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“Massive blast” rips through nuclear plant — “Smoke billowed from building as explosion led to massive fire”

February 11, 2017

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[ICAN] Norwegian activities for ICAN Global Week of Action

February 8, 2017

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​Hi everyone,

First of all, we just want to say that the Thunderclap is a great idea and we’re trying to spread it as much as we can!

In Norway, we have some fun plans for the ICAN Global Week of Action. A lot of it is aimed at social media and to spread information about a nuclear weapon ban. These are the activities we have planned for the coming week:

We have worked together with a Norwegian illustrator who have made some really cool cartoons for ICAN to use on Facebook during the action week (and as we want after the week). We will post a new photo every day with information that is relevant for the photo. Quite many Norwegian youth NGOs and youth parties have agreed to use one of the cartoons as their Facebook cover during the Global Week of Action. We have already translated them into Spanish, English, French and Dutch (working on Swedish and German). If anyone wants them translated into another language, just send us the translation and we’ll fix it 🙂 You’ll find one of them below. Send us an email if you want to see them all.
We are making some short videos that we can spread at social media during the week, with different subjects and information.
We are arranging an event on the 15th of February, where we will show the documentary “Embracing Hiroshima”. The documentary follows a large cast of international dancers, singers and musicians on its journey across Japan to perform the piece “Will this moment ever let go?,” about the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
And just to let you know, a very good article was posed recently by Agenda, a Norwegian think thank that focuses on Norwegian domestic politics and international affairs. The article concludes with saying that Norway as a NATO country can support a ban. Agenda is hosting an event about the article and the issue in general tonight with a panel of Grethe Østern (Norwegian Peoples Aid), Sveinung Rotevatn (Liberal Party) and Michale Tetzschner (Conservative Party).

We wish everyone good luck for the ICAN action week!

Best,
Anne Marte, Frode and Thea

Global week of action for a treaty banning nuclear weapons

February 3, 2017

The ICAN team info@icanw.org via mail153.atl171.mcdlv.net
3:02 PM (23 hours ago)

Dear friend,

In less than 8 weeks, negotiations of a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons will start at the United Nations in New York. You can follow the preparations for the negotiating conference through our live blog here.

In order to rally governments to support the negotiations and to raise public awareness about the process to prohibit nuclear weapons, ICAN is organizing a global week of action on 10-17 February. During this week, ICAN campaigners around the world will organise events and activities.

And we want to make sure we start the week with as much noise as possible. We have therefore organised a Thunderclap, and we need your help with it!
Click here to join our Thunderclap
A Thunderclap is a way of organising that one single message can be mass-shared by people from all over the world on social media at the same time. We want to reach out to a huge audience with one important message at the start of our global week of action – nuclear weapons are a threat, and we’re going to ban them!

If you have a Facebook account, a Twitter account or a Tumblr account, you can participate in this action.
We need at least 500 people to participate in this action, so click on the link and sign up to let the world know that a treaty banning nuclear weapons is coming!

Last week, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists moved the Doomsday Clock closer to midnight and said that the world has become more uncertain and dangerous.

Nuclear weapons are a huge threat to our humanity, and banning these weapons of mass destruction is not only more urgent than ever – but also feasible.

We will not leave the fate of our world to the whims of a few world leaders. We are grateful that you are a part of the movement that will make sure nuclear weapons are outlawed soon.

The ICAN team

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Make it illegal for Trump to start a nuclear war.

January 26, 2017

Meredith, Global Zero globalzero@globalzero.org via mail.salsalabs.net
2:27 PM (1 hour ago)

Friend,

On the heels of Donald Trump’s inauguration, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists moved up the Doomsday Clock to 2.5 minutes to midnight. The Clock tells us how close the world’s top scientists think humans are to destroying the planet. This is the closest we’ve been since 1953, when the U.S. and Soviet Union were testing hydrogen bombs.

In a statement explaining their decision, the scientists specifically pointed to Donald Trump’s dangerous positions about the use and spread of nuclear weapons. [1]

Help us #RollBackTheClock and demand Congress stop Trump from starting a nuclear war.

We’ve already seen Trump make good on a lot of campaign promises. He’s issued 12 executive orders in 6 days, from censoring scientists to starting his “border wall” to laying the groundwork for a ban on Muslims and refugees. That tells us two things: He won’t hesitate to use the power of the presidency, and every dark promise of the last 18 months must be taken seriously.

When it comes to nuclear weapons, nowhere are his promises darker or his power more absolute.

We’ve plunged into uncertain, dangerous times, and anxiety about nuclear war is higher than ever. But with bold leadership and a rising tide of resistance, we can stop Trump and roll back the Doomsday Clock.

Starting with last weekend’s Women’s March, powerful protests have erupted around the world in response to Trump’s agenda. Our resistance is only beginning: Just this week, two brave members of Congress proposed urgent legislation (“Restricting the First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act,” H.R. 669 & S.200) that can stop Trump from launching a nuclear war on his own. The law requires a Congressional declaration of war before nuclear weapons can be used, except in response to an incoming nuclear attack. In other words, it would limit Trump’s ability to impulsively light the world on fire and move us back from Doomsday.

Click here to urge your member of Congress to support the “Restricting the First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act.”

We have a lot of work to do, and at 2-and-a-half minutes to midnight, time is not on our side. We can immediately limit Trump’s power and rein in this threat — but only if we act quickly and with resolve.

Onward,
Meredith Horowski

P.S. — If you can chip in right now, it would be a huge help in the many battles ahead.

[1] – “Thanks to Trump, the Doomsday Clock Advances Towards Midnight,” New York Time: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/26/opinion/thanks-to-trump-the-doomsday-clock-advances-toward-midnight.html

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Huge crane collapses on to Japan nuclear plant – Damages spent fuel pool building

January 23, 2017

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Huge crane collapses on to Japan nuclear plant – Damages spent fuel pool building – Area covered in mangled wreckage – TV: “Workers checking building’s functions to prevent radioactive materials from leaking” (VIDEOS & PHOTOS)
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Be a Part of History: Ban Nukes

January 21, 2017

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The full meaning of Donald Trump’s finger on the nuclear button

January 21, 2017

By Ira Helfand

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/18/opinions/nuclear-codes-trump-disarmament-opinion-helfand/index.html

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Ira Helfand says a Trump presidency makes it clear the fate of the planet shouldn’t be in the hands of one person
He says legislation limiting use of nuclear weapons and a treaty to ban them are both needed

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Dr. Ira Helfand is a past president of Physicians for Social Responsibility and currently serves as the co-president of PSR’s global federation, the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, which was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1985. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.

(CNN)Shortly before noon on Friday a military aide will enter the Capitol with President Obama carrying a leather-covered aluminum briefcase with the information and equipment needed to launch nuclear war. Precisely at noon, control of that briefcase will pass to a man who has been described by scores of security experts in his own party as lacking the judgment, temperament and knowledge to command nuclear weapons.

Once this transfer takes place, the new President will have the ability to launch nuclear war on his own and there is no legal constraint on his ability to do this. During the campaign, many argued that once the election was over, the President-elect would emerge as a more mature and reasonable man. Instead, the Twitter wars have continued, and he has boasted about refusing to attend his national security briefings.

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Nuclear codes: A president’s awesome power (Opinion)

Have we absorbed yet the full meaning of Donald Trump’s finger on the nuclear button?
For decades US nuclear policy has been based on the idea that it is essential for our national security to keep nuclear weapons out of “the wrong hands,” that we needed to do whatever we could to keep terrorists and rogue nations from acquiring these weapons. At the same time American policymakers insisted it was acceptable, even beneficial, for the current nuclear powers to maintain their nuclear arsenals, because their leaders were wise and responsible enough to manage these weapons.
Many in the medical and scientific community have long challenged this idea. Nuclear weapons are so dangerous, we have argued, and the likelihood they will be used so great, that no human being, no matter how smart and reasonable, should be trusted with them. No one should ever have the power to destroy the world. When it comes to nuclear weapons, there are no “right hands.”
But whether some people can be trusted with this power has, in a sense, become a moot question, because the United States is about to turn its arsenal over to someone who is clearly unqualified to command these weapons.
So what can we do in this incredibly dangerous situation?
First, we need to take whatever measures we can to prevent an immediate catastrophe. Sen. Edward Markey, D-Massachusetts, and Rep. Ted Lieu, D-California, have introduced the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act, which would prohibit the President of the United States from using nuclear weapons without congressional authorization except when the United States is under nuclear attack. Rooted in the fundamental constitutional provision that only Congress has the power to declare war, this legislation is a wise and necessary step and Congress should move swiftly to adopt it.
But the United States also needs to undertake a much more fundamental transformation of its nuclear policy. Currently the United States plans to spend some $1 trillion over the next 30 years to upgrade its nuclear weapons and to assure that we maintain a nuclear arsenal for decades to come. The election of Trump and the transfer of that nuclear arsenal to his very incapable hands has destroyed the basic tenet of this policy.
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You can’t leave a loaded gun lying around where children can pick it up, and if you can’t make sure there won’t be children around, you have to make sure there won’t be a loaded gun.
The United States needs to accept that these arsenals are simply too dangerous to exist. It must adopt as its highest national security priority the need to eliminate these weapons. It cannot disarm unilaterally but it can, and must, lead the other nuclear powers in a determined effort to abolish nuclear weapons.
This March, negotiations will begin at the United Nations for a new treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons. This ban treaty will establish a new international standard that the simple possession of nuclear weapons presents an intolerable danger to human survival. The United States and all the major nuclear powers have opposed this treaty. The United States should change course and embrace this treaty as the next step toward the abolition of nuclear weapons.
The United States should also commence discussions with the other nuclear powers about a more comprehensive nuclear agreement, a nuclear weapons convention, that will set up a verifiable, enforceable process and time line for the elimination of these weapons.
Recent scientific and medical studies have shown that even a limited nuclear war would disrupt climate around the world and trigger a global famine that would put up to 2 billion people at risk of starvation and destroy modern civilization. We owe it to our children and to their children to make sure that never happens.

Ex-Hiroshima Mayor Akiba hopes for assurance of no nuke use in letter to Trump

January 20, 2017

January 18, 2017 (Mainichi Japan)

Former Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba is pictured at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. (Mainichi)
Former Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba, who spent many years campaigning against nuclear weapons, has sent a letter to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump conveying his thoughts from the city that was hit by the first atomic bomb used in warfare on Aug. 6, 1945.

【Related】Full text of ex-Hiroshima Mayor Akiba’s letter to Trump
【Related】Article and letter in Japanese
Born in 1942, Akiba could be described as an epitome of the postwar antinuclear movement. Seeing the film “Children of Hiroshima” (“Genbaku no ko”) as an elementary school student served as a catalyst for Akiba’s lifelong involvement with issues relating to Hiroshima and the atomic bomb.

When studying in the United States during his high school days, he learned that students there were taught “it was right to drop the atomic bomb” as a response to the Imperial Japanese Navy’s attack on Pearl Harbor that sparked the war between Japan and the United States, and that they were told, “Remember Pearl Harbor.” Even if he were to protest, he was greatly outnumbered. He decided he would tell people about Hiroshima, and while working for Tufts University, he started the “Akiba Project,” dispatching local U.S. reporters to Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

After serving as a professor at Hiroshima Shudo University, Akiba served three terms in the House of Representatives, and then from 1999 to 2011 served three terms as mayor of Hiroshima. During his time as mayor he released in his own words Hiroshima’s “Peace Declaration” on Aug. 6 every year. In 2009, he was impressed by U.S. President Barack Obama’s call for a world without nuclear weapons, and the following year he visited the White House and directly asked the president to visit Hiroshima.

He held expectations for a positive effect from Obama’s visit to Hiroshima in May last year, thinking, “U.S. society will change because of this. The world will certainly change to proceed on a path toward peace.”

However, the moves toward peace, which seemed to have gained momentum with Obama’s Hiroshima visit, now appear to have come up against a headwind and are losing speed. Obama’s aim to declare a no-first-use policy for nuclear weapons in autumn last year collapsed due to resistance from Congress. Some 113 countries passed a United Nations resolution in December last year to begin negotiations in March on a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons, but the nuclear powers of the United States, Britain, France and Russia voted against it, while China abstained. When it comes to eliminating nuclear weapons, the international environment remains tough.

Akiba wrote his letter with the thought that he doesn’t want the hopes and dreams heightened by Obama’s visit to Hiroshima to be destroyed.

Two copies of the letter were sent in mid-January, one to the White House and the other to the U.S. Embassy in Japan. It remains to be seen how Trump will receive the feelings of those in Hiroshima as the United States’ new president.

Profile: Tadatoshi Akiba

Representative, Hiroshima Prefectural Congress against A- and H-Bombs

Convener, Hiroshima Committee of 1000 to Stop War

Head, Hiroshima Peace Office

Former Mayor, City of Hiroshima

Born in Tokyo in 1942. B.S. and M.S. in mathematics: University of Tokyo

Ph.D. in mathematics: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Represented Hiroshima as a national Diet member from 1990 to 1999. Elected Mayor of Hiroshima in 1999 and served three terms until 2011.

From 2011 through 2014, served as Chairman of the Middle Powers Initiative (MPI), President of AFS Japan and Professor by Special Appointment of Hiroshima University.

As President of Mayors for Peace, helped the organization grow from around 440 members to approximately 5,000 during his tenure.

Received such awards as the Ramon Magsaysay Award (also known as the Asian Nobel Prize, 2010), Otto Hahn Peace Medal in God from the United Nations Association of Germany, Berlin-Brandenburg (2013).

Publications include “Mayor of Hiroshima” (Asahi Shimbun, 2011) and “Reconciliation instead of Retaliation” (Iwanami Shoten, 2015).

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Obama: Prevent nuclear war!

January 18, 2017

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We call on you to help the world avoid nuclear war by signing an executive order to remove the US’s nuclear missiles from “high alert” status.

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What’s the scariest thing about Trump?? He’s completely unpredictable, and if he decides to launch US nuclear weapons — there’s nothing that can stop him.

That’s cause once the President says “go”, there’s just 4 minutes til launch. It’s a crazy dangerous system that started in the Cold War and is totally unnecessary today — which is why when Obama was elected he said it was dangerous and that he’d change it.

But if he doesn’t do it in the next couple days, Obama turns our safety over to the whims of unstable Donald Trump. With just days left in office and competing priorities, he won’t get around to it without massive global pressure. Respected politicians, government officials and military figures have already joined the call — now if we get a petition in the millions and deliver it in Washington with a big splash, our community can put this issue at the top of the US news in his final week.

But we need to move FAST — he needs to hear from everyone who could be in danger (which is…literally everyone!!!). Add your name and then share the page on Facebook, Twitter, everywhere.
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Barack Obama urged to take nuclear weapons off high alert to stop Donald Trump ‘blowing up planet’

January 18, 2017

The President-elect has made a series of controversial comments about nuclear weapons

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A group of arms control experts has urged President Barack Obama to take America’s nuclear weapons off a state of high alert before Donald Trump takes office to stop him “impulsively blowing up the planet”.

The Ploughshares Fund, which was established at the height of the Cold War, has started a petition asking Mr Obama to move the weapons from their hair-trigger status. It said the ever-present risk of a nuclear exchange being triggered erroneously, combined with Mr Trump’s incendiary comments and temperament, could risk the “worst disaster imaginable”.

The demand has received the support of politicians, retired military officers and government officials. Former US Defence Secretary William Perry told The Independent he was “worried about” both Mr Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

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The petition, which has more than 60,000 signatures, says: “President Trump could launch 140 warheads in the time it takes to write 140 characters. The grave difference is: a tweet can be deleted, but the devastation of a nuclear warhead can never be undone.”

Tom Collina, the group’s director of policy, said the petition had been started amid concerns about Mr Trump’s temperament. The President-elect has startled policy observers by his calls to expand America’s nuclear arsenal, to encourage countries such as South Korea to develop its own weapons and even his apparent willingness to engage in an arms race.

“Our proposals would build in some extra time, and to make take longer to launch,” said Mr Collina. “The concern is mainly about false alarms. That is when you need cool heads. If you have someone who is impulsive… ”

The group, which is made up of scientists and policy experts, has for many years urged Mr Obama to take US weapons off high alert. They argue having almost 1,000 land-based missiles ready to launch in minutes is a dangerous holdover from the Cold War, when deterrent theory postulated that the US had to be able to respond to a Soviet launch within minutes, or else its own weapons could be destroyed.

But given that many nuclear weapons are now carried in submarines and bombers, not vulnerable to a Russian strike on the US mainland, the need for such rapid response is greatly reduced.

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Indeed, keeping them in such a state increases the danger of a missile being launched by mistake. There have been numerous reported incidents over the past 30 years of the US believing it was under attack from the Russians, only to discover – with just minutes before a potential counter-strike – the “Russian launch” was was in truth a computer glitch or else a Scandinavian weather satellite.

“On January 20, the military officer carrying the codes for America’s nuclear arsenal will follow President Barack Obama to the inaugural platform. When he leaves, the officer will follow President Donald Trump,” says the petition.

“We will then have a president who reportedly said, ‘If we have nuclear weapons, why can’t we use them’. Will he really order a nuclear attack in the next four years? No one knows. But if he does, no one can stop him.”

It adds: “President Trump will be able to launch, within minutes, one or one thousand nuclear warheads without any vote, any check, or even any serious deliberation. Just one missile could kill millions. Once launched, the missiles could not be recalled.”

Last summer, a group of ten Democratic senators, including Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Al Franken, wrote to Mr Obama, urging him to review spending on nuclear weapons. They also asked him to remove the weapons from high alert status by cancelling so-called “launch-on-warning plans”.

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Since the election victory of Mr Trump, such concerns have grown.

The President-elect has raised the eyebrows of many nuclear experts with comments that broke with decades of US strategic policy. Last month, he sparked fears of a new global nuclear arms race with a tweet that reverberated around the world in which he called on the US to expand its nuclear arsenal until “the world comes to its senses regarding nukes”.

He also suggested that the “better off” other countries, including Japan and South Korea, should have nuclear capabilities. He subsequently said: “Let it be an arms race. We will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all.”

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Mr Perry, who served as Bill Clinton’s defence secretary between 1994 to 1997, has emerged as an expert on disarmament issues and long advocated a restructuring of America’s nuclear arsenal. He said this included greater reliance on missiles carried by submarines and planes.

Asked about the threat potentially posed by Mr Trump, he said: “What is dangerous is the build up forces and then flaunting it. He talks about it, and that can start an arms race, and he has said he would be prepared to use nuclear weapons on a first-strike basis.”

He said there were “always concerns” about the temperament of Russian and US leaders. “I don’t have any personal knowledge of Putin or Trump, but I worry about both of them.”

Last month, Joseph Cirincione, President of the Ploughshares Fund, wrote an opinion article for the Huffington Post, in which he said: “It’s too late to stop Donald Trump from becoming president. But it is not too late to stop him from impulsively blowing up the planet.

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“With the stroke of a pen, President Barack Obama could take our nuclear missiles off high alert, making sure that President Trump could not launch them rashly. If he doesn’t do this, we will all regret it.”

James McKeon, a spokesman for the Washington-based Council for a Livable World, said the need to reduce such risks was pressing, regardless of who was commander-in-chief. “We don’t think such weapons should be on a high-trigger alert,” he said.

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