Tuesday, June 20, 2017

INDONESIA: What can we learn about #nuclearban from wayang?

INDONESIA: What can we learn about #nuclearban from wayang?
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It is breathtaking to follow the #nuclearban hashtag and read the live tweets about specific contributions being made minute-to-minute at the "United Nations Conference to Negotiate a Legally Binding Instrument to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons, Leading Towards their Total Elimination."

We're talking about a treaty banning nuclear weapons globally.

Notably, my own country (the US) is boycotting the talks. So are a few other "big powers." But what is becoming clear day by day is that this is really about who is at the table. And what you see by clicking on #nuclearban is the way 100+ countries are successfully creating a treaty.

I reflected yesterday: "To me, the enormous significance of the #nuclearban is this: global rules are no longer going to be dictated by a small number of countries -- those with the most money, the most weapons, who 'know better,' who have appointed themselves the 'leaders' and 'policemen' of everyone else. With this treaty and other efforts like it -- on climate, for instance -- the majority of people in the world -- the people who for decades have been saying 'we want a nuclear weapons free world' -- are going to be the ones leading the way."

Here's a single tweet that helped crystallize that idea for me:


via @nuclearban
"We need to delegitimize nuclear deterrence as a concept,
says Indonesia. The treaty's preamble can help us do this."
#nuclearban
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The representative from Indonesia is wearing native batik. For one thing, it serves as a reminder that the Western business attire of US diplomats is not in the picture because the US chose to un-include itself.  For another thing, it invites you to wonder, "What do I really know about Indonesia and its people . . . ?" Indonesia is a very populous country - did I remember that there are about 260 million people there? Indonesia is one of the supporters of the #nuclearban - did I remember that Indonesia was one of the co-sponsors of the original proposal to hold the #nuclearban talks? India is a growing economic power - did I remember that Indonesia is a member of the G20?

The second aspect of this image of the Indonesian representative at the #nuclearban talks that grabs my attention is all the retweets and "likes." This speaks to the enormous power of social media to help spread these new perspectives and examples of heroic leadership like that of Indonesia around the world in real time.

Then: there are the Indonesian representative's words themselves: "We need to delegitimize nuclear deterrence as a concept. . . . The treaty's preamble can help us do this." This goes to the very heart of what the #nuclearban treaty is about. It is a challenge to the "conventional wisdom" or "global security system orthodoxy" that has been thrust upon the world by a few countries with large nuclear weapons arsenals. A big part of the treaty creation process is to jolt people into breaking out of these old ways of thinking and embracing a new perspective. (See "Deterrence": As a strategy, it makes about as much sense as "proliferation")

I think it's not irrelevant to remark that Indonesia has intellectual and cultural traditions that help give insight and solve problems, and sometimes in ways that those of us outside of the South/Southeast Asian sphere miss. By coincidence, a few months ago I was learning about the epic involving the hero Rama at the Ramayana exhibition at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. The Ramayana is the subject of an enormous body of performance art in Indonesia -- shadow puppet or wayang theater. When I learned about Rama and the Ramayana, I learned about is arch-foe, the evil king Ravana. Ravana is so bad, so evil, so rapacious, that he actually wants to swallow up the entire universe.  That's when it occurred to me, "Ravana is like the nuclear weapons states!" That's when I created this meme, based on a scene from the Indonesian shadow puppet theater in which Rama battles the evil Ravanna:


Thank you #INDONESIA.
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(Ravana is the scary-looking guy on the left with the bright red eyes and bulging nose.)

The story of Rama's struggle with Ravana extends across many episodes, and wayang performances are marathons -- often lasting all night. This is helpful to remember as we embark on an epic struggle to rid the world of a nearly inconceivable evil, wielded by adversaries willing to contemplate plunging the world into darkness and chaos. The #nuclearban treaty will be just the beginning.

This epic struggle to get the nuclear weapons to disarm: perhaps we can only fully understand it with the help of the  world's great literature and mythology?


Related posts:

VIETNAM and the NUCLEAR BAN: Out From Under the Shadow of US Nuclear Terror

Why People Want a Pacific (and World) Free of Nuclear Weapons

China DOES Have a Role in the Nuclear Ban Movement

Korea: A History of Living Under Nuclear Terror and The Cynical American Scapegoating of Korea as a Cover for Nuclear Terror

Tlatelolco 50: A Gift to the World

133 Is a Lot of #Nuclearban-Supporting Countries


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Monday, June 19, 2017

New This Week (June 19, 2017)

Today was a good day for the planet and everyone on it.
Thanks to all who are working on the #nuclearban at the @UN!
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June 15 saw the resumption of talks on a global treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons at the United Nations, and they continue this week. You can follow the progress minute-to-minute at the #nuclearban hashtag. The negotiations appear to be on track for completion as scheduled by July 7.

The treaty is the work of 100+ countries that are determined to outlaw nuclear weapons. The effort is supported by activists throughout the world -- in the countries leading the push for treaty talks, in the other countries lending their strong support, and also in the countries that are opposing the ban effort.

It seems extremely likely that the world will, in fact, have a treaty outlawing nuclear weapons very soon -- with participation from the outset of a very large number of countries. That, in turn, will open up enormous opportunity for activists to help persuade every country to accede to the treaty and honor it.


SO GRATEFUL for 100+ countries making the #nuclearban happen at @UN!
http://joescarry.blogspot.com/2017/04/133-is-lot-of-nuclearban-supporting.html
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To me, the enormous significance of the #nuclearban is this: global rules are no longer going to be dictated by a small number of countries -- those with the most money, the most weapons, who "know better," who have appointed themselves the "leaders" and "policemen" of everyone else. With this treaty and other efforts like it -- on climate, for instance -- the majority of people in the world -- the people who for decades have been saying "we want a nuclear weapons free world" -- are going to be the ones leading the way.

Think about it: how will you participate in this new reality?


Rest of @UN is banning #nuclearweapons today
and THIS is the picture of US "leadership" we have to look at. Sad!
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 . . .  AND . . . in the US . . . there are now thirty-seven (37) co-sponsors on Rep. Ted Lieu's House bill to rein in presidential first use of nuclear weapons. (And eight (8) co-sponsors on the corresponding bill in the Senate sponsored by Ed Markey.) Will support continue to grow in the rest of June and through the summer?

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Is there a relationship between #nuclearban and #G20?

THIS WEEK: #nuclearban talks resume at @UN!


I noticed that two events are happening in rapid succession:

Negotiations on a global nuclear weapons ban treaty take place at the UN in New York City June 15 through July 7.

The G20 meets July 7 through 9 in Hamburg.

The United States opposes the former, and has convinced most of its allies to oppose it, too.

The United States views the latter as "home turf" -- it consists of the countries it sees itself leading into a new century of global economic interdependence and prosperity.

What will it look like when US President Donald Trump stands before his colleagues in Hamburg, after opposing the nuclear disarmament efforts of 100+ countries at the UN in New York?

When I first thought about this question, I had the recent NATO events in mind. So my first thought was, "Oh, well, the G20 is a lot like NATO -- those are all the same allies the US has roped in to opposing the #nuclearban . . . ."

But when I looked more closely, I realized that the G20 is not just another rooting section for the USA and its wishes. In fact, with specific reference to #nuclearban, it's a very mixed bag:

* G20 members Mexico, South Africa, and Indonesia were co-sponsors of the original motion to hold nuclear ban negotiations. And since the EU is a G20 member, we need to count co-sponsors Austria, Ireland, Malta, and Sweden. (In addition, Philippines and Vietnam, who will be in Hamburg as guest attendees, were also co-sponsors.)

* Argentina, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, and EU-member Cyprus voted in favor of the nuclear ban negotiations. (In addition, so did Hamburg guests Guinea, Senegal, and Singapore.)

Sure, there will big opponents of #nuclearban at Hamburg (USA, Russia, UK, Australia), as well as some nominal opponents (Germany, France, Italy, Canada, Turkey).

But what about China, India, Japan, and South Korea? Where exactly they stand (or will stand) on #nuclearban is an open question.


G20 economies (see theconversation.com)


Now, it may seem that #G20 has nothing to do with #nuclearban. The #G20 is about trade and development, and #nuclearban is about weapons, right? And isn't most of the #G20 economic activity is accounted for by the opponents of the #nuclearban?

Perhaps. But what if we flip that on its head and ask: "What would the chart of the economic activity of the big 20 economies look like in a world without nuclear weapons?" After all, the #G20 is all about shaping the world economy of tomorrow, not perpetuating the past.

#G20 and #nuclearban may end up having quite a bit to do with each other.


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Monday, June 12, 2017

New This Week (June 12, 2017)

June 17 - "Ban the Bomb" demonstrations throughout Australia


Thursday, June 15: negotiations on a global ban on nuclear weapons (#nuclearban) resume at the United Nations in New York City.

Saturday, June 17: marches in NYC, throughout Australia, and in other locations in support of #nuclearban.

Please share these memes on social media to help emphasize the global extent of the coming #nuclearban treaty: 133 Is a Lot of #Nuclearban-Supporting Countries.


SO GRATEFUL for 100+ countries making the #nuclearban happen at @UN!
http://joescarry.blogspot.com/2017/04/133-is-lot-of-nuclearban-supporting.html
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 . . .  AND . . . in the US . . . there are now thirty-seven (37) co-sponsors on Rep. Ted Lieu's House bill to rein in presidential first use of nuclear weapons. (And eight (8) co-sponsors on the corresponding bill in the Senate sponsored by Ed Markey.) Will support continue to grow in the rest of June and through the summer?

Please use this script to call and get YOUR representative on that list! 

#Nuclearban Memes from World Stamps

#Oman
"stigmatize, prohibit, and eliminate #nuclearweapons in light
of their unacceptable humanitarian consequences."
Thank you #Oman     #nuclearban
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Postage stamps are a kind of pre-Internet-era meme (social media graphic) through which countries have told people what they value.

When I noticed there are so many countries working to bring about a global ban on nuclear weapons -- #nuclearban -- I started to make memes related to each country. That allowed me to select an image I found emblematic of a given country, attach the #nuclearban hashtag and a description of that country's support, and tweet it out to the world. (See 133 Is a Lot of #Nuclearban-Supporting Countries.)

But I also wanted to domore to suggest the values that each supporter country brings to the #nuclearban effort. So I decided to select some of their own postage stamp designs -- to let them tell the story, themselves!

Below is a growing selection of country postage stamps I have shared, together with the Twitter message I used with each one.

Most stamps shown are for supporter countries. I've also shared some stamps from countries that are not yet supporters . . . but should be!)

Please share these on social media . . .and create your own!


#Algeria
#nuclearban ... because our planet is filled with precious living things!
Thank you #Algeria for your support!
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#Bangladesh
This world and all its life: too beautiful to destroy.
Thank you #Bangladesh for supporting #nuclearban at the @UN!
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#Brazil
This world and all its life: too beautiful to destroy.
Thank you #Brazil and 100+ more for supporting #nuclearban!
joescarry.blogspot.com/2017/04/133-is-lot-of-nuclearban-supporting.html
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#CaboVerde
"stigmatize, prohibit, and eliminate #nuclearweapons
in light oftheir unacceptable humanitarian consequences."
Thank you #CaboVerde!    #nuclearban
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#Dominica
This world and all its life: too beautiful to destroy.
Thank you #Dominica & 100+ more for supporting #nuclearban!
joescarry.blogspot.com/2017/04/133-is-lot-of-nuclearban-supporting.html
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#France
Les armes nuclĂ©aires: que fera la #France?    #nuclearban
@jmc_nonukes @adecroissance @ICAN_France
@ScienceMarchFR @greenpeacefr @cicr_fr
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#Guinea-Bissau
#nuclearban ...
led by those confronting the unacceptable
humanitarian consequences of #nuclearweapons
#GuineaBissau @ICRC @nuclearban @UN
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#Malta
#nuclearban... with our #children in mind!
Thank you #Malta for your leadership!
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#Mexico
THANK YOU #Mexico & 100+ other countries
 steering us toward a world free of #nuclearweapons!
#nuclearban
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#Monaco
 Time to get rid of this beast once and for all.
#nuclearban #Monaco
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#Mongolia
Thank you #Mongolia.
FOR #life
AGAINST #nuclearweapons
#nuclearban
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#Namibia
#WednesdayWisdom
"In the best interest of the child."
#nuclearban #Namibia
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#NewZealand
I love people who tell you exactly where they stand.
Thank you #NewZealand.
#nuclearban - at the @UN - Thursday
nuclearban.org
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#Oman
"stigmatize, prohibit, and eliminate #nuclearweapons in light
of their unacceptable humanitarian consequences."
Thank you #Oman     #nuclearban
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#Seychelles
This world and all its life: too beautiful to destroy.
Thank you #Seychelles and 100+ more for supporting #nuclearban!
#WorldSeaTurtleDay
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#SriLanka
"stigmatize, prohibit, and eliminate #nuclearweapons in light
of their unacceptable humanitarian consequences."
Thank you #SriLanka!      #nuclearban 
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#Tanzania
#nuclearban ...with our #children in mind!
Thank you #Tanzania for your support!
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#Ukraine
RADIATION: invisible killer ....
#Europe #Ukraine #Chernobyl #nuclearban
http://joescarry.blogspot.com/2017/05/where-will-europe-stand-on-nuclearban.html
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#Vietnam
Maybe it's time for us to start listening for a change . . . .#nuclearban
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Monday, June 5, 2017

New This Week (June 5, 2017)

IMAGINE ... taking a moment each day to say "thank you" to one of the 100+
countries supporting the #nuclearban ... http://bit.ly/2rNrWO9 … Please RT


With just 10 days until the #nuclearban treaty talks resume at the UN, there's just one question on my mind: can we encourage a GLOBAL movement of support on social media for this effort? (More here and here.)


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There are now thirty-six (36) co-sponsors on Rep. Ted Lieu's House bill to rein in presidential first use of nuclear weapons. (And seven (7) co-sponsors on the corresponding bill in the Senate sponsored by Ed Markey.) Will support continue to grow in the rest of June and through the summer?

Update June 6: Eighth co-sponsor joined on the Senate bill: Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio.

Update June 9: Thirty-seventh co-sponsor joined on the House bill: Rep. Nydia Velazquez of NY.

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

How to help #nuclearban leaders? Spread the word!

Let's use the power of social media to get the #nuclearban hashtag to go viral!

(After all, in less than 2 weeks, representatives of 100+ countries will meet at the UN in New York City to nail down a treaty.)

After pondering this for a while, I decided to Google "how to get something to go viral on twitter." Wow! It turns out that it can be done .... (See: "The Science of Retweets: 10 Steps to Going Viral on Twitter" and other articles like it.)

Following the guidelines in the "science of retweets" article, here's an example ready-to-go-viral tweet:


How to help #nuclearban leaders? Spread the word!
http://bit.ly/2spZuyN Please RT


(I used an image highlighting one of the 100+ countries that have said "yes!" to holding nuclear ban treaty negotiations.)

You can copy this one or make up tweets of your own.  More variations shown below. (And lots of images to choose from here!)


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SO GRATEFUL for 100+ countries making the #nuclearban happen at @UN!
http://joescarry.blogspot.com/2017/04/133-is-lot-of-nuclearban-supporting.html
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IMAGINE: 100+ countries supporting the #nuclearban!
You can help say "thank you" ... http://bit.ly/2rNrWO9 Please RT


IMAGINE ... taking a moment each day to say "thank you" to one of the 100+
countries supporting the #nuclearban ... http://bit.ly/2rNrWO9 … Please RT


#MondayMotivation It's #WorldEnvironmentDay and 100+ countries
are supporting a global #nuclearban! http://bit.ly/2rNrWO9
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