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Australian NGOs attend UN non-proliferation meeting

GENEVA, 30 APRIL 2008: MAPW Vice-President Tilman Ruff is currently in Geneva attending the NPTi PrepCom (28 April – 9 May), an important meeting of states which are parties to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Tilman is one of two NGOi representatives invited to be on the official Australian delegation.

April 26th

MAPW raises human costs of war, at Melbourne's Alternative Anzac Day

MELBOURNE, APRIL 25. Over 100 people attended Melbourne's first Alternative Anzac Day commemoration today.

MAPW was invited to make one of a series of brief interventions. Nancy Atkin read a message from IPPNWi Turkey and a poem from David Menkes of IPPNWi New Zealand; and commented briefly on the rapidly escalating human costs of war, over the last 100 years.

April 23rd

Lax safeguards: Scientists drop a nuclear bombshell. 2008

LAX NUCLEAR SAFEGUARDS pose a key threat for Australia and the world, according to an opinion piece published in the Adelaide Advertiser on 22 April 2008; written by MAPW Vice-President Dr Bill Williams, with Professor Jim Falk.

Banning cluster bombs: time to write a letter

Australia is among a group of countries seeking to "water down" the international treaty to ban cluster bombs, which will be negotiated in Dublin on 19 – 30 May 2008.

It is an important time for people to write to the government, as well as to newspapers and other media urging that they fully support the draft treaty, without loopholes.

2020 summit prioritises nuclear disarmament

CANBERRA 21 APRIL 2008. Nuclear disarmament was included in the  "priority themes" developed at the weekend summit. 

The stream discussing Australia's security and prosperity in a rapidly changing region and world, listed among five priorities:

Assert new leadership in global governance:

New book: Pacifism and English Literature - February 2008

R.S. (Bob) WHITE is Professor of English at the University of Western Australia.

Wars have been waged so continuously through human history that they are regarded as unavoidable, but the increasing destructiveness to civilians and the environment makes pacifism an urgent and viable alternative.

April 16th

MAPW representative to join Australian non-proliferation delegation

MAPW immediate Past President Dr Tilman Ruff has been invited to represent Australian non-governmental organisations on the Australian delegation to the 2008 Preparatory Committee for the nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPTi PrepCom), which begins in Geneva in late April. 

The Human Costs of Iraq and Other Wars

SYDNEY, 16 APRIL 2008: MAPW President Dr Sue Wareham used the example of Iraq to illustrate the need for action to to make warfare a discredited and unusable option in resolving conflicts.

Iraq: Doctors report civilian casualties after US air strike

IRAQ, 14 APRIL 2008: Doctors for Iraq has issued a media release after receiving reports from the Imam Ali hospital in Sadar City, Baghdad, of dozens of civilian casualties following US military air strikes. Read the full release.