A race to the bottom on migration

Cesar Jaramillo Featured

The European Union has recently weakened protections for migrants under the guise of cooperation, writes Cesar Jaramillo, warning of a downward trend. Mere hours before 100 African migrants drowned off the coast of Libya on June 29, European Union leaders appeared cautiously optimistic about a key agreement on migration struck at a two-day EU summit in Brussels. But the deal, which calls for the establishment …

Re-affirming City of Toronto as a Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone

Cesar Jaramillo Featured, News

The following comments refer to the April 16, 2018 Board of Health meeting on item 2018.HL26.1: Re-affirming City of Toronto as a Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone. As Executive Director of Project Ploughshares, a Canadian group that has conducted research on nuclear disarmament for more than four decades, I add my full and unequivocal support to item 2018.HL26.1, now under consideration by …

Yemen In The Time Of Cholera

Cesar Jaramillo Featured, News

The country is experiencing the world’s largest epidemic, and it has everything to do with the Arms Trade Treaty. A sudden onset of severe diarrhea is usually the first symptom. Rapid fluid loss often leads to life-threatening dehydration. If left untreated, certain strains can cause death within hours. Those who survive initial symptoms must endure repeated vomiting, low blood pressure, …

Canada Can’t Keep Denying It Ought To Scrap Saudi Arms Deal

Cesar Jaramillo Featured, News

Since the moment it was announced in 2014 by the Harper government, the multibillion-dollar Canadian arms export deal with human-rights pariah Saudi Arabia has been shrouded in controversy. Most recently it has come under renewed scrutiny following allegations that the Saudi regime used violence — and Canadian equipment — to repress civilians in the Eastern Province. Through it all, Ottawa’s handling of …

We did it!

Cesar Jaramillo Featured, News

Thanks to you. In honour of our 40th anniversary, Project Ploughshares launched a special fundraising initiative: $40,000 for our 40th. Today, we reached our goal. Thank you to all who contributed.  The funds will be used to augment the communications and computing infrastructure of Ploughshares and to enhance our outreach to new constituencies, particularly students and youth. These innovations will …

Canada’s ATT Legislation Has A Loophole You Could Drive A Tank Through

Cesar Jaramillo Featured

Canadian military exports to the United States have long been exempted from licensing and reporting requirements applicable to every other destination. Not even Canada enjoys the same latitude it affords its southern neighbour.  As indicated in the annual Report on Exports of Military Goods from Canada, most military exports destined for the United States are exempt from export permit requirements. Further, statistics related to …

Canada’s absence betrays its history on nuclear talks

Cesar Jaramillo Featured, News

Negotiations begin Monday at the United Nations in New York on a “legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading toward their total elimination.” These talks flow from resolutions adopted late last year by the General Assembly in landslide votes. These negotiations could be the most significant multilateral development on nuclear-arms control since the indefinite extension of the Non-Proliferation Treaty …

Trump, Nukes and Twitter: A Potentially Lethal Combination

Cesar Jaramillo Featured

Tick, tock: the Doomsday clock measured by The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has moved 30 seconds closer to midnight (meaning: global catastrophe) — from three minutes to two minutes, 30 seconds. Not since the 1950s has midnight been so close. Why the move? Scientists point to the growing threat to humanity posed by nuclear weapons, including a potentially lethal Trump-nukes-Twitter …

Despite ruling, many questions on Saudi arms deal linger

Cesar Jaramillo Featured, News

Two prime ministers and four ministers of foreign affairs later, Canada is still set to ship $15-billion of military equipment to human-rights pariah Saudi Arabia. This in spite of well-documented red flags and numerous unanswered questions about the process by which the deal cleared Canada’s military export controls. And notwithstanding yesterday’s Federal Court rejection of a bid to stop the …