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Congress Permits Reclassification of Nuke-Related Data

Nuclear Abolition News | FASWhite House

By STEVEN AFTERGOOD

WASHINGTON DC - Certain nuclear weapons-related information that has been removed from the category of Restricted Data (RD) and designated as Formerly Restricted Data (FRD) can now be restored to the RD category, under a provision approved by Congress in the FY 2013 national defense authorization act.

Until now, the removal of information from the Restricted Data category was irreversible, being prohibited by the Atomic Energy Act.  That prohibition is nullified by the new legislation.

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The Frightening Scenario of the Nuclear War

Nuclear Abolition News | IPS

By IRA HELFAND

NORTHAMPTON, U.S. (IPS) - Soon after President Barack Obama was elected in 2008, hundreds of leaders of the global medical community wrote an open letter to him, and to newly elected Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, urging them to make the abolition of nuclear weapons their highest priority:

“You face many urgent crises at this difficult moment, but they all pale in comparison to the need to prevent nuclear war. A thousand years from now no one will remember most of what you will do over the next few years; but no one will ever forget the leaders who abolished the threat of nuclear war…Please do not fail us.”

Unfortunately, as we feared, the demands of the economic crisis crowded out other issues and, so far, the leaders of Russia and the United States have failed us. The re-election of Obama offers him a new chance to move the world down the path to nuclear disarmament. It is an opportunity that must not be wasted. [P] ARABIC | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | TURKISH

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Rate of U.S., Russian Nuclear Disarmament 'Slowing'

Nuclear Abolition News | IPS

WASHINGTON (IPS) - Although the United States and Russia have massively reduced their collective number of nuclear weapons since the heyday of the Cold War, the rate of that reduction is slowing, the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) warned on December 17.

Further, these two countries alone continue to account for more than 90 percent of the world’s total nuclear arsenal, 15 times the rest of the seven nuclear weapon states combined. [P] ARABIC | DUTCH | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | GERMAN | TURKISH

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Changing the Game to Achieve Nuclear Disarmament

Nuclear Abolition News | IPS

By REBECCA JOHNSON*

LONDON (IPS) - Twenty-five years ago, on Dec. 8, presidents Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan signed the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. This historic agreement eliminated a modern class of land-based “theatre” weapons – the SS20s, cruise and Pershing missiles – that had been brought into Europe in the early 1980s. [P] ARABIC | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | TURKISH

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Opportunity Missed for Nuclear-Free Middle East

Nuclear Aboltion News | IPS

By JILLIAN KESTLER-D'AMOURS

JERUSALEM (IPS) - After the cancellation of an international conference to create a nuclear-free Middle East, leading experts have warned that an important opportunity to create stability in the region has been squandered. [P] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

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