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BASIC calls for suspension of US arms sales and military assistance to the Persian Gulf and Middle East

The proposed sales would support authoritarian governments in the Arab world

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A front company by any other name is still a front company

On June 13 the Washington Times ran an article asserting that Iran is using newly created front companies in a bid to frustrate US and United Nations sanctions on its suspect nuclear programs. The charges were made by the Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), which supports the overthrow of the regime in Tehran.

Khan? I'll get back to you on that

Since I just blogged about Iran I’m thinking what does it say about American intelligence abilities that some of the best information on Iran’s nuclear program and, for that matter, Khan’s network, has come from private sources. Now I’ve got nothing against private sources; in fact, I’ve long been a huge proponent of increased reliance on OSINT. But it does raise the issue of how effective and interested the US government is in taking out clandestine nuclear trafficking networks.

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Ambassador Thomas Graham, Jr, joins BASIC board of advisors

The Chairman of the BASIC Council, Professor James O'Connell, announced today that Ambassador Thomas Graham, Jr, has joined the BASIC Advisory Board. As a BASIC Advisor, Amb. Graham will help guide the organization's research and advocacy programs in the field of nuclear non-proliferation.

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Four major UK security announcements on eve of parliamentary recess

Government to ramp up terrorism measures and allow the US to use Menwith Hill

The UK government released a total of 46 written statements on one day last week, just as MPs were leaving parliament for the summer recess. The statements included four important policy announcements on defence and security issues:

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Former US chief nuclear negotiator in London calls for zero nuclear weapons

Getting to Zero is an essential objective if we are to avoid the descent into nuclear proliferation

At a meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Security and Non-Proliferation at Westminster earlier today Ambassador Max Kampelman reiterated an earlier call in January this year by US Secretaries Shultz, Kissinger, Perry and Senator Nunn to step back from the brink of nuclear anarchy.

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