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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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North Korea Defies World Body with Third Nuke Test

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By THALIF DEEN

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - North Korea, which conducted its third nuclear test on February 11, is following closely in the heavy footsteps of Israel as one of the world’s most intransigent nations, ignoring Security Council resolutions and defying the international community. [P] ITALIAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | SWEDISH

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Aiming at Global Disarmament by 2030

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By RAMESH JAURA

BERLIN (IDN) - An eminent Buddhist leader Daisaku Ikeda is calling for an "expanded nuclear summit" in 2015 to solidify momentum toward a world free from nuclear weapons and become the launching point for a larger effort for global disarmament aiming toward the year 2030.

With this in view, he hopes that non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and forward-looking governments will establish an action group to initiate before year's end the process of drafting a Nuclear Weapons Convention (NWC) outlawing nuclear weapons, which are not only inhumane but also swallow some $105 billion year after year. [P] ARABIC | HINDI | ITALIANJAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | NORWEGIAN | PERSIAN | SPANISH | SWEDISH

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Preparing to Fight Off Doomsday

ISTANBUL (IPS) - The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) has adopted a new strategy to involve citizens and politicians more actively to push for a global ban on nuclear weapons.

The strategy was emphasised at an ICAN conference in Istanbul on January 26. [P] ARABIC | GERMAN | ITALIAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | PORTUGUESE | SPANISH | SWEDISH

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