Trump, Nukes and Twitter: A Potentially Lethal Combination

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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 …

We Need To Ban Nuclear Weapons (In Spite Of Canada)

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Make no mistake: neither North Korea’s latest nuclear weapons test nor the recent high-stakes stalemate over Iran’s nuclear program are the root of nuclear insecurity. They are but symptoms of a nuclear disarmament regime in a severe state of disrepair. While every other category of weapons of mass destruction has been specifically prohibited under international law, nuclear weapons — by …

The nuclear disarmament status quo: Not acceptable

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Don’t look now, but a major power struggle is taking shape at the highest levels of multilateral diplomacy. At issue: the blatant disregard of nuclear-weapons states of their obligation to disarm under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 37 Issue 2 Summer 2016 by Cesar Jaramillo The latest showdown was at the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) to Take …

It’s the political-will gap, stupid: Nuclear abolition is a non-priority in Washington, Beijing, Moscow, London, and Paris

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Author Cesar Jaramillo Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 37 Issue 1 Spring 2016 I recently conducted a (blatantly unscientific) poll among a dozen or so colleagues. All were attending an experts’ seminar on nuclear disarmament in Ottawa—and all were at least somewhat familiar with the state of affairs of the global nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation regime. “Impromptu. Show of hands. Two questions. …

Ploughshares in the news: January 2016

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January 18, 2016 January 4 The Globe and Mail: Ottawa going ahead with Saudi arms deal despite condemning executions (quotes Cesar) By Steven Chase January 5 The Globe and Mail: Critics push Ottawa to explain justification for Saudi arms deal (quotes Ken) By Steven Chase Common Dreams.org (progressive news hub): Canada Condemns Saudi Executions, But Arms Sales Speak Louder Than Words (quotes “Ploughshares”) …

NPT RevCon: No outcome better than a weak one

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For many, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty is no longer a credible path to nuclear abolition Author Cesar Jaramillo Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 36 Issue 2 Summer 2015 Perhaps Bob Marley said it best: “you can fool some people sometimes, but you can’t fool all the people all the time.” And so, in the eyes of a growing number of nations and …

NPT Review Conference: No outcome document better than a weak one

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Author Cesar Jaramillo Published June 3, 2015 in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Perhaps Bob Marley sang it best: “[Y]ou can fool some people sometimes, but you can’t fool all the people all the time.” And so, in the eyes of a growing number of nations and civil society organizations around the world, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)—as currently …

Proliferation concerns secondary in nuclear deal with India

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Author Cesar Jaramillo Published April 29, 2015 in the Waterloo Region Record The uneven application of Canada’s nuclear non-proliferation standards is becoming increasingly apparent. For a country that has so vehemently decried the mere possibility that Iran might one day produce even a single nuclear weapon, Canada seems remarkably eager to supply uranium to India, a rogue nuclear weapons state …

The humanitarian and political struggle to ban the bomb

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By Cesar Jaramillo Not only is the risk of a nuclear weapons detonation—whether by accident, miscalculation, or design—higher than commonly understood, but it is actually increasing over time. This was among the sobering conclusions in the Chair’s Summary from the third Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, hosted by the Austrian government on December 8-9, 2014. Delegates from …

Q&A: The mounting push for nuclear abolition

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Author Cesar Jaramillo Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 35 Issue 3 Autumn 2014 Ploughshares Program Officer Cesar Jaramillo talks with Beatrice Fihn, who is the Executive Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and based in Geneva. CJ: Let’s begin with a bit about ICAN. What can you tell us about the primary objectives, strategies, and membership of the campaign? BF: ICAN …