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Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons – theme for January 2021

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, the first international ban on nuclear weapons, will take full legal effect on Jan. 22, 2021.

It joins the Chemical Weapons Convention and the Biological Weapons Convention as a treaty prohibiting weapons of mass destruction . It joins those international agreements that prohibit and eliminate weapons based on their humanitarian harm.  The treaty has widespread support in the international community — 122 countries voted for its adoption in 2017, and these countries have continued to express their support for the treaty .

The Traty is not merely symbolic.  It prohibits states parties from developing, testing, producing, manufacturing, transferring, possessing, stockpiling, using (or threatening to use) nuclear weapons, or allowing nuclear weapons to be stationed on their territory. It also prohibits states parties from assisting, encouraging, or inducing states to engage in any of these prohibited activities.

A NATO State  may join the Treaty and remain in the alliance as long as that state renounces participation in the nuclear dimension of the alliance and indicates that it does not support activities prohibited by the treaty.

About compliance concerns in the Treaty.  international treaties reinforce norms and provide a forum to discuss and condemn violations of international standards for peace and security.

The treaty will continue to grow and integrate into the international system well beyond its entry into force in January and first meeting of states parties.  The norm established by previous weapons prohibitions impacted banks, companies, and government policies in countries that had not joined the treaty, and the same can be expected for the nuclear prohibition norm.

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons will impact the norm against nuclear weapons and in the meantime will provide concrete assistance for victims of nuclear weapons use and testing and contribute to remediating radiologically contaminated areas.

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December 15, 2020 - Posted by | Christina's themes



    Excellent article.  This months tribute to antinuclear activists is awesome! Remember clamshellernh from enenews and arclight. Forget the rightwing spook govt agents that were there and stilll exist and the sensationalist nutcases. I remember getting arrested at yucca mountain. I remember kristen iversons book on the plutonium trigger fires in denver. The new books about chernobyl. My friends and i, that painstakingly worked to get shitty old nuke reactors on the verge of explosion closed and helped us to get nuke waste sites remediated.  Screw the nukeapes!

    We’ll call you when you’re six years old
    And drag you to the factory
    To train your brain for eighteen years
    With promise of security
    But then you’re free
    And forty years you waste to chase the dollar sign
    So you may die in Florida
    At the pleasant age of sixty nine

    The water’s getting hard to drink
    We’ve mangled up the country side
    The air will choke you when you breathe
    We’re all committing suicide
    But it’s alright
    It’s progress folks keep pushin’ till your body rots
    Will strip the earth of all it’s green
    And then divide her into parking lots

    But there’s nothing you and I can do
    You and I are only two
    What’s right and wrong is hard to say
    Forget about it for today
    We’ll stick our heads into the sand
    Just pretend that all is grand
    Then hope that everything turns out ok

    You’re free to speak your mind my friend
    As long as you agree with me
    Don’t criticize the father land
    Or those who shape your destiny
    ‘Cause if you do
    You’ll lose your job your mind and all the friends you knew
    We’ll send out all our boys in blue
    They’ll find a way to silence you

    But there’s nothing you and I can do
    You and I are only two
    What’s right and wrong is hard to say
    Forget about it for today
    We’ll stick our heads into the sand
    Just pretend that all is grand
    Then hope that everything turns out ok

    Comment by Kenny razz | January 2, 2021 | Reply

  2. MICIMATT (Military-Industrial-Congressional-Intelligence-Media-Academia-Think Tank) complex.

    Biden is a lapdog for wallstreet the mic and, the warmongers. As of now, he is stalling help for mericans over a measly 400dollars. He will continue nato and austerity. He will continue, trillions for war and nuclear bombs. He will find small nuclear reactors for battlefields and America. Biden will do this, until there are a few more reactor meltdowns in America like santa Susana and three mile island.. Biden will continue the neoliberal ecoconmic policies, where everyone is starving to death worse than they are now.

    There will a major uprising where dispossessed people join forces. Biden is a moderate deatheater of the Trump ilk. 

    The trumpsters are all nuts
    As the pandemic cripples America, Donald Trump orders funding for military Small Nuclear Reactors in space
    In America and on the battlefield. Complete insanity.

    Trump and pompeo want to nuke Iran with a tactical weapon. It would guarentee a full nuclear war w Russia.
    Trump has deregulated all reactor and nuclear waste supervision, in America. We are on a time like for another nuclear reactor meltdown in America, soon.

    Trump and his buddies are all nihilistic dogs, inbreds, nihilistic psychopaths , brain damaged deatheaters but Biden is an enabler to the mic

    MICIMATT (Military-Industrial-Congressional-Intelligence-Media-Academia-Think Tank) complex.

    Trump is a complete lunatic liar, fraud and psychotic criminal. Centrist democrats follow the neoliberal,-fascist, war criminal, father Patriot act author and, king of carceration, jojo biden.

    Trump’s core enablers and followers are mostly rich psychos. Same for Biden but bidens, Hollywood centists are more polite. Twiddledee and twiddledum. Biden might not start a nuclear war so quickly ,tho biden caused a civil war, in Ukraine .

    The fake yeoman Trump followers, are mostly coddled, rich killers. Murderous cosplay pusseys and bloody cowards. They will committ more useless murder and mayhem. Mad dogs.
    All of these turds are at their evolutionary endpoint for viability. Like the easter islanders the hapsburgs  the moorlocks, Germany’s Nazis, certain over-inbred hillbilly populations, of Siberia and the Appalachians. The mutated fruit flies from the 1930s radiation experiments.  Most MAGAists that went to DC, are simply coddled vindictive-deatheaters like Stephen paddock .
    Gamblers and vindictive people who want to screw over the world, for no better reason, than their own selfishness

    When things collapse, reactors blow, all things will burn, like the the western USA, that was on fire last summer.
    All the billionaires behind Biden care about is their money

    The billionaires can keep their illusions of power and comfort for the time being.. They got their ass sukers back in power, with Biden.

    Comment by Eddie Green | January 16, 2021 | Reply

    • Yoiu would be more convincing if you toned down your language.

      Comment by Christina MacPherson | January 16, 2021 | Reply

      • Excuse me mam. I have more respect for you than any person, in history or the world now. Not sarcastic. You are an antinuclear saint, from Australia.
        I worked as a uranium miner. My grandpa did too. We cursed and spat, and coughed our lungs out. We chewed tobacco. The ones who survived. The smokers, died of lung cancer. We used nicotine to concentrate, at a mile.underground like many South African, Australian or other us miner. Chewes tobacco, to not space out and, get your head ripped off in a dark tunnel goin to fast in a ore cart. That happened, to two of my comrades. Nuclear is a.mean ugly, and unjust game mam. The politicians that game it, are very evil, and I am very pissed off right now. Sorry.

        Comment by Eddie Green | January 17, 2021

      • Fair enough. (And I’m no saint!)

        Comment by Christina MacPherson | January 17, 2021

  3. U are at the very least the bodhisattva of antinucllear. U r the one of the few human who.does and who has put so much into it like Helen clamshernh Karen silkwood and arc herve Janet doc buzz thre russn Kate Kristen the nuns Grossman Harvey .German in portland Nuclear news there all the time ur a Buddhist saint. We all love much noel

    Comment by Kr | January 18, 2021 | Reply

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