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Doomsday Clock moved back one minute

The Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists have declared that their "Doomsday Clock" is now set at 6 minutes to midnight, recognising international efforts to reduce the two threats of nuclear weapons and climate change.

MAPW President Dr Bill Williams 'They make a wasteland and call it peace'

MAPW President Dr Bill Williams has a front page feature on the ecological consequences of war, published in this week's Medical Observer (11 January 2010).

MAPW calls for fast track to zero nuclear weapons

MAPW today applauded a new Australia-sponsored report for recognising the destructive potential of nuclear weapons, but criticised the slow pace of disarmament proposed by the report.

MAPW queries Australia's 'no' vote on Gaza Goldstone Report

MAPW President Dr Bill Williams has written to the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs expressing concern and asking for information on Australia's recent vote at the UN against adoption of the Goldstone Report on alleged war crimes committed during the Gaza war in December-January 2008-2009.

MAPW President Dr Bill Williams : Prospects for peace in Afghanistan

MAPW President Dr Bill Williams has written to Australian Minister for Defence Senator John Faulkner, congratulating the Minister for not committing additional Australian troops to Afghanistan.

MAPW Dr Sue Wareham : ACT disability services award for major weapons manufacturer?

MAPW Immediate Past President Dr Sue Wareham has written to ACT Chief Minister Mr John Stanhope concerning the Minister's Award of Excellence for services to people with a disability given to Raytheon Australia. Dr Wareham's letter notes 'there is a terrible irony in the receipt of such an award by a major weapons manufacturer.'

MAPW expresses concerns about Three Mile Island radiation leak

The Medical Association for Prevention of War (Australia) notes with concern the dismissal by authorities of possible health consequences of a radiation leak at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant last weekend.

"Hiroshima and the World": Tilman Ruff on building a world free of nuclear weapons

ICANi Chair, NGOi advisor to the ICNNDi and MAPW former President Associate Professor Tilman Ruff writes in major Japanese newspaper Chugoku Shimbun giving a personal reflection on his own experience in Hiroshima 20 years ago and argues for a Nuclear Weapons Convention.

MAPW President: 'Nuclear delusions keep mushrooming'

MAPW President Dr Bill Williams has written to Australian PM Kevin Rudd to applaud the PM's 'recently expressed commitment to continue to reject nuclear power as an energy source in Australia'.

MAPW urges humanitarian treatment of Sri Lankan Asylum Seekers

MAPW President Bill Williams has written a letter to Immigration Minister Chris Evans, urging that Australia’s response to Sri Lankan asylum seekers be humanitarian, and in accordance with international human rights law.