Michael Douglas-Nuclear Ban Treaty
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This Film Report is in conjunction with our Article - "Which Countries Blocking Nuclear Test Ban Treaty?" - http://diplomaticallyincorrect.org/films/blog_post/which-countries-blocking-nuclear-test-ban-treaty-by-ambassador-mo/42302
Michael Douglas points to 9 countries: US, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, North Korea, & Pakistan in keeping the Nuclear Test Treaty from coming into effect and ending all such test explosions. "The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty is a guiding light on the road to a nuclear weapons free world. Once in force it will help prevent the kind of nuclear arms race we experienced in the past and will make it much more difficult to continue to build up nuclear arsenals," the Oscar-winning actor and producer states. Michael Douglas is now teaming with the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization on a series of austere but powerful TV spots aimed at raising support for the Treaty.
Growing up with Nuclear Bunkers & “MAD” or “Mutually Assured Destruction”:
"I grew up in the United States at a time when nuclear weapons testing was commonplace. We used to have air raid drills at school and my father had a bomb shelter built in his yard in California. As a child, it was difficult to grasp the meaning of what was happening. It had a nightmare, monster-like quality which always haunted me, Later, as I began to understand the ramifications of nuclear weapons testing, my commitment to nuclear disarmament grew," says Douglas who beginning of this year returned to push for the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty after extensive cancer treatment: See Film Report - http://diplomaticallyincorrect.org/films/movie/michael-douglas-returns-petition-no-nukes/25893
Ongoing Harm form Continued Testing:
In the five decades following World War II, more than 2,000 nuclear bombs were tested at over 60 locations around the world. Radioactive fallout from these explosions impacted humans, animals and the environment. Many test sites will remain uninhabitable for thousands of years to come. The optimism following the end of the Cold War spurred action. The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty opened for signature in 1996 amid acclaim and hopes for a speedy ratification. Today it enjoys widespread support from more than 180 countries around the world, but it cannot enter into force until the above nine outstanding nuclear-technology holder countries ratify. (Indonesia has committed to ratify this year. Douglas feels a sense of urgency and responsibility to step up the pressure: "The world has waited long enough for the Treaty to become global law. So today, as an actor and a United Nations Messenger of Peace, I'm using my voice and my name to raise awareness and support for this crucial Treaty. I'm calling on the nine countries that still need to ratify the Treaty to do so without further delay, so that we can bring it into force and remove the threat of these terrible weapons once and for all." (See Film Report: -“Christie Brinkley on Nuclear Disarmament” - http://diplomaticallyincorrect.org/films/movie/christie-brinkley-nuclear-weapons/25317
We are all frustrated by the lack of action, including UN officials and most independent observers. See Film Report: -“BS on Nuclear Test Ban” - http://diplomaticallyincorrect.org/films/movie/bs-on-nuclear-test-ban/28436
Verification no Longer Can be Used as Pretext:
“The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty outlaws all nuclear explosions anywhere, anytime, by anyone. It stands for a safer and more secure world because it prohibits the development of new nuclear weapons as well as the upgrading of existing nuclear arsenals. In the past, concerns about the verifiability of the Treaty were sometimes given as reasons for not ratifying but today, with the CTBT's billion-dollar, state-of-the-art verification regime almost completely in place, that is no longer an issue. "The CTBT is clearly verifiable. No nuclear test will go unnoticed with the International Monitoring System firmly in place," according to Michael Douglas (See Film Report: -“Israel- Nuclear Source Experiments” - http://diplomaticallyincorrect.org/films/movie/israelnuclear-source-experiemts/27042
(UN Photo: Michael Douglas with Monique Coleman Speaking to Youth at UN Forum on CTBT).
CTBTO website: http://www.ctbto.org/
By Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey
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Year of Production: 2011
Length: 1:15 mins.
Country: United Nations
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- Muhamed Sacirbey (UNYV-CTBTO)
- Susan Sacirbey (UNTV-CTBTO)