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Nuclear Powers Set To Punish Non-Nuclear States

Presidents Lula, Ahmadinejad and Erdogan | Credit: PostwesternWorld

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By Fareed Mahdy
IDN-InDepth NewsAnalysis

ISTANBUL (IDN) – The five largest nuclear powers (USA, UK. France, Russia, and China) are set to impose tougher sanctions against non-nuclear Iran, while reminding the other two non-atomic states such as Turkey and Brazil, that only they can decide how and when to solve (or not) their purposely escalated conflict with Iran.

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Treaty Aimed at Banning Nukes Remains Grounded

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By Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - The world's anti-war activists, including parliamentarians, civil society groups and diplomats, have succeeded in creating international treaties to ban a wide array of deadly weapons: anti-personnel landmines, blinding laser weapons, cluster munitions, dum-dum bullets and chemical and biological weapons. [P] ITALIAN | JAPANESE PDF - TEXT VERSION | SWEDISH |
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Youth Want Nukes Abolished – Push for New Convention

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By Jamshed Baruah
IDN-InDepth NewsInterview

BERLIN/TOKYO (IDN) – As senior officials from around the world negotiate in New York an agreement aimed at curbing the spread of nuclear weapons, a close look at the attitudes of the youth in six countries offers a critical insight into the need for spreading word about the culture of peace. [P]
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"I Feel Duty-Bound to Push for a Nuclear-Free World"

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Anna Shen interviews TADATOSHI AKIBA, Mayor of Hiroshima

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - Emerging from a U.N. conference addressing the role that the world's mayors can play on nuclear issues, Hiroshima's Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba continues to call for a rapid end to nuclear weapons.

He juggles his roles running a city 65 years after nuclear holocaust, and another as president of Mayors for Peace, which counts almost 4,000 cities around the world. [P] DUTCH | FRENCH | GERMAN | JAPANESE PDF TEXT VERSION | SPANISH

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Will Mideast Tug-Of-War Wreck Anti-Nuke Meet?

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By Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - When the last review conference on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) ended inconclusively - after four long weeks of protracted negotiations - the meeting was described as having accomplished "very little" with no substantive agreement.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last week described the beleaguered 2005 Review Conference as "an acknowledged failure". But will the 2010 Review Conference, which opened Monday and runs through May 28, follow the same beaten track? [P] ARABIC | DUTCH | JAPANESE PDF - TEXT VERSION | PORTUGUESE | SPANISH | TURKISH]

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Israel, Iran Targeted at Nuke Non-Proliferation Meet

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By Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - A month-long Review Conference on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) began Monday with a predictable target: Israel.

As the only Middle Eastern country armed with nuclear weapons, Israel has been treated as a political sacred cow, one whose weapons programmes have not been publicly challenged either by the United States or Western powers. [P | ARABIC | JAPANESE PDF TEXT VERSION | SPANISH]

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NPT Meet Draws Thousands of Anti-Nukes Activists

Nuclear Abolition News | IPS

By Anna Shen

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - Japanese women in kimonos carrying signs urging "No More Hiroshima", an 80-year-old grandmother, and 18 mayors from around the world were just some of the almost 15,000 people who marched in New York City Sunday to rally for the abolition of nuclear weapons.

The hot, humid weather did not deter the protesters, who walked from Times Square, passing the United Nations on their way to Dag Hammarskjold Plaza for a peace festival with music and heated discussion over the month-long review of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which begins Monday at the U.N. [P | JAPANESE PDF TEXT VERSION ]

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Practical Moves to Reset the NPT Bargain

Practical Moves to Reset the NPT BargainNuclear Abolition News | IDN

By Jayantha Dhanapala*
IDN-InDepth NewsAnalysis

WASHINGTON DC (IDN) – The quinquennial ritual of preparing for the Review Conference of the states parties of the Treaty for the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) will reach its climax (or anticlimax) from May 3-27 in New York. Action plans for the three main pillars of the NPT – nonproliferation, disarmament and peaceful uses of nuclear energy – are being composed in the hope of achieving a consensus.

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Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime Has Triple Standards

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Thalif Deen interviews JOHN BURROUGHS of the Lawyers' Committee on Nuclear Policy

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - The abolition of nuclear weapons - and a halt to the spread of the deadly armaments - will be a major talking point at the month-long Review Conference on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), scheduled to take place at the United Nations beginning next week. [P | ARABIC | JAPANESE PDF TEXT VERSION ] 

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Egypt Escalates 'War on Nuclear Weapons'

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By Fareed Mahdy
IDN-InDepth NewsAnalysis

ISTANBUL (IDN) – Strongly backed by Arab countries and Turkey, Egypt has escalated its intensive diplomatic offensive for freeing the Middle East of all kinds of weapons of mass destruction, starting with nuclear arms. [P | ARABIC | GERMAN | JAPANESE PDF - TEXT VERSION | TURKISH PDF - TEXT VERSION]

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One Billion Reasons to Disarm the Planet

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By Badriya Khan*
IDN-InDepth NewsAnalysis

BARCELONA (IDN) – The world is over-armed; the world is over-hungry. This is not a new slogan – this is a proven fact showing that the world spends well over 1 trillion dollars a year on weapons, while more than one billion people are hungry. [JAPANESE PDF TEXT VERSION]

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