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  • 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 »

  • “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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  • IPPNW World Congress, August 2012 Video
    Posted by Mathias Pollock, MPH on December 24, 2012

    Hundreds of physicians and health professionals from all over the world came together at the 20th World Congress in Hiroshima, Japan to dialogue and strategize for the elimination of nuclear weapons and the threat of nuclear war. Read more »
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  • PSR in Japan: Voices of Hibakusha
    Posted by Mathias Pollock, MPH on September 6, 2012

    What were you doing at 8:15 this morning? We can all probably recount different narratives of our morning routines. Wake up, brush teeth, shower, breakfast, commute, work. You go through the motions and hardly give it a second thought. Read more »

  • PSR in Japan: Too Big to Fail
    Posted by John Rachow, MD on August 30, 2012

    In 2008 we learned about world financial meltdowns and institutions too big to fail. Institutions that required taxpayer bailout; the same taxpayers who had just suffered personal losses due to the financial meltdown. Maureen and I just finished a long day trip to Fukushima with an international group of IPPNW physicians organized by the Japanese affiliate, JPPNW, and are now traveling back to Tokyo. Read more »
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  • PSR in Japan: Lessons from Fukushima
    Posted by Mathias Pollock, MPH on August 29, 2012

    There is no safe world in which either nuclear weapons capabilities or reliance on nuclear energy can exist. They are inextricably linked both through the science of supply and the politics of power. And as modern history has continually reaffirmed, since the very inception of the nuclear age, the human race is both unequipped to safeguard against this awesome force and unprepared to deal with the consequences. Read more »

  • PSR in Japan: I will bomb no more, forever
    Posted by John Rachow, MD on August 28, 2012

    Maureen and I walked through the Hiroshima Peace Park late at night. We approached the Cenotaph (empty tomb). Sighting through the open center of the Cenotaph parabolic shape that houses more than 100,000 names, we could see the eternal flame and beyond the iconic A-Bomb Dome, precise alignment of profound significance. Read more »

  • PSR in Japan: "American Guilt: Japan Through an Activist's Eyes"
    Posted by Michelle Gin on August 27, 2012

    Wow...there are several pages missing from American history books. I knew to expect more information that I had ever learned in school, but could not fully prepare for the emotions I felt. Imagine scorch marks of a ladder in a wooden fence. It was the place of where a ladder stood seconds before the blast. Such power vaporized it and all is left is a black mark. And next to that ladder is the outline of a human being. A human being, just like you or me. Read more »

  • PSR in Japan: Peace Culture
    Posted by Mathias Pollock, MPH on August 24, 2012

    Peace culture - a novel concept introduced today at the IPPNW Student Congress. Not a culture of peace, a culture defined by peace. Inspiring words today from keynote speaker Steve Leeper, the chairman of the Hiroshima Peace foundation. His message was not that this is something we need to aspire to; rather it’s something we can no longer afford not to attain. We need to graduate from the war culture, the dominance hierarchy that we live in, to peace culture. We need to evolve as a global society. Read more »
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  • PSR in Japan: A walk through Hiroshima
    Posted by Ira Helfand, MD on August 22, 2012

    Walking from the Hiroshima bus station to the Conference Center, the path goes directly past the A-Bomb Dome and the hypocenter, the point directly beneath the where the bomb went off. Ground Zero. It is a little after 8 AM on a hot August morning, so like that other August morning 67 years ago. I keep looking up at the sky as so many thousands of people did that other morning, and I imagine the sudden bright flash that was the last thing they ever saw. Read more »
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  • PSR in Japan: ICAN convenes
    Posted by Ira Helfand, MD on August 22, 2012

    ICAN meeting began this morning. Extra-ordinarily exciting presentation of the progress ICAN has made to date. In just 5 years since its inception, the campaign has succeeded in making a Nuclear Weapons Convention a mainstream issue throughout the world (if not yet here in the US…). Read more »

  • PSR in Japan: First moments in Hiroshima
    Posted by Mathias Pollock, MPH on August 22, 2012

    As I sat reading John Hersey’s recounting of individual experiences in his book Hiroshima on the transpacific flight, I was struck by how much the event sounded like a natural disaster. It was a horrible event that devastated an innocent civilian population. But unlike tsunamis, floods, earthquakes and hurricanes, this wasn’t unfortunate chance- this was preventable. Read more »
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  • PSR in Japan: 23 years later
    Posted by Andrew S. Kanter, MD, MPH, FACMI on August 20, 2012

    It seems a little strange returning to Japan after 23 years. I attended the Ninth World Congress of IPPNW which was held in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1989. I was a medical student at the time. I had been Medical Student Liaison for IPPNW in 1985 when we won the Nobel Peace Prize, but it had been several years since I left the central office and was nearing the end of my medical school training. IPPNW still meant a lot to me and I endeavored to make the protection of the planet one of my primary goals in life. Read more »
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  • P5 faces the Non-Proliferation Treaty
    Posted by Dadie Loh on August 10, 2012

    More than four decades ago, the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entered into force. Its implementation is still faced with legitimate critics from non-nuclear weapons states and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on the basis that nuclear weapons states are not doing enough to advance the debate on disarmament. Read more »

  • The Bells of Hiroshima
    Posted by John Dear on August 8, 2012

    A hundred and fifty of us gathered on Sunday night, Aug. 5, at Ashley Pond in Los Alamos, New Mexico, at the exact spot where long ago the Hiroshima Bomb was built. Right at 5:15 p.m -- 8:15 a.m. Monday morning, Aug. 6 in Japan -- we heard live, thanks to the wonders of the Internet, the ringing of the Peace Bell in Hiroshima. Read more »

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