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The NPT Test

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty has a loophole so large that aircraft carriers can sail through it unnoticed. Is the NPT review conference truly succeeding? Ask whether this loophole is closed. My expectation? Don't hold your breath.

Iran Sanctions in a Muddle; Ahmadinejad Comes to UN (update)

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Evelyn Leopold

The timetable for adopting sanctions against Iran has been thrown into a muddle, running into a major nuclear non-proliferation conference -- and the probable arrival of Ahmadinejad in New York on Monday.

The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Past and Present

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lawrence Wittner

Since the non-proliferation treaty took effect in 1970, almost all nuclear nations stopped building nuclear weapons. But even so, they've resisted honoring their full obligations under the NPT.

U.S.-Indian Nuke Transactions Go From Bad to Worse

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

Between India's elites failing to see expected returns, masses denied energy and sustainable development and U.S. plans thwarted by the Indian legislature, the India-U.S. nuclear deal has been a lose-lose-lose deal.

Seed of Destruction: Nuclear 'Pits'

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

The Obama administration is making generous concessions to the nuclear industry presumably, to win votes from Republicans on the new START treaty and other disarmament measures.

Crazy COIN Strategy: US-Pakistani Nuclear Deal

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Josh Mull

Not for-sure nuclear war, mind you, just betting it all and rolling the dice on nuclear war. This is what COIN has come to, what our trillion dollar occupation has come to.

Nuclear Follies

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Feffer

If the Russian army makes the bold decision to invade Germany, we can just nuke those damn communist soldiers into oblivion with the 200 tactical nucl...

Biden Courts the Non-Aligned on Nukes

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Today, Joe Biden may have helped push a new "global social contract" on international security and safety a bit further by hosting personally at his private residence a unique lunch with the non-aligned state leaders.

What's Next for the Nuclear Disarmament Movement?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

On May 2, a mass nuclear abolition rally and march swept through New York City, from Times Square to Dag Hammarskjold Plaza at the United Nations.

All Options, Still, On The Table

Tad Daley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tad Daley

During the press conference at the Pentagon on Tuesday, April 6th announcing Obama's new "Nuclear Posture Review" (NPR), Secretary of Defense Robert Gates caused the US to violate the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT). Live on C-SPAN. Three separate times.

Look Who's Missing From Washington

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamal Dajani

It's not only Ahmadinejad who will be missed at the summit on nuclear security; Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has canceled his visit to the US.

Netanyahu Cancels Trip To Washington For Obama's Nuclear Summit

AP | Mark Lavie | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM (AP)-- Israel's Prime Minister called off his trip to Washington next week to attend a conference on the spread of nuclear weapons, official...

Gaza, Nukes and Globalism

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Ehrmann

In today's crisis-facing global economy, bribes cause nuclear weapons and guided missile technology to get loose a lot faster than cries for holy war.

NPT Review: Less Than Meets the Eye

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

I thought April Fools' Day was two months ago. Today we read that the 189-nation NPT review conference, after three weeks of meetings, produced a new agreement. Hurray. So, what does it cover?

The NPT at 40: Can We Salvage the Nonproliferation Treaty for the Next Forty Years?

Bennett Ramberg, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bennett Ramberg, Ph.D.

In late April the world will have a rare opportunity to guarantee a safe nuclear future. Progress can begin with a frank assessment of the Nonproliferation Treaty to lay the foundation for several evident fixes.

Brazil: Futebol Before Politics

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Eric Ehrmann

Brazil has won the world's most prestigious sports event five times. But the individualism promoted by globalist sports marketing with its high salaries and endorsement deals is starting to erode national culture.

Iran Crisis Needs a Firm Response

Ali Safavi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ali Safavi

In his 35-minute speech, the firebrand president of the Iranian regime defied logic and overstepped all bounds of deceit. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on the US to join a "humane movement" to abolish all nuclear weapons.

A Peace Prize for Pipe Dreams?

Sunil Adam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sunil Adam

Even if the Taliban, al-Qaida and other madcap terrorists succumb to the Obama charm and fold their tents, it is unlikely that the president will be so lucky as to put the nuclear genie back in the bottle.

Waking the Sleepy Nuclear Watchdog

Sam Black | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sam Black

The former head of the international nuclear watchdog, IAEA, Mohamed ElBaradei, has left his successor, Yukiya Amano of Japan, with an underfunded and politically charged agency.

Eyes on the Real Prize

Gloria Duffy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Gloria Duffy

The US is entering a season of key international negotiations, during which two arms control treaties that have been languishing for years will hopefully be completed.

One Small Step for the Council, One Giant Leap for Humankind

Jonathan Granoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jonathan Granoff

No Security Council resolution can eliminate nuclear weapons and nor should any responsible leader try to eliminate nukes by any one fell swoop. The abolition of nuclear weapons is a process, not an occurrence.

The War on Drugs and 40 Years of Escalation on the Border

Sito Negron | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sito Negron

I live about a mile from the border, and can see Juarez from the yard in front of my apartment. Helicopters regularly fly so close overhead that my windows rattle.

Friday Talking Points [80] -- Parsing Obama's Cairo Speech

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Weigant

This is an interesting and refreshing subtext in Obama's entire speech -- he says things are "facts" and not opinions. Considering the lunacy that passes for "political debate" on American television screens -- where there are always two points of view, and every "fact" is subject to spin from one side or another -- it is a breath of fresh air.

Weekly Foreign Affairs Roundup

Christopher Herbert and Victoria Kataoka | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Herbert and Victoria Kataoka

The Week's Top Stories in Foreign Affairs : AfPak War and Understanding Facts: Pakistani PM Yousuf Raza Gilani officially announced a military offens...

Israel Downplays US Demand That It Joins Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

Jerusalem Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Jerusalem has downplayed a remark by a top US official who said Tuesday that Israel should join the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), a pact int...