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World Nuclear Forces: ‘Fewer But Newer’ Weapons

At the start of 2012 eight states—the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan and Israel — possessed approximately 4400 operational nuclear weapons, according to a new report.

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Rio +20: Disarmament for Sustainable Development

The signatories of Rio+20 "Disarmament for Sustainable Development" appeal demand that the governments of the world seriously address the neglected issue of peace and disarmament, and agree on a global plan for disarmament for sustainable development at the Rio Summit in June 2012. A bread tank with a garden inside will be at Rio+20 to underline the realistic possibility of eradicating hunger and extreme poverty by redirecting military spending. 

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Criminalisation of Nonviolent Protest – the emergence of a disturbing new trend

Around the world we are used to nonviolent protest being violently repressed. Those in a position of power have ruthlessly killed and tortured those who opposed them ever since human beings first learned to fight with sticks and rocks.

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Law outlawing civil disobedience disrupts Quebec students


by Anne Farrell, World without Wars, Canada

In Quebec there are more than 200,000 students on strike - they are on strike saying that the student fee increase is stopping a lot of them from accessing college and university education. The students have been on strike for four months. The response of the Quebec government has been to bring Law-78 onto its statute books, to break the student union and to break the student’s strike.

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World without Wars and Violence to attend the 2012 NPT PrepCom in Vienna

World without Wars will be present at the upcoming NPT Preparatory Committee that will take place from 30 April to 11 May 2012 in Vienna, Austria. The PrepCom and related civil society events will be attended by members of World without Wars and Violence from the Czech Republic.

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As we enter 2012 we reflect on the year gone by and our hopes for this year...

How has the world developed from a humanist point of view?  Is the world a better or worse place to live in than 1 year ago?  What can we do in our organisation and as individuals to contribute to the creation of the world that we all long to live in?

It was one year ago that the first events took place that would later on be called the Arab Spring.  A Tunisian market trader set himself on fire and simultaneously awakened the hopes of people from Morocco to Syria, from Bahrain to Libya, who have been living under feared dictatorships for decades.

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A caravan of awareness for peace and nonviolence in Mauritania

On the 25th of September a caravan of awareness on peace and nonviolence is being launched, towards Nouakchott, capital of Mauritania, by the Mauritanian Association, World without Wars and Violence (WwW), in collaboration with the Organisation for African Integration (OAI). This action will last a week culminating with a march for nonviolence on the 2nd of October this year, the International Day of Nonviolence, with the participation of the authorities, civil society and citizens.

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This fall take part in the World without Wars and Violence race challenge!

In which direction is society going as events accelerate, as violence becomes more and more globalized every day? Is there a way out?

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66th Anniversary of the nuclear bomb on Hiroshima

The 6th of August is the anniversary of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima.  In Japan an International Symposium of Anti-nuclear activists has taken place and their declaration which World without Wars and Violence totally supports is copied below.

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On the edge of a global revolution?

What do Bolivia, Iceland, Tunisia, Egypt and Spain all have in common?  Besides being famous respectively for; ladies in bowler hats, volcanoes, mosaics, pyramids and Rafael Nadal there seems to be little to connect these diverse countries, yet they are all undergoing the most radical forms of social revolution that we have witnessed since the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Empire.

It is quite likely though that, at least in the cases of Bolivia, Iceland and Spain, people around the world have no idea what’s going on.  Let’s recap:

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