War and weapons (especially nuclear) discussion

This is for the group preparing proposals for reducing war and weapons (especially nuclear) for our “Platform for Survival.” You are welcome to join any of the other six groups preparing for Science for Peace’s “How to Save the World in a Hurry” conference. You will find a prototype “Platform for Survival” on this website’s homepage or at http://tosavetheworld.ca/how-to-save-the-world/platform-for-survival/. It will grow over time as new policy proposals are suggested for the list. Then the final 25-item version will be adopted at the conference in spring 2018.

We encourage you to enter your remarks below as comments or replies to comments. *You need a password to enter a whole new post, but you can probably say everything you want to say as a comment or a reply, which needs no password.)  TO PROPOSE A PUBLIC POLICY, ENTER IT AS A SINGLE SENTENCE OF NO MORE THAN 15 WORDS, PRINTED IN ALL CAPS. Please say who will carry out the policy — eg the UN, national governments, corporations — and what work/decisions will be undertaken.

You are also welcome to provide a longer argument in favour of your proposal. You can also include links to supporting material and/or upload a relevant Word or PDF document.

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ALL STATES: DONATE __% OF THE SAVINGS FROM MILITARY CUTBACKS TO FUND A UN PEACE STUDIES CURRICULUM FOR K-12.
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ALL STATES: SIGN, RATIFY, STRENGTHEN AND PROMOTE THE ICC, ESPECIALLY JURISDICTION OVER THE CRIME OF AGGRESSION.
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ALL MILITARY ALLIANCES SHALL IMMEDIATELY AND VERIFIABLY END ANY POLICY TO THREATEN WITH, OR USE, NUCLEAR WEAPONS.
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Please respond to this suggestion for the Platform for Survival:
TO PROTECT HUMAN RIGHTS, THE UN SHALL SEND PEACEKEEPERS AND MEDIATORS AS NEEDED TO RESOLVE CONFLICTS.
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ALL NUCLEAR WEAPONS STATES SHALL IMMEDIATELY DE-ALTERT NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND COMMIT TO NO-FIRST-USE.
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Give your reactions to this proposal:
ALL STATES SHALL SIGN, RATIFY, AND WITHIN 10 YEARS COMPLY WITH THE TREATY ON THE PROHIBITION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS.
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Please give your thoughts about this proposal for the Platform for Survival:
ALL NATIONAL ARMED FORCES SHALL BE REDUCED BY AT LEAST 80%, INCLUDING EQUIPMENT EMITTING CO2.
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www.facebook.com/anonews.co/videos/1892511970760353/
A Warning to Humanity about A.I. Weapons
I believe that it is worth it to watch the entire 8+ minutes.
The last 50 seconds of commentary by Dr. Stewart Russel are the most important.
Encourage your country’s leaders to support an international treaty limiting lethal autonomous weapons:
Share the video and spread the word.
Add your name to the list of others who oppose autonomous weapons.
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You've Been WARNED ... Credit: tinyurl.com/slaughterbots

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Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu shared a Rep. Lieu on Nuclear First Strike to SfP War and Weapons panel's Timeline. ... See MoreSee Less

Just how easy is it for the U.S. to launch a nuclear weapon? Rep. Ted Lieu explains this along with why we must change that.

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SfP War and Weapons panel shared Big Think's How to Save the World from Future Disasters Being Ignored Today. ... See MoreSee Less

Why do powerful people ignore obvious warning signs from established experts about future distasters? Security expert Richard Clarke gives his 4 steps to preventing "Cassandra" disasters like Bernie Madoff, Hurricane Katrina, and the Fukushima meltdowns.

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Please criticize (or amend, or suggest a replacement for) the following policy proposal for the Platform for Survival: "ALL STATES SHALL SIGN, RATIFY, AND WITHIN TEN YEARS COMPLY WITH THE TREATY ON THE PROHIBITION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS." ... See MoreSee Less

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Here's a proposal from the existing "prototype Platform for Survival". Please share your thoughts about it here.

"ALL STATES SHALL SIGN, RATIFY, AND WITHIN 10 YEARS COMPLY WITH THE TREATY ON THE PROHIBITION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS. "
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From a daily report by Fareed Zakaria on Nove 8, 2017:

The Astonishing Cost of America’s Wars: Study
The U.S. conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Syria, including additional spending on Homeland Security, and the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, will have cost the country more than $4.3 trillion through the current fiscal year, according to a new study from the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University.

The figure, which rises to more than $5.6 trillion including “likely costs for FY2018 and estimated future spending on veterans,” is considerably higher than a Pentagon report on the estimated cost for each taxpayer, which found the bill to be around $1.52 trillion.

Explaining the very different numbers, the Watson Institute report adds: “The difference between this Costs of War Project estimate and other estimates is that it includes not only Pentagon/Department of Defense military spending, but other war-related costs, including war-related spending by the State Department, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and Homeland Security.”
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Hopefully by the time of the conference the required 50 states will have ratified the Treaty on the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons and we can adopt enabling measures such as working to get umbrella and even nuclear weapon states to sign and calling for de-alerting etc. ... See MoreSee Less

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Linda Kalafatides suggsted this for the Platform for Survival: "I submit the enabling measure: All states donate _% of the savings from military cutbacks to fund a UN Peace Studies curriculum for Kindergarten to Grade 12."

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