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How Safe is Toronto From Nuclear Weapons?

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By Anton Wagner

Within a month, North Korea has test fired two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) capable of carrying nuclear warheads and striking North America.

The first ICBM, launched on July 4, could reach Alaska. A more powerful missile, launched Friday, July 28, puts Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, Boston and New York within striking range, experts say.

The Defense Intelligence Agency, the Pentagon’s spy wing, has warned the Trump administration that North Korea will be able to deliver a nuclear weapon to targets in the lower 48 states within a year.

Read the full article at
https://nowtoronto.com/news/how-safe-is-toronto-from-nuclear-weapons/

Canada Needs to Embrace Peace and Sign Nuclear Ban Treaty

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By Setsuko Thurlow
 
I am still rejoicing. After more than half a century of warning the world of the horrors that nuclear weapons would rain down on cities and people, I and other survivors of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki finally have concrete hope.

Against the will of the nine nuclear weapon states that boycotted the United Nations negotiations, 122 countries voted to adopt the text of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. It will enter into force after 50 countries sign and ratify it, beginning Sept. 20.

Read the full article at:
https://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2017/07/26/canada-needs-embrace-peace-and-sign-nuclear-ban-treaty.html

Canada Is Now A Hawk On Nuclear Arms

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By Thomas Woodley

It's official. Canada is now a hawk when it comes to the proliferation of nuclear arms. If any additional confirmation were needed, it was Canada's absence at last week's UN vote to ban nuclear weapons. But for those who have been following this file, this is only the latest of Canada's hawkish gestures.

Canada's failure to step up for last week's nuclear weapons ban was criticized from many corners. "It's shocking that Canada is not going to participate," asserted former Canadian ambassador for disarmament, Douglas Roche back in March.

Read the full article at:
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/thomas-woodley/canada-nuclear-arms_a_23028119/

The Nuclear-weapons-ban thing is Not Going Away, Prime Minister

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By Cesar  Jaramillo
 
You recently dismissed this year’s multilateral process to negotiate a legal prohibition of nuclear weapons as “useless.” I’m afraid you were misinformed: it was anything but.

Since no one from your government attended these historic negotiations, I’d like to share a few reflections related to the proceedings. You see, despite the absence of an official government delegation, several Canadians did participate—myself included. Let me fill you in.

Read the full article at:
https://www.hilltimes.com/2017/07/19/nuclear-weapons-ban-thing-not-going-away-prime-minister/114220

With A New Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty...

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Lines Are Drawn in the Sand

By Paul Meyer


The adoption of a ban treaty will usher in a new, divided nuclear order, with nuclear-armed states and their allies on one side and a ‘moral majority’ of states on the other. Where will Canada’s nuclear allegiances lie?  

Friday, July 7, should mark the conclusion of negotiations at United Nations headquarters on the world’s first treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons. The 130 states engaged in the process have converged their positions over four weeks of negotiation this year in order to produce a concise agreement that fills the “legal gap” in the international nuclear order.

Read the full article at:
https://www.opencanada.org/features/new-nuclear-weapons-ban-treaty-lines-are-drawn-sand/

Aga Khan Defines Role of Islamic Bodies

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By Jahanzeb Hussain

Dressed in University of Ottawa academic regalia, Chancellor Huguette Labelle, 
His Highness the Aga Khan and President Allan Rock pose for a photograph.
Photo: AKDN / Zahur Ramji January 13, 2012 (File Photo)

RELIGIOUS institutions in the Islamic world should try to improve the quality of life of Muslims as well as of other groups with whom they live, Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini, the 49th Imam of the Ismaili Shias, said in an interview with Dawn on the eve of diamond jubilee celebrations of his inheritance of the leadership of the community.

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Samrat Mazumdar: A Businessman with A Heart

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By A Correspondent

Samrat Mazumdar’s advent in the business world was not by chance. When he was very young, he witnessed some of his relatives successfully running engineering organizations in Calcutta. Unable to be a part of all the exciting action fired him up to become a part of the engineering world. Time was such that one had to decide from three broad streams of study. So with no interest in Medicine or Accountancy, Engineering became a natural choice for him.

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Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee: A Cultural Personality: Q & A

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 By A Correspondent

Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee is a much-acclaimed cultural personality from Kolkata who performs in different mediums of art with equal finesse.

Our Correspondent caught up with him in Toronto.

Q 1: The beginning of your journey was a lot like us, study-degree-job. How did you break this mould and find your calling?

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PARVAAZ: India’s Acclaimed Psychedelic Rock Band

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On first major international tour - till September 10

By A Correspondence


Parvaaz (Urdu for flight), a millennial rock band from India with an Eastern feel, a Western appeal and a global soul, is coming to Canada in the coinciding year of Canada’s 150th and India’s 70th anniversaries.

 
A psychedelic rock band best known for their high-energy live performances and expansive soundscapes, this Canadian tour marks Parvaaz’s first official overseas tour bringing soaring melodies and expansive soundscapes to Toronto and surrounding area.

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'India-Pakistan Nuke War Not A Realistic Possibilty':

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Says Ramamurti Rajaraman, A Leading Nuclear Expert

Interviewed By Reshma Sehgal  

Ramamurti Rajaraman, Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Physics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, believes that Pakistan's growing nuclear arsenal is a matter of grave concern for India. He points out that the development of their NASR tactical missile, which can be loaded onto trucks and lorries, is especially worrisome.

The co-chair of the International Panel on Fissile Materials and a member of the world scientists permanent panel on Mitigation of Terrorist Acts, Rajaraman elaborates on the alarming nuclear story unfolding across the globe, with special emphasis on the sub-continent.
 
Read the full article at:
http://www.firstpost.com/india/india-pakistan-nuke-war-not-a-realistic-possibilty-says-leading-nuclear-expert-ramamurti-rajaraman-3880145.html

AUGUST - SEPTEMBER 2017

Vol. 12 - No. 1 - 2










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