Tuesday, April 25, 2017

New This Week (April 24, 2017)

I continue to be astounded about how widespread the support is for the UN negotiations on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons worldwide.

Expo 67 artwork
As I read about country after country after country that supports the ban, it reminds me of an experience from my childhood - visiting the pavilions of country after country after country at Expo 67 in Montreal.

A big focus of Expo 67 was "Man and his World." It was a moment when people were very much aware of how the human species had come to dominate the planet -- and each other -- and there were the beginnings of a call for balance.

This summer will be the 50th anniversary of Expo. I'm looking forward to going back and thinking about how the seeds of the work we are doing today on issues like climate, nuclear weapons, development, and others were planted way back then.


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There are now twenty-five (27) co-sponsors on Rep. Ted Lieu's House bill to rein in presidential first use of nuclear weapons. (And four (4) co-sponsors on the corresponding bill in the Senate sponsored by Ed Markey.) Please use this script to call and get YOUR representative on that list!



Sunday, April 23, 2017

133 Is a Lot of #Nuclearban-Supporting Countries

Interactive #nuclearban map from @icanaustria.
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I recently started lifting up the names of countries that are supporting the negotiations on a global nuclear weapons ban treaty at the United Nations. (There's a complete map here.)  I've been at it for several weeks, and it's becoming clear to me: one hundred and thirty-three (133) is a lot of #nuclearban-supporting countries!

For decades, the story of nuclear weapons has been written by the handful of countries that possess those weapons, and that use them to threaten everyone else. What's different now is that all the countries that don't want the threat of nuclear weapons are taking charge.

We need to help each other garner all the strength we possibly can from this new reality.

You can help:

* Bookmark this page - come back often - share the messages below.

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* Create your own messages and share them on social media.

* Join the movement by sharing #nuclearban messages daily and supporting @nuclearban.

#Nuclearban: it's bigger and stronger than anyone imagined!


Thank you #ALGERIA.
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Thank you #BANGLADESH.
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Thank you #BOLIVIA.
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Thank you #BOTSWANA.
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Thank you #CAMEROON.
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Thank you #CUBA.
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Thank you #GHANA.
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Thank you #GUYANA.
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Thank you #JAMAICA.
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Thank you #KENYA.
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Thank you #MALAWI.
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Thank you #MAURITIUS.
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Thank you #NAMIBIA.
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Thank you #NIGERIA.
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Thank you #PERU.
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Thank you #RWANDA.
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Thank you #SEYCHELLES.
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Thank you #SIERRA LEONE.
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Thank you #SOUTHAFRICA.
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Thank you #SRILANKA.
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Thank you #TANZANIA.
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Thank you #TRINIDADandTOBAGO.
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Thank you #UGANDA.
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Thank you #URUGUAY.
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Thank you #ZAMBIA.
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(Learn about all the #nuclearban-supporting countries here.)


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Monday, April 17, 2017

New This Week (April 17, 2017)

Thank you #NAMIBIA.
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For the past several weeks, I've taking a little time every day to lift up the efforts of one of them countries actively pursuing a nuclear weapons ban at the UN. At this rate, I still won't be done thanking the 100+ #nuclearban-supporting countries when the formal negotiations resume June 15 in New York City.

My small effort has helped me grasp how momentous it is that all the "other" countries in the world are now standing up to the nuclear weapons states and saying, "It's time for some democracy. It's time to listen to the vast majority. Get rid of the nuclear weapons -- NOW!"

The nuclear ban is on the horizon.

It's time for the activist community to start thinking about what will be required to make the current nuclear weapons states -- the rogue states -- comply.


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Speaking of things happening on a worldwide scale, on Saturday, April 22, there will be March for Science events in cities worldwide.

To date, the Open Letter from Scientists in Support of the UN Nuclear Weapons Negotiations has been signed by over three thousand (3,000) prominent scientists.


Can we turn the clock back? Could we lose more time?
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How many of the March for Science events will lift up the urgent message from scientists that nuclear weapons must be banned?

Sunday, April 16, 2017

North Korea and #NuclearBan

Uncle Sam to Kim: "MADMAN!"
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The confrontation between a world that wants to get rid of nuclear weapons and a US that loves its nukes is coming to a head.

People are starting to realize the hypocrisy of the US embrace of "deterrence" and its disdain for the wishes of the world community to ban nuclear weapons.

And North Korea is playing a role in throwing that hypocrisy into high relief. North Korea voted in favor of the UN negotiations currently going forward to bring about a nuclear weapons ban. Now, they are challenging the US to participate. "The [North Korea] spokesperson said the UN conference reflects the aspiration of all humanity for a complete dismantlement of nuclear weapons. But the spokesperson added it's unclear if negotiations will produce any results because nuclear powers such as the United States have refused to take part." (See: "N. Korea Not to Attend UN Negotiations on Nuclear Ban")

I often read the Chinese language paper published in the US (World Journal), and I've noticed that there are frequent cartoons that emphasize the US hypocrisy in its confrontation with North Korea, and suggest the irony that the US is getting its comeuppance from "little" North Korea.

A friend shared the cartoon above, and it inspired me to together more of these cartoons and share them . . . .


RELATED: The Cynical American Scapegoating of Korea as a Cover for Nuclear Terror

UPDATE: April 20 - Apparently Vice President Mike Pence thought the cartoon that leads off this post was not explicit enough, so he created his own version:


@FitzpatrickIISS: Pence repeats that all options are on the table
re #NKorea, but rules out negotiation. Does he get the irony?


@Max_Fisher: this is among the most ridiculous things i have ever heard . . .

Pence: "I thought it was important that people on
the other side of the DMZ see our resolve in my face."


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Monday, April 10, 2017

Global Network of Bloggers for #Nuclearban

We Can Blog It!


Part of the global network of activism in support of a treaty banning nuclear weapons (#nuclearban) are articles and blog posts on platforms large and small -- like this one -- getting the news out.

The network consists of thousands of individuals contributing in myriad ways. (What are you prepared to do?)

I'll start with a small list of articles and blog posts below, and expand it in the days and weeks ahead.


The mother blog

The website of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) features a blog with frequent updates by ICAN's campaigners.


Australia

"Answering deceptive arguments against a nuclear weapons ban" by Cesar Jaramillo. "A majority of nuclear-armed states and their allies — including the United States and most other NATO members, such as Germany and Canada — have actively opposed this effort and have openly tried to undermine its rationale. . . . And while it is hardly surprising that the very states that rely on nuclear deterrence would oppose a legal prohibition of nuclear weapons, the primary arguments used to oppose the ban cannot withstand close scrutiny. They are either misleading, based on a dead-end logic, or outright wrong."


India

"Can unarmed states prohibit nuclear weapons?" by W.P.S. Sidhu @wpssidhu (visiting professor at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs and associate fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy) "[D]espite the growing disconnect between the emerging nuclear disorder and the evolving world order, the nuclear weapon states (also permanent UN security council members) failed to accommodate aspirant powers and establish a new world order that was not based on nuclear weapons."


UK

"Britain Should Be At the UN Talks to Ban Nukes" by Kate Hudson @kate4peace2017. (Kate Hudson is general secretary, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament - CND.) "[I]n spite of successive British governments’ supposed commitment to multilateral disarmament — a pledge repeated just last summer in Parliament’s debate on replacing Trident — Britain opposed the negotiations taking place and is boycotting the talks."

"THE WORLD – NAE PLACE FOR NUCLEAR WEAPONS" by Janet Fenton @Janetfenton. "The non participating states ‘protest’ stunt outside on the first day, saw the UK right up there outside the room, misrepresenting Scotland with even more insouciance than they demonstrated over Brexit."


USA

"As a mother, I fight for nuclear abolition. . . ."
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"An Open Letter to Nikki Haley" by Anna Ikeda @anna_ikeda. "I know that, when my son grows up, he will be proud of me for being part of this movement to rid the world of nuclear weapons. He will understand that there is no better way to make this world safe, than removing the very causes of danger."

"#NuclearBan: the US Government Must Disarm" by Jared Labell @libertarianinst "Until the nuclear arsenals of governments around the world are abolished, the continuation of civilization as we know it forever rests on the integrity of politicians, bureaucrats, and chance – a frightening thought, indeed."


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Sunday, April 9, 2017

New This Week (April 10, 2017)

Me in front of the Matisse at LACMA. (Photo: Alanna Huck-Scarry)


I was in Los Angeles this past week (see photo above). It was eerie to be spending time with the people who represent the future for me -- my children and my new granddaughter -- at the same time that Donald Trump was discovering a sad old truth: if a US president wants to be popular, all he has to do is start a war.

During my visit, my son asked me what I will be working on in the weeks ahead. I told him about the global effort to institute a ban on nuclear weapons -- #nuclearban.

Look: there's no question that the United States and countries like it have the power of violence on their side . . .


Let's get real . . . .
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But the whole world is waking up . . . and the whole world has power to bring to bear on the problem of nuclear weapons that, I believe, is about to overwhelm the effort by the nuclear weapons powers to dig their heels in and hold on to their nuclear weapons forever.



Activists worldwide . . .


UPDATE APRIL 13: There are now twenty-six (26) co-sponsors on Rep. Ted Lieu's House bill to rein in presidential first use of nuclear weapons. (And four (4) co-sponsors on the corresponding bill in the Senate sponsored by Ed Markey.) Please use this script to call and get YOUR representative on that list!


. . .  and . . . SAVE THE DATE! June 17 in New York City . . . .
 

There's a #nuclearban on the horizon: let's take it to the streets!
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(Did I call it or what? See It's Time. (For a Demonstration Against Nukes.) (A YUGE One!) )

Sunday, April 2, 2017

The Road to the Commonwealth Games Passes Through #Nuclearban Territory

#Nuclearban - Practically a Commonwealth Project?
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It's a fact that is difficult to ignore: practically every one of the Commonwealth countries is a supporter of the UN effort to negotiated a global ban on nuclear weapons.

(Notable exceptions are the UK, Australia, and Canada.)

This means that, as the Queen's Baton Relay criss-crosses the world between now and 2018 when the Commonwealth Games are held in Australia, it passes through country after country after country that supports the nuclear ban.


Africa stage of Commonwealth Games relay - passing through #nuclearban
supporter countries like Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Seychelles, Mauritius,
Malawi, Zambia, Namibia, Botwana, Swaziland, Lesotho, and South Africa.
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(You can see the full details of the relay here. And compare them with the #nuclearban supporter countries here.)

So I have a modest proposal: as each country hosts the Queen's Baton, let's take a moment to lift up the efforts of that country to support the nuclear ban.


Thank you #SIERRA LEONE.
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Thank you #GHANA.
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Thank you #RWANDA.
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Thank you #UGANDA.
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Thank you #CAMEROON.
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Thank you #NIGERIA.
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Thank you #KENYA.
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Thank you #TANZANIA.
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Thank you #SEYCHELLES.
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Thank you #MAURITIUS.
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Thank you #MALAWI.
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Thank you #ZAMBIA.
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Thank you #NAMIBIA.
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Thank you #BOTSWANA.
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Thank you #SOUTHAFRICA.
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By mid-May, the Commonwealth Games relay continues on to the Caribbean. We just passed the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Tlatelolco, creating a nuclear weapons-free zone throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, so it is very fresh in my mind that that is also #nuclearban territory:


Caribbean stage of Commonwealth Games relay - passing through #nuclearban
supporter countries like Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, St. Vincent and
the Grenadines, St. Lucia, Barbados, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda,
St. Kitts and Nevis, Jamaica, Bahamas, Belize, and Guyana.
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(Again: you can see the full details of the relay here. And compare them with the #nuclearban supporter countries here.)


Thank you #JAMAICA.
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Thank you #TRINIDADandTOBAGO.
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Thank you #GUYANA.
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The relay continues on through Asia . . .


Thank you #BANGLADESH.
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Thank you #SRILANKA.
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 . . . and on to Australia.

(See even more memes of nuclear ban supporters.)

As each country hosts the Queen's Baton, let's take a moment to lift up the efforts of that country to support the nuclear ban.


MORE:

A Peace-building Commonwealth Wants to Ban Nuclear Weapons


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