The Nuclear Agreement with Iran: A Nonkilling View

POETRY FORMAT, 20 Jul 2015

Francisco Gomes de Matos – TRANSCEND Media Service

A Rhymed Reflection

A nuclear agreement with Iran has been signed
To its signatories co-responsibilities have been assigned

Will the threat of a nuclear war be reduced?
What peace sustaining benefits will be produced?

Will the agreement with Iran be history making?
Will it become an example of a Global Nonkilling undertaking?

Francisco Gomes de Matos, Ph.D. is an applied peace linguist from Recife, Brazil. He has degrees in Languages, Law, and Linguistics. He is Professor Emeritus at the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco where he is active in the Dom Hélder Camara Human Rights Commission. He is one of the pioneers in Linguistic Rights (author of 1984 Plea for a Universal Declaration of Linguistic Rights) and in the emerging area of Peace Linguistics. Currently he is President of the Board, Associação Brasil América ( He can be reached at

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One Response to “The Nuclear Agreement with Iran: A Nonkilling View”

  1. David Krieger’s Commented [in NonKilling Arts Research Committee (NKARC) Letter: August 1, 2015:

    “I think the agreement deserves our support rather than the questions you raise. I would stress the affirmative and the model it provides for the nuclear weapon states that are not fulfilling their own obligations under the NPT. The agreement already is a nonkilling undertaking.”


    David Krieger is President of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, a poetry writer at TMS, and a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace, Development and Environment. He has a new collection of poems entitled Wake Up.