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War No More is a booklet and accompanying DVD which takes a look at the history of conflict and shows how once started it tends to lead to more conflict rather than lasting peace. The film argues that there is no genetic basis for war and that conflicts over natural resources that might seem unavoidable could in fact easily be avoided were the richer nations willing to sacrifice a little more of their accumulated wealth to help those countries in need.

 

U.S. Plan for New Nuclear Weapons Advances

By Walter Pincus Washington Post Staff Writer 

Friday, October 20, 2006; Page A11

The United States took another step yesterday toward building a new stockpile of up to 2,200 deployed nuclear weapons that would last well into the 21st century, announcing the start of a multiyear process to repair and replace facilities where they would be developed and assembled and where older warheads could be more rapidly dismantled.

AWE Laser Could take on US Warhead Design and Testing

Was a USA Aldermaston planned in 1993? Tri Valley Cares, the anti-nuclear NGO local to Lawrence Livermore Laboratories site in California has been opposing the National Ignition Facility since 1994. Given the lead time for such projects, we can assume that the original design and plans have now been overtaken by new science. Originally priced at $677 million, the 192-beam NIF mega-laser will cost in the region of $5 billion to build. With operating costs factored in over its projected lifetime, it could cost over $32 billion.

Greenham Women Made a Difference

Yes - the Greenham Women’s Peace Camp made a difference to the viability of basing a ground-launched nuclear weapons system in a democracy. It was a political and personal privilege to be able to make this protest.

FAS: German Parliament To Debate US Nuclear Withdrawal

A resolution introduced in the German Parliament last week calls for the withdrawal of U.S. nuclear weapons from Germany. The resolution, which was submitted by nine parliamentarians from the newly formed party Die Linke, also  calls for the German Air Force to end its controversial NATO mission to deliver U.S. nuclear bombs in times of war.

 

Revealed, more than 100 US nuclear weapons in Britain

The US has more than 100 nuclear weapons at its Lakenheath base in Suffolk, three times the number previously thought, a respected US research agency said yesterday. The 110 tactical nuclear bombs kept at the East Anglian base - the home of American F-15 strike jets - are among as many as 480 such weapons the US still deploys in Europe, says the Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC), a private arms control and environmental group.

Parliamentary question: US-UK Mutual Defence Agreement

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the last transfer of nuclear material between the United States and Britain under the Mutual Defence Agreement took place; and if he will make a statement. [214246]

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Mr. Hoon: The 1958 Mutual Defence Agreement makes provision for the transfer of special nuclear materials. Such transfers are in connection with nuclear warhead assurance and stockpile stewardship matters. Precise details of such transfers are being withheld in order to safeguard national security.

Parliamentary answer: Trident Missiles

The Secretary of State for Defence (Mr. Geoffrey Hoon): The current estimate of the total acquisition cost of the Trident programme, with payments already made expressed at the prices and exchange rates actually incurred and future spend at the current financial year exchange rate (the hybrid) estimate, is now £9,804 million. Leaving aside the effects of price inflation and exchange rate variation there has been a cost increase of £3 million which reflects adjustments to the final outturn costs in the submarine area.

 

Formal complaint lodged with EU over AWE discharges

A network of British local authorities have lodged a formal complaint with the European Commission against the British government, based on their assertion that the health and well-being of the general public becomes severely compromised by breaches of European law by the British Ministry of Defence over the disposal of radioactive waste from a nuclear weapons plant at Aldermaston, one of the central sites of Britain’s nuclear weapon’s industry since the 1950s.

UK Government faces legal challenge over war in Iraq

Lawyers for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) have today sent a letter and a top QC's opinion to Tony Blair and Geoff Hoon warning that they will face a legal challenge over Iraq unless a written guarantee is given within 72 hours that the UK will not use armed force against Iraq without a further Security Council Resolution.

 

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