International News

September 2020

USA: U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said Thursday he will strive for a world without nuclear weapons, criticizing Republican President Donald Trump for undermining past efforts to curb the dangers of such arsenals.

 

Canada: The legacy of Canada’s role in atomic bomb is felt by the northern Indigenous community. As the world marks the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, a little known part of the legacy is the impact on the Délı̨nę First Nation of the Northwest Territories. Their stories are told in the film A Moral Awakening, which is available online.

 

Russia: Delays plaguing the launch of the Arktika nuclear icebreaker, billed to be Russia’s largest to date, have prompted a number of lawsuits against the ship’s builder as frustrations mount over a series of technical faults thwarting the vessel’s scheduled release.

 

Nuclear Threat Initiative: Progress on securing weapons-usable nuclear materials around the globe has slowed in the past two years, ending a period of substantial improvement from 2012 to 2018, according to a new report from the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), a nongovernmental organization based in Washington, DC. For a fifth straight time in their biennial nuclear security report, NTI researchers ranked Australia as the top country for the strength of its measures to protect weapons-usable materials. Receiving 93 of a possible 100 points on the Nuclear Security Index, Australia possesses 1–10 kg of highly enriched uranium (HEU), according to the International Panel on Fissile Materials (IPFM). That is well below the 25 kg that the NTI says is the minimum amount required to fashion a crude nuclear device