G7 Hiroshima Summit: Opportunity to Rethink National Security
Adopting a No First Use Policy is Equally Important
Viewpoint by Anna Ikeda*
NEW YORK, 10 April 2023 (IDN) — The current war in Ukraine has shown that nuclear deterrence is deeply flawed. It relies on the assumption of “rational actors” in power and credibility of threats, which we know are far from reality, especially in times of conflicts.
The Toxic Legacy of the Nuclear Age
By Alice Slater*
NEW YORK, 5 April 2023 (IDN) — Recent alarming reports state that the UK is prepared to supply Ukraine with depleted uranium ammunition in the ongoing slaughter in Ukraine. These lethally toxic carcinogens are known to cause illness and death, not only for the victims of war but for the perpetrators as well. Victims who have suffered genetic damage pass it on to their children, who are often born with terrible malformations and illnesses.
Putin’s Nuclear Sabre-Rattling in Belarus Triggers a WW III Warning
By Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, 4 April 2023 (IDN) — As Russian nuclear threats keep escalating following the invasion of Ukraine 14 months ago, President Vladimir Putin issued a new warning on March 26: that he plans to station tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus, a close political, economic and military ally of Moscow. [P 02] | GERMAN | JAPANESE | RUSSIAN
Whom Should We Blame for A Nuclear War Between India and Pakistan?
By Jonathan Power*
LUND, Sweden, 4 April 2023 (IDN) — If nuclear war does break out between India and Pakistan, they will only have themselves to blame. Since the early 1970s, they have been walking along the unmarked path that leads to nuclear holocaust and enough people both within and without, have told them how to turn back. Even today if Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were as serious as they say they are about avoiding nuclear war, they could sit down for two hours and sort the whole thing out. It is not that complicated.
Japan Urged to Push Nuclear Disarmament Principle at G7 Hiroshima Summit
By Kalinga Seneviratne
SYDNEY | TOKYO, 3 April 2023 (IDN) — Addressing a live-streamed conference held at Soka University in Tokyo on 29 March in preparation for the G7 summit in May, which Japan hosts, Takashi Ariyoshi, Deputy Secretary General of the G7 Hiroshima Summit Secretariat said that Prime Minister Fumio Kishida had put high priority to include nuclear disarmament in the agenda of the summit. [P 01] ARABIC | JAPANESE | NORWEGIAN | PORTUGUESE | SPANISH
We Don’t Have to Choose Between Nuclear Madmen
By Norman Solomon*
SAN FRANCISCO, 28 March 2023 (IDN) — The announcement by Vladimir Putin over the weekend that Russia will deploy tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus marked a further escalation of potentially cataclysmic tensions over the war in neighbouring Ukraine. As the Associated Press reported, “Putin said the move was triggered by Britain’s decision this past week to provide Ukraine with armour-piercing rounds containing depleted uranium.”
A Tripartite Deal That Could Trigger Proliferation of Nuclear Submarines
By Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, 22 March 2023 (IDN) —The tripartite deal between the UK and the US to provide nuclear submarines (SSNs) to Australia—announced March 13—is threatening to have repercussions worldwide
A joint statement by the three countries (AUKUS) described it as a trilaterally-developed submarine based on the UK’s next-generation design that incorporates technology from all three nations, including cutting-edge U.S. submarine technologies. [P 33] JAPANESE | KOREAN | THAI
Will Iran & Saudi Arabia Join Israel and Get the Bomb?
By Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, 15 March 2023 (IDN) — Saudi Arabia and Iran— two archrivals in the Middle East who severed links seven years ago—re-established diplomatic, political and economic relations last week (10 March) in a historic deal brokered by China, one of the world’s major nuclear powers.
It's High Time the US Stopped Threatening China
By John Scales Avery*
COPENHAGEN, 15 March 2023 (IDN) — It appears that the military-industrial complex has complete control of the government of the United States, which recently voted to give the Pentagon roughly a trillion dollars of the taxpayer's money. This was done by cutting back on social programs which would have helped poor working families.
Nuclear Tensions Remain High on Korean Peninsulaf
BERLIN, 14 March 2023 (IDN) — Nuclear tensions on the Korean peninsula have remained high in the early months of 2023 with North Korea continuing missile tests and the United States and South Korea mounting joint military exercises, including one practicing how to respond to a nuclear attack and others involving nuclear-capable American aircraft.