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Nuclear Games for the Young Coincides with Tokyo Olympics

By Thalif Deen*

Image credit: Nuclear Games

NEW YORK (IDN) — The widely-televised Tokyo Olympics, which was inaugurated in the Japanese capital on July 23, wasn’t the only game in town.

Coinciding with the opening ceremony, a coalition of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), anti-nuclear activists and youth leaders launched “Nuclear Games,” an innovative film and online platform addressing nuclear history and the risks and impacts of nuclear weapons and nuclear energy. [2021-07-25 |10] ARABIC | GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

From Crossroads to Godzilla: The Cinematic Legacies of The First Postwar Nuclear Tests

Viewpoint by Timothy Noël Peacock

Photo: The “Baker” explosion, part of Operation Crossroads, a nuclear weapon test by the United States military at Bikini Atoll, Micronesia, on 25 July 1946. Credit: United States Department of Defense (either the U.S. Army or the U.S. Navy), Library of Congress.

Dr Timothy Noël Peacock FRHistS is a Lecturer in History at the University of Glasgow, founder/co-director of the Arts interdisciplinary Games and Gaming Research Lab (GGLab), and a Visiting Fellow at the British Library Eccles Centre. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. [2021-07-24]

UN Determined to Counter Cyber Crime and Ensure Peace and Security

By J Nastranis

Photo credit: ITU

NEW YORK (IDN) — As digital advances continue to revolutionize human life, the United Nations has called for remaining “vigilant” about malicious technologies that “could imperil the security of future generations”. Currently, there are over 4.6 billion internet users around the world. [2021-07-19 | 09] CHINESE | ITALIAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

US Should Commit to A No-First-Use Nuclear Policy

Viewpoint by Van Jackson*

Image: A Trident II missile fires its first stage after an underwater launch from a Royal Navy Vanguard-class ballistic missile submarine. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (IDN) — It was one of the most potent lessons of the Cold War—nukes are good for deterring others from using nukes, but not much else. Weapons capable only of spasmodic mass violence are too crude as a credible tool of coercion in most circumstances. [2021-07-10 | 08] HINDI | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | THAI

Sixteen States Urge the Nuclear-Weapon States to Take Decisive Steps Towards Disarmament

By Aar Jay Persius

Image source: Geneva Centre for Security Polcy

BERLIN (IDN) — A nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought. On June 16, at their meeting in Geneva, US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin re-affirmed this fundamental truth, famously coined by their predecessors, Reagan and Gorbachev, at the last peak of the cold war, write the Foreign Affairs Ministers of Germany (Heiko Maas), Spain (Arancha González Laya) and Sweden (Ann Linde) in an article published in the German newspaper Rheinische Post on July 5. [2021-07-09 | 07] JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | SPANISH | SWEDISH

Miles to Go Before the U.S. and Russia Move the World Further from the Brink of Nuclear Catastrophe

By Aar Jay Persius

Image: The US-Russia arms race. Source:

BERLIN (IDN) — U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin reaffirmed at their June 16 summit in Geneva the principle agreed on by President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1985, that “a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought”. They also decided to engage in a robust “strategic stability” dialogue to “lay the groundwork for future arms control and risk reduction measures”. [2021-07-01 | 06] INDONESIAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | RUSSIAN

Belgium Banks Ban the Bomb


Source: ICAN

BRUSSELS (IDN) — Belgian financial institutions led the way against investments in cluster munitions, now they are poised to do the same on nuclear weapons. Three major Belgian financial institutions—KBC Bank, VDK Bank and De Groof Petercam Asset Management—have cited the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) as the reason for ending investments in companies associated with the production of nuclear weapons. [2021-06-29]

The US Builds A ‘Systemic’ Pact to Counter China’s Growing Influence

By J Nastranis

Photo: Deputy Secretary of State Antony

NEW YORK (IDN) — Nearly five months after the termination of Donald Trump’s erratic presidency, US President Joe Biden has triggered a sort of ‘systemic’ pact against China—with partners in the Group of Seven (G-7), the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and the European Union (EU) at the June 11-15 summits. [2021-06-27 | 05] CHINESE | ITALIAN |  JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF

Hersey Helped Hiroshima Survivors Tell and Preserve Their Stories

Viewpoint by John Loretz

This book review was originally published in IPPNW’s designated journal, Medicine, Conflict and Survival.

Photo Atomic Bomb Dome - Hiroshima. Photograph: Trevor Dobson / Flickr

MALDEN, Massachusetts, USA (IDN) — In 1946, John Hersey wrote a magazine article that changed the world. On the 75th anniversary of the events he described so vividly in Hiroshima, journalist Lesley M. M. Blume has given us Fallout, a timely reminder that Hersey’s courageous and influential reporting is as important today as it was when the facts about nuclear weapons were still shrouded in secrecy. [2021-06-23]

Nuclear Risks: Reduction or Elimination?

Viewpoint by Sergio Duarte

Ambassador, former UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, President of Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs.

A time exposure of eight intercontinental ballistic missile reentry vehicles passing through clouds while approaching an open-ocean impact zone during a flight test. (U.S. Air Force photo)

NEW YORK (IDN) — We escaped the Cold War without a

nuclear holocaust by some combination

of skill, luck and divine intervention—

probably the latter in greatest proportion.”[1]

Gen. Lee Butler, former commander of U.S. nuclear forces. [2021-06-23]

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