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Anti-Nuke Movement Goes to the Gulf

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MANAMA (IPS) - After a week of activities in Oslo during the Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, major anti-nuclear campaigners moved on March 10 to the Bahraini capital, Manama, in yet another step towards the abolition of atomic weapons. [P] ARABIC | GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

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Trailblazing Conference Urges Ban On Nukes

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By RAMESH JAURA*

BERLIN | OSLO (IDN) - There are miles and miles to go before a world without nuclear weapons becomes a reality. But a significant step towards banning atomic arsenal capable of mass annihilation has been taken in Oslo, the capital of Norway, which is an ardent member of the 28-nation North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). [P] CHINESE TEXT VERSION PDFGERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | NORWEGIAN | SPANISH

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UN and Disarmament Entering New Transition Age

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By ANGELA KANE*

NEW HAVEN, Connecticut, USA (IDN) - Disarmament is, first and foremost, one of the UN's oldest and most durable goals. The term appears twice in the UN Charter – which we should recall was adopted before the first nuclear weapon was even tested. The first resolution adopted by the General Assembly established on January 24, 1946 the goal of eliminating nuclear weapons and all other weapons "adaptable to mass destruction", later called WMD.

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‘Humanitarian Diplomacy’ Fights Nukes

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By JAMSHED BARUAH

OSLO (IPS) - For the first time, ‘humanitarian diplomacy’ is being deployed to drive home the need for banning nukes – though under the self-imposed exclusion of the P5, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, who own a crushing majority of the 19,000 nuclear weapons capable of destroying the world many times over. [P] ARABIC | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | PORTUGUESE | SPANISH

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ICAN Resolved to Ban Nukes

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By RAMESH JAURA

OSLO (IDN) - A global movement to outlaw nuclear weapons is in the making with significant support from Norway, which is protected by the U.S. nuclear umbrella as a member of the 28-nation North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). This emerged from a two-day ICAN Civil Society Forum in Oslo. [P] CHINESE TEXT VERSION PDF | GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | KOREAN TEXT VERSION PDF | NORWEGIAN

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I CAN Get Rid Of Nuclear Weapons!

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By XANTHE HALL*

BERLIN (IDN) - The latest acronym in the disarmament community is CHC. It stands for Catastrophic Humanitarian Consequences and is the message that the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear weapons (ICAN) is trying to get across, both to the general public and to governments. So far, so successfully.

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Most Inhumane of Weapons

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Viewpoint by DAISAKU IKEDA

In this column, Daisaku Ikeda -- a Japanese Buddhist philosopher, peacebuilder and president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) – presents three proposals for warding off a possible nuclear catastrophe: making disarmament a priority of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); initiating a negotiation process for a Nuclear Weapons Convention; and holding an expanded summit toward a nuclear-weapon-free world.

TOKYO (IPS) - I believe that most of the world’s citizens would agree that nuclear weapons should be considered inhumane. It is encouraging to see that there is now a growing, if still nascent, movement to outlaw nuclear weapons based on this premise. [P] ARABICJAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | ITALIAN | SPANISH

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U.S. Abandoning Commitment to Nuke-free World?

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By LAWRENCE WITTNER*

ALBANY (IDN) - In a major address in Prague on April 5, 2009, the newly-elected U.S. President, Barack Obama, proclaimed “clearly and with conviction America’s commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.”

On January 24, 2013, however, Senator John Kerry, speaking at Senate confirmation hearings on his nomination to become U.S. secretary of state, declared that a nuclear weapons-free world was no more than “an aspiration,” adding that “we’ll be lucky if we get there in however many centuries.” Has there been a change in Obama administration policy over the past four years? There are certainly indications that this might be the case.

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Saudi Arabia Seen Unlikely to Seek Nukes If Iran Gets One

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By JIM LOBE

WASHINGTON (IPS) - Challenging what has become conventional wisdom here, a new report released here Feb. 19 by an influential think tank argues that Iran’s neighbours – Saudi Arabia in particular – are unlikely to pursue nuclear weapons if Iran obtains one.

The 49-page report, “Atomic Kingdom: If Iran Builds the Bomb, Will Saudi Arabia Be Next?”, notes that Riyadh would indeed be “highly motivated to acquire some form of nuclear deterrent to counter an Iranian bomb”. [P] ARABIC | GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | SWEDISH

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World’s Nuclear Environment Remains Politically Toxic

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By THALIF DEEN

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - The world’s nuclear environment has increasingly turned politically toxic, replete with threats, accusations and open defiance of Security Council resolutions.

A long outstanding international conference on a nuclear weapons-free Middle East, to be hosted by Finland, is still far from reality. So is a proposed Nuclear Weapons Convention (NWC) aimed at eliminating weapons of mass destruction (WMD). [P] ARABIC | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | PORTUGUESE | SPANISH

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High-Alert Nukes As If the Cold War Didn't End

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By JAMSHED BARUAH

BERLIN (IDN) - A new report by the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) has come to a worrisome conclusion that the United States and Russia continue to maintain large numbers of nuclear forces on high levels of alert, ready to launch within minutes, as if the Cold War – which is believed to have ended more than two decades ago – was going on unabated.

Together with France and Britain, the four countries deploy approximately 2000 warheads ready for use on short notice – more nuclear warheads than held by all the other states in possession of nuclear weapons combined, finds the report titled Reducing Alert Rates of Nuclear Weapons, co-authored by Hans M. Kristensen, Director of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) and Matthew McKinzie from the Natural Resources of Defense Council. [P]  GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

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