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  • President Obama's Nobel Address on Thursday may be much more than an inspiring speech
    Posted by Ira Helfand, MD on December 7, 2009

    The Nobel Committee has invited me to attend the award ceremony and dinner in Oslo this week to represent the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and our US affiliate Physicians for Social Responsibility. This year marks the 24th anniversary of our receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for the work we did alerting the world to the medical consequences of nuclear war. Read more »

  • Student Activism and Organizing on Nuclear Weapons
    Posted by Tova Fuller, PhD on November 3, 2009

    Tova's speech from the International Youth Dialogue for Nuclear Disarmament Read more »

  • The International Youth Dialogue for Nuclear Disarmament, Day 2
    Posted by Tova Fuller, PhD on November 3, 2009

    A review of day 2 of the International Youth Dialogue for Nuclear Disarmament. Read more »

  • The International Youth Dialogue for Nuclear Disarmament, Day 1
    Posted by Tova Fuller, PhD on November 3, 2009

    A review of day 1 of PNA's (Project for Nuclear Awareness) International Youth Dialogue for Nuclear Disarmament. Read more »

  • PSR Helps Reduce HEU Proliferation Risk
    Posted by Peter Wilk, MD on October 30, 2009

    Back in June, PSR joined an appeal from a broad and unprecedented coalition of nuclear medical and nonproliferation groups urging Congress to fund domestic production of medical isotopes without bomb-grade uranium, to ensure supply of the isotopes while reducing risks of nuclear terrorism. Read more »

  • Tune in October 26-27 for Nuclear Disarmament
    Posted by Laicie Olson on October 16, 2009

    Take a break from carving that pumpkin and make sure you don’t miss the International Youth Dialogue for Nuclear Disarmament on October 26th and 27th. The Dialogue will link youth, professionals and experts from the peace, foreign policy, health and environmental communities via live video conference. Venues include Philadelphia, Mexico City, Moscow and Santa Barbara. The core aim of the Dialogue is to foster youth leadership, idea-sharing, and cross cultural understanding through citizen diplomacy and to build a comprehensive campaign for nuclear disarmament on this basis of cooperation. Read more »

  • Today is National Don't Nuke the Climate Call-In Day!
    Posted by Laicie Olson on October 15, 2009

    Please call your Senators’ offices and tell them to keep nuclear power out of the Senate climate bill. Recent events, such as John Kerry and Lindsay Graham’s op-ed in Sunday's New York Times calling for more nuclear power in the bill, add to the urgency of this call-in day. Help keep the Senate's phones ringing all day long by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. Read more »

  • Obama Needs America to Justify His Prize
    Posted by Laicie Olson on October 9, 2009

    President Obama has won the Nobel Prize for his Prague vision of a world free of nuclear weapons. As the opposition complains, “He hasn’t done anything yet,” I dare you to ask why. Yes, healthcare reform, the economy and even climate change have dominated the airwaves for the majority of the new President’s first term, but behind the scenes the Obama administration has been hard at work crafting what the Nobel Committee called, “a new climate in international politics.” Read more »

  • Nobel Prize Rightfully Goes to Obama
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on October 9, 2009

    As Physicians for Social Responsibility did in 1985, President Barack Obama won the Nobel Prize for Peace today for his disarmament achievements. A bit of a shock to hear that he had received such recognition so early on, but when you think about it, it makes a lot of sense. Read more »
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  • CTBT Ratification in Danger?
    Posted by Laicie Olson on October 6, 2009

    As the nuclear issue heats up in Iran, one other nuclear issue has been pushed to the backburner by the Obama administration. The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), which prohibits underground nuclear testing, faced Senate ratification once in 1999 and failed. In his April speech in Prague, however, President Obama stated that, "To achieve a global ban on nuclear testing, my administration will immediately and aggressively pursue U.S. ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty." Unfortunately, the administration has recently stated that it does not plan to take on the fight for the CTBT until a win is virtually assured. Read more »

  • Let’s negotiate like Russia with Iran
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo, Physicians for Social Responsibility and Marina Voronova-Abrams, Global Green USA on October 5, 2009

    There is no public proof that Iran intends to build a bomb and no good reason to impose crippling sanctions. Such sanctions will only decrease the U.S.’s influence on Iran, while they increase Russia’s. Several U.S. media outlets and US Representative Howard Berman (D-CA) wrongly said that the September 25 public acknowledgement of Iran’s secret enrichment facility in Qum, capable of holding 3,000 centrifuges, is proof that Iran intends to build a nuclear weapon. This is additional proof that Iran broke its international obligations, but these sources do not prove that Iran intends to build a nuclear weapon. These facilities can be used to produce low enriched uranium for nuclear reactor fuel, or highly enriched uranium for the core of a nuclear weapon. Read more »
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  • Who changed the U.S.’s Disarmament Resolution?
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on September 24, 2009

    A few days ago the U.S.’s draft UN Security Council Resolution on nonproliferation and disarmament was changed. This resolution was negotiated with all 15 Security Council members, and maybe a few others, to have assurance it would pass today. Just slight changes were made, since the September 18th draft, along with one rather significant addition. The addition likely indicates future key topics for negotiation at the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference in 2010. Read more »

  • Obama Takes Steps Towards World Free of Nuclear Weapons
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on September 23, 2009

    In his debut appearance at the United Nations today, President Obama reminded the international community that he has already “outlined a comprehensive agenda to seek the goal of a world without nuclear weapons.” Obama noted that this agenda was being implemented through U.S.-Russian nuclear disarmament negotiations, work towards a fissile material cut off treaty at the Conference on Disarmament and by sending Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as the first senior American representative, to the annual members conference of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). Read more »

  • Coal, climate issues heating up
    Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on September 22, 2009

    Fall is upon us, Code Black Alert! is back on the job, and coal and climate issues are hot. Here's a summary of recent and breaking news: Read more »
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  • UN Disarmament Action in Mexico
    Posted on September 21, 2009

    Last week, I represented Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) at the 62nd Annual United Nations Conference for Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs), “For Peace and Development: Disarm Now!” This is a critical time for disarmament efforts in a rare moment of political opportunity as we approach the Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference in May 2010. Read more »
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  • Iran Offers the US a Proposal to Talk
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on September 17, 2009

    Iran just sent the United States a positive response to engage in dialogue over political, security and economic issues. In this latest Iranian package proposal for constructive negotiations, Iran attempts to persuade us that the unilateral and militaristic ways of old lead to the economic crisis and security dilemmas we face today, and that only an unbiased multilateral approach to negotiations will succeed in easing tension in Iran’s relations with the United States. Read more »

  • August Report on Iran’s Nuclear Program
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on August 28, 2009

    A new International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report is out on Iran. Here is some new information about Iran’s enrichment capabilities, since the last June report: Read more »

  • Sanctions Hurt Iranians Who Need Help
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on August 6, 2009

    The Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act of 2009, or 'the Berman Bill,' after the original sponsor in the House of Representatives Howard Berman (D-CA), now has a place in the Senate (S.908) with support from 21 Senators. The Bill looks to push Iran into further isolation from the international community by cutting its oil and gas trade off. Isolating Iran will spur more illegal trade in Iran, increase the threat Iran perceives from the West and give the nation more of a reason to build a nuclear weapon as a security assurance. Read more »
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  • Remembering the Past and Taking Back the Future
    Posted by Laicie Olson on August 6, 2009

    Over sixty years ago today, in the waning days of World War II, the American B-29 bomber Enola Gay dropped its deadly payload on the city of Hiroshima. The city was devastated almost instantly and an estimated 140,000 people were killed or died within months. Three days later, the United States detonated a second bomb over Nagasaki. Another 80,000 men, women and children lost their lives. Many died from injuries or the combined effects of flash burns, trauma and radiation burns, compounded by illness, malnutrition and radiation sickness. Others continue to suffer from leukemia and solid cancers attributed to their exposure to radiation. Read more »

  • Gibbs backs off on Iran Gaffe
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo and Laicie Olson on August 5, 2009

    August 4, to the shock of Iran experts, White House spokesperson Robert Gibbs said that President Obama recognized Iran’s contested election of President Ahmadinejad, but then retracted the statement. When asked point blank August 4 if the administration recognized Ahmadinejad as the legitimate President of Iran, Gibbs responded that “He [Ahmadinejad] is the elected leader.” Read more »

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