June 2008
Dropping the Bomb - How to ban nukes and save the planet


After the end of the Cold War, the world stepped back from the brink of mutually-assured annihilation and nuclear stockpiles were halved. But nukes haven't gone away. In fact, they are undergoing something of a renaissance. India, Pakistan and North Korea have all recently joined the nuclear club. The US, Russia, Britain, China and France are spending billions on 'modernizing' their nuclear arsenals. So why are disarmament campaigners so upbeat? The NI discovers a window of opportunity for banning the bomb - but can we seize the moment before the shutters slam down, perhaps for good?








2 Letters

4 The bomb stops here
With nuclear weapons multiplying again, now is the time to seize the moment and ban them, argues Jess Worth.

8 Nuclear weapons: the facts

10 The charm fades
Pakistani physicist Pervez Hoodbhoy explores his country's rocky relationship with nukes.

12 Whoops!
Wayward warheads, mid-air collisions and dangerous detonations.

13 Trident tested
Activist Angie Zelter celebrates a year-long blockade of Britain's weapons of mass destruction.

14 Talking warheads
What are the West's weapons actually for? asks Paul Rogers.

16 Everything has changed: a brief history of nuclear weapons

19 Resist!
Anti-nuke action


Bust! The gambling boom
David Ransom finds a likeness between the addictions of gambling and the speculative impulses of capitalism.

25 Currents
West Papua's push for independence; Nike workers in Vietnam go on strike; Fossil Fools Day.
PLUS: Wordpower and Seriously

28 Big Bad World
PLUS: NI Prize Crossword

29 Making waves
Influential evangelical Christian Brian McLaren has been stirring things up by insisting on social (and global) justice.

30 Mixed Media
Includes Steve Reich's tribute to murdered journalist Daniel Pearl; books from Turkey and China; poetry from Nigeria; and an intelligent British comic drama.

32 Southern Exposure
Acrobatic extravagance in Teheran, as seen by Iranian photographer Kian Amani.

33 View from New Delhi
Urvashi Butalia explains why imprisoned doctor Binayak Sen is such an inspiration.

34 Essay: Global warming and the King's Arms pub
Horatio Morpurgo supplies an environmental missing link.

36 Country Profile: Uzbekistan





NI Japan




<This month's translation>

- The bomb stops here (NI p4-7)

- Nuclear weapons: the facts (NI p8-9)

- Everything has changed: a brief history of nuclear weapons (NI p16-18)

- Country Profile: Uzbekistan (NI p36)

<Reporting from Japan>
--Nuclear Disarmament in Japan - Background of the 'Anti Anti-Nuclear Nation'
by Kawabe Ichiro (Aichi University)

<Special Report for the NI Japan No.100>
--No More Hiroshimas, No More Nagasakis.... and beyond
Introducing some anti-nuclear groups in Japan

--Messages from the country that experienced nuclear devastation
Learning about atomic weapons from Japanese children's books


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