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The nuclear lies of the Turkish Government

05/04/2015 

The advertising campaign for nuclear energy starts at the airport in Istanbul. Waiting for our suitcases we look at an poster advertising “Türkiye nükleer” which shows three young laughing boys:  "Strong Turkey will produce new clean energy - energy from the Akkuyu NPP ". 

Also on the way to the hotel, on the bridges, on the tram, the same slogans for the Akkuyu nuclear power plant appear. Nuclear energy is being praised as being a clean, safe and sustainable energy on the road to an independent Turkey.  Prime Minister Erdogan and Minister of Energy Taner Yildiz show that they are determined to get two nuclear power plants at any cost.

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April 29, 2015

America’s disastrous non-proliferation policy

Atompilz29.04.2015 

This week, the states who are party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, NPT, will gather at the United Nations for their five-year review conference to assess whether the treaty is meeting its goals.

The U.S. has long viewed this treaty as a key bulwark against the spread of nuclear weapons to other countries.  Since it was adopted 45 years ago, 3 nations which never signed the Treaty have developed nuclear weapons and one country that did sign has withdrawn and built a small nuclear arsenal, but we have not seen the wholesale spread of nuclear weapons that many feared when the NPT was negotiated in the late 1960’s.

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April 25, 2015

Meeting Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs before NPT RevCon

25.04.2015 

The day before Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands Bert Koenders travelled to New York for the Non Proliferation Treaty Review Conference (NPT-RevCon) about nuclear weapons, he met with Mayor Jan Hoekema of Wassenaar (Chair Mayors for Peace-The Netherlands) and Doctor Herman Spanjaard (Chair of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War Netherlands (IPPNW) to discuss their views on nuclear weapons and the necessity to abolish these. They urged the Minister to take into account that safety for civilians is the dear task of Mayors worldwide and that Doctors have no cure for the effects of nuclear weapons, once used. Prevention is the only possible way forward so there is a very strong urgency to make the NPT-RevCon a success. One thousand paper cranes, made by Hibakusha and Japanese students, were handed over, to wish Minister Koenders a long and healthy life and wisdom in the negotiations.

Body Count - Casualty Figures after 10 Years "War on Terror"

Doctors group releases startling analysis of the death and destruction inflicted upon Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan

After the urban warfare, Fallujah, Iraq, Nov. 2004,  photo by Lance Cpl. James J. Vooris19.03.2015 

On March 19, 2015 - the 12th anniversary of the military intervention in Iraq - IPPNW Germany together with the affiliates from the US and Canada, PSR and PGS released the fist international edition of "Body Count - Casualty Figures after 10 Years `War on Terror´". The report is a comprehensive account of the vast and continuing human toll of the various “Wars on Terror” conducted in the name of the American people since the events of September 11, 2001. This publication highlights the difficulties in defining outcomes as it compares evaluations of war deaths in Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan.  Even so, the numbers are horrific. The number of Iraqis killed during and since the 2003 U.S. invasion have been assessed at one million, which represents 5% of the total population of Iraq.

[You can download the Body Count as PDF here]  [ Press release from PSR]  [Press release from PGS]

Medact

Unhealthy Investments

Why the UK healthy community’s investments in fossil fuels are bad for health.

Bericht "Unhealthy Investments", http://www.unhealthyinvestments.uk03.02.2015 

In a new report published today, Medact and other leading health and climate NGOs argue that the UK health community must phase out its investments in the fossil fuel industry, with air pollution from fossil fuels being responsible for approximately 5% of all UK deaths.

The ‘Unhealthy Investments’ report warns that investment in the fossil fuel industry is incompatible with health organisations’ moral and professional responsibilities to address these direct health implications, and the longer-term health impacts of climate change.

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By PSR Switzerland, Andreas Nidecker

Why nuclear disasters are different from any other

Press Statement

In the year 2015 there exist approximately 440 nuclear power plants (NPPs) in 28 countries, often in areas of high population density. After the NPP accidents of Three Mile Island (USA, 1979), Chernobyl (1986) and Fukushima (Japan, 2011) nuclear disasters unfortunately can no longer be considered hypothetical or unlikely. Among the diversity of the causes of accidents, technical malfunctions, human error, aging facilities, fire risk, exceptional climatic events, terrorism and plane crashes have to be mentioned.

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New project: Medical Peace Work 3

Medical Peace Work

Medical Peace Work has gone into a third project round. It has been selected for EU-funding in the period 2014-2016. The new project aims to increase the MPW performance among health professionals through the use of case-based learning methodology. Ten partner organizations will collaborate to develop and to implement narrative case studies, audio-visual cases and a new case-based online course. In contrast to the existing seven MPW courses, the new material will be produced for group work and peer learning, both in formal and non‐formal education. Four of the partner organizations have former experience in collaborating through the MPW partnership. Six new members are included: IPPNW-Norway, Coalition for Work With Psychotrauma and Peace, Samaritan Austria State of Styria, 4-change, The Case Centre, and Medical Mission Institute Würzburg.

[download the MPW3 project chart ]

December 14, 2014

Nobel Peace Laureates call for treaty banning nuclear weapons

12/14/2014 

The 14th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates was held in Rome this weekend. Co-presidents Ira Helfand and Tilman Ruff represented IPPNW. The Summit issued strong language condemning nuclear weapons and called for a treaty to ban them as part of a statement published at the conclusion of the meeting.

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December 9, 2014

The Austrian Pledge

12/09/2014 

The Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons concluded today with a major step forward for ICAN and all those States that are now ready to join in a political process to ban nuclear weapons. The Austrian government closed the Conference with an unexpected and extraordinary pledge: to cooperate with all stakeholders “to identify and pursue effective measures to fill the legal gap for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons” (which can only mean one thing), and “to cooperate with all relevant stakeholders, States, International Organisations, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movements, paliamentarians and civil society, in efforts to stigmatise, prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons in light of their unacceptable humanitarian consequences and associated risks” (which means exactly what it says).

more ...[peaceandhealthblog.com/2014/12/09/the-austrian-pledge/]

December 9, 2014

Greetings from Vienna!

Greetings from Vienna12/09/2014 

In a demonstration of overwhelming support from the international community, representatives from more than 150 states are gathering in Vienna, Austria for the third international conference to examine the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons.

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December 7, 2014

“The courage to ban nuclear weapons”: ICAN Civil Society Forum opens in Vienna

07.12.2014 

More than 600 civil society campaigners from around the world filled the Aula der Wissenschaften (Hall of Sciences) for the first day of the ICAN Civil Society Forum in Vienna yesterday. “The courage to ban nuclear weapons,” is both the theme of the two-day campaign gathering, and also the message that campaigners intend to bring to the third Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons hosted by the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The conference begins on Monday, and 150 States have already registered, exceeding the numbers that came to the previous HINW conferences in Oslo and Nayarit.

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December 2, 2014

Nuclear weapons: the road to prohibition

Peace & Health Blog

Abolish nuclear weapons02.12.2014 

Nuclear weapons are the greatest threat to the health and survival of mankind. This statement from the World Health Organisation in the 1980s is echoed in the recent call to action from the International Red Cross: Nuclear weapons must be abolished. But climate change? Is that not the greatest danger? OK, let’s not argue. Climate change is already here and experienced by most of us. We know that if strong and decisive action is not taken soon by all states we will face grave problems for mankind, in this century and worse in the next. 

[Read more at IPPNW's Peace & Health Blog]

November 20, 2014

Refugees need our help to survive the winter

Ein Kind im nicht offiziellen Flüchtlingscamp Xanki. Foto: Sakine Kizilhan11/20/2014 

In August, around 630,000 people were forced to run for their lives with scarcely more than the clothes on their backs. In an eight-day journey by foot they fled from Syria through the Sinjar Mountains to the Kurdish Dohuk Province in Iraq. The group attempting to escape the terror of Islamic State militia included Yazidis, Christians, Turkmens and a great many Arabs.

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The social, political and ecological pathologies of Ebola Crisis cannot be ignored

Monrovia, Liberia: An Ebola is Real mural painted on a wall on the main road through Monrovia -- Tubman Blvd. Photo by Morgana Wingard/United Nations Development Programme, https://creativecommons.org12/11/2014 

The Ebola virus is finally receiving attention after years of being ignored as just another deadly disease in Africa. Yet it was only when the current outbreak got out of control and threatened commercial and western interests did the story became news.

I am hopeful the epidemic will eventually come under control. While Ebola is lethal and dangerous, it is not an airborne disease. There is no carrier state and only a brief period of being asymptomatic and infectious. However, the crisis won’t end before tens of thousands have died – either from the disease or indirectly due to clinics and hospitals being shut down and the economy being damaged.

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October 28, 2014

Medact Student Blog: Inequality and Health – Lecture Summary

A 13-year-old girl has died in Thessaloniki after inhaling fumes from a makeshift stove in her house, which did not have electricity.28.10.2014 

In the first event of the Global Health Justice series, Medact and QMUL hosted a talk titled ‘Global Health Justice: Harnessing academia to inform policy’. This was attended by Global health students and health professionals.

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IPPNW Bike Tour Kazakhstan 2014

From the eyes of a German participant

Sitting with locals as we heard their stories growing up nearby the Semipalatinsk testing site.

My experience in Kazakhstan certainly was so full of new and unexpected surprises that I can hardly choose one of them as the most educational or revealing about a specific topic. Nevertheless, during the conversations with the local community about the nuclear testing in Semipalatinsk some things struck me as peculiar and stuck in my head for some time afterwards.

[read more on ippnw-students.org]

Vienna conference must lead from knowledge to action

Every generation has a chance to change the world

The third international conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons will take place in Vienna from December 8-9, 2014. Hosted by the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the conference is expected to build upon the scientific evidence presented at previous gatherings of States in Oslo and Nayarit, and to open up space for discussion about how to accelerate the pace of nuclear disarmament. 

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IPPNW files amicus brief in support of Marshall Islands

Peace & Health Blog

On July 25, 1946, the U.S. Army detonated the “Baker” nuclear test bomb with a yield of 21,000 tons of TNT equivalent underwater near the Bikini Atoll. 106 nuclear tests were carried out between 1946

IPPNW, its US affiliate, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Pax Christi International have submitted an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief in support of the lawsuit brought against the US by the Marshall Islands in Federal District Court. The brief advises the court that the Marshall Islands, whose people suffered through more than a decade of nuclear testing by the US, has the right to seek a ruling that the US is legally required to comply with its nuclear disarmament obligations established either the NPT.

[Read more at IPPNW's Peace & Health Blog]