Bread Not Bombs: A Political Agenda for Social Justice by Douglas Roche

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His house was made of wood and sparsely furnished. I met his wife and three other children. When I asked him how his little boy had died, he pointed to his middle. " I asked. Yes. " I asked. He took me down the street to the edge of the community and pointed to a dirty mud creek that women used for their washing and where animals were running in and out of the water. " I exclaimed. "Well, actually," the man explained, "there is a pipe up on the hill with clean water, but it only works four hours a day and you have to pay to use it.

The maintenance of nuclear weapons into the 21st century is not to fight wars, although that can never be excluded, but to perpetuate power. This power flows from the structures of greed by which the rich think they have a right to the lion's share of the world's resources, after which they will, in the right mood and setting, share superfluous largesse. The recognition of this essential violence is missing today in public discourse. People have put the ghastly scenes of Hiroshima and Nagasaki out of their minds.

India has been particularly vocal in protesting the discriminatory aspects of the NPT, which it claims permits the NWS to retain their nuclear weapons while proscribing their acquisition by any other state. Actually, the NPT does not give this permission. Article VI of the NPT obliges States to negotiate nuclear disarmament, but it is ignored by the NWS. The International Court of Justice, in its 1996 ruling on nuclear weapons, said that States were obliged to conclude-not just pursue—such negotiations.

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