Friday, August 29, 2014


 Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace.   (#1 August 29, 2012; #2 August 29, 2013).


 Embrace a world free of nuclear weapons



7-4-45 First test
12-2-09 UNIDANT declared
May 2010 IDANT commenced
6-2 UN Nuclear Abolition Day
August 29, UNIDANT

What’s at stake:  the importance of a ban on nuclear weapons testing for the achievement of a safer and more secure world.


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See:   OMNI NUCLEAR FREE AND INDEPENDENT PACIFIC DAY AND MARSHALL ISLANDS NUCLEAR VICTIMS DAY, MARCH 1. NEWSLETTER #1.  March 1, 2012..   See also:  UN  Nuclear Abolition.Day June 2.    US Imperialism, Militarism.

Contents #1 and #2 below.

Contents #3 UN International Day Against Nuclear Tests Newsletter
   August 29, 2014
Veterans for Peace
UNIDANT 2014 Google Search
Space Alert! Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space
Lambert, US President’s Power and the Danger of Nuclear Weapons, The
    War Crimes Times
(Summer 2014)
OMNI’s Nuclear Weapons Abolition Newsletter
OMNI Hiroshima-Nagasaki 2014

International Day against Nuclear Tests (29 August)
Embrace a world free of nuclear weapons
Press Release
The world-wide observance of the fifth annual International Day against Nuclear Tests will be on Friday, 29 August 2014. The day highlights the efforts of the United Nations and a growing community of advocates, including Member States, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, youth networks and media in informing and educating on the importance of a ban on nuclear weapons testing for the achievement of a safer and more secure world.
Activities ranging from symposia and conferences to exhibits are expected to take place throughout the world to call attention to the dangers of nuclear weapon test explosions, the threats posed to humans and the environment, and the need to ultimately eliminate all nuclear weapons and their testing.
The day, August 29, was chosen by the General Assembly as the annual commemoration date against nuclear tests because it marks the day in 1991 when Semipalatinsk, in Kazakhstan, one of the largest test sites in the world, was closed permanently. This year at the United Nations Headquarters, there will be an observance on 10 September in the format of an Informal Meeting in the Trusteeship Council Chamber, convened by the President of the General Assembly, Mr. John Ashe, including a High-Level Panel organized in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United Nations.
The President of the General Assembly and Mr. Ermek Kosherbayev, First Deputy of the Governor of Eastern Kazakhstan (Semipalatinsk region) are expected to deliver opening statements at the meeting. The observance will broadly focus on drawing the world’s attention to nuclear weapons abolition and the goal of a world free of nuclear weapons.
The opening ceremony will be followed by a High-Level Panel on the “Path to Zero: The Role of the United Nations in Nuclear Disarmament and Non-proliferation”. The invited panel of speakers include, UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Ms. Angela Kane; Permanent Representative of Philippines to the United Nations Ambassador Libran Cabactulan; Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations Ambassador Guillermo  Rishchynski and Representative of the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency to the United Nations Mr. Geoffrey Shaw.

The panelists are expected to cover some key issues, such as steps for further progress on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, the establishment of further nuclear-weapon-free zones, and confidence building. The Panel will be moderated by the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations Ambassador U. Joy Ogwu.
The International Day against Nuclear Tests, established by General Assembly resolution 64/35, then presented at the initiative of the President of Kazakhstan, was first observed in 2010, to promote the idea that “every effort should be made to end nuclear tests in order to avert devastating and harmful effects on the lives of people… and, that the end of nuclear tests is one of the key means of achieving the goal of a nuclear-weapon-free world.”
See the full programme of events.

Barry Ladendorf
UN International Day Against Nuclear Tests August 28, 2014
On December 2, 2009, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously passed a resolution declaring August 29 to be the International Day Against Nuclear Tests.  It was hoped that the resolution would increase the public’s awareness and educate people everywhere “about the effects of nuclear weapons test explosions . . . and the need for their cessation as one of the means of achieving the goal of a nuclear-weapons-free world.”
In 1996, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).  This multilateral treaty requires states to ban all nuclear explosions in all environments, for military and civilian purposes.  The treaty has not gone into force because eight nations, the United States, Israel, North Korea, China, India, Pakistan, Iran and Egypt, have either not ratified or not signed the treaty.  And, yet it is fitting that the UN set aside a day to encourage its member states, NGOs and other institutions and the media to “inform, educate and advocate the necessity of banning nuclear weapons tests as a valuable step towards achieving a safer world.”
While the banning of nuclear weapons testing can move us toward a “safer world,” Veterans For Peace believes there is even a better way to a “safer” world and that is to eliminate nuclear weapons altogether. Hence, VFP continues to support the Marshall Islands lawsuits filed on April 24, 2014, in the United States District Court in San Francisco.  The lawsuits seek to compel the United States to comply with its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).  VFP also supports the companion lawsuits filed in the International Court of Justice against all nine nuclear-armed countries for breaching their obligations under the NPT.  
The NPT went into force in 1970, signed and/or ratified by 189 States Parties, making it the largest, legally binding, arms control treaty in the world. The three pillars of the NPT call for (1) nuclear armed states to negotiate in good faith for the reduction and ultimate elimination of nuclear weapons; (2) nations without nuclear weapons not to acquire them; and (3) all nations to have access to the peaceful use of nuclear energy.
While there have been significant reductions in the nuclear arsenals of the nuclear states, there are still more than 10,000 nuclear warheads in the possession of the nine nuclear-armed states with 90% of those weapons in the possession of the United States and Russia.  Moreover, the world’s nuclear armed nations continue to modernize their nuclear arsenals and seem unwilling to consider the total elimination of such weapons.  In the last two decades the United States has moved to upgrade and modernize its nuclear weapons and has spent $8 billion dollars on its Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles to extend their service life until 2030. According to the US Congressional Budget Office, the United States will spend $365 billion on the maintenance and modernization of its nuclear arsenal over the next 10 years with a projected cost of $1 trillion dollars over the next 30 years.  This trend of modernization and the concurrent failure to eliminate nuclear weapons makes the Marshall Island lawsuits all the more important.
The Republic of the Marshalls, a nation that signed the NPT, has a particular and unique perspective on the issues of nuclear testing and nuclear disarmament.  First, as a signatory nation to the NPT it is bound by the treaty’s constraints and obligations.  Second, perhaps as much as any nation on Earth except Japan, the Marshall Islands have suffered directly from the effects of nuclear weapons.  Between 1946 and 1958, the United States conducted 67 nuclear tests in the Marshall Islands.  It is estimated that the explosive power of these tests was the equivalent of 1.7 Hiroshima bombs dropped daily for 12 years.  The testing has had a devastating impact on the health and environment of the people of the Marshall Islands.  Who better than the Marshall Islanders to bring to task the United States and the other nuclear armed nations?  In an already dangerous world, we continue to be held hostage to the whims, miscalculations, bluffs and errors of judgment of those who are the keepers of these weapons and presumedly are prepared to use them.
As Veterans For Peace, we seek to “end the arms race and to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons.”  Let us continue to support the Marshall Islanders and call upon the United States government to accept the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice and the Federal District Court so that this issue can be decided on the merits.  Let us also call on the United States to cast aside the modernization of nuclear weapons, and begin the process of negotiating in good faith to end the arms race and eliminate nuclear weapons.  Without the presence of nuclear weapons, rather than set aside August 29 as the International Day Against Nuclear Testing, this day can become a day for the peoples of the world to join together to commemorate the day when nuclear weapons no longer exist. This is the day we must always strive to achieve. 
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August 28, 2014
Submitted by Board member, Barry Ladendorf of VFP Hugh Thompson Memorial Chapter 91 in San Diego, CA.

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PEACE ALERT!  (Summer/Fall 2014), Edited and Compiled by Bruce Gagnon, Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space.  (Bruce was OMNI’s guest around 2001 or 02.)
This number has two articles on nuclear war preparation in space:  one by a whistleblower about intercontinental ballistic missiles, the other about the US vs. Russia and the space arms race.   You will enjoy being at the front on space news from an anti-war perspective.,, 207-443-9502. 

Craig Lambert, “:Nuclear Weapons or Democracy.”  The War Crimes Times (Summer 2014),   Pays special attention to Elaine Scarry’s book Thermonuclear Monarchy: Choosing Between Democracy and Doom.   Another book you will want to read on this subject is Garry Wills’ Bomb Power on how possession of the bomb has steadily increased the power of the presidency in a Security State.  In 1970 President Nixon said: “I can go into my office and pick up the telephone, and in 25 minutes 70 million people will be dead.” 

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 Compiled by Dick Bennett.
(See #1, June 14, 2007; #2, January 8, 2008; #3 May 16, 2008; #4 June 10; 2009,  #5 July 23, 2009, ; #6 Sept. 21, 2009; #7 August 29, 2010; #8 April 11, 2011; #9 August 4, 2011; #10 Feb. 27, 2012; #11 April 4, 2012; #12 June 27, 2012; #13 July 27, 2012; #14 August 11, 2012; #15, Dec. 4, 2012; #16 July 20, 2013; #17 Dec. 17, 2014; #18 Feb. 8, 2014; #19, May 25, 2014)

 Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace and Justice.

What’s at stake:   The official and dominant US explanation of the annihilations of the civilian cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki has been that they prevented the necessity of an invasion and saved US soldiers’ lives.  But many other cogent explanations are available which together make a powerful case against the bombings.  What’s at stake is that the official explanation has provided the US with a justification for repeated resorts to “shock and awe” instead of diplomacy since 1945.  We must stop invading, bombing, and occupying “enemies,” and acknowledging the atomic bombings as unacceptable war crimes will help end the US foreign policy of violence and wars.

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          Nuclear Abolition Day June 2
          Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific Day
          Three newsletters for H-N Remembrance 2013

Contents #1, August 29, 2012
History of Nuclear Tests

Contents #2, August 29, 2013
UNIDANT:  Ban Nuclear Testing
UNIDANT 2013 Events
Google Search, Ban Nuclear Tests
LaForge, US Covered Up Nuclear Testing Fallout and Its Consequences


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