Archive for May 4th, 2015

04/05/2015

Don’t Get Excited: Nuclear Disarmament Is Not on the Horizon

Human Wrongs Watch

By Tony Robinson*

4 May 2015 (Pressenza)* – The 5-yearly cycle of reviewing the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty got underway last week at the United Nations in New York but not before civil society organizations had organized hundreds of events around the world and in the Big Apple, under the banner of the Peace and Planet Mobilisation, to raise awareness of what was about to happen and to put pressure on politicians and diplomats to make some headway in a process that is frankly speaking in a comatose state.

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Demonstrators at the Peace and Planet Mobilisation in New York on the 26th of April wave goodbye to nuclear weapons (Image by www.globalwave.org)  | Source: Pressenza

Demonstrators at the Peace and Planet Mobilisation in New York on the 26th of April wave goodbye to nuclear weapons (Image by http://www.globalwave.org) | Source: Pressenza

The problem is this: 5 countries have nuclear weapons and are in the NPT, 4 countries have nuclear weapons and are outside of it, 185 countries don’t have their own nuclear weapons and are in the NPT (although some Nato countries host US weapons in breach of articles 1 and 2 of the treaty).

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04/05/2015

Tobacco Kills Up to Half of its Users – More Key Facts

Human Wrongs Watch

One in every 10 cigarettes, and many other tobacco products, consumed worldwide are illegal, making the illicit trade of tobacco products a major global concern from many perspectives, including health, legal, economic, governance and corruption, World Health Organization (WHO) says ahead of World No Tobacco Day 2015 to be marked on 31 May.

**Author: Häggström, Mikael.

**Common adverse effects of tobacco smoking | Author: Häggström, Mikael. “Medical gallery of Mikael Häggström 2014”. Wikiversity Journal of Medicine 1 (2). DOI:10.15347/wjm/2014.008. ISSN 20018762. | Wikimedia Commons

‘The tobacco industry and criminal groups are among those who profit from the illegal tobacco trade, leaving the public to pay the health and security costs.’

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04/05/2015

Yemen: Saudi-Led Airstrikes Used US-Supplied Cluster Munitions

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