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Militarism run amok: Russians and Americans get their kids ready for war

August 31, 2015

In 1915, a mother’s protest against funneling children into war became the theme of a new American song, “I Didn’t Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier.” Although the ballad attained great popularity, not everyone liked it. Theodore Roosevelt, a leading militarist of the era, retorted that the proper place for such women was “in a harem―and not in the United States.”

Roosevelt would be happy to learn that, a century later, preparing children for war continues unabated. Read more…

Reaching Shared Meaning for Peace

August 27, 2015

Guest authors Donna J. Perry, Christian Guillermet Fernández, and David Fernández Puyana

Peace is a necessary condition for global realization of the right to health.

Our paper, The Right to Life in Peace: An Essential Condition for Realizing the Right to Health published in June 2015 by the Health and Human Rights Journal discusses an international movement toward elaborating the “right to peace” by the Human Rights Council (HRC) of the United Nations in Geneva. The initiative has had broad global support.

However, formulating the human longing for peace into specific words that define peace and its necessary conditions has not yet been successful in reaching consensus. Read more…

ICRC President Warns ATT Delegates in Cancun: Don’t Trade Arms to Belligerents

August 25, 2015

The blogosphere is atwitter that the great global gun grab has begun now that the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) First Conference of States Parties (CSP1) has commenced in Cancun, Mexico.

Adam Weinstein’s brilliant piece “It’s a U.N. ‘Gun Grab’ — Reach for Your Wallets!”  in the new “The Trace” is a great retort and analysis.

But let’s get back to reality and the vital importance of a robustly implemented ATT, and the millions of lives and livelihoods that are at stake today.

Writing in the Reaching Critical Will ATT Monitor Ray Acheson of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom quotes Peter Maurer, the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)  in his video statement at the opening session of the CSP1: Read more…

SAVE LIVES: 10 Days until ATT Conference of States Parties, 5 key recommendations

August 14, 2015
Photo: Sean Clee - Courtesy of Control Arms Coalition

Photo: Sean Clee – Courtesy of Control Arms Coalition

Millions of lives continue to be devastated and every continent marred by armed violence. Now the world has a chance to change this.

In ten days States will come together for the first annual meeting of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), where they must make important decisions about how it will be implemented. Read more…

Ukraine conflict risks nuclear war

August 11, 2015

[IPPNW co-presidents Ira Helfand and Vladimir Garkavenko have sent the following letter to Presidents Barack Obama of the United States and Vladimir Putin of Russia, expressing the Federation’s concern over the continuing conflict in Ukraine between two heavily armed nuclear States. Dr. Helfand is a member of the board of IPPNW’s US affiliate, Physicians for Social Responsibility. Dr. Garkavenko is a member of the board of IPPNW’s Russian affiliate, Russian Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.]

IPPNWLogoNewDear Presidents Obama and Putin:

We write this letter to you in our capacity as co-presidents of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) because we are deeply concerned about the conflict in Ukraine and the risk that nuclear weapons will be used in this conflict. Read more…

What can happen while you change trains

August 6, 2015

HiroshimaTrainEarlier today I watched a short video about the US atomic bombing of Hiroshima—one of many that have found their way online to mark the 70th anniversary of the defining moment in human history: the moment when humankind acquired weaponry that could bring history itself to an end. Read more…

Are nuclear arms control and disarmament agreements of any value?

July 17, 2015

irannucleardealThe recent announcement of a nuclear deal between the governments of Iran and other major nations, including the United States, naturally draws our attention to the history of international nuclear arms control and disarmament agreements. What accounts for their advent on the world scene and what have they accomplished? Read more…

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