South Asian Outlook
September 2016 issue
By Global Network for a nuclear-free world
As citizens of this planet inspired by the Second Thematic World Social Forum for a Nuclear-Fission-Free World, conducted in Montreal from August 8 to August 12, 2016, we are collectively calling for a mobilization of civil society around the world to bring about the elimination of all nuclear weapons, to put an end to the continued mass-production of all high-level nuclear wastes by phasing out all nuclear reactors, and to bring to a halt all uranium mining worldwide.
Provided By Pakistan’s Military-Industrial Complex
By Nauman Sadiq – Global Search
Before the signing of the Iran nuclear deal last year, BBC’s defense correspondent, Mark Urban, published a report  that Pakistan’s military has made a clandestine deal with Saudi Arabia that in the event of Iran developing a nuclear weapon, Pakistan would provide ready-made nuclear warheads along with delivery systems to Saudi Arabia.
Moreover, it should be remembered that Pakistan’s military and Saudi Arabia have very deep and institutionalized links: thousands of Pakistani retired and serving army officers work on deputations in the Gulf states; furthermore, during the ‘80s Saudi Arabia lacked an efficient intelligence set-up, and Pakistan’s ISI virtually played the role of Saudi Arabia’s foreign intelligence service
By Rodney Reynolds - IDN-InDepthNews | Towards A Nuclear Free World
As the U.S. presidential elections gather political momentum, one of the key issues that has triggered a provocative debate revolves round the very survival of humanity: the looming threat of an intended or unintended nuclear war.
Come November 8, the U.S. will be making a choice between two contenders: former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a candidate of the Democratic Party; and Donald Trump, a self-proclaimed billionaire businessman from New York, a candidate of the Republican Party.
By Kallol Bhattacherjee - The Hindu
India on Saturday offered a new “mechanism” of talks to China on the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) issue.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also expressed concern to the visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi about the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), and sought an end to China’s opposition to blacklisting Lashkar-e-Taiba leader Hafiz Saeed.
By Koushik Das
The Arms Control Association, a US-based national non-partisan-membership organisation, has revealed in its latest report that India’s nuclear policy is aimed at China, and not Pakistan.
The co-authors of the report, titled ‘The Threat Assessment Brief for Asia’, have made the revelation after closely monitoring nuclear policies of three Asian powers. According to Greg Thielmann and David Logan of the Princeton University, India considers China as its main rival in the region, while Pakistan considers India as its main enemy and China considers the US as a major threat. The co-authors have said that the three Asian powers have also taken necessary steps to safeguard their territories from their ‘enemies’.
Renewed Bid for NSG
By Indrani Bagchi - The Times of India
India has restarted its diplomatic initiative on NSG. On Saturday, the Chinese foreign minister was given a detailed explanation. Last week, India presented suggestions on participation by non-NPT countries in the NSG to discussions by special envoy, Rafael Mariano Grossi before the next plenary.
By Ron Forthofer
The U.S. public has been kept in the dark or misled about foreign policy for much of our history. For example, as we commemorate the 71st anniversary of the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, let’s re-examine the myth of necessity of those barbaric acts. The myth that just won’t die and is believed by most Americans is that these bombings saved millions of lives and were necessary to end WWII in the Pacific.
Analysis by Ramesh Jaura- IDN-InDepthNews | Towards A Nuclear Free World
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s mantra “No more Hiroshimas - No more Nagasakis - Never again”, chanted to commemorate the anniversaries of the devastating atomic bombings of two Japanese cities has yet to usher in a nuclear-weapon-free world. Also his ‘five point proposal on nuclear disarmament’, tabled on UN Day October 24, 2008, has been practically consigned to oblivion.
Analysis by Dr Palitha Kohona - IDN-InDepthNews
On July 15, the United Nations observed the UN World Youth Skills Day designated by the General Assembly to highlight the need to rapidly develop marketable youth skills. On the same day, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) released the World Youth Report on Youth Civic Engagement. There were many events held around the world to mark this special day.