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NPT: New Opportunities and Obsolete Perceptions

 In “Nuclear-weapon Non-prolifereation and Global Order” I outlined the framework of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) and the role of the Review Conferences.  Here I will deal first with the evolution of the NPT Reviews and then turn to possible avenues for future action.

Nuclear-weapon Non-proliferation and Global Order

The Review Conference on the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) started at the United Nations in New York on 27 April and is planned to run until 22 May. (In 1980, the Review had run three extra days in the hope of being able to reach consensus on an agreed “outcome document” in which it failed.

45 years ago

On May 4th, college students across the United States were holding “teach-ins” about the war in Vietnam.  Four of our fellow students were shot at Kent State by members of the National Guard.  You could taste the anti-war movement. 

Baltimore United for Change

In response to the tragic death of Freddie Gray, the Fellowship of Reconciliation has been in Baltimore this week working closely with Baltimore United for Change – a broad coalition of concerned citizens and organizations working for justice.

The Case for Radical Compassion

 On May Day, Friday, May 1st,  over 100 people took part in a powerful nonviolent direct action in Rochester, NY in solidarity with the citizens of Ferguson, Baltimore, New York City, and cities all over the nation.

From 'Peace and Planet' to Baltimore

As we reported last week, FOR-USA joined with activists from all over the world for a weekend mobilization to demand a nuclear-free, peaceful, just, and sustainable world.

Peace and Planet Mobilization for Nuclear Abolition

Yesterday was Earth Day.

People all over the world honored Mother Earth with events to celebrate her beauty and life support systems, and continued to raise awareness for the critical need to protect our home.

Christian Leaders Support Iran Framework Agreement

Last week, FOR-USA joined a large and diverse group of Christian leaders to voice support for the framework of a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action between Iran and the P5+1 nations concerning Iran’s nuclear program.

For Yom HaShoah: Reaching Out to 'The Other'

On Yom HaShoah, the anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising, we remember the Jews killed in the Holocaust. On April 16, I will remember the six million. And I will remember the afternoon I spent recently with a group of nuns — an encounter that surprised me and gave me hope.

The Active Defense of the Cultural Heritage of Humanity

15 April is the anniversary of the signing of the Roerich Peace Pact at the White House in Washington D.C. in 1935.  Henry A. Wallace, then the US Secretary of Agriculture and later Vice-President signed for the USA saying: