Bits From Abroad

June 2015

Saudi Arabia Bomb

Rumours abound that Saudi Arabia may seek nuclear weapons as a result of dissatisfaction at the prospects of a nuclear deal between Iran and the international community. There are precautionary actions that governments, including the UK, should take to head off any attempt by Saudi Arabia to acquire nuclear weapons. The first should be to make clear that nuclear weapons would make Saudi Arabia less safe not least because the country’s substantial appetite for advanced Western manufactured weapons would go unsatisfied.


China MissilesChina has reportedly started making its nuclear missiles more powerful, in what has been interpreted as a show of force amid the ongoing dispute with the US and other nations in the South China Sea. According to the Federation of American Scientists (FAS), China has maintained a stockpile of “several hundred warheads” for around three decade.


An 85-year-old nun and two fellow Catholic peace activists who vandalized a uranium storage bunker were released from prison on 15th May. Sister Megan Rice was released just hours after 66-year-old Michael Walli and 59-year-old Greg Boertje-Obed also were let out of prison.

The trio was ordered released by a federal appeals court after the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati l overturned their 2013 sabotage convictions and ordered resentencing on their remaining conviction for injuring government property at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge. The activists have spent two years in prison. The court said they likely already have served more time than they will receive for the lesser charge.