NPT Speech to the Organization of American States

March 23, 2007

Another compelling piece forwarded by Michael Wallace — this one about a speech re NPT and the threat of nuclear proliferation:

SPEECH TO THE ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES

By David Krieger

March 15, 2007

It is a great honor to celebrate with you the 40th anniversary year of the Treaty of Tlatelolco, officially called the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean. This Treaty was a great achievement, and has served your region well.

Many years ago, I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Alfonso Garcia Robles, the great Mexican diplomat who was so instrumental in creating this treaty. For his vision and commitment, he shared the 1982 Nobel Peace Prize with Swedish diplomat Alva Myrdal.

The Treaty of Tlatelolco paved the way and was a model for other Nuclear Weapon Free Zones – those in the South Pacific, Southeast Asia, Africa, and Central Asia. Today, virtually the entirety of the southern hemisphere is covered by Nuclear Weapon Free Zones. Latin America and the Caribbean led the way in this important achievement.

But, as great as the achievement has been in creating first the Nuclear Weapon Free Zone for Latin America and Caribbean, and then the southern hemispheric series of Nuclear Weapon Free Zones, it is not enough. While regional efforts are useful, they cannot fully protect the people of the region from the effects of nuclear wars in other parts of the world.

Latin America and the Caribbean cannot rest easy in the belief that your region can be protected against nuclear devastation. So long as there are nuclear weapons in the world, your region, although it has acted with such reason and sanity, remains endangered. Nuclear weapons anywhere are a threat to people everywhere.

In 1995, the parties to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) agreed at the Treaty’s Review and Extension Conference that they would pursue “systematic and progressive efforts” to achieve nuclear disarmament. Among the commitments made in 1995 was one to the creation of a Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). The international community moved quickly from that point, and the CTBT was opened for signatures in 1996.

At the 2000 NPT Review Conference the parties reached agreement on 13 Practical Steps for Nuclear Disarmament, including on “[t]he importance and urgency of signatures and ratifications, without delay and without conditions and in accordance with constitutional processes, to achieve the early entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.” The parties further agreed to an “unequivocal undertaking by the nuclear-weapon States to accomplish the total elimination of their nuclear arsenals….”

More than 10 years have passed since the 1995 NPT Review and Extension Conference, and this critical Treaty has not yet entered into force. To do so, the Treaty requires the signatures of the 44 nuclear-capable states. As of now, there are still 10 nuclear-capable states that have not ratified the Treaty, including two NPT nuclear weapons states, the United States and China. Israel, not a party to the NPT, also has not ratified the CTBT. Other nuclear weapons states that are not parties to the NPT – India, Pakistan and North Korea – have not even signed the Treaty. Some of the nuclear weapons states that have signed the CTBT, such as the United States, have continued to evade the spirit of the treaty by conducting nuclear weapons tests by other means, including computer simulations and sub-critical tests.

Now, more than 15 years after the end of the Cold War and some 37 years after the entry into force of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, the commitments to nuclear disarmament made by the nuclear weapons states in Article VI of the Treaty remain unfulfilled. We must conclude that these states are failing in their obligations to the international community and to humanity as a whole. One of these states, the most powerful one, is a member of the Organization of American States. It is my own country, the United States.

Viewed objectively, the United States has made some progress in reducing its nuclear arsenal, but it has also demonstrated its commitment to maintaining its nuclear arsenal for the indefinite future. The United States has shown no leadership toward fulfilling its obligations under Article VI of the Non-Proliferation Treaty – the principal obligation being good faith negotiations to achieve complete nuclear disarmament. This obligation was unanimously confirmed by the International Court of Justice in its 1996 Advisory Opinion on the Legality of Nuclear Weapons, which stated that the Article VI obligation was to “bring to a conclusion negotiations leading to nuclear disarmament in all its aspects….”

Certain questions must be posed:

Do non-nuclear weapons states have a responsibility with regard to the failure of the nuclear weapons states to act to fulfill their obligations for nuclear disarmament?

Do non-nuclear weapons states have self-interest in the success or failure of the nuclear weapons states to fulfill their Article VI obligations for nuclear disarmament?

What can non-nuclear weapons states do when the nuclear weapons states fail to fulfill their obligations to achieve nuclear disarmament?

I would say that the answer to the first two questions is certainly Yes. It is, in a sense, analogous to the idea that “friends do not let friends drive drunk.” There is both a responsibility and self-interest in keeping drunks from driving. By preventing a drunken friend from driving, you serve their interest as well as your own.

What can be done to take away the keys to launch the nuclear-armed missiles from a drunken nuclear weapons state poses a more difficult problem. In one sense, the nuclear weapons states are the most powerful states in the world – in terms of the damage they can inflict on others. But in another sense, they are the most vulnerable states because they expose their citizenry to retaliatory nuclear annihilation.

I suggest to you that this issue of nuclear vulnerability is a serious one. In today’s world, all states, including the nuclear weapons states themselves, could be held hostage to nuclear weapons in the hands of terrorist groups. Thus, there must be zero tolerance for nuclear weapons falling into the hands of terrorists. But in a world in which some countries rely upon nuclear weapons for their security, there is always the possibility for these weapons to fall into the hands of criminals and extremists; terror-minded individuals and organizations that could not be deterred from using them. In such a situation, even a country with thousands of nuclear weapons would be helpless against a nuclear attack.

When we consider the possibility of nuclear terrorism, it is hard not to think that nuclear weapons in any hands, including those of the nuclear weapons states, do not constitute a form of such terrorism. The mere possession of these weapons constitutes an implicit threat to use them under certain but not defined circumstances.

One thing should be clear: Nuclear weapons cannot provide protection against a nuclear attack. They can only deter such an attack if a country is subject to being deterred. Nuclear weapons cannot protect against accidents, miscalculations, false alarms, or terrorist attacks. The only way to assure that such attacks do not occur is to verifiably eliminate all nuclear weapons, and to place the materials and technologies to create these weapons under strict international control.

The United States wants to develop a new type of nuclear warhead, one it calls the “Reliable Replacement Warhead.” Why? Because the United States seems to want to rely upon nuclear weapons for its security forever – and it wants these weapons to be able to reliably defeat any enemy, regardless of the financial and human costs.

The United States has pushed Russia into an unfortunate agreement, the Strategic Offensive Reductions Treaty (SORT). This treaty will reduce deployed strategic nuclear warheads in both countries’ arsenals to 2,200 or less by 2012. However, the Treaty does not require the reductions to be irreversible, transparent or verified, and after 2012 these countries can expand their nuclear arsenals as they please.

The United States has developed contingency plans for the use of nuclear weapons against both nuclear and non-nuclear weapons states, and Mr. Bush seems to favor preventive war and keeping all options on the table. The United States is pressing forward with missile defenses, forcing Russia and China to strengthen their offensive nuclear forces. Add to this that the United States has blocked nearly every proposal for multilateral progress on nuclear disarmament and you can see that the United States is driving drunk. It needs the help and intervention of its friends.

The world has come close to nuclear weapons use in the past. Perhaps the closest was the October 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. But it came close again in 1995 when Boris Yeltsin was awakened in the middle of the night and told that Russia was facing a US nuclear attack. In fact, a US-Norwegian Weather Satellite had been launched from Norway, and the Russian command had misinterpreted this as an attack on Russia. The Russian black box with launch codes was placed before Yeltsin, and he was given only moments to decide whether to launch a “counter-attack” against the US – an attack that could have led to an all-out nuclear war. Fortunately Yeltsin waited and it became apparent that the missile was not headed toward Russia. I ask you to consider, though, the immense dangers involved in leaving the decision to initiate a nuclear war in the hands of any individual, even those who do not drink themselves to sleep at night.

As a citizen of the United States, I would pose the question: In the Americas, why should only Latin American and Caribbean citizens have the advantages of living within a Nuclear Weapon Free Zone? The idea of a Nuclear Weapon Free Zone is so powerful that all citizens of Earth should aspire to this. The needed Nuclear Weapon Free Zone is, of course, that of the Earth itself. So I am here to solicit your help in pushing my country into a leadership role to achieve this great goal.

It can only be hoped that the United States will not always be as short-sighted and reckless in its use of force as it has been in recent years under the current administration. After World War II and the trials at Nuremberg, it should be unacceptable for leaders anywhere to engage in aggressive war without being held to account by the international community.

Please add your official voices to those of the many citizens of the United States who work with vigor and persistence to achieve the goal of a nuclear weapons-free planet. I believe it is the shared duty of all non-nuclear weapons states to exert maximum pressure on the United States and the other nuclear weapons states to urgently take the following steps toward achieving a nuclear weapons-free world:

1. Immediately take all nuclear weapons off high alert status and take all necessary precautions to assure that nuclear war could not commence by accident.

2. Make legally binding commitments not to use nuclear weapons first under any circumstances, nor to use them under any circumstances against non-nuclear weapons states.

3. Repatriate all nuclear weapons from foreign soil and from the seas to the territory of their possessors. It is time to stop accepting the misuse of the oceans, the common heritage of humankind, as a hiding place for nuclear arms.

4. Bring the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty into force, cease seeking to evade the spirit of the CTBT by conducting computer simulations and sub-critical tests, and close the Nevada Test Site in the US and Novaya Zemyla Test Site in Russia, as China has closed Lop Nor and France has closed its Pacific Test Site.

5. Enter into a treaty to ban all nuclear weapons and other weapons from outer space.

6. Convene a meeting of all states, including all nuclear weapons states, for the purpose of negotiating a Nuclear Weapons Convention for the phased elimination of all nuclear weapons.

The former vice president of the United States, Al Gore, has awakened tens of millions of people across the planet to the dangers of global warming with his film, “An Inconvenient Truth.” Another “inconvenient truth” is that more than 27,000 nuclear weapons, over 95 percent in the arsenals of the United States and Russia, continue to threaten our cities, our countries, our civilizations, and life on Earth.

In Latin America and the Caribbean you have been leaders in carving out a portion of the planet to be free from nuclear weapons. As you celebrate the 40th anniversary year of the Treaty of Tlatelolco, please keep firmly in mind that this great accomplishment is not the fulfillment of the final goal. Finishing the job requires assuring that the rest of the Earth, the northern as well as the southern hemisphere, also be made nuclear weapons-free before our common human future is assured.

I fear that there exists far too much complacency about nuclear weapons, and I ask for your leadership as though the future of our precious planet depended upon it. Such leadership is now needed, as it was when you created the Treaty of Tlatelolco. In the spirit of Alfonso Garcia Robles and also your great Latin American poet, Pablo Neruda, I ask for your leadership to break out of this complacency and to challenge those nations and leaders that continue to hold humanity hostage to the threat of nuclear annihilation. It is not enough to limit the sphere of nuclear weapons or their testing; we must eliminate the weapons themselves – all of them. This is the great challenge of our particular time on Earth.

As Albert Einstein and Bertrand Russell wrote in their famous Manifesto in 1955: “There lies before us, if we choose, continual progress in happiness, knowledge, and wisdom. Shall we, instead, choose death, because we cannot forget our quarrels? We appeal as human beings to human beings: Remember your humanity, and forget the rest.”

David Krieger is President of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (www.wagingpeace.org), and a leader in the global effort to abolish nuclear weapons. This speech was delivered at OAS Headquarters on Washington, DC on March 15, 2007 in a “Special Meeting on Consolidation of the Regime Established in the Treaty of Tlatelolco and on the Worldwide Comprehensive Test Ban.”

Michael D. Wallace

Department of Political Science

University of British Columbia

Vancouver, Canada V6T 1Z1

phone:(604)822-4550, fax:822-5540

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Senlis Council Report on Afghanistan

March 23, 2007

This comes from a fellow peace worker, Michael D. Wallace,
Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia:

On Monday, the Senlis Council (a major European think-tank) has produced a damning report showing why progress and development and development in that country have consistently failed since 2001, and will almost certainly continue to do so despite NATO efforts.

The report in full is available online

http://www.senliscouncil.net/modules/publications/014_publication but is hundreds of pages long and unlikley to be read in full by non-specialists.

But at a minimum I would strongly urge you to click on the “Executive Summary” and “Conclusions and Recommendations” boxes, which will tell you why Canada is unlikely to succeed in its stated objectives in that tragic country. I would also ask you to disseminate the url for this document widely to your own lists.

In the coming days, I will be commenting on the report in my blog at:
http://ceasefireinsider.wordpress.com/tag/mike-wallace/

MW

Michael D. Wallace

Department of Political Science

University of British Columbia

Vancouver, Canada V6T 1Z1

phone:(604)822-4550, fax:822-5540


Native Youth Movement & the Olympics

March 23, 2007

NATIVE YOUTH MOVEMENT

INTERNATIONAL STATEMENT

NATIVE YOUTH MOVEMENT WARRIOR TARGETED & ARRESTED AT ANTI-OLYMPIC PROTEST IN VANCOUVER, BC, KKKANADA

“THE INDIAN WARS ARE NOT OVER”

(February 13, 2007, unsurrendered Squamish Territory (Vancouver, BC) Three Native Warriors were targeted and arrested yesterday during a protest against the 2010 Winter Olympic Games planned to take place in Vancouver/Whistler, KKKanada. NYM Warrior, Tselletkwe, of the Secwepemc Nation, Gord Hill of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation and Lynn Highway of the Anishnabe Nation and the Indigenous Resistance Organizing Committee (IROC), were hauled away by the Vancouver Police, who are notorious for police terrorism they inflict on Indigenous Peoples.

The Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee and the Vancouver Board of Trade (businessmen) were celebrating the unveiling of a “3 year countdown clock” in the downtown business district in Vancouver, marking exactly 3 years until the Olympic Games invade Indigenous Territories here in Vancouver, BC. Just as their festivities were to begin, one Native Warrior stormed the stage and took over the microphone, yelling, “F*#! the Olympics,” until he was captured by Vancouver police and rushed off stage.

Native People from across BC participated in this rally along with non-natives from the Anti-Poverty Committee, who are protesting the gentrification of their neighborhood and the eviction of hundreds from low-income housing in the downtown eastside. A total of seven protesters were arrested during this Anti-Olympic protest.

NYM Warrior Tselletkwe made a statement upon her release, stating “Our land is not for Sale, we are still at war with KKKanada, we have never surrendered our land. We want the whole World to know not to come to our country and to boycott KKKanada and the 2010 Olympic Games. Tourism is ot welcome here.”

This is not the first time Natives have been arrested protesting the 2010 Winter Olympics, Pacheedaht, Nuuchahnulth Elder Harriet Nahanee was arrested and sentenced to 14 days in jail for protesting the expansion and development of the Sea-to-Sky Highway, leading from Vancouver to Whistler, in preparation to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. The destruction of Indigenous Territories and Sacred Sites must be stopped.

NYM spokesperson, stated in response to the arrests that, “Human and Indigenous Rights violations here in KKKanada must stop, the governments and corporations continue to drive our People from our homeland and destroy our food and medicine harvesting areas and basic necessities to survive our traditional, ancestral way of life. The Olympics is a global event and it will take the global community to awaken their conscience to boycott this 17-day event.”

For more information or to join the Anti-Olympic Coalition contact:

Native Youth Movement
nymcommunications@hotmail.com
(604)682-3269 ext. 7845 or

Warrior Publications
Warrior-Publications@hotmail.com

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Native Youth Movement Statement for Anti-Olympic Campaign

ELDER’S DEATH CAUSED BY GREEDY 2010 OLYMPICS AND ITS ACCOMPLICES

“ALTHOUGH THE VANCOUVER-WHISTLER 2010 WINTER OLYMPICS ARE PLANNED TO TAKE PLACE IN ONLY THE ST’AT’IMC & SQUAMISH TERRITORIES THE NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF THESE GAMES WILL CARRY OUT ONTO OTHER INDIGENOUS TERRITORIES OF THE AREA AND THE AFTERMATH OF THIS WILL CREATE AN INVASION, NOT SEEN SINCE THE GOLD RUSH”-NYM (CANCEL OLYMPIC LEAFLET, 2006)

The Native Youth Movement is calling for a Boycott and Cancellation of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. The Games are scheduled to take place on un-surrendered Native Land from February 12-27, 2010. The Olympic Games represent a continued history of colonization and Genocide. On Saturday, February 24th, 2007, 2007, 73-year old Pacheedaht Elder and great-grandmother Harriet Nahanee died from health complications stemming from being imprisoned in Surrey Pre-trial hell-hole for 14 days. Harriet Nahanee was locked up by BC Supreme Courts’ evil Madame Justice Brenda Brown because of her role in blocking the expansion of the Sea-to-Sky Highway, which destroyed the area of Eagleridge Bluffs for the 2010 Olympics. We hold the International Olympic Committee (IOC), KKKanada, the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee (VANOC) and the sell-out chiefs of “2010 Olympic Host Nations,” Mt. Currie, Musquem, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish responsible for her death. The death of our Elder is nothing short of murder, murdered for games and greed, for fun and amusement. Her fighting spirit is an inspiration to us all and she will never be forgotten.


Hamilton group shows support for Six Nations in Caledonia

March 23, 2007

This article is from Taiga News – The First Perspective:

March 23, 2007 – by Joseph Quesnel and Heather Stevenson

A peaceful resolution to the ongoing conflict near Caledonia can only be achieved if the federal government lives up to its obligations and negotiates in good faith with Six Nations, said organizers at a recent informational demonstration held at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

“The Federal Government can’t try to pass the buck by pretending that the Provincial or other levels of Government, or the Band Council, are responsible for negotiations.” says Dr. George Sorger, a spokesperson for the group. “We believe the authorized representatives of the Federal Government and the Six Nations Confederacy are the ones who will make the critical decisions and have to be at the negotiating table, because they are the ones who inherited the authority from those who made the treaties and agreements in the first place.”

The group is made up of a wide variety of people from the Hamilton area: high-school teachers, trade unionists, community organizers, and university students and professors.

“Our group, along with a number of other solidarity groups in the region, want to send a clear message that this dispute isn’t about natives versus non-natives.” says Sorger. “We all have a stake in seeing this conflict and all land claims resolved and it is evident that the Federal government’s present approach isn’t leading to a timely solution that is acceptable to all parties. The power to resolve this rests with them and as Canadians we should insist that our government act in good faith.”

This is the second Hamilton event, according to the organizers in a written new release, where the group will be asking the public to sign petitions and letters to the Prime Minister to insist the federal government halt all development on lands in dispute and work to settle Six Nation’s claim with respect and integrity.

“The response to our last information demonstration in Downtown Hamilton on the 28th [of February] was incredible,” says Alyson McCready, a spokesperson for the group. “People are hungry for information and they’re angry the Federal government isn’t living up to its obligations.”

“We’re coming to McMaster because many of us live and work in and around McMaster and this and other land claim disputes really aren’t on the agenda in Canada ’s education system.” McCready continues. “Canadians need to know more about what’s going on so we can hold our government to account.”


OHC debates Tory at protest

March 23, 2007

Save Public Medicare! Information:

Ontario Health Coalition

15 Gervais Drive, Suite 305, Toronto, Ontario M3C 1Y8

tel: 416-441-2502 fax:416-441-4073 email: ohc@sympatico.ca http://www.ontariohealthcoalition.ca

March 23, 2007

 

For Immediate Release

Health Coalition Protests John Tory:

Hes Got His Facts Wrong

Toronto  The Ontario Health Coalition challenged Conservative leader John Tory today on his aggressive campaign in support of a for-profit surgery clinic.

When a group of seniors, nurses, teachers, patient groups and hospital workers gathered early this morning outside the Hilton Hotel where Tory was speaking to the Economic Club, Tory came outside to debate the public health care advocates. But an aide urged him back inside when he was challenged on the facts.

“John Torys numbers are demonstrably wrong. He is comparing the price for partial knee surgeries in the private clinic to full hip-and-knee procedures in a non-profit public hospital,” said Natalie Mehra, coalition director.

The real prices as reported by the Health Minister in the legislature are: $5,800 in the private clinic bid and just over $4,800 in public non-profit hospitals for the same procedure.

In Torys aggressive campaign, he avoids the real issue: “If we provide money for any one surgeon, they can provide surgeries for patients in need. Thats no argument for privatization. If we fund a non-profit or public homecare, we can provide a vast range of services for seniors in need, without anything taken out as profits, Mehra said. Its strange that we dont see John Tory on the front page of the Globe and Mail advocating for public homecare services, she added. Could it be that this campaign is about commercial interests, not seniors in need?

Further, each private clinic in Canada takes scarce staff away from public hospitals and leaves the heavy care and complex patients behind with less staff, the OHC maintains.

Torys health privatization campaign is irresponsible and opportunistic. He is exploiting seniors in need to advocate for one profit-seeking clinic to win a contract. I cannot recall seeing political leader going to such extreme lengths to advocate for a single profit-seeking business interest with such disregard of the consequences on our health system,” Mehra said.

Quick Facts:

 The British Medical Journal reported in 2004, that the public health system was charged 47% more for hip replacements performed in private surgical clinics than for the same procedures provided in public hospitals.

 The for-profit cancer surgery clinic opened by the Conservatives was eventually closed down after the provincial auditor found that it cost $500 more per procedure than public hospitals.

 Studies reported in the Canadian Medical Association Journal show that meta analyses of for-profit hospitals and clinics show that they not only cost more but they lead to higher death rates as the for-profits skimp on trained staff and quality.

 The Alberta Branch of the Canadian Consumers Association studied wait lists and costs for cataract surgery in Alberta and found that wait times in Lethbridge with 100% public surgeries were less than half those in Calgary with the majority of the for-profit clinics, and costs were $400 less per eye for the same lenses.

 The Don Mills Surgical Centre is part of the Alegro Health Group  a for-profit investor-owned company – which is traded on the Toronto Venture Stock Exchange (TSX-V).

Ontario Health Coalition
15 Gervais Drive, Suite 305
Toronto, Ontario M3C 1Y8
tel: 416-441-2502
fax: 416-441-4073
email:
ohc@sympatico.ca
www.ontariohealthcoalition.ca


Depleted Uranium and Canada’s Role

March 23, 2007

NOTE: According to an informed authority, Dr. Rosalie Bertell, “CANADIAN URANIUM IS BASICALLY PROVIDING THE MATERIAL FOR THESE WEAPONS And I really would ask you to make this an issue in the front / centre and STOP IT NOW AS QUICKLY AS YOU CAN !! — Dr. Rosalie Bertell

http://www.peace.ca/depleteduranium.htm

Depleted Uranium and Canada’s Role

“CANADIAN URANIUM IS BASICALLY PROVIDING THE MATERIAL FOR THESE WEAPONS.
And I really would ask you to make this an issue in the front / centre and STOP IT NOW AS QUICKLY AS YOU CAN !!
— Dr. Rosalie Bertell
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http://www.interlog.com/~nealm/index.htm

AUDIO TRANSCRIPT -[prepared by Janet M. Eaton] of remarks by:
DR. ROSALIE BERTELL speaking on DEPLETED URANIUM [DU] WEAPONS and CANADA’S central ROLE in the PRODUCTION
of these weapons.

Dr. Bertell was one of nine prominent Canadians speaking at:
An Unjust and Illegal WAR: Leading opponents of the War against Yugoslavia speak out: A public meeting held at Convocation Hall
at the University of Toronto May 6 1999.

Dr. Rosalie Bertell is one of the world’s leading authorities on health effects of low level radiation. For a decade she worked for the US National Cancer Institute and for 30 years has been in the forefront of research on the effects of low level radiation on human health. In 1984 she founded the International Institute of Concern for Public Health in Toronto.

For further background on Dr. Bertell see :
“Dr. Rosalie Bertell – A Great Humanitarian & Scientist”
http://news.flora.org/flora.mai-not/11275

All the best,
Janet M. Eaton, PhD

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Audio Transcript:

I’d like to talk about a little known factor in this war and that is the kind of ammunition which is being used. It’s called Depleted Uranium [DU] but don’t let that fool you – it doesn’t mean it’s harmless. Depleted Uranium is basically radioactive waste. It’s the waste from uranium enrichment. When the uranium is taken out of the ground most of it is Uranium 238 but they like the fissioning of 235 which is less than 1 percent of the whole – so when they do uranium enrichment they basically try to increase the proportion of the uranium 235 that fissions and the rest of the uranium, and a lot of it, is considered waste.

For a long time in 70’s there was an effort to declare this waste – scrap metal and use it in our refrigerators and stoves and bicycles and automobiles and many of us were out there protesting this and we actually won and they stopped talking about that but very quietly on the side they gave this uranium free of charge to weapons manufacturers.

And what they discovered was its more dense than lead which means it so goes through a tank or an armored car, or a bullet proof vest. It’s what’s called auto pyrophoric which means it can burst into flame and when it does it becomes an aerosol and also – you know how when you make pottery if you put in a kiln and fire it you get a glass – well that’s what happens to uranium when you ignite it in battle.

This was actually used for the first time by the Russians in Afghanistan but on a very small scale. The first time used on a very large scale was in Iraq in Gulf War and it was used extensively by the US and the UK. According to the Pentagon 400,000 American veterans were exposed to this depleted uranium aerosol in the Gulf War. About 200,000 of these men and women have sought medical care since the war and about 115,000 have been diagnosed as having Gulf War Syndrome. Now one would think in the United States of America given this new weapon and this massive exposure and these sick veterans that they would have tested the veterans for Depleted Uranium.

I was in Washington DC 10 days ago and I found that not one American veteran had been tested for Depleted Uranium in the 9 years since Iraq war. We actually have tested some of the veterans here in Canada and we have found Depleted Uranium in their urine at quite a high level and remember this is 9 years after their exposure which means that the amount that they are now excreting is nothing compared to what the original dose was.

There has been quite a dispute, which some of you may know, since the war is on in Kosovo whether or not Depleted Uranium ammunition was being used. In a sense this adds to the problem but you should know that every Cruise missile contains Depleted Uranium ballast and when that missile impacts that ballast is again aerosolized into very small particles of uranium glass that can be breathed in and it will stay in body 10 years or more and it keeps irradiating the tissue around it wherever it is in the body!!

Canada has been an international leader against land mines but this depleted uranium is worse than land mines and it will stay around for thousands of years after the war is over. It is incorporated into the farm land; it can be picked up by the vegetables; the schrapnel can be handled by children ; it stays around ; it doesn’t disappear; and because it’s an aerosol it can travel as much as 50 – 60 km from the point of release.

THIS IS CHEMCIAL AND RADIOLOGICAL WARFARE – IT’S OUTRAGEOUS – IT’S A VERY SERIOUS VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS!!

I think this talk about chemical warfare in Iraq and violation of Human Rights in Serbia is outrageous – because if anyone is waging chemical and radiological warfare and violating human rights it’s
NATO !!

In 1996 this issue was brought before the Human Rights Tribunal in Geneva and the Tribunal condemned it as warfare. They actually called Depleted Uranium a weapon of mass destruction. I think it might be better called a weapon of indiscriminate destruction but they didn’t really have a term for it. I say indescriminate because it will by choice affect women and children. Women have tisses that are more radioactively sensitive like the breast and uterine tissue. Children are closer to the ground; they’re growing; they’ll incorporate more uranium into their bones when they grow and they also have a longer life span so that the cancers that have a longer latency can be expressed. So it selects out women and children.

Anyway it was condemned by United Nations Human Rights Commission and they have appointed a rapporteur to prepare a brief for the United Nations. It’s not completed yet.The World Health Organization has sent a team into Iraq to look at the aftermath of war but they just went in last fall and they expect to spend two years in study.

So I think you can see that the forces for good here are slow compared to the extent at which this is being used and the rapidity with which it is being used not only in Iraq but Bosnia and Kosovo .

So I would call this to your attention- and I would ask you to make this known.

It’s largely Canadian uranium that’s being used!!

Canada has a policy that its uranium cannot be used in Nuclear Bombs!

That policy does not extend to these DU weapons. So you really have to complain loudly about this !

Canada also sends its uranium down to Paducah, Kentucky to be enriched and it does not ask for the return of the waste. If that waste stays in US for 30 days by US law it becomes US uranium.

SO CANADIAN URANIUM IS BASICALLY PROVIDING THE MATERIAL FOR THESE WEAPONS.
And I really would ask you to make this an issue in the front /centre and STOP IT NOW AS QUICKLY AS YOU CAN !!

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REAL AUDIO PROGRAMS

An Unjust and Illegal WAR: public meeting held at Convocation Hall at
the University of Toronto May 6 1999. Leading opponents of the War
against Yugoslavia speak out:

Ad-Hoc Committee to Stop Canada’s Participation in the War on
Yugoslavia ccafttor@sympatico.ca 416-922-STOP

Note: A link for downloading the files via FTP is below the speakers
list.

An Unjust and Illegal WAR May 6 1999
Click on Green “Play” buttons or underlined text to play

Chair: David Orchard Introduction

James Bissett: former Canadian ambassador to Yugoslavia,
Bulgaria and Albania 1990-92

Roland Keith: former director of
Kosovo Polje Field Office of the Kosovo Verification Mission,
99

Dr. Rosalie Bertell: leading authority on health effects of
low level radiation on human health

David Jacobs: lawyer, and human rights activist

David Orchard: comments on ad-hoc committee

Michel Chossudovsky: Professor of economics, University of
Ottawa, author: The Globalization of Poverty

Dr. Ursula Franklin: FRSC, Companion of the Order of canada,
Professor Emeritus University of Toronto

Marjaleena Repo: freelance writer, media critic and
activist

David Orchard: author of The Fight for Canada, farmer, former
candidate for Progressive Conservative Party leadership

Question and Answer 40:00 min


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The Belgian Parliament bans depleted uranium weapons!

March 23, 2007

It is estimated that 60% of Canadian Uranium exports are used in the manufacture of US Depleted Uranium weapons.  The Belgian Parliament has now voted to stop and make illegal “the production, the use, the storage, the sale, the purchase, the delivery and the transit/transport of weaponry and ammunition containing depleted uranium (DU) and all other industrially manufactured uranium.

Now is the time Canada to stop, as Belgium has done, “the production, the use, the storage, the sale, the purchase, the delivery and the transit/transport of weaponry and ammunition containing depleted uranium (DU) and all other industrially manufactured uranium,” prohibiting  the use of any Canadian-sourced Uranium in any depleted uranium weapons.

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Important news !! Important news !! Important news !! Important news !! Important news !!

 

The Belgian Parliament bans depleted uranium weapons.

 

They decided this in unanimity on March 22 2007.

 

The ban includes: “the production, the use, the storage, the sale, the purchase, the delivery and the transit/transport of weaponry and ammunition containing depleted uranium (DU) and all other industrially manufactured uranium.

A large campaign and a lot of work has been done by a lot of activists and specialists.


After the total ban of cluster ammunition, Belgium is again the first country to ban depleted uranium from its territory.

May the rest of the world follow this example !!


If you want to convey your congratulations, you can send them to me. I’ll pass em to the people involved in the campaign.


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It’s time for a little celebration.

 

Dirk Adriaensens

Member BRussell s Tribunal executive committee

Coordinator SOS Iraq

 

 

 

Le Parlement Belge bannit les armes à uranium appauvri.

 

Le jeudi 22 mars dernier, la Chambre des Représentants de Belgique a voté à l’unanimité de ses 117 membres présents, extrême droite comprise, l’interdiction des armes à uranium appauvri.

 

Celle-ci avait déjà été votée unanimement deux semaines plus tôt par la Commission de de la Défense Nationale de la Chambre.

Aux termes de ce vote, l’interdiction porte sur “la fabrication, l’utilisation, l’entreposage, la vente, l’achat, la livraison et le transit de munitions inertes et de blindage contenant de l’uranium appauvri (DU-Depleted Uranium) et de tout autre uranium manufacturé industriellement. Cette importante décision a pu bénéficier d’une large campagne de soutien de la part  de la  «  Belgian Coalition: ‘Stop Uranium weapons »!’ : http://www.motherearth.org/du  regroupant divers mouvements et organisations, tant en Flandre (Voor Moeder Aarde, Pax Christi) qu’en Wallonie et Bruxelles (Mouvement Chrétien pour la Paix). 

La Belgique poursuit ainsi son rôle pionnier: après avoir été en tête pour l’interdiction des mines anti-personnelles et des armes à sous-munitions, elle fait un pas de plus qui ouvrira la voie à d’autres.



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