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501, 2001

Millenial Message

By |January 5, 2001|Categories: Nuclear Abolition|Tags: , |Comments Off on Millenial Message

We are at the beginning of a new century and millennium. If there was ever a time for reflection, this should be it. In the spirit of Ernest Hemingway, who said that he always wrote about the truest things that he knew, I would like to make three points that I believe are true, obvious, and seriously under-appreciated. First, the future matters. Life is not only for today. We are linked to [...]

3112, 2000

Statement by the President on Signing the International Criminal Court Treaty

By |December 31, 2000|Categories: Human Rights, International Issues, International Law|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Statement by the President on Signing the International Criminal Court Treaty

The United States is today signing the 1998 Rome Treaty on the International Criminal Court.In taking this action, we join more than 130 other countries that have signed by the December 31, 2000 deadline established in the Treaty. We do so to reaffirm our strong support for international accountability and for bringing to justice perpetrators of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. We do so as well because we wish to [...]

2112, 2000

Notes from the Road

By |December 21, 2000|Categories: Peace, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Notes from the Road

Earlier this month, I participated in Make Our World 2000, a joining of minds between international youth peace activists. The event was held at a scenic retreat center just outside of Malibu, California. A group of remarkable, concerned southern California residents — and activists in their own right — convened the event and enlisted the assistance of the Global Youth Action Network to encourage young activists to attend, facilitate discussion, and develop [...]

1612, 2000

National Missile Defense: Just Say No!

By |December 16, 2000|Categories: International Issues, Missile Defense, Nuclear Abolition, Nuclear Threat, US Nuclear Weapons Policy|Tags: , , |Comments Off on National Missile Defense: Just Say No!

Ballistic missile defense sounds on the surface like a good idea. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could just make those nasty nuclear weapons harmless? That is, their nuclear weapons, not ours. We don't worry much about the threat posed by our own nuclear weapons, but these, of course, are not aimed at us. They are aimed at others or, more accurately, they are presently aimed at the oceans if we are [...]

1012, 2000

We Could Learn from the Skeptics

By |December 10, 2000|Categories: International Issues, Missile Defense, Nuclear Abolition, Uncategorized, US Nuclear Weapons Policy|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on We Could Learn from the Skeptics

In a New York Times editorial on December 19, 2000, “Prelude to a Missile Defense,” they rightly point out that “no workable shield now exists” and that the diplomatic and financial costs are too high to begin construction of even a limited system “until the technology is perfected.” It is a great leap of faith to believe that this technology will ever be perfected. Experts repeatedly have warned us that even a moderately effective [...]

612, 2000

Letter to President Clinton from Nuremberg Chief Prosecutor Ben Ferencz

By |December 6, 2000|Categories: International Issues, International Law, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Letter to President Clinton from Nuremberg Chief Prosecutor Ben Ferencz

President William Jefferson Clinton The White House, Pennsylvania Ave. Washington D.C. 20500 December 6, 2000 Dear Mr. President: Over 53 years ago, I was the Chief Prosecutor in a trial brought by the United States in Nuremberg against 22 SS leaders who were convicted of murdering over a million people in cold blood. I fought in every campaign in Europe in World War II and gathered evidence in Nazi death camps. Since [...]

112, 2000

A Proposal for Achieving Zero Nuclear Weapons

By |December 1, 2000|Categories: International Issues, Key Issues, Nuclear Abolition, Nuclear Disarmament, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on A Proposal for Achieving Zero Nuclear Weapons

It is conceded by all hands that we stand at some continuing risk of nuclear war. The risk is possibly not imminent, but it is basically important above all else — for survival. The Defense and Energy Departments together have made promising starts to reduce possession of nuclear weapons, but far more and much faster action is needed. Credible report has it that weapons are adrift, potentially available to irresponsible regimes and [...]

2811, 2000

A Victory for All Humanity

By |November 28, 2000|Categories: Human Rights, International Issues, Nuclear Abolition, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on A Victory for All Humanity

We are gathered for this Citizens’ Assembly to re-commit ourselves to assuring that no other city will ever again suffer the terrible nuclear devastation experienced by Nagasaki and Hiroshima. It is time to build on the important work already done by the hibakusha, by Abolition 2000 and others, to create a full-fledged global campaign to eliminate all nuclear weapons from Earth. We are gathered here because the future matters. Nuclear weapons are [...]

2011, 2000

Nagasaki Appeal: The Nagasaki Global Citizens’ Assembly for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

By |November 20, 2000|Categories: International Issues, Nuclear Abolition, Peace, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Nagasaki Appeal: The Nagasaki Global Citizens’ Assembly for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

Standing on the threshold of a new century, we concerned global citizens have gathered from throughout the world in Nagasaki, the last city of the departing century to suffer the devastation of a nuclear attack. Some half-century ago, humanity embarked on the development of nuclear weapons. These indescribably destructive instruments are capable not only of robbing millions of people of their lives at a single stroke, but also of inflicting lifelong physical [...]

2011, 2000

US Nuclear Weapons Policy After September 11th

By |November 20, 2000|Categories: Nuclear Threat|Tags: , |Comments Off on US Nuclear Weapons Policy After September 11th

Shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, President Bush gathered together his top security advisors to consider the implications of terrorism for US nuclear policy. A few facts were clear. There were well-organized and suicidal terrorists who were committed to inflicting large-scale damage on the US. These terrorists had attempted to obtain nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction. They probably had not succeeded yet in obtaining nuclear weapons, [...]

1011, 2000

Peace and Security Begins with Youth

By |November 10, 2000|Categories: Peace, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Peace and Security Begins with Youth

At the age of 21, I was invited to travel to Japan from 13-21 November 2000 and speak in the Youth Forum of the Nagasaki Global Citizens’ Assembly for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. It was an extreme honor to be a speaker at the Assembly. For me, the trip was more of a pilgrimage to the crime scene of the last atomic bomb dropping and it reminded me why I chose [...]

1011, 2000

Learning About Peacemaking Is a Step Toward Ending Violence

By |November 10, 2000|Categories: Peace, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Learning About Peacemaking Is a Step Toward Ending Violence

Orginally published in the Los Angeles Times Ventura County Edition Martin Luther King, Jr. said that our choice is not between nonviolence and violence, but a choice between nonviolence and nonexistence. Statistically we are told that crime has steadily decreased for the past eight years, however we also feel an increasingly random, yet eerily personalized, degree of susceptibility to being victimized. Our neighborhoods and schools, once thought inviolable, are now the target of more [...]

2310, 2000

Commentary on the Appeal to End the Nuclear Weapons Threat to Humanity

By |October 23, 2000|Categories: International Law, Key Issues, Nuclear Abolition, Nuclear Threat, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Commentary on the Appeal to End the Nuclear Weapons Threat to Humanity

The Appeal to End the Nuclear Weapons Threat to Humanity was initiated by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation in early 2000. By April 2000 it had some 50 prominent signers. It was run as a half-page advertisement in the New York Times on the opening day of the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference on April 24, 2000. Since then more prominent leaders from throughout the world have signed the Appeal. Signers include 35 [...]

1210, 2000

The Spirit of the Olympics: An Open Letter to the International Olympic Committee

By |October 12, 2000|Categories: International Issues, Peace|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on The Spirit of the Olympics: An Open Letter to the International Olympic Committee

Dear Mr. Samaranch and members of the International Olympic Committee : I love the spirit of the Olympics. It’s wonderful to be able to witness the talent and grace of the athletes, and also to learn their stories. They are often stories of struggle and human triumph over adversity. They are always stories of discipline, perseverance and remarkable achievement. It is also great to watch the concentration on the faces of the [...]

1010, 2000

National Missile Defense – Why Should We Care?

By |October 10, 2000|Categories: International Issues, Missile Defense, US Nuclear Weapons Policy|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on National Missile Defense – Why Should We Care?

To an extent seldom seen since Cold War days, the continuing angry debate over the need for a National Missile Defense (NMD) system has polarized public opinion. Pros and cons are put forward in increasingly strident confrontations which lead not to understanding or accommodation but to divisive, emotional rejection of opposing views. What is there about NMD that produces heat - not light - when the issue arises? The answer to that [...]

2009, 2000

Criticism and Protest Surround Anti-Missile System

By |September 20, 2000|Categories: Missile Defense, Uncategorized, US Nuclear Weapons Policy|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Criticism and Protest Surround Anti-Missile System

The Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO) conducted its first full system test of the national missile defense (NMD) system on 7 July 2000. However, this $100 million failed missile test did not escape criticism and protest. More than 120 people gathered at the front gate of the Vandenberg Air Force Base to exercise their first amendment rights on Saturday, 1 July 2000. Organizations that supported the event included: American Friends Service Committee [...]

1009, 2000

Moving Humanity Toward a Great Future

By |September 10, 2000|Categories: International Issues, Peace|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Moving Humanity Toward a Great Future

The sight of 152 national leaders streaming into the United Nations headquarters for a Millennium Summit meeting filled me with rejoicing. The leaders were called together by the Secretary General to develop plans for action to move toward lasting peace and a sustainable future for every one on Earth. They endorsed an eight-page plan to deal with the world community’s hardest problems – and the UN staff has responded to the Summit [...]

1009, 2000

Living with the Future

By |September 10, 2000|Categories: Peace, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Living with the Future

“We need the exuberance, energy and vision of youth to make our world whole. We need to listen to their voices and encourage their participation in the planetary restoration that is essential not only for the survival, but for the dignity of humanity and other forms of life.” In July, the Foundation again joined with La Casa de Maria in sponsoring our annual Peace Retreat. The retreat was led by Joanna and [...]

1009, 2000

Non-Proliferation Treaty Stays Alive – for now

By |September 10, 2000|Categories: Non-Proliferation, Nuclear Abolition, Nuclear Threat, US Nuclear Weapons Policy|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Non-Proliferation Treaty Stays Alive – for now

With the exception of a few cloistered academics, almost no one would seriously argue that the spread of nuclear weapons would make the world a safer place. Most individuals, including policy makers, understand that it is essential to future security to keep nuclear weapons from spreading. Based on this understanding, the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) was put forward and signed by the US, UK and USSR (three countries with nuclear weapons) in 1968. [...]

1009, 2000

An Open Letter to the Next U.S. President: Abolish Nuclear Weapons

By |September 10, 2000|Categories: Nuclear Abolition, Uncategorized, US Nuclear Weapons Policy|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on An Open Letter to the Next U.S. President: Abolish Nuclear Weapons

The city of Hiroshima's Peace Declaration on August 6, 2000 stated, "if we had only one pencil we would continue to write first of the sanctity of human life and then of the need to abolish nuclear weapons." The citizens of Hiroshima have horrendous first-hand knowledge of the devastation of nuclear weapons. They became the unwitting ambassadors of the Nuclear Age. If we wish to prevent Hiroshima's past from becoming our future, [...]

1108, 2000

Signposts, Milestones to a Culture of Peace

By |August 11, 2000|Categories: Human Rights, International Law, Key Issues, Nuclear Abolition, Nuclear Threat|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Signposts, Milestones to a Culture of Peace

The subject I have been asked to address is one of optimism - "Signs that we are on the road to a culture of peace." It is one that I can't, with integrity, address entirely in that frame. Instead I would like to speak in terms of signposts, milestones and paving stones on the road to a culture of peace because it seems to me that for every sign of peace there [...]

1008, 2000

When Good Comes From Bad

By |August 10, 2000|Categories: Human Rights, Peace, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on When Good Comes From Bad

Most of us go through difficult stages in our lives. Some of these difficult periods transform and enlighten our views of life. The devastating effects of family problems and civil war in my country helped me appreciate my existence and that of others in a positive way. I was born in Sierra Leone West Africa in 1980. During my early childhood years, my country was peaceful and I lived a satisfying life [...]

1008, 2000

Leadership for Social Change

By |August 10, 2000|Categories: Events, Peace, Uncategorized|Tags: , |Comments Off on Leadership for Social Change

One day this past April, my history teacher pointed at me and said, "Lorissa, you can consider yourself busy this Friday!". Those simple words forever changed my life. My name is Lorissa Rinehard. I am 16 years old and from Santa Barbara, California. Like many teens, I have always wanted to make the world a better place and participate in positive social change; however, I was not certain what I could do. [...]

1008, 2000

A Peace Message: On the fifty-fifth anniversaries of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

By |August 10, 2000|Categories: Key Issues, Nuclear Abolition, Peace|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on A Peace Message: On the fifty-fifth anniversaries of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

The world changed dramatically in the 20th century, a century of unprecedented violence. We humans learned how to release the power of the atom, and this led quickly to the creation and use of nuclear weapons. At Hiroshima and Nagasaki, this terrible new power was unleashed at the end of a bloody and costly war. Tens of thousands of persons, including large numbers of women and children, were killed in the massive [...]

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