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  • Would terrorists set off a nuclear weapon if they had one? We shouldn’t assume so

    For decades, the specter of nuclear terrorism has haunted the halls of Washington policy-making and the imagination of Western popular culture. While this was true even before September 11, 2001, in the days since, a consensus has formed from which few dare deviate: Terrorist organizations are looking to acquire nuclear weapons, and if they are…

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  • Why South Africa Gave up Its Nuclear Weapons Forever

    Why did South Africa decide to build nukes, how did it build them and why did it decide to give them up? The answers are largely idiosyncratic, although they may hold some lessons for the future of nuclear weapons development on the Korean Peninsula and elsewhere. Origins of Program South Africa sought nuclear weapons for…

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  • Pope urges abolition of nuclear weapons during Japan visit

    Pope Francis has made an impassioned appeal for the abolition of nuclear weapons during a visit to Nagasaki, one of the two Japanese cities targeted by atomic bombs during World War Two. He decried the “unspeakable horror” of nuclear weapons and insisted they were “not the answer” for global peace. At least 74,000 were killed…

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  • Growing Anxiety About the Crucial 2020 NPT Review Conference

    The survivors of atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Mayors of the two Japanese cities whose inhabitants have experienced first-hand the mind boggling cruelty of nuclear weapons, representatives of other civil society organizations as well as the United Nations are increasingly concerned about the fate of non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament. ‘Nihon Hidankyo’ representing the…

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  • Don’t Bank on the Bomb

    This report profiles 77 financial institutions that have in place a policy that restricts investments in nuclear weapon producers. This is an increase of 14 compared to the previous update of this report. Of these, 36 institutions have comprehensive policies in place. They are listed in the Hall of Fame. 41 institutions have a policy…

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  • Nuclear Abolition Exhibition Boosts Japan-Kazakh Relations

    NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan (IDN) – 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the end of nuclear weapons testing in Semipalatinsk, the primary testing venue for the Soviet Union’s nuclear weapons, the 10th anniversary of the entry into force of the Treaty on a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in Central Asia, and the ratification by Kazakhstan as the 26th country…

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  • A living witness to nuclear dystopia

    First came a flash. Thirteen-year-old Setsuko Nakamura felt as if she were drifting skyward. And then darkness. Seventy-four years later Setsuko still remembers the moment of detonation after the U.S. dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, the first of two exploded over the island nation, a deployment that proved so horrendous the weapons have never…

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  • When Talking About the Climate Crisis, We Can’t Forget About Nuclear Weapons

    In the weeks leading up to the October Democratic debate, the climate crisis has finally taken over the political conversation. In mid-September, Greta Thunberg put world leaders on blast at the United Nations General Assembly, eloquently telling them, “The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us, I…

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  • ATOM Project Honourary Ambassador Karipbek Kuyukov shares his art, urges global nuclear disarmament in Tokyo

    TOKYO – The ATOM Project Honourary Ambassador Karipbek Kuyukov recently shared his message of nuclear disarmament, exhibited his artwork depicting the horrors of nuclear weapons and met with survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings in Tokyo. Kuyukov is one of more than 1.5 million victims in Kazakhstan of 459 nuclear weapons tests by the…

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  • Even ‘Limited’ Nuclear War Could Cause 90 Million Casualties in a Few Hours

    Recently leaked Pentagon plans revealed that the U.S. is prepared, not just for a wide-spread nuclear conflict, but what it called “tactical application” and “limited regional use,” suggesting that nuclear weapons can be used without leading to worst-case scenario, apocalyptic devastation. Researchers at Princeton’s Science and Global Security Lab released a video based on the…

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