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An unwinnable war PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 17 June 2005 07:37
An unwinnable war

Paul Rogers - Now Donald Rumsfeld himself ? one of the Iraq war?s leading architects ? publicly accepts that the world?s most powerful military force, deployed by a state that spends almost as much on the military as every other country in the world put together, cannot counter 20,000 or so determined insurgents backed by a minority of the population of Iraq. It is an astonishing moment.

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Last Updated on Friday, 17 June 2005 07:37
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The Nuclear Fiasco in New York PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 11 June 2005 16:01
The Nuclear Fiasco in New York
by Michael Wallace

Ho hum. Another UN conference in New York in May, ?full of sound and fury, signifying nothing?. Another set of international agreements dumped in the trashcan by US bellowing rhetoric and hissy ? fit intransigence, predictably provoking in turn the worst behaviour by most other national delegations. At times, the deliberations made one think of pre-schoolers badly in need of a ?time out?, or perhaps the male ? ape threat displays from a Jane Goodall video. Not a chance of getting attention from media preoccupied with such earth ? shattering events as the Michael Jackson trial.
Last Updated on Saturday, 11 June 2005 16:01
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SUPPORT GROWING FOR REMOVING U.S. NUCLEAR WEAPONS FROM EUROPE PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 11 June 2005 13:22
A paper written for the National Resources Defense Council pieces together evidence from an array of sources to show that the United States is still deploying 480 nuclear weapons in Europe. Until now, most observers believed there were no more than half that many still left on the continent. The continuing presence of these weapons irritates relations with Russia, undermines global efforts to dissuade other nations from developing nuclear weapons, and impedes NATO's post-Cold War evolution. The Bush administration and the NATO alliance should address this issue as a matter of global nuclear security and remove all U.S. nuclear weapons from Europe.
Last Updated on Saturday, 11 June 2005 13:22
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At the G8 Reallocate the Military budget; cancel third world debt PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 09 June 2005 02:10
At the G8 Reallocate the Military Budget - Cancel Third World Debt

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Throughout the years, through international agreements, member states of the United Nations have recognized that the military budget has been a waste and misuse of resources. Currently the Global Community is now spending 1 trillion per year on the military budget at a time when many basic and fundamental rights have not been fulfilled. At the G8 meeting the Ministers must finally fulfill years of commitments to reallocate the military budget, and cancel the long standing crippling third world debt.
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 June 2005 02:10
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World Military Spending Tops $1 trillion US: half is American PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 07 June 2005 06:06
World Military Spending Tops $1 Trillion US: Half is American

In a press release issued by the Stockholm Institute for International Peace Research, scholars claimed that last year for the first time global military expenditures exceeded $1 trilion per annum. The major determinant of the world trend in military expenditure is the change in the USA, which makes up 47 per cent of the world total.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 June 2005 06:06
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Weapons in Space: To Badly Go PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 31 May 2005 17:15
Weapons in Space: To Badly Go

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Union of Concerned Scientists have just released a major report on Weapons in Space which makes two key points: 1) only ASAT (anti-satellite) weapons will be cost-effective space weapons for the next several decades, and 2) US deployment of ASAT weapons could easily be duplicated by other nations, creating a major threat to strategic stability and an arms race in space.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 May 2005 17:15
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Spineless NPT Conference Papers Over Cracks and Ends with a Whimper PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 30 May 2005 06:32
Spineless NPT Conference Papers Over Cracks and Ends with a Whimper

Delegates from 153 countries at the 2005 NPT Review Conference failed to build on past agreements and adopt any kind of decisions or recommendations for furthering progress in the vital security issues of nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament. From start to finish, this conference did little more than go through the motions, and was one of the most shameful exhibitions of cynical time-wasting seen outside the Geneva Conference on Disarmament.
Last Updated on Monday, 30 May 2005 06:32
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US NUCLEAR HYPOCRISY: BAD FOR THE US, BAD FOR THE WORLD PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 30 May 2005 05:34
US NUCLEAR HYPOCRISY: BAD FOR THE US, BAD FOR THE WORLD



Every five years the parties to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty meet in a review conference to further the non-proliferation and disarmament
goals of the treaty. This year the conference ended in a spectacular
failure with no final document and no agreement on moving forward. The failure of the treaty conference is overwhelmingly attributable to the nuclear policies of the Bush administration, which has disavowed previous US nuclear disarmament commitments under the treaty. The Bush administration does not seem to grasp the hypocrisy of pressing other nations to forego their nuclear options, while failing to fulfill its own obligations under the disarmament provisions of the treaty.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 May 2005 05:34
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Update on U.S. Missile Defense Spending PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 26 May 2005 01:37
Update on U.S. Missile Defense Spending

From the Congressional Research Services of the Library of congress we learn that the Bush administration has requested $3.3 billion for the Ground-Based Interceptor program currently being deployed in Alaska and California.

-- Space & Technology Editor
Last Updated on Thursday, 26 May 2005 01:37
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A Review of the Non-Proliteration Treaty Review Conference PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 May 2005 02:17

A Review of the Non-Proliteration Treaty Review Conference

PEJ News - F.H. Knelman, Ph.D.: The Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) currently under review can only be fully understood within the context of the materials used in nuclear power reactors and those used to manufacture nuclear weapons. The key element in both of these is uranium. The dominant nuclear power reactors in the world use enriched uranium as their fuel rods. The two isotopes in natural uranium are U-235 and U-238. The process of enrichment is to increase the Uranium-235 component in natural uranium from 0.217 parts per 100 to reactor grade level. Only the Canadian reactor, CANDU, uses natural uranium for its fuel.


Last Updated on Thursday, 12 May 2005 02:17
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