SECRETARY-GENERAL, IN MESSAGE TO GENEVA MEETING, URGES DISARMAMENT CONFERENCE TO START 'PRACTICAL NEGOTIATIONS THAT WILL LEAD TO REAL DISARMAMENT'

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's message to the Conference on Disarmament, delivered by Sergei Ordzhonikidze....

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Ira Helfand on the immediate effects of a nuclear detonation

 

 

 

 

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Nuclear weapons: historic opportunity to ensure they will never be used again
Geneva (ICRC)

 

States have an historic opportunity to bring the era of nuclear weapons to an end once and for all, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said today. Addressing diplomats in Geneva, the ICRC's president, Jakob Kellenberger, appealed to States to ensure that nuclear weapons are never used again. ...

 

 

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The uselessness of Nuclear Weapons in Europe

Former general Powell tells about this uselessness

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Cold War relics ignite controversy - America's outdated, unwanted nukes rattle NATO alliance

Charles J. Hanley
The Associated Press - Sunday, May 09, 2010

KLEINE BROGEL AIR BASE, Belgium - Unseen beyond the grazing Holsteins and rolling pastures of eastern Belgium, the 12-foot-long tapered metal cylinders sit in their underground vaults, waiting for the doomsday call that never came. Each packs the power of many Hiroshimas. ...

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A history of the the Non Prolieration Treaty (NPT)

Nuclear treaty isn't perfect, but it's all we've got - The bomb wasn't banned

The UN Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty hasn't prevented India, Pakistan, Israel - and potentially Iran and North Korea - from acquiring nuclear capability. But imagine a world where it hadn't been adopted by so many other states


by Olivier Zajec - mondediplo.com/2010/05/05npt

The idea of a Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) was first proposed in the 1950s when the US, Russia and Britain had nuclear weapons, and France and China were developing them. (France exploded its first nuclear bomb in 1960, China in 1964.) Since the US was in the lead, it had the greatest interest in limiting the arms race, so from the beginning of the 1950s it pushed for nuclear containment. President Dwight Eisenhower proposed to the UN General Assembly on 8 December 1953 that an agency be set up to control the use of nuclear material (1).

For the sake of world peace and maintaining their status, the other nuclear powers, and those about to become so, ...

 

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Civil society and the NPT process

Reaching Nuclear Disarmament - the Role of Civil Society in Strengthening the NPT

JOSEFIN LIND | SWEDISH PHYSICIANS FOR THE PREVENTION OF NUCLEAR WAR

6-8 of November 2009 the Swedish Network for Nuclear Disarmament, in co-operation with several organizations, held an international conference on Nuclear Disarmament in Stockholm, Sweden.

The purpose of the conference was to increase public interest in nuclear disarmament and to support and inspire the existing movement against nuclear weapons that acts on national and international levels. ... 

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Support of Switzerland for a Nuclear Weapons Convention

For the first time, the government of Switzerland also expressed clear support for a Nuclear Weapons Convention

NY, May 4,2010 - United Nations NPT - Conference

It is one of the few nations outside the Non-Aligned Movement that have resolved it is time for a convention. Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey stressed the humanitarian risks of nuclear weapons and stated: "[W]e must outlaw nuclear weapons, specifically by means of a Nuclear Weapons Convention, as proposed by the UN Secretary-General."

Look at the Draft from ILANA, INESAP and IPPNW (2'400 kB)

read the NPT-speech of M Calmy Rey of Mai 4, 2010 in french

Nuclear power plants and terrorisme

Al Qaeda's Nuclear Plant

By CHARLES FADDIS, published: May 5, 2010, NY Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/06/opinion/06Faddis.html

All eyes are on Faisal Shahzad, the man charged with the attempted bombing in Times Square on Saturday. But perhaps we ought to be concerned a bit less with Mr. Shahzad, a failed terrorist now in custody, and significantly more with Sharif Mobley ? a New Jersey native, a former high school wrestler and, until shortly before he moved to Yemen to allegedly join Al Qaeda ...

 

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Deep Thoughts Before Armageddon

By ROBERT WRIGHT

N.Y. Times, April 27, 2010, 8:48 pm


http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/27/title-3/

Beginning any moment now, you'll see a month-long trickle of news articles, op-eds and blog posts about the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty review conference, which gets underway in New York City this Monday and lasts through May 28. Since the fate of the world could hinge on stemming the spread of nuclear weapons, ...


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The White House Blog

President Obama Announces the New START Treaty

Posted by Jesse Lee on March 26, 2010 at 12:30 PM EDTAfter concluding a phone call with Russian President Medvedev, President Obama announced the new START treaty ......

Press conference of president Obama in the White House

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The deadly current toward nuclear arms

By James Carroll - The Boston Globe
 
March 15, 2010

Henry James used the image of Niagara to describe the rush into World War I:
" ... the tide that bore us along." Hannah Arendt defined the wars .....

 

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Allied bid for Obama to remove US European nuclear stockpile


By Pascal Mallet (AFP)

BRUSSELS - European NATO allies are to urge President Barack Obama to remove all remaining US nuclear weapons from European soil, as domestic pressure grows to rid its soil of outdated Cold War-era aerial bombs. ....

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Stop at Start

By BARRY BLECHMAN, Washington

New York Times February 19, 2010IN his speech Wednesday at the National Defense University here, Vice  President Joe Biden opened a new offensive in the administration's war  on nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism. One near-term objective is completion and ratification of a new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty between the United States and Russia. But the  ultimate goal, he said, remained the peace and security of a world  without nuclear weapons.  ......

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Kicking the Nuclear Habit: Why We Need a World Free of Nuclear Weapons

By Lawrence S. Wittner
June 22, 2009

This article was originally published by the History News Network

With President Barack Obama and other world leaders now talking about building a nuclear-free world....

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Interview of Konstantin Ernst, Vladimir Kulistikov and Oleg Dobrodeyev with president Dmitry Medwedew - an essential excerpt from the published text of Dec 24th, dealing with the issue of nuclear weapons and abolition

 

VLADIMIR KULISTIKOV: What is holding up the new agreement to replace the START treaty? Are the Americans putting pressure on you, and if so, how do you respond? Or, perhaps, are you putting pressure on them, and what is their reaction? .......

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Joint briefing Obama's and Medwedew's at Moscow 6th july 2009

A statement to reduce Nuclear weapons in US and Russia...

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Eastern European Nuclear-Missile Shield

The Wall Street Journal, 17th september 2009 - U.S. Changes Course on Eastern European Nuclear-Missile Shield

By PETER SPIEGEL

WASHINGTON -- The White House is scrapping a Bush-era plan for an Eastern European missile-defense shield, saying a redesigned defensive system would be cheaper, quicker and more effective against the threat from Iranian....

 

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Obama for a Nuclear Weapons free World

The Prague Speech of 5th April 2009....

 

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Next Stage on Iran Could Hold Real Peril

By JOHN VINOCUR

LONDON - A little less than a month ago, one of the officials developing the allies' strategy to halt Iran's drive to make a nuclear weapon described their governments' discomfort about soon having to move beyond attempts to engage the mullahs. ....

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