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  • Iranians Hit Threshold
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on June 20, 2009

    Fires, tear gas and blood are flowing in Tehran today (June 20), but the crowds are thinner than expected. The Green Movement (made of reformist supporters in Iran) is being seriously beaten by police. At least 100 people have been seriously injured. European and Australian Embassies have opened up for the injured in Tehran. Read more »

  • Iranian Youth Persevere
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on June 19, 2009

    Students were stabbed to death Sunday in their dormitory at Tehran University by Basij (an arm of the Revolutionary Guards). The Iranian government is silent on the issue, but it is starting to hit the news. Academics are resigning because of the killings, and Speaker of Parliament, Ali Larijani is calling for an inquiry from the Interior Ministry into the killings. Read more »

  • Supreme Leader Speaks
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on June 19, 2009

    At 12:05 Mecca time Iran’s Supreme Leader spoke to the people. He was with supporters of Ahmadinejad. I will put up an analysis with a shorter summary soon. Here is most of the text translated into English this morning live from my notes, of course it is not perfect, since it went from Farsi/Persian to English: Read more »

  • France to Speak on Disarmament
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on June 18, 2009

    I know that a few people doubted the possibility I offered on the French position last week in a post. We will soon find out for sure what that position is. The French are sending a high level diplomat, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bernard Kouchner, to address the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva June 23. Minister Kouchner will speak about the French position on disarmament. Read more »

  • Text of Mousavi’s Speech
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on June 18, 2009

    On June 18 at 2:50pm an anonymous and reliable twitter from inside Iran gave us a quick translation of Mousavi’s speech to the people: I have come due to concerns of current political and social conditions - to defend the rights of the nation. I have come to improve Iran’s international relations. I have come to tell the world and get back Iran’s pride, our dignity and our future. Read more »
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  • Collaboration to Stop Coal
    Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on June 18, 2009

    I had the pleasure recently of attending the Sierra Club’s Midwest “New Energy Future” conference, where I shared information from PSR on the health impacts of global warming. This included our new fact sheets, which I hope you have seen. Read more »
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  • Horrible News from Iran
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on June 16, 2009

    Iran’s reformist supporters of Presidential Candidate Mousavi took to the streets and were pushed back by Iranian police June 13 (picture at TMP). Seven people were killed. This is getting really sad and extremely frustrating. Read more »

  • Iran's Elections Don’t Change Much
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on June 12, 2009

    Looks like incumbent President Ahmadinejad is going to be called the winner of Iran’s Presidential race. Ahmadinejad must win over 50% of the votes to declare victory in this first round. If not, he will have to run a second time against reformist candidate Mousavi. Mousavi will have a greater chance to win if there is a second round. Read more »

  • Congress to Strengthen Nuclear Nonpro
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on June 11, 2009

    A bill passed the House of Representatives last night that would add 25 nonproliferation jobs to the State Department, along with a whole host of measures to strengthen U.S. arms control and nonproliferation policy. Read more »

  • CRS on CTBT
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on June 8, 2009

    Jonathan Medalia at the Congressional Research Service just put out a report on the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. Here is one key point he makes about Congress’ upcoming floor debate/bargain: Read more »

  • Indonesia to Support CTBT Ratification
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on June 8, 2009

    Indonesian Foreign Minister Wirajuda said June 8 in Washington at the Carnegie Endowment that Indonesia supported the indefinite extension of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) in 1995, but “naturally we were dismayed” when nuclear weapon states did not ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). Read more »

  • Clarification of the French Position on Nukes
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on June 7, 2009

    In a former post I mentioned that France at the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) meeting in NYC this past May was “an interesting player” and had not supported the final document of the meeting. I was not implying that France is pushing back a nuclear weapon free world movement. Read more »

  • McCain for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons?
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on June 4, 2009

    Senate Republican, John McCain, embraces Obama’s vision, which he claims was actually Reagan’s vision, of a world free of nuclear weapons in a Senate floor speech June 3. He quoted President Ronald Reagan saying, “The only value in possessing nuclear weapons is to make sure they can't be used ever. I know I speak for people everywhere when I say our dream is to see the day when nuclear weapons will be banished from the face of the Earth.” Senator McCain said “that is my dream too.” Read more »

  • Most of Germany No Longer Wants U.S. Nukes
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on June 4, 2009

    Oliver Meier, the Arms Control Associations International Representative based in Germany, reflected on the German debate and the argument to keep U.S. nuclear weapons in Europe at the conference today. “All German political parties, except the conservative party, are in favor of withdrawing U.S. nuclear weapons from Europe now,” said Meier. Adding that, “the outcome of Germany’s elections will not fundamentally affect the Foreign Ministry’s position on this.” Read more »

  • French Expert on Reducing the Nuclear Threat
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on June 3, 2009

    Today at the conference, we had an intervention by Camille Grand, Director of the Foundation pour la Recherche Strategic (a leading French Security thinktank). Camille Grand said that nations in the past accepted deep cuts and drastic down-sizing of their nuclear arsenals, because they believed their security situation was improving. In Asia, a region where the security situation is worsening, Grand pointed out that nuclear weapon arsenals are growing. This is one of the greatest challenges to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) regime at the moment. Read more »

  • A Little More on NPT RevCon 2010
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on June 3, 2009

    Dr. Rebecca Johnson, Director of the Acronym Institute, made an appearance today at the conference and commented on recent Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) action. With over 20 years of experience in the field of nuclear nonproliferation and international diplomacy, it is not surprising that she said a few very important things to say on the topic. Rebecca reflected on the NPT Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) meeting in New York May 4-15. It was the last meeting of state parties before the NPT 2010 review conference. Read more »

  • Biological Merges with Nuclear Nonproliferation
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on June 2, 2009

    We had an intervention today at the conference in Paris by Roger Roffey from Swedish Defense Research Agency FOI. Roffey has 30 years of experience in the field of nonproliferation and disarmament. He said that it is hard to distinguish between offensive and defensive activities in the field of biological weapon (BW) production and use. A nation could legally be researching a defensive BW program by developing agents that terrorist could use in order to prepare a response. Yet, this same research is dual-use, and could be used to build an offensive biological weapons program. Read more »

  • Arms Control in Paris!
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on May 29, 2009

    I will be leaving for Paris this weekend for a conference entitled “A New Farewell to Arms.” The European Union Institute for Security Studies (a thinktank for the European Union) is holding the event, which is meant to be a forum for discussion. Read more »

  • Breakfast with Bill Perry and Brent Scowcroft
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on May 28, 2009

    I just went to a fantastic talk with former US Secretary of Defense, Bill Perry and Former U.S. National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft at the Council on Foreign Relations. You have to give Charles Ferguson (at Council on Foreign Relations) credit for getting these two national treasures together to write a report on U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy. Read more »

  • Test Ban Needed More Than Ever in Wake of North Korean Test
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on May 26, 2009

    North Korea stunned the international community with a second nuclear test Monday, but thanks to test ban treaty technology, thorough analyses were provided to our national leaders. Read more »

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