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International Day Against Nuclear Tests Should Push Us All to Demand Global Zero

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 31, 2014

By Valerie Plame WilsonFmr. CIA covert operations officer

Valerie_Plame_Wilsonn-NUCLEAR-TESTING-large570According to the 2000 Report of the UN Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation, the long-lasting effects of nuclear testing can be qualified in simple scientific terms: “Radiation exposure can damage living cells, causing death in some of them and modifying others.” Translation: death, cancer and birth deformities, to name but a few.

These long-lasting effects aren’t limited to nuclear testing. They are the same horrors that afflicted victims in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But what the rest of us should know, and need to know, is that the nuclear threat has only grown more dangerous.

Today marks an important milestone in our fight to eliminate the nuclear threat. Five years ago when the UN General Assembly adopted the resolution to declare August 29 the International Day Against Nuclear Tests, they said that “the end of nuclear tests is one of the key means of achieving the goal of a nuclear-weapon-free world,” reminding us that there is still much more work to be done.

The truth is, as long as nuclear weapons exist, we are not safe. The human and environmental devastation caused by nuclear weapons — whether by testing, mistake or malice — is the very reason we need to eliminate them altogether. The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, which in 1996 set out to ban nuclear tests, is an important step, but we need to do more — and we can.

With political will and public pressure, we can achieve a world without these weapons of mass destruction. Just 10 days ago, we saw all of Syria’s chemical weapons destroyed because of bold leadership and effective diplomacy. And as I write this, the U.S. and other P5+1 leaders are amidst talks with Iran on a final end to the Iranian nuclear-weapons impasse. What we need now is intense public pressure. We must hold leaders accountable and demand a safer future.

Global Zero, the international movement to eliminate nuclear weapons, is spearheading the effort to put this critical human-rights issue at the top of the public and political agenda. Their activists are hitting the streets with bold action, pushing world leaders to make this an urgent priority. In fact, earlier this month on the anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki, Global Zero turned out more than 400 activists in a global day of action that spanned three continents, five countries and seven cities to commemorate one of the world’s most shattering tragedies and to demand progress toward a world without nuclear weapons.

Together, they’re calling for the first-ever Nuclear Weapons Summit. There, key nuclear and non-nuclear countries will come to the table to advance the phased, verified elimination of all nuclear weapons by 2030. But that starts with a global commitment to achieve a nuclear-free world.

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To learn more about how you can make a difference, including signing the Global Zero declaration to commit to a world without nuclear weapons by 2030, visithere.

 

 

 

 

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Global Zero: This is how we’ll get President Obama’s attention

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 23, 2013

Dear friends,

Thanks to you, R.E.M., Pearl Jam and major organizations like MoveOn.org have jumped on board to support Global Zero, and the media is buzzing about our biggest campaign ever to set the world’s course to zero. But we need you to build on this momentum if we’re going to get President Obama’s attention.

Earlier this month, we sent you an incredible video that shows how this unstoppable global movement can bring about the end of nuclear weapons. More than 50,000 people have already watched it. We know that the more people who see it, the more likely it is to get in front of President Obama — so this week let’s double that number. Have you shared it with friends and family yet?

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Tell President Obama: We demand zero!

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 9, 2013

bannerFour years ago in Prague, President Obama announced his commitment to seek a world without nuclear weapons. He called for perseverance. He dared us to overcome our differences. He challenged us to ignore the voices that tell us the world cannot change.

We’ve just launched a massive grassroots campaign urging him to put those historic words into action. To tell him not only can the world change, but that we demand it to change. Please sign the petition and join us as we call on President Obama to set the world’s course to global zero.

 Make history. Demand zero.

 This is our moment. It’s going to be big.

All indications are that President Obama wants to make good on his commitment to eliminate nuclear weapons. As a second-term President, he’s in a dare-to-be-great moment to make that happen by calling on world leaders to join him at the negotiating table to eliminate nuclear weapons once and for all. And we’re urging him to do that on April 5th, the anniversary of his historic Prague speech.

We only have a few weeks to make sure the White House gets the message loud and clear! Sign the petition and let President Obama know you demand zero. Read the rest of this entry »

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9/11 The day America, and the world, changed forever

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 11, 2011

9/11 Terror attacks: Aerial images taken by the NYC Police Aviation Unit and show the aftermath of the terror attack from the sky (Pic: Rex Features)

It was the day that changed America, and the world. ­A shocked America suddenly discovered it was under ­attack, not by a foreign ­power but by Al Qaeda terrorists, some of whom had lived and worked in the United States.

Unable to fly to America because all transatlantic flights were cancelled, I was called in to present emergency news bulletins on BBC television channels.

We immediately showed the ­unforgettable images of aircraft fully loaded with fuel slicing into the Twin Towers and ­exploding, reducing two of the world’s tallest ­buildings to dust.

Then in the next few hours we were to hear of the astonishing heroism of New York City firefighters and others who risked their lives at the heart of an unimaginable catastrophe.

President George W Bush declared a “Global War on Terror” and promised to fight “the Axis of Evil”. It proved to be a conflict without end. Read the rest of this entry »

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