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  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

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