Nuclear weapons states upgrade warheads
John Ellis Bush was born 11 February, 1953 in Midland, Texas. It was an ivied upbringing, and teenage Jeb moved to Massachusetts to enter elite Phillips Academy, the same private prep school his father and brother attended.
This February he admitted to Huffington Post that “I drank alcohol and I smoked marijuana” at the school, where he was accused of bullying students and having scant interest in politics.
As part of a school programme he STOCKHOLM — Nuclear armed states continue to upgrade their stockpiles despite an international trend towards disarmament, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute reported Monday.
Between 2010 and 2015 the number of warheads fell from 22 600 to 15 850 according to the institute’s annual disarmament report which said the US and Russia represented the bulk of the reduction. The institute also pointed to “extensive and expensive long-term modernization programmes” in the world’s two largest nuclear powers which account for 90 percent of the weapons.
“Despite renewed international interest in prioritizing nuclear disarmament, the modernization programmes under way in the nuclear weapon-possessing states suggests that none of them will give up their nuclear arsenals in the foreseeable travelled in 1970 to Mexico, where he met the love of his life, Columba Garnica Gallo.
They were married at University of Texas, where Mr Bush excelled as a student.
Mr Bush got an early taste of international diplomacy in 1977 at age 24 when they headed to Caracas, Venezuela where Jeb worked as branch manager for the Texas Commerce Bank.
Mr Bush volunteered for his father’s 1980 campaign, then worked in real estate before being appointed Florida’s secretary of commerce.
He campaigned full-time for Mr Bush Sr in 1988, then unsuccessfully sought the governor’s mansion in 1994, when his prudence overshadowed political savvy.
Asked what he would do for African-americans if elected governor, Bush sought to stress equality of opportunity and answered: “probably nothing.”
That year Mr Bush, who was raised Episcopalian, turned to his wife’s religion, Catholicism, and eventually converted.
“It’s made me a better person,” future,” SIPRI researcher Shannon Kile said in a statement.
The other three nuclear armed states legally recognised by the 1968 Nuclear Non- Proliferation Treaty — China (260 warheads), France (300 warheads), Britain (215 warheads) — are “either developing or deploying new nuclear weapon systems or have announced their intention to do so” according to the Stockholm-based peace institute.
China was the only state among the five global nuclear powers to have a “modest” increase in the size of its arsenal. While the remaining nuclear states — India (90 to 100 warheads), Pakistan (100 to 120 warheads) and Israel (80 warheads) — have considerably smaller stockpiles, India and Pakistan continue to increase their arsenals while Israel has tested longrange ballistic missiles.
North Korea is believed to be de- Mr Bush told the in March.
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Conservative governor He shifted from hard-charging ideologue to a more compassionate candidate in 1998, but ultimately went on a conservative tear during his 1999 to 2007 governorship.
Mr Bush cut Florida taxes by $19 billion, privatised many state jobs, created the nation’s first school voucher programmes — later ruled unconstitutional — and intervened in divisive right-to-life cases, including that of a brain-damaged woman.
He also signed the controversial “stand your ground” law allowing people to use deadly force when threatened, and tightened his control over judicial nominations.
Mr Bush governed Florida during the toxic 2000 presidential election that went down to the wire, ultimately in favour of his brother.
The US Commission on Civil Rights afterwards determined the process was riddled with faults, including “overzealous efforts to purge voters from the rolls”. veloping its arsenal of six to eight warheads but SIPRI said “technical progress” was difficult to assess.
Reliable information on nuclear stockpiles varied greatly between states with the US getting top marks for transparency in the report, while Britain and France were more restrictive and Russia divulged nothing officially, except in bilateral contacts with the US.
In Asia, China revealed little about its arsenal and the only information made public by nuclear rivals India and Pakistan was announcements of missile tests. The five nuclear powers and members of the UN Security Council — US, Russia, China, Britain and France — along with Germany, are in ongoing talks with Iran to persuade the Islamic Republic not to develop nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions. — AFP
Mr Bush has not held public office for eight years. He quickly transitioned into the business world, apparently unapologetic in his determination to get rich.
He became an advisor to Lehman Brothers as the firm was on its last legs in 2008, and later to Londonbased Barclays. He formed Britton Hill Partners in 2008 and managed BH Global Aviation, an offshore private equity fund which raised $61 million last September, largely from foreign investors, according to Bloomberg. Mr Bush joined Miami firm Innovida as a paid consultant, but the building materials company went bankrupt in 2011 and its founder was jailed for fraud.
While Mr Bush announced he has divested from all his business interests, his record will undergo intense scrutiny, like that of 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney, who made millions through his firm Bain Capital.
Last December Mr Bush dismissed suggestions he was on a Romney-like venture capital path: “It’s like comparing an apple to a peanut.” — AFP
Nuclear armed states continue to upgrade their stockpiles despite an international trend towards disarmament.