1. Nuclear weapons and war
Video Series About Why does disarmament matter? Access to weapons does not necessarily cause conflict, but it can encourage, intensify and prolong it. Disarmament and arms control play a critical role in preventing and ending crisis and armed conflict. Disarmament can also reduce an immense financial burden on societies. Did you know that the cost … Read more Introduction to Disarmament
Remarks at the meeting of the UN Security Council, “Maintenance of international peace and security: Upholding multilateralism and the United Nations-centred international system,” held via videoconference, Moscow, May 7, 2021 For full article, please click here .
The Westminster government is defying international law— and its own public’s on-record majority opinion against nuclear weapons—as well as provoking the Scottish people, all of which it will regret. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the move will allow the U.K. to amass an nuclear arsenal the size of France’s, which is rumoured to possess … Read more U.K.’s decision to increase nuclear warhead stockpile cap defies logic
For Immediate Release: April 6, 2021 (Toronto) The threat posed by nuclear weapons is of major concern to Canadians according to a new poll released today by Nanos Research. The poll results show that Canadians are very positive about key solutions the disarmament movement has been advocating and that Canadians are action oriented in responding to … Read more New Nanos Poll Finds Strong Nuclear Weapons Concerns
The Westminster government is defying international law— and its own public’s on-record majority opinion against nuclear weapons—as well as provoking the Scottish people, all of which it will regret. For full article please visit: U.K.’s decision to increase nuclear warhead stockpile cap defies logic – The Hill Times
CANADIAN NETWORK TO ABOLISH NUCLEAR WEAPONS Le Réseau canadien pour l’abolition des armes nucléaires Canadian Nuclear Weapon Abolitionists Call on U.K. to Reconsider Warhead Increase CNANW Statement March 25, 2021 The Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (CNANW) joins with other disarmament organizations critical of the nuclear weapons policy shift of the government of the … Read more Canadian Nuclear Weapon Abolitionists Call on U.K. to Reconsider Warhead Increase
Interview with Tom Collina, co-author of The Button: The New Nuclear Arms Race and Presidential Power from Truman to Trump
Michel A. Duguay 28 November 2020 -1. Introduction This article seeks to contribute to the worldwide effort towards nuclear disarmament. The existence of thousands of nuclear bombs in the hands of leaders in nine countries threatens a great many living organisms on our planet, in particular humanity. In the twentieth century certain sectors of physics … Read more Deep-time self-identity in nuclear disarmament
A webinar on the need for Canada to sign the UN Nuclear Ban Treaty, featuring Liberal MP Hedy Fry, NDP MP Heather McPherson, Green Party MP Elizabeth May, Bloc Québécois MP Alexis Brunelle-Duceppe as well as Setsuko Thurlow, survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima who jointly accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of … Read more Why hasn’t Canada signed the UN Nuclear Ban Treaty?
Canada played a key role in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but few Canadians are aware of it. In August 1943 Canadian Prime Minister Mackenzie King invited US President Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to a conference in Quebec City. When the two leaders signed the Quebec Agreement for joint … Read more CANADA’S ROLE IN SUPPORTING NUCLEAR WEAPONS
2. NATO and security issues
On the eve of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s 72nd anniversary, the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute hosted a webinar titled “Why Canada should leave NATO” featuring Margaret Kimberley, Tamara Lorincz, Ludo De Brabanderand and Paul Robinson. Please join Margaret Kimberley from the Black Alliance for Peace, Professor Paul Robinson (University of Ottawa), Belgian peace activist Ludo … Read more Why Canada Should Leave Nato
Canadians launch campaign to cancel fighter jet procurement with National Day of Action for #ClimatePeace
By Tamara Lorincz August 4, 2020 Canadian peace activists have begun to mobilize to stop the Liberal government under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau from spending $19 billion for 88 new fighter jets. On Friday, July 24, we held a National Day of Action Strike for Climate Peace, No New Fighter Jets. There were 22 actions across … Read more Canadians launch campaign to cancel fighter jet procurement with National Day of Action for #ClimatePeace
By Sorpong Peou 2019 Peou on Smart sanctions & HS
By Sorpong Peou 2019 Peou on Human Security after 25 years
Formed in October 2012, the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots is a coalition of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that is working to ban fully autonomous weapons and thereby retain meaningful human control over the use of force. The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots is a growing global coalition of 160 international, regional, and national non-governmental organizations (NGOs) … Read more Campaign to Stop Killer Robots
On May 7, Republicans proved yet again that most of them are perfectly happy allowing President Donald Trump unchecked discretion to make war. Senate Joint Resolution 68, introduced on January 9 by Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), Hillary Clinton’s 2016 running mate, invoked the 1973 War Powers Resolution in an attempt to prohibit President Trump from … Read more Greenlighting War: Iran and Yemen
Though not well-publicized here in Canada, Canada will participate in the NATO Defender Europe 2020 war manoeuvres held in Europe between January 12 through July 10. Science for Peace, which counts as its members the late Ursula Franklin and John Polanyi, unreservedly opposes this provocative and regressive recapitulation of the brutal 20th century. In addition … Read more NATO Defender Europe
3. Climate Change
Rupert Read, Environmental Philosopher and Chair of Green House Think Tank. The Paris Agreement explicitly commits us to use non-existent, utterly reckless, unaffordable and ineffective ‘Negative Emissions Technologies’ which will almost certainly fail to be realised. Barring a multifaceted miracle, within a generation, we will be facing an exponentially rising tide of climate disasters that … Read more Shed A Light: Rupert Read – This civilization is finished: so what is to be done?
A Talk to Extinction Rebellion by Professor Richard Sandbrook In February 2020. https://youtu.be/vUoAKSxJ2VM
From the UK’s University of Exeter, Professor Tim Lenton explains the climate niche where most of humanity lives. But that zone is shifting, and billions of humans will migrate away from uninhabitable countries, mostly northward toward the Poles – not centuries but mere decades from now. Dr. Radley Horton from Columbia University warns killer heat and humidity are already … Read more Lethal Heat Warning
From Coronovirus to the Green New Deal
Politics of the Great Transition, 2020-2050: Speech to Climate Community Forum, February 2020 (long version)
WWII Lessons for the Climate Emergency by JUDITH DEUTSCH FacebookTwitterRedditEmail “The bad news is that if history teaches us one thing, it is that there never has been an energy transition….The history of energy is not one of transitions, but rather of successive additions . . .” Bonneuil and Fressoz, The Shock of the Anthropocene The New Deal … Read more World War II Lessons for the Climate Emergency
“The Climate Movement Has Gained Unprecedented Momentum since 2018“, by Sharon Zhang from Truthout.org (March 6, 2020).
Militarism and the Climate Crisis
Tamara Lorincz, “Making the Links: Militarism, Military Spending and the Climate Emergency” Address to the Climate Community Forum, Toronto, February, 2020.
4. Non-violence and civil society
The relationship between violent and nonviolent action is not as clear-cut as it may at first appear. In principle, as nonviolence guru Gene Sharp repeatedly reminds us, violence must not be combined with nonviolent action. Why? For one thing, violence will undermine the legitimacy and moral high ground enjoyed by nonviolent resisters. Why is this … Read more How Nonviolent is Nonviolent Action?
COVID-19: Dismantling Structural Racism and Disarming, Demilitarising, and Defunding Police to Rebuild our Communities
June 4, 2020, by Ray Acheson As protests erupted across the United States in response to the murder of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis, heavily militarised police forces cracked down violently against everyone in the streets. As one commentator noted on Saturday, 30 May, “The police are rioting across America tonight—shooting and mowing down … Read more COVID-19: Dismantling Structural Racism and Disarming, Demilitarising, and Defunding Police to Rebuild our Communities
Minneapolis organizer Tony Williams speaks about the ongoing uprisings and how groups can work towards the strategic dismantling of the police. Violence Towards Protesters Shows Why Many Want To Abolish Police