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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 »

  • Congress to Hurt Iranian Reform Movement
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo and Laicie Olson on August 4, 2009

    With two Iran Amendments to the $679.8 billion National Defense Authorization Act and one to the $33.3 billion Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, Congress looks to grasp some oversight on U.S.-Iran policy. As Iran’s political stability after its June 2009 elections continues to deteriorate, these proposed actions could hurt the reformist movement that Congress would like to support. Congress should instead hold off on taking action until it is clear who will ultimately hold power in Iran for the long term. Read more »
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  • “Watered Down” Kyl Amendment Passes
    Posted by Laicie Olson on July 31, 2009

    Late in the evening on July 23rd, the Senate passed a new, slightly weaker, version of Senator Jon Kyl’s (R-AZ) Amendment (S.1760). Kyl-lite, you could say. The new amendment requires the President to report on the Administration’s plans to “enhance the safety, security, and reliability” of the United States nuclear weapons stockpile, modernize the nuclear weapons complex, and maintain nuclear weapons delivery systems. Read more »

  • France-Pakistan Nuclear Deal in Play
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on July 24, 2009

    Bad news today, France agreed to a nuclear deal with Pakistan. France is claiming that the deal will be limited to nuclear safety. They are also claiming that this is the beginning of a civil nuclear partnership, and more could come when French President Sarkozy visits Pakistan at the end of the year. Pakistan is home to Abdul Qadeer Khan, who after building Pakistan’s bomb sold secrets and nuclear bomb making technology to Iran, North Korea and Libya. Read more »

  • Current Happenings on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty
    Posted by Edward Ifft, PhD on July 8, 2009

    June 10-12 over 500 delegates from about 80 countries gathered at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna for the International Scientific Studies Conference (ISS09). The participants were mainly scientists, many of them world-leaders in their fields, and their purpose was to examine the technologies relevant to the verification regime of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). Read more »
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  • Moscow Summit: Reestablishing U.S. Leadership on Nuclear Nonproliferation
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on July 6, 2009

    Nuclear weapons proliferation and nuclear terrorism pose a grave threat to the United States and the world. At the Moscow Summit today Russian President Medvedev and President Barack Obama committed to a follow-on agreement to the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty I (START) to be concluded by December, 2009. This new treaty will reduce U.S and Russian nuclear warheads and delivery vehicles, and will require verification of these reductions. Read more »

  • New IAEA Director General Picked
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on July 2, 2009

    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) finally agreed on a new director general, Japanese Ambassador Yukiya Amano. The IAEA is a crucial body in the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) regime that ensures that non nuclear weapon states do not use nuclear energy technology for weapons. Read more »

  • Japanese Ambassador to Direct IAEA
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on July 2, 2009

    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) finally agreed on a new director general, Japanese Ambassador Yukiya Amano. The IAEA is a crucial body in the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) regime that ensures that non nuclear weapon states do not use nuclear energy technology for weapons. Read more »

  • Check out NIAC on Rafsanjani
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on July 1, 2009

    The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) will guest post a few of PSR's Iran entries. The first one is called "Rafsanjani Has Not Caved." Read more »

  • Getting to Zero: Lessons Learned from Chemical Weapon Regime
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on June 27, 2009

    A leading chemical weapon nonproliferation expert told a Washington crowd how lessons learned on the road to zero by the Chemical Weapon Convention regime could be applied to the nuclear nonproliferation regime. The Washington based Wilson Center hosted Ambassador Rogelio Pfirter June 16, Director-General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Read more »

  • Time to Get Serious About De-Alerting
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on June 24, 2009

    We need to increase the warning time of our nuclear weapons to give the President more decision making time. About one thousands U.S. nuclear weapons are on day-to-day alert, ready to launch in minutes notice. U.S. nuclear strategy still revolves around a Russian threat, but Russia hates the idea of de-alerting our nuclear weapons. Read more »

  • Violence and Hope Continues in Iran
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on June 24, 2009

    The most important thing to note at this time is a growing rift between power players in Iran and that violence towards protestors is intensifying. Read more »

  • Iranians Hit Threshold
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on June 20, 2009

    Fires, tear gas and blood are flowing in Tehran today (June 20), but the crowds are thinner than expected. The Green Movement (made of reformist supporters in Iran) is being seriously beaten by police. At least 100 people have been seriously injured. European and Australian Embassies have opened up for the injured in Tehran. Read more »

  • Iranian Youth Persevere
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on June 19, 2009

    Students were stabbed to death Sunday in their dormitory at Tehran University by Basij (an arm of the Revolutionary Guards). The Iranian government is silent on the issue, but it is starting to hit the news. Academics are resigning because of the killings, and Speaker of Parliament, Ali Larijani is calling for an inquiry from the Interior Ministry into the killings. Read more »

  • Supreme Leader Speaks
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on June 19, 2009

    At 12:05 Mecca time Iran’s Supreme Leader spoke to the people. He was with supporters of Ahmadinejad. I will put up an analysis with a shorter summary soon. Here is most of the text translated into English this morning live from my notes, of course it is not perfect, since it went from Farsi/Persian to English: Read more »

  • Collaboration to Stop Coal
    Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on June 18, 2009

    I had the pleasure recently of attending the Sierra Club’s Midwest “New Energy Future” conference, where I shared information from PSR on the health impacts of global warming. This included our new fact sheets, which I hope you have seen. Read more »
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  • France to Speak on Disarmament
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on June 18, 2009

    I know that a few people doubted the possibility I offered on the French position last week in a post. We will soon find out for sure what that position is. The French are sending a high level diplomat, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bernard Kouchner, to address the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva June 23. Minister Kouchner will speak about the French position on disarmament. Read more »

  • Text of Mousavi’s Speech
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on June 18, 2009

    On June 18 at 2:50pm an anonymous and reliable twitter from inside Iran gave us a quick translation of Mousavi’s speech to the people: I have come due to concerns of current political and social conditions - to defend the rights of the nation. I have come to improve Iran’s international relations. I have come to tell the world and get back Iran’s pride, our dignity and our future. Read more »
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  • Horrible News from Iran
    Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on June 16, 2009

    Iran’s reformist supporters of Presidential Candidate Mousavi took to the streets and were pushed back by Iranian police June 13 (picture at TMP). Seven people were killed. This is getting really sad and extremely frustrating. Read more »

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