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Old 05-01-2010, 06:04 PM
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Old 05-02-2010, 03:53 PM
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Default Re: UN Plaza: Nonproliferation Treaty Review (Mark Leon Goldberg & Daryl Kimball)

I'm surprised that there have been no comments on this section. I found this diavlog, very informative and helpful. Daryl is very knowledgeable about the topic of nonproliferation and he lays out his ideas about the course of negotiations quite well.
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Old 05-02-2010, 09:04 PM
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I'm surprised that there have been no comments on this section. I found this diavlog, very informative and helpful. Daryl is very knowledgeable about the topic of nonproliferation and he lays out his ideas about the course of negotiations quite well.
Yes, good stuff. I have two very good friends on site at the UN now, representing NGO's "Physicians for Social Responsibility" and "Nuclear Age Peace Foundation."


Check out their websites. Also, note that June 5 is "NUCLEAR ABOLITION DAY". Events are planned for all over the world:

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The purpose of Nuclear Abolition Day is to demonstrate that people around the world — in countries with nuclear weapons and without them — overwhelmingly support nuclear abolition. And the best way to achieve that goal is through a legally binding, verifiable Nuclear Weapons Convention.

This is a proposed treaty banning the production, testing, use and possession of all nuclear weapons, and establishing the system of international control required to bring about their complete elimination. The current step-by-step approach to disarmament has failed. It’s time for a comprehensive ban!


We encourage you to help unify our actions on Nuclear Abolition Day by forming the letters “NWC” — standing for “Nuclear Weapons Convention” and “Now We Can” — in whatever way you like. It could be a human formation, a candlelight formation, or simply a large banner. Think creatively!

Take a photo or video of your event and we’ll add it to our website after June 5. You should also send it to your government representatives, along with an explanation of why a Nuclear Weapons Convention is so important. For more information, visit the website of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.
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Old 05-02-2010, 09:21 PM
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Old 05-02-2010, 11:24 PM
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Default Re: UN Plaza: Nonproliferation Treaty Review (Mark Leon Goldberg & Daryl Kimball)

Also, I met Macgregor Eddy today, a woman who has been arrested several times at Vandenburg Air Force Base, the testing site for nuclear-weapons delivery missiles.

I learned a lot from her. One thing that's always moving is to hear updates on the people who are currently held in US federal prisons for protesting nuclear weapons. Most are religious Catholics, although Macgregor herself is an atheist.

Here are a few interesting observations made by Macgregor:

1) Abolishing nuclear weapons won't be as hard as it seems. It's the "low-hanging fruit" of the military industrial complex and many high-ranking military officers and gov. analysts oppose them, albeit for the wrong reasons -- because they are expensive and useless (you can't kill anyone with them).

2) Modern Air Force bases often do not have planes or runways anymore. The Air Force is increasingly in the business of "space supremacy." Both wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and global intelligence operations are pretty much waged by space (satellite) controls. Targets are selected, drones are deployed, everything is surveilled and tracked; everyone on the ground is linked to the satellites with hand-held devices. The "bad guys" get unplugged, disconnected, blacked out and/or exterminated).

3) Most of our thousands of nukes (this is probably common knowledge, but news to me) are now on submarines, not in silos.

4) Vandenburg (in my neighborhood) is the only place in the US where nuke-delivery missiles are tested. They launch and fly over the Pacific, toward the Marshall Islands and the "Ronald Reagan Test Site". The Islanders live in a neighboring ghetto and are denied access to the base, except as gardeners, maids, etc.

5) Protests against Space Wars technology are occurring all over the world (mostly under the radar, pun intended). Here's an interesting article about the civil disobedience movement in New Zealand that had a great outcome in an acquittal for Ploughshare activists who destroyed a kevlar cover for a space wars satellite.

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In April 2008 three Ploughshares Aotearoa[6] or Anzac Ploughshares activists breached three security fences to enter the base and then used a sickle to deflate the kevlar covering over one of the two satellite dishes. Prime Minister Helen Clark condemned the attack on the spy base as a "senseless act of criminal vandalism". They waited there until they were arrested and charged with intentional damage and unlawful entry. They were tried in March 2010 where they readily admitted their actions in court but defended it as a "claim of right" to save human lives. The jury agreed and the three activists were acquitted on all charges. One of the protester said "we broke a law to protect plastic to uphold a law to protect human life."

The New Zealand Government is considering sueing the trio for damages of $1.1 million that have be borne by the taxpayer for the repair of the dome. With the publicity surrounding the base and this case, the GCSB directors took the "highly unusual" step of announcing that "The claims that the Waihopai station is 'a United States spybase in our midst', contributing to 'torture, war, and the use of weapons of mass destruction' and other 'unspeakable evil' cannot be left unchallenged ...." [13]
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