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In Mining-Affected Communities, Water Is Becoming More Precious Than Gold
"Latin America is slowly winning the fight against the corporate assault of transnational Canadian mining companies. El Salvador made history last month when it became the first country to ban metal mining outright. In what’s become a decade-long annual rite of spring, activists descend on Barrick Gold’s annual general meeting in Toronto April 25 to shine a light on the Canadian mining giant’s litany of abuses abroad. But this year the odds are slowly turning in the fight against the multi-pronged corporate assault of transnational mining companies..."
Nuclear Posture Review, Department of Defense, 2018
"On January 27, 2017, the President directed the Department of Defense to conduct a new Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) to ensure a safe, secure, and effective nuclear deterrent that protects the homeland, assures allies and above all, deters adversaries. This review comes at a critical moment in our nation’s history, for America confronts an international security situation that is more complex and demanding than any since the end of the Cold War. In this environment, it is not possible to delay modernization of our nuclear forces if we are to preserve a credible nuclear deterrent—ensuring that our diplomats continue to speak from a position of strength on matters of war and peace..."
The Nuclear Posture Review and the US nuclear arsenal
"The entering into effect of the New START treaty coincided with the completion of the Trump administration’s Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), after a year of preparation. The review is the first opportunity for the Trump administration to make its mark on US nuclear policy and includes several important changes from the Obama administration’s NPR of 2010..."
UN-backed panel adopts draft treaty banning nuclear weapons
"A panel charged by the U.N. General Assembly has presented a draft that could lead to a treaty to ban nuclear weapons, although none of the countries that possess them participated in its writing. Advocates of the draft unveiled in Geneva on Monday say the move builds on work officially launched last October, followed by a first negotiation session involving more than 130 countries at the U.N. in New York in March. They say the draft, adopted by dozens of countries, is now on track to be discussed at a second session in New York in mid-June that could end with the document's adoption as a U.N. treaty in July..."