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Australian news, and some related international items

Queen Noor of Jordan, and “Countdown to Zero”

“I am one of a million for whom Islam and Western cultures are not incompatible,” she said, reminding the nearly filled auditorium that she is Muslim…Her Majesty says nuclear weapons have no place in a world striving to achieve international security. Rather terror can be their only purpose.

Queen Noor On Nukes, THE HUFFINGTON POST, April 19, 2010, Cross-Cultural Understanding, at CU Boulder “……..Queen Noor al Hussein of Jordan is the founder of Global Zero, a worldwide movement that seeks to eliminate both actual and potential stockpiles of nuclear weapons across the globe by year 2030. It began in 2008 as a counter-response to the threat of nuclear terrorism, and has since gained the support of President Barack Obama, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev, UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and more than 200 other leaders from around the world. In the United States, the summit has been regarded as a drastic move away from Cold War politics, and has been embraced with both ridicule and relief by both ends of the political spectrum……..

There are 23,000 nuclear weapons existing in the world, most of them owned by the United States and Russia. One Hiroshima bomb would create the devastation of 10 Haitis,” Queen Noor said, citing the movie “Countdown to Zero.” In her speech at Macky Auditorium, the Queen said the movie is travelling across the country making stops at universities, and would be in theaters this July. The movie will be showing at CU-Boulder next Monday on April 26th and it discusses the many close calls with nuclear attacks the world has encountered over the years. It is produced by Lawrence Bender (An Inconvenient Truth, Inglorious Bastards), directed by Lucy Walker (Blindsight), and narrated by Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight)………………

“The scientists were the ones to suffer the moral dilemma of what they had created, for them it was a weapon of genocide. Think if we had only listened to all the scientists who said they should have been eliminated in the first place- we might have had a world where no state would have been able to create nuclear arsenal,” Queen Noor said, saying that nuclear terrorism confronts the world with as imminent a threat and challenge as global warming. She says that while the world may not be adequately paced steps toward remedying both problems, it is taking action.

There is no more room, she says, in today’s globalized and technologically advanced world for Cold War politics. She says that global issues cannot afford to be so black and white anymore.
“I am one of a million for whom Islam and Western cultures are not incompatible,” she said, reminding the nearly filled auditorium that she is Muslim, United States-born, and an advocate for peace. As part of her advocacy, and continuance of a lifetime’s dedication for peace, Her Majesty says nuclear weapons have no place in a world striving to achieve international security. Rather terror can be their only purpose.

“Kennedy said back in the sixties that nuclear weapons would only create or come from madness, and they have.”

Queen Noor On Nukes, Cross-Cultural Understanding, at CU Boulder

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