The Gambia Ratifies the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty
VIENNA (CTBTO | IDN) — The Republic of The Gambia has ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), raising the total number of ratifying states to 171 and bringing the Treaty another step closer to universality. [2022-03-24]
Growing Number of Corporations Against Investing in Nuclear Weapons
By Jaya Ramachandran
GENEVA (IDN) — "The nuclear weapons narrative is changing. The implicit permission to make weapons of mass destruction is getting revoked by governments, parliamentarians, cities and the financial sector," says a new report, released ahead of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, which marks a turning point in post-Cold War history. Significantly, the Russian invasion has also triggered the fear of a third world war, which would involve nuclear weapons. [2022-03-14-32] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | MALAY | NORWEGIAN | THAI | TURKISH
World’s Largest Arms Importers Include Nuclear Powers
By Thalif Deen
NEW YORK (IDN) — A significant spike in arms imports by Europe, East Asia and Oceania during the last five years has reaffirmed the continuously sharp increase in global arms sales—a rising trend undaunted by a faltering world economy or the two-year-long pandemic lockdown. [2022-03-14-31] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | SWEDISH | TURKISH
The World is Plunging into a Dangerous New Cold War 2.0
Viewpoint by Dr Joseph Gerson
The writer is President of the Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security
NEW YORK (IDN) — Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and Putin’s repeated tense threats to resort to genocidal nuclear attacks if the West intervenes more directly in Ukraine must be universally condemned and opposed. [2022-03-09-30] ARABIC | BAHASA | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF |
Is World War III a Nuclear Reality or an Empty Threat?
By Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS (IDN) — A Russian news agency quoted on March 2 Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s dire warning: If a third world war (WWIII) breaks out, it would involve nuclear weapons—and be destructive. [2022-03-08-29] GERMAN | HINDI | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF |
A Role for the UN General Assembly in the Current NATO Russia Crisis
By Joan Russow
The writer, Joan Russow, PhD, is Co-Ordinator, Global Compliance Research Project, based in Canada.
VICTORIA BC, Canada (IDN) — Over the years, whenever the United States— with or without the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)—decided to go to war, the US used pretexts for war.
Human security to justify the invasion of Iraq in 1991, humanitarian intervention in Kosovo in 1999, Article 51 self-defence, in Afghanistan in 2001 prevention /pre-emptive strike, in Iraq in 2003, the Responsibility to Protect , in Haiti, in 2004 and in Libya, in 2011. and when all these pretexts were discredited a new one emerged: A Canadian- inspired “the Will to Intervene.” [2022-02-28]
A Conflict Over Ukraine Embroils Four of the World’s Major Nuclear Powers
By Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS (IDN) — The spiraling crisis in Ukraine has an ominous underlying fact: it is a conflict that involves four of the world’s major nuclear powers: the US, Russia, UK and France, with the remaining five, namely China, India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel on the sidelines as spectators—at least so far. [2022-02-27]
Ukraine-Russia: With Activation of NATO Response Force, U.S. Military Ready to Provide Forces
By C. Todd Lopez
This article was issued by U.S. Department of Defense.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (IDN) — In response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced on February 25 activation of the alliance's defense plans, which means also that it can deploy the NATO Defense Force. The U.S. Defense Department now stands ready to provide capabilities to help fill that defense force, if asked to do so, said Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby. [2022-02-26]
Latin American and Caribbean Countries Support the Nuclear Test Ban
By Reinhard Jacobsen
VIENNA (IDN) — The Commonwealth of Dominica announced its decision early February to join the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) that bans nuclear explosions by everyone, everywhere—on the Earth's surface, in the atmosphere, underwater and underground. The Treaty was signed 26 years ago but it has yet to enter into force. [2022-02-25-28] ITALIAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | PORTUGUESE
Nuclear Disarmament Requires Prompt Resolution, Says a Buddhist Peacebuilder
By Ramesh Jaura
BERLIN | TOKYO (IDN) — Along with the United Nations, the community-based Buddhist organisation Soka Gakkai International (SGI) offers a beacon of hope particularly when the world is plagued by crises threatening the survival of humankind.
Every year since 1983, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, a Buddhist philosopher, peacebuilder and educator, has issued a peace proposal. His latest—and the 40th—titled "Transforming Human History: The Light of Peace and Dignity"—was released on January 26. [2022-02-21-27] ARABIC | HINDI | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF