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N.A.J. Taylor

N.A.J. Taylor connects nuclear ethics and ecological ethics.

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“I was the last one in the death link”: A response to Samuel Maoz’s Lebanon

October 24, 2012

As with Ari Folman’s animated documentary Waltz with Bashir, this film is most commonly viewed as a confession, by a former Israeli soldier, about his part in the 1982 Lebanon War. Indeed, in interview, director Samuel Maoz confines his remarks to the personal. As in: “I cannot escape the fact that I was the last one in the […]

A response to Luca Lana’s <em>Eclipse 1</Em>

A response to Luca Lana’s Eclipse 1

March 2, 2012

The Abrahamic religions – Christianity, Judaism, and Islam – all attach an unrivalled degree of sacredness to the city of Jerusalem. Even today for their followers it remains a symbolic source of theological, scientific and aesthetic purity. But nothing of religion, science or art is natural – all ideas and institutions are constructed by human society. Put […]

A.Q. Khan’s fourth customer: India?

January 18, 2012

Oddly enough, Playboy Magazine has uncovered something that should interest all Australian parliamentarians. Given the Labor Party has just lifted the ban on uranium exports to India, I believe it has the capacity the cast any future deal in doubt. In sum, the article by Joshua Pollack concerns an already infamous Pakistani and a group of Indian nuclear […]

The silencing of West Papua

January 9, 2012 2 Comments

In February 1995, Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto announced three deals that secured access into Grasberg, a massive gold and copper mine in the Indonesian province of West Papua. This is the story of why the mine has been deemed "gorssly unethical" by the Norwegian government.

Australia’s Middle East diaspora on the competing “harms” of the Israeli BDS campaign

December 13, 2011

Last month I approached five members of the Middle East diaspora resident in Australia to each discuss, in their own words, the following proposition: “To what extent is the ‘Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Against Israel’ campaign effective at balancing competing “harms” – the use of ”non-violent” harm to injure Israel economically, politically, reputationally and militarily and the […]

The Lowy Institute’s bizarre rebuttal

December 12, 2011 4 Comments

The Lowy Institute for International Policy, an Australian think tank based in Sydney, have distributed a series of rebuttals to my series of essays criticising the Australian Government’s decision earlier this month to open the doors to uranium sales with India.

An inventory of Australian WikiLeaks cables relating to cluster munitions negotiations

November 28, 2011

As I explored at length in Al Jazeera in August, a series of WikiLeaks cables relating to cluster munitions demonstrate how Australia actively sought to water down treaty text relating to 'military interoperability' - that is, the ability for foreign militaries to conduct joint operations.

War reaps $400 million in 24 hours – don’t worry, it’s just “entertainment”

November 16, 2011 7 Comments

In the first 24 hours of launch, Modern Warfare 3 - a first-person computer game by Activision Blizzard - has sold 6.5 million copies, earning the game's publisher $400 million in sales, and enabling them to taut it as the "biggest entertainment launch of all time in any medium". But is this harmful, asks NAJ Taylor

Must arguments for a denuclearised Middle East be “breathtakingly naive”?

November 14, 2011 4 Comments

Nuclear-weapon-free zones (NWFZs) have come to be viewed as a partial but important element in the complex architecture needed to constrain nuclear proliferation and advance wider nuclear disarmament objectives. Important contributions to the intellectual and political foundations of this approach include: Common Security Report (1982) compiled by the Independent Commission on Disarmament and Security Issues; Non-proliferation […]

The bomb Iran contagion

November 14, 2011 6 Comments

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqK9uF6smLs[/youtube] In the week since the nuclear watchdog agency, the IAEA, issued its report on Tehran’s alleged nuclear weapons programme, there has been an alarming amount of hype concerning the immediacy of any Iranian nuclear weaponisation. This pressure is emanating from governments of Israel (who in some circles want to “preemptively” strike Iran) and the US (who […]