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  • The continuing threat of nuclear weapons
    Posted by Barry S. Levy, MD, MPH and Victor W. Sidel, MD on April 23, 2014

    Nine countries, mainly the United States and Russia, possess 17,000 nuclear weapons, many of which are hundreds of times more powerful than the atomic bombs dropped over Hiroshima and Nagasaki almost 70 years ago. Read more »

  • Your Doctors Are Worried
    Posted by Dr. Lawrence Wittner, Professor of History emeritus at SUNY/Albany on April 17, 2014

    Your doctors are worried about your health―in fact, about your very survival. Read more »

  • How would you like your taxes spent?
    Posted by Martin Fleck on April 11, 2014

    The federal budget for Fiscal Year 2014 includes approximately $57 billion for nuclear weapons. Tax Day is a “teachable moment” to call attention to this spending. Read more »
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  • Successful DC forum shines the spotlight on Humanitarian Impacts Initiative
    Posted by Martin Fleck on April 10, 2014

    The Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons forum brought the story of the growing Humanitarian Impact Initiative home to the inside-the-beltway crowd. Read more »

  • PSR Says: Please Spend Our Taxes on Something Useful!
    Posted by Martin Fleck on March 19, 2014

    In December 2013 the Congressional Budget Office released a report titled Projected Costs of U.S. Nuclear Forces, 2014 to 2023. In it, the CBO predicted that to maintain and "modernize" US submarines, land-based missiles, bombers and nuclear warheads would cost $355 billion over the next decade. Read more »

  • Friends don't let friends…
    Posted by John Loretz, IPPNW on February 14, 2014

    The head of the Civilian Protection division of Mexico’s Ministry of the Interior destroyed Mexico City after lunch yesterday. Which is to say, he conducted a classic IPPNW "bombing run," showing the overwhelming casualties, physical destruction, and radiation effects of a nuclear detonation over this country’s capital. Read more »

  • News from the Humanitarian Impacts of Nuclear Weapons Conference In Nayarit, Mexico, Part 2
    Posted by Ira Helfand, MD on February 14, 2014

    Speakers at the Humanitarian Impacts of Nuclear Weapons conference continued their depiction of the medical effects of nuclear war Thursday afternoon. Read more »

  • 146 nations gather at Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons Conference in Mexico
    Posted by Ira Helfand, MD on February 13, 2014

    The Second Conference on the Humanitarian Impacts of Nuclear Weapons got off to a remarkable start this morning when Mexican Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Meade called the possession of nuclear weapons unacceptable. Read more »
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  • This week in Mexico: 130 nations discuss Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons
    Posted by Ira Helfand, MD on February 11, 2014

    The preliminaries to the Second International Conference on the Humanitarian Impacts of Nuclear Weapons got under way today in Nayarit, Mexico. I am here representing both PSR and as Co-President, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW). Read more »

  • Feinstein blasts sanctions legislation
    Posted by Martin Fleck on January 17, 2014

    On Jan. 14, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) urged her fellow Senators to oppose new Iran sanctions legislation. Read more »

  • Pull the Plug on MOX!
    Posted by Sibahle Magadla on July 3, 2013

    The expansion of funding for a new MOX Fuel Facility in South Carolina is a dangerous project that wastes taxpayers dollars. A recent webinar by WAND helps explore some of the key issues with this boondoggle. Read more »
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  • New Momentum and Data Supports Push for Nuclear Weapons Abolition
    Posted by Andrew S. Kanter, MD, MPH, FACMI on May 17, 2013

    Nuclear weapons continue to pose an existential threat to human civilization. Their elimination must be our highest priority if we hope to bequeath a sustainable world to our children. Read more »

  • Oslo: Next Generation Leaders
    Posted by Ira Helfand, MD on March 5, 2013

    The ICAN Civil Society Forum was a triumph of youthful energy and should put to rest fears that young people can not be mobilized to address the humanitarian consequences of nuclear war. Read more »

  • Nuclear famine comes to Oslo
    Posted by John Loretz on March 4, 2013

    As the second session of the conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons opened, the co-chair, Nozipho Mxakato-Diseko, the Director General of the South African Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation, noted the findings of climate scientists such as Alan Robock, who is here with us, and of IPPNW co-president Ira Helfand, to the effect that even a limited nuclear war would cause global climate disruption and an agricultural crisis that would have catastrophic consequences for her own continent of Africa. Her remarks could have come right out of IPPNW’s report Nuclear Famine. This was exactly the right way to frame a session on the long term consequences of the use of nuclear weapons. Read more »

  • "No small mistakes": ICAN Civil Society Forum, Day 1
    Posted by John Loretz on March 3, 2013

    "There are no small mistakes with nuclear weapons." That simple statement by Chatham House research director Patricia Lewis set the theme for the first day of ICAN's Civil Society Forum on the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons, March 2 in Oslo. Read more »

  • Oslo: Historic Conference begins without support of P5
    Posted by Ira Helfand, MD on March 2, 2013

    Participants began to gather this evening for the ICAN Civil Society Forum on the Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear War, and most of the talk has been about the decision by the P5, the permanent members of the Security Council and the owners of the world's largest nuclear arsenals, to boycott the official government conference which begins on Monday. Read more »
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  • Cut the fat in the Pentagon budget
    Posted by Catherine Thomasson, MD on February 19, 2013

    PSR has been speaking out on cutting the nuclear weapons and bloated Pentagon budget for decades. There is now pressure from the deficit reduction actions to cut the military budget but if it is done under the sequester, across the board budget cuts many programs providing support for essential human needs will be cut as well. Because many in Congress wish to protect the military budget, it is essential to reach our elected officials to encourage additional Pentagon and nuclear weapons cuts. Read more »
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  • Global Zero and Senator Chuck Hagel
    Posted by Ashish Sinha on February 1, 2013

    Senator Chuck Hagel, nominee for Secretary of Defense, appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee and his leadership on the issue of nuclear disarmament came under immediate fire from a few Senators. In particular, Senator Hagel’s work with Global Zero and his co-authorship of the Global Zero U.S. Nuclear Policy Commission of May 2012. Read more »
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  • Commemorating King
    Posted by Ashish Sinha on January 24, 2013

    On Monday, the symbolism of President Barack H. Obama being sworn in as the 44th President of the United States on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was inescapable for those who watched. Through the Montgomery Bus Boycotts, the Selma to Montgomery protest, and the March on Washington, Martin Luther King, Jr. brought the tradition of nonviolent civil disobedience to bear on the issue of racial injustice in America. Due to the work of tireless civil rights advocates, the country has changed meaningfully from that day in 1963 when King exhorted a crowd of over 200,000 in Washington DC to dream of an America where racism was vanquished. Read more »

  • What does the fiscal cliff vote leave undone?
    Posted by Ashish Sinha on January 4, 2013

    Many of you helped us push Congress to understand that cutting the Pentagon budget is an essential part of any deal to reduce the deficit and should bear a higher burden than proposed cuts on basic human services. If we were to grade the fiscal cliff vote through the lens of that effort, we would have to give Congress a grade of “Incomplete.” Read more »
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