2021-01-20: News Headlines

John Laforge (2021-01-20). Treaty Banning the Ultimate Weapon of Mass Destruction Enters into Force. counterpunch.org The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) takes effect Friday, January 22, 2021. After decades of campaigns of every kind to "ban the bomb," to prevent the nuclear arms race, to freeze the arms race, humankind finally has a global treaty. The nuclear weapons prohibition outlaws not just their development, testing and possession,

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-20). China urges US to rejoin Iran nuclear deal. peoplesdispatch.org Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying urged the incoming Biden administration to rejoin the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) "as early as possible" and without any preconditions…

Seyed Hossein Mousavian (2021-01-20). Nine Hurdles to Reviving the Iran Nuclear Deal. globalresearch.ca Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on January 8 that Tehran was in no rush for the United States to rejoin the 2015 nuclear deal formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), but, he also said, …

South Front (2021-01-19). Video: Democracy in Deep Space: US Space Force to Get Nuclear Reactors. globalresearch.ca US President Donald Trump can be considered guilty of many things, but he can't be considered guilty of not attempting to preserve the fruits of his labor. | This can be seen in the maximum pressure campaign against Iran, his endless …

_____ (2021-01-19). Veteran Celebrates Nuclear Ban Treaty. popularresistance.org As a veteran concerned about issues of war and peace, I am happy to celebrate the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), the important new international peace initiative. The "Nuclear Ban Treaty," as it is also known, was approved 122-1 by the UN General Assembly in July 2017, a clear expression of the will of the world's people. On October 24, 2020, Honduras became the 50th nation to ratify the TPNW, triggering a 90-day period before it goes into force, on January 22. | The International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for its leadershi…

_____ (2021-01-19). Billboards Inform That The Nuclear Ban Treaty Takes Effect. popularresistance.org Beginning January 18th, four billboards around Puget Sound will display the following paid public service announcement (PSA): NUCLEAR WEAPONS BANNED BY NEW U.N. TREATY; Get them out of Puget Sound! Included in the advertisement is a U.S. Navy photo of the Trident submarine USS Henry M. Jackson returning to port following a routine strategic deterrent patrol. | The ad seeks to inform citizens in the Puget Sound region of the pending entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), and also asks citizens to accept their role and responsibility — as taxpayers, as members of a democr…

_____ (2021-01-18). Decoding The Hype Behind The Natural Gas Industry's Hydrogen Push. popularresistance.org It seems like nearly every day another hopeful article touts the potential of using hydrogen as a fuel to tackle climate change. What's known as "green hydrogen" — which relies on renewable power for production — is getting the bulk of that attention. | In December, ABC News ran an article with the headline "Why green hydrogen is the renewable energy source to watch in 2021." And as Bloomberg has reported, Airbus is betting big on hydrogen as a fuel for its planes. Meanwhile, South Korea's SK Global just announced an investment in U.S. hydrogen fuel cell producer Plug Power; in the past year, the comp…

Ecumenical Peace Institute (2021-01-18). Friday 1/22: Vigil Opposing Nuclear Weapons. indybay.org UC Berkeley West Gate lawn, Oxford & Addison…