G7 Leaders Falter Over Nuclear Disarmament in Hiroshima
By Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, 22 May 2023 (IDN) — When leaders of the Group of 7 (G7) countries met in Hiroshima May 19-21, one of the issues on the agenda was nuclear disarmament.
The venue of the summit was symbolically stark because the US atomic bombings in 1945 killed over 226,000 people in the twin Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, with the heaviest toll in Hiroshima.
But the seven leaders—from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States, plus the European Union (EU)—failed to produce anything singularly significant towards “a world without nuclear weapons”. (P 06) ARABIC | CHINESE | JAPANESE | RUSSIAN
The Right to Life: A Missing Perspective on Nuclear Arms
By Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, 21 May 2023 (IDN) — The Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy (LCNP) has made a new submission to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in advance of its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Russian Federation.
Currently, the tentative schedule of the UPR Working Group, with Russia on its agenda, is 13 November, with the adoption of the final report on 17 November.
A 21st Century Freeze on Nuclear Weapons: Will it be a Reality?
By Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, 13 May 2023 (IDN) — US Senator Edward Markey (Democrat from Massachusetts) announced plans on May 4 to re-introduce legislation that would establish a 21st century freeze on the testing, production, and deployment of nuclear weapons.
A former US army reservist and co-president of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (PNND), Markey will re-introduce into the US Senate the Hastening Arms Limitation Talks (HALT) Act. (P 05) ITALIAN | JAPANESE | RUSSIAN
Should We Fear Nuclear Submarine Proliferation?
Evil is in the eye of the beholder
By Leonam dos Santos Guimarães Capt. (ret.) Brazilian Navy*
RIO DE JANEIRO, 11 May 2023 (IDN) — The potential cause-effect relationship between nuclear attack submarine development and nuclear weapons production by Non-Proliferation Treaty/nonnuclear-weapons states is a subject that has been scarcely discussed in unclassified sources until the trilateral security pact between Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States (AUKUS), announced on 15 September 2021 for the Indo-Pacific region. [P 04] JAPANESE | PORTUGUESE | SPANISH
Arab States Discuss Developments in Nuclear Disarmament
By Bernhard Schell
CAIRO, 10 May 2023 (IDN) — Recent developments in the field of disarmament and non-proliferation, with a focus on the Middle East region, has been the centerpiece of a diplomatic forum in Qatar, which has been joined by high-level officials representing 20 Arab League.
Is Peace Possible in Ukraine?
By Sergio Duarte
The writer is a former UN High Representative for Disarmament.
NEW YORK, 9 May 2023 (IDN) — Under the inspiration of the five powers that won World War II, the United Nations Charter was adopted in 1945 with the objective of regulating international relations and preventing war. Its Preamble expresses “the determination of the peoples of the United Nations to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war”.
The G7 Hiroshima Summit, the Ukraine Crisis and No First Use of Nuclear Weapons
Viewpoint by Daisaku Ikeda
TOKYO, 27 April 2023 (IDN) — The Ukraine crisis, which in addition to bringing devastation to the people of that country has had severe impacts on a global scale—even giving rise to the specter of nuclear weapons use—has entered its second year. Against this backdrop and amid urgent calls for resolution, the G7 Summit of leading industrial nations will be held in Hiroshima, Japan, from May 19 to 21.
Daniel Ellsberg—A Profound Voice Against the Doomsday Machine
By Judith Ehrlich*
BERKELEY, California, USA, 27 April 2023 (IDN) — The current Daniel Ellsberg Week celebrates the achievements and inspirational spirit of the most significant whistleblower of the 20th century. Daniel Ellsberg’s recent announcement of a terminal diagnosis broke my heart, but his remarkable response gave me great hope.
UN Impotent as North Korean Nuclear Caravan Moves On
By Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, 22 April 2023 (IDN) — A 2.0 updated version of an old Middle Eastern proverb reads: The dogs bark, but the North Korean nuclear caravan continues to move on.
The intercontinental ballistic missiles arrive non-stop from an apparent North Korean assembly line. Every launch is followed by widespread criticisms.
It's High Time the US Signed a Peace Treaty with North Korea
Halt the Endless and Futile Condemnation of the DPRK
By Alice Slater*
NEW YORK, 21 April 2023 (IDN) — It is far beyond hypocrisy for the US and its allies to condemn North Korea for testing a long-range missile when the US boasts about its Air Force Global Strike Command of more than 33,700 Airmen and civilians responsible for the nation’s three intercontinental ballistic missile wings capable of delivering nuclear weapons. [P 03] CHINESE | GERMAN | JAPANESE | RUSSIAN