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Isn’t it time to ban the bomb?

September 13, 2016
"Ban the bomb" — 1959

“Ban the bomb” — 1959

Although the mass media failed to report it, a landmark event occurred recently in connection with resolving the long-discussed problem of what to do about nuclear weapons. On August 19, 2016, a UN committee, the innocuously-named Open-Ended Working Group, voted to recommend to the UN General Assembly that it mandate the opening of negotiations in 2017 on a treaty to ban them. Read more…

ICAN condemns North Korea’s nuclear test, urges nations to pursue global nuclear weapon ban

September 9, 2016

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), a campaign coalition that includes IPPNW and more than 400 other partner organizations worldwide, has released the following statement in response to today’s nuclear test by North Korea.

ICAN-logo-for-emailNorth Korea today confirmed that it had conducted its most powerful nuclear test explosion to date, with an estimated yield of 10 kilotonnes, triggering a magnitude 5.3 earthquake. The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) – a coalition of non-government organizations in close to 100 nations – strongly condemned this reckless and destabilizing act, which runs counter to the growing tide of international support for a treaty banning nuclear weapons. Read more…

Kenya medical students: What do the SDGs have to do with health and peace?

September 8, 2016

By Dr. Peter Mburu, Kenya Association of Physicians and Medical Workers for Social Responsibility (IPPNW-Kenya)

Myself and other members of the Kenya Association of Physicians and Medical Workers for Social Responsibility (APMS) held a student workshop recently at Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya, the highland home base of Kenyan athletes. We were invited by the Moi student chapter, and in the APMS tradition, we tackled a theme chosen by the students – in this case, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Read more…

Ban treaty recommendation on its way to UN First Committee

August 19, 2016
Support for a ban treaty only grew stronger during the final session of the OEWG, despite attempts by Australia and some NATO states to sabotage the outcome.

Support for a ban treaty grew stronger during the final session of the OEWG, despite attempts by Australia and some NATO states to sabotage the outcome.

The world took one step closer to banning nuclear weapons today, when the UN Open-Ended Working Group on nuclear disarmament (OEWG) voted to recommend that the General Assembly mandate negotiations on a ban treaty to commence in 2017 when it meets in New York in October. Read more…

Next stop—First Committee

August 19, 2016

The OEWG has just adopted a report calling for negotiations on a ban treaty to commence in 2017! The vote count — 68 yes, 22 no, 13 abstentions — reflects only those states in the room at the time of the vote. ICAN counts real number of ban supporters participating in OEWG as 107. Even more when all Pledge States are counted. A last-minute attempt by Australia to block the report failed, with the result that opposing states are even more isolated.

Next stop, First Committee!

Majority vote for OEWG report recommending commencement of negotiations on a ban treaty.

Majority vote for OEWG report recommending commencement of negotiations on a ban treaty.

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71 years on, we’re still dodging bullets while Australia leads the charge to promote nuclear weapons

August 9, 2016
ICAN protest in front of Australian embassy during the OEWG. Photo: ICAN

ICAN protest in front of Australian embassy during the OEWG. Photo: ICAN

Early August marks the anniversaries of the atomic bombings on August 6 and 9, 1945, of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, dates which most often come and go with little to offer except a terrifying reminder of humanity’s capacity to destroy ourselves.  Nevertheless, we’ve made it to 71 years having tempted fate with tens of thousands of the most destructive devices ever created, escaping within a whisker of global catastrophe more times than bears thinking about. Read more…

Remembering Normand Brissette

August 6, 2016

By David Rubin

[The following article was originally published in The Boston Globe on August 20, 2005. The author is an emeritus English professor from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.]

Normand Brissette died 60 years ago on Aug. 19, 1945. But who was Normand Brissette, and why should anyone pause to remember his death?

On the morning of Aug. 6, 1945, Brissette, a 19-year-old Navy airman from Lowell, was one of 11 American POWs being held at Chugoku Military Police Headquarters in the center of Hiroshima. All were members of Air Force B-24 or Navy dive-bomber crews who had been captured after parachuting when their planes were shot down by Japanese anti-aircraft fire on July 28. Read more…

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