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  • Kansas City Here It Comes: A New Nuclear Weapons Plant!
    Posted by Lawrence S. Wittner on September 7, 2011

    Should the U.S. government be building more nuclear weapons? Residents of Kansas City, Missouri don’t appear to think so, for they are engaged in a bitter fight against the construction of a new nuclear weapons plant in their community. Read more »
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  • Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On
    Posted by Morgan Pinnell on September 2, 2011

    The Associated Press has done some more great work on the safety risks of nuclear reactors. According to its recent analysis of an 11,000 page record request from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the risk that an earthquake would cause a severe accident at a U.S. nuclear reactor is much greater than previously thought. Read more »

  • The Ishaqi incident
    Posted by Ashish Sinha on September 1, 2011

    Yesterday, McClatchy reported on a cable from the recent WikiLeaks release of diplomatic cables. In the cable is evidence that disputes the United States official story. U.S. trained Iraqi police, neighbors, and a doctor’s inspection of the 10 civilians present a very different picture. Read more »

  • The Ishaqi incident
    Posted by Ashish Sinha on September 1, 2011

    On March 15, 2006, American troops approached a house around 2:30 AM in Ishaqi to apprehend a potential Al Qaida in Iraq suspect. Read more »

  • Syria and the need for a 21st century arms control agenda
    Posted by Ashish Sinha on August 31, 2011

    The Aug. 29th Washington Post article “Syrian unrest raises fears about chemical arsenal” by Pulitzer Prize winning author Joby Warrick raises a key national security question for the United States. Will we pursue an arms control or arms proliferation foreign policy in the 21st century? Read more »
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  • Hurriquake Week and Nuclear Reactors
    Posted by Morgan Pinnell on August 26, 2011

    Just days after an earthquake that shook Toronto to South Carolina, we are once again gearing up for a dangerous scenario. The earthquake caused ‘unusual events’ at a dozen reactors along the East Coast, demonstrating, particularly in the wake of the Fukushima disaster earlier this year that more emergency preparedness is desperately needed at reactor sites. This upcoming weekend, the East Coast is expecting a Category 3 hurricane, Irene, which poses yet another threat to the reactor safety. Read more »

  • Moving Beyond Fear: Can the earth shake us out of our dangerous slumber?
    Posted by David Hart on August 24, 2011

    Yesterday afternoon, like many people in DC (and up and down the East Coast), I experienced the jarring reality of a moderate earthquake. It was a scary moment up high in our office tower. Sadly, at that same moment, many people feared that instead of a natural disaster, we were facing a man-made tragedy. Read more »
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  • Laser Enrichment and its Proliferation Risks
    Posted by Morgan Pinnell and Ashish Sinha on August 22, 2011

    Over the weekend, the New York Times reported on General Electric’s successful attempt at using laser enrichment to create nuclear fuel. They now seek support for a $1 billion facility that would cover 100 acres in Wilmington, NC. Read more »

  • Laser Enrichment and its Proliferation Risks
    Posted by Morgan Pinnell and Ashish Sinha on August 22, 2011

    Over the weekend, the New York Times reported on General Electric’s successful attempt at using laser enrichment to create nuclear fuel. They now seek support for a $1 billion facility that would cover 100 acres in Wilmington, NC. Read more »

  • Hiroshima and Nagasaki: The talk I didn't give
    Posted by Dr. Henry Rosenberg on August 12, 2011

    66 years ago today a plane called Bockscar set out to drop an atomic bomb on the city of Kokura. Scientists at Los Alamos were intrigued as to which type of bomb was better, a uranium based bomb which had shown its effectiveness three days earlier at Hiroshima, or the plutonium bomb which was intended for Kokura. As it happened, Kokura was under storm clouds on August 9, so the crew looked over its list of secondary targets and bombed Nagasaki. Read more »
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  • A true statesman, Senator Mark Hatfield (1922-2011)
    Posted by David Hart on August 12, 2011

    Sen. Hatfield was a true statesman - a public servant who worked across party lines to pursue peace. When I was in junior high school and first learning about international issues, he inspired me through his powerful words and by matching his actions with his rhetoric. Read more »
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  • Score One for Jaczko, Public Safety
    Posted by Morgan Pinnell on August 12, 2011

    PSR is an organization that you couldn’t accuse of going soft on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Let’s face it: there are many reasons not to. Still, it’s heartening to see that NRC Chairman Jaczko understands that NRC is supposed actually regulate the nuclear industry. Yesterday, he made public his vote (and reasoning for said vote) on the recommendations of the NRC’s Fukushima Task Force, in which he endorses moving forward on the recommendations. Read more »

  • Hiroshima-Nagasaki-Fukushima
    Posted by Morgan Pinnell and Ashish Sinha on August 10, 2011

    On August 6, 1945, by executive order of President Truman, the United States of America detonated the atomic bomb named “Little Boy” over Hiroshima. Read more »
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  • How to Save a Quarter of a Trillion Dollars
    Posted by Dr. Lawrence Wittner on August 8, 2011

    In the midst of the current stampede to slash federal spending, Congress might want to take a look at two unnecessary (and dangerous) "national security" programs that, if cut, would save the United States over a quarter of a trillion dollars over the next decade. Read more »
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  • Thermo-Nuclear
    Posted by Morgan Pinnell on August 5, 2011

    It’s August in DC. It may be hyperbolic, but there are times when I feel like bursting into flames is an appropriate reaction to the horrible atmosphere that greets me when I leave the safe confines of air-conditioning. Read more »

  • New START success must push us to bold action towards zero
    Posted by Ira Helfand, MD on August 4, 2011

    The U.S. and Russian Federation are off to a successful beginning in implementing the New START Treaty, which entered into force on February 5. As of July 25, the U.S. had conducted seven inspections of Russian facilities, while the Russians had visited six U.S. facilities. This is a fast pace, given that the yearly quota is 18 inspections for each side. Read more »
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  • Heart-wrenching stories from Fukushima on the Right to Relocate
    Posted by Michele Boyd on August 3, 2011

    Fukushima prefecture residents are pressing the Japanese government for the fundamental right to relocate away from contaminated areas and to be compensated for their loss of homes and livelihoods. Read more »
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  • Desmond Tutu: Ending Nuclear Evil
    Posted by Archbishop Desmond Tutu on August 3, 2011

    Eliminating nuclear weapons is the democratic wish of the world’s people. Yet no nuclear-armed country currently appears to be preparing for a future without these terrifying devices. In fact, all are squandering billions of dollars on modernization of their nuclear forces, making a mockery of United Nations disarmament pledges. If we allow this madness to continue, the eventual use of these instruments of terror seems all but inevitable. Read more »
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  • An Effort to Bury the NRC Fukushima Task Force Recommendations
    Posted by Michele Boyd on July 26, 2011

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) task force on the Fukushima nuclear disaster has presented its recommendations for improving safety at US reactors to the NRC Commissioners. Read more »
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  • Big News for Our Friends at Sierra Club!
    Posted by Peter Wilk, MD on July 21, 2011

    PSR salutes Sierra Club's $50 million grant for expanding its Beyond Coal campaign and shutting down more dirty, polluting coal-fired power plants Read more »

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