War Child launches campaign to protect childhood

Tasneem Jamal News

War Child has launched a campaign to protect the childhood of children living in war-affected communities worldwide. Read the news release below: Click here to view PDF of news release For immediate release: Tuesday, October, 23rd, 2012 – Toronto, ON – War Child is excited to launch a provocative new campaign on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 that draws attention to the …

Firearms control: Canada lowers the bar, again

Kenneth Epps Americas, Conventional Weapons, News

UPDATE: Since the following blog was written, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews announced that the government will postpone implementation of Canada’s Firearms Marking Regulations until December 2013, more than seven years after they were meant to come into effect. According to press reports, in an announcement to the Conservative Party caucus on November 2 the Minister cited the need to …

20th Anniversary for International Campaign to Ban Landmines

Tasneem Jamal Conventional Weapons, News

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, 1997 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, 90 representatives from non-governmental organizations and global coalitions gathered in New York for a Humanitarian Disarmament Campaigns Summit convened by Human Rights Watch. These civil society representatives work in a variety of fields with the shared objective of protecting civilians from …

Violence begets violence

Tasneem Jamal News

“It is after the attack that the village received guns for its defence. But then the threat to the village was greater. Why? The [rebels] would like to capture the guns.” Villager from Yakawewa in Sri Lanka, 1989 Every day, millions of people suffer from the direct and indirect consequences of the irresponsible arms trade: thousands are killed, others are …

Did you use your cellphone today?

Tasneem Jamal News, Space Security

You are using the Internet right now. Perhaps earlier today you watched television; checked the weather forecast; used an ATM machine; or a GPS device. If something happened in the Earth’s orbit  –  satellites crashing into each other; satellites crashing into debris; a deliberate attack of one satellite on another –  these simple things you did today and expect to …

‘Massive use of chemical agents’

Tasneem Jamal Asia, Conventional Weapons, Mideast, News

On Aug. 21, 2013, in and around the agricultural belt of the Ghouta, near the Syrian capital of Damascus, an attack on civilians involving the “massive use of chemical agents” was carried out by the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad, according to a report from the government of France. Although precise fatality figures are difficult to confirm, the chemical attack is …

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 …

An Arms Trade Treaty: within our grasp

Kenneth Epps Conventional Weapons, News

The final days of the month-long diplomatic conference in New York to negotiate an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) were a rollercoaster ride of tension and emotion. From pronounced concern over a deadlock on Wednesday, to widespread anticipation on Thursday, to general frustration on the final Friday, the feelings of many conference participants – state officials and NGO representatives alike – …

Half-baked ATT negotiations

Kenneth Epps Conventional Weapons, News

The four-week United Nations diplomatic conference in New York to negotiate an international Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) has reached its half-way mark. It would be fair to ask what has been accomplished to date. The blunt answer is not much. More troubling is the prospect that the final two weeks will be held hostage to states that never wanted a …