Canada’s absence betrays its history on nuclear talks

Cesar Jaramillo Americas, Featured, News, Nuclear Weapons

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 Americas, Featured, Nuclear Weapons

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 Americas, Conventional Weapons, Featured, Mideast, 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 …

Colombia takes historic step toward peace

Cesar Jaramillo Americas, Defence & Human Security, Featured

For Colombians of my generation, it is hard to conceive of Colombia at peace. We were born into the longest-running armed conflict in the Western hemisphere, now in its 52nd year. The protracted war between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) became a distressing, yet routine, backdrop to everyday life. Over time, the conflict permeated …

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

Cesar Jaramillo Americas, Featured, News, Nuclear Weapons

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 flagrant contradictions of nuclear-dependent states

Cesar Jaramillo News, Nuclear Weapons

By Cesar Jaramillo It’s hard to tell whether the states questioning the purpose, direction, and convenience of the humanitarian imperative for nuclear disarmament are fully aware of the extent to which the inconsistencies in their positions are apparent to the rest of the international community. Because the contradictions are, well, quite obvious. Take, for example, the discomfort expressed by a …

There’s a new sense of urgency for a nuclear weapons ban

Cesar Jaramillo News, Nuclear Weapons

Published by the Waterloo Region Record, May 17, 2013 By Cesar Jaramillo All nations are equal, but some nations are more equal than others. This was the unspoken Orwellian mantra of the preparatory committee meeting held in Geneva from April 22 to May 3 in advance of the 2015 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty review conference. More than 40 years after the …

A foreign policy for the few

Cesar Jaramillo Americas, Defence & Human Security, News, Nuclear Weapons

If asked to comment on Canada’s recent controversial vote at the UN General Assembly, I would be hard pressed to pinpoint the exact vote referred to. Of course, I could request further information. “The UNGA resolution that Canada voted against,” the interrogator might say. “But which?” I would respond. “The resolution that was overwhelmingly supported by the vast majority of …

The big nuclear spin

Cesar Jaramillo News, Nuclear Weapons

The irony couldn’t be more profound. The primary obstacle facing global efforts to rid the world of the most destructive weapons ever created is the intransigence of the very states primarily tasked with the maintenance of international peace and security. The five permanent members  of the UN Security Council (P5)—which are also the sole possessors of nuclear arsenals among parties …