaminating the earth. Humankind has committed a great many mistakes. This is why we must on occasion reaffirm the pledges we have made in the past that must not be forgotten and start anew.[Read on here]
The IPB today vigorously denounced the ominous threats by Western powers to ‘punish’ the Syrian regime for its so far unproven use of chemical weapons.
This is a step that will undoubtedly aggravate an already tragic conflict; will violate international law if conducted without a UN SC mandate (thus undermining the very system of legality the powers claim to be upholding); will draw them inexorably deep into the conflict, with incalculable consequences for global security; will stimulate the creation of another generation of anti-Western militants; and while Assad may remain, it could easily lead ultimately to the fall of various western governments – none of whom appear to have learned the lessons of Iraq and Afghanistan.
We urge all our supporters and activists to demonstrate publicly and use all other methods to persuade Washington, London and Paris (and their endorsers) to exercise patience and creativity and to think of other ways to get rid of weapons of mass destruction. They could usefully make a few positive steps by moving in the direction of eliminating their own stocks.
It is not yet too late to draw back from a possible disaster.
To explore these issues further, IPB is holding a major international conference in Stockholm on Sept 13-15 on the theme of alternatives to military intervention. Speakers include Nobel Peace Laureates Mairead Maguire (recently returned from Syria) and Jody Williams. Together with Nobel nominee Terumi Tanaka (A & H Bomb Sufferers Organisation, Japan), they will address a distinguished audience at the Nobel Museum on the evening of Sept 13. Other highlights include the award of the annual MacBride Peace Prize to Bradley/Chelsea Manning (representative). More details at http://www.ipb.org
Colin Archer, Secretary-General
International Peace Bureau
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Tel: +41-22-731-6429, secgenipborg
Pope Francis has set Saturday 9th September, 2013 as a world day of prayer and fasting for peace in Syria, and the Vatican has said it is against ‘armed intervention’ pointing to the havoc caused by the United States led war to topple Saddam Hussein, in Iraq in 2003. I would like to add my support to Pope Francis’ appeal and that of the Eastern Patriarchs, and pledge to pray and fast on 9th Sept., and I encourage people of all faiths and none, to join on that day to fast and pray and act for peace and no military intervention by USA Government.
100 years ago a small incident took place in Bosnia, and it escalated into the first world war causing the death of millions. Every act has its consequences and every violent act, like military intervention, has its violent consequences which will cause destruction the death of further Syrian civilians and result in many more refugees.
In the last decade, the world has watched in horror such military intervention by USA/UK/NATO and western forces in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and other countries. Now we have been promised by President Obama a military intervention on Syria ‘with teeth’,(in Iraq it was shock and awe). We have been promised that he will continue to support the armed opposition in Syrian (a majority of which are Jabhat al-Nusrah-Victory Front, and other such al Qaeda groups) and we have likewise been promised regime change in Syria. Such US military action, which will probably involve trying to destroy the Syrian army, will leave the civilian population unprotected from the onslaught of armed opposition forces, and will embolden and strengthen the thousands of Islamic extremists from all over the world who have poured into Syria, supported financially and trained by some western governments, and whose intent is to remove the Syrian Government and kill all those who oppose them.
Their mission and aim coincides with that of the USA, Saudi Arabia, and Israel, all of whom have refused to support Geneva II and a peaceful solution to the proxy war being perpetrated for oil, resources and control.
There is still time to stop this rush of madness to war by the USA, and the people of America can do it. As the British people put pressure on their Members of Parliament and insisted ‘enough is enough’ and “no to military intervention”, so too the American people can continue to mobilize and act to stop the proposed illegal war. (American gov., action is illegal without a UN Security Council resolution). Let us all support the American peace movement Marching on Washington, strikes, sit ins, and all kinds of nonviolent civil disobedience to lobby their political representatives to vote ‘No’ to war. A large majority of American people are against this war so let us as global citizens support our American peace friends in sending a message to President Obama, senate and congress ‘no military attack, no support for armed opposition, al-Qaeda - give peace a chance’...
by Mairead Maguire, Nobel peace laureate. 3rd September, 2013
• 17th-19th September 2013: Invitation to the Fourth International Forum: Energy for Sustainable Development, Tbilis, Georgia
• 27th-29th September 2013: Toblacher Dialogue - Entrepreneurship Great Transformation, Toblach / South Tyrol
• 18th - 20th October 2013: The Mediterranean Seminar between Marseille and Ajaccio