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  • Cut the Nuclear Weapons Budget -- Yes YOU!
    Posted by Catherine Thomasson, MD on February 7, 2012

    New to the world of Washington, DC, I can see that much of the action is outside the Beltway even with the budget debate coming up in the Halls of Congress. That means YOU are the most important people. Read more »
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  • "No mouse would ever construct a mousetrap." Why would we?
    Posted by David Hart on December 2, 2011

    Many years from now when the history of our time is written, some may reflect that a small but meaningful step that preserved our world was taken this week. In the US, the event passed with little notice. Read more »
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  • APHA 2011 Commences!
    Posted by Ashish Sinha on October 31, 2011

    Yesterday was my first day at the 2011 American Public Health Association (APHA) Conference. This conference hosts over 12,000 public health professionals and is always a bit overwhelming at first. Read more »
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  • Cut Nukes Now!
    Posted by Ashish Sinha on September 20, 2011

    Before the end of the year the Super Committee will be required to submit plans to cut at least $1.5 trillion in deficit-reduction measures over the next 10 years. What we decide to cut will speak to our priorities as a country. Read more »
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  • A 9-11 reflection: "Something's Happened"
    Posted by Ashish Sinha on September 11, 2011

    Today, 10 years later, I remember the fear, the uncertainty, and those who lost their lives on September 11th. I wish I could say the fear and the uncertainty has disappeared. On Thursday, after President Obama’s address to Congress, information of a “specific, credible, but unconfirmed” threat were made public. Living in Washington DC, I am worried about what someone may do on the anniversary of September 11th. Mixed in that worry is no longer simply the fear of an attack but, also, how our country may change in the shadow of another act of terrorism. Read more »

  • 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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  • 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 »

  • 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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  • 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 »

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Los Alamos and Fort Calhoun: lessons in the precautionary principle
    Posted by Morgan Pinnell and Ashish Sinha on June 30, 2011

    Within the past week, we have witnessed two separate nuclear threats in the United States as a consequence of a forest fire and flooding. The Los Alamos National Laboratory is the birthplace of the nuclear bomb and continues to be a center for nuclear weapons’ development and a place for storage of radioactive waste. A forest fire that has already consumed 61,000 acres of forest is now at the edge of Los Alamos. The Fort Calhoun Nuclear Reactor is imperiled by flood waters from the Missouri River. Read more »
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  • PSR Leader's statement to Kansas City Council
    Posted by Ann Suellentrop, MSRN on June 22, 2011

    The production of nuclear weapons components is a dirty business. That's why Congress set up a program at the turn of the century (called the EEOICPA) that reimburses nuclear workers up to $400,000 and a medical card to pay for expenses related to their illness. There is a list of several hundred workers from the KC Plant who have died at relatively young ages from brain tumors, pancreatic cancer, leukemia and other catastrophic illnesses. Read more »
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  • Production or Destruction?
    Posted by April Avant on June 14, 2011

    Ann Suellentrop, MSRN, PSR Kansas City leader and her colleagues, the KC Peace Planters, collected over 4,000 signatures to stop the building of a new nuclear weapons production facility city in Kansas City, Missouri. Read more »
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  • Militarism on a Sick Planet
    Posted by Maureen McCue, MD, PhD on June 13, 2011

    Iowa PSR recently sponsored a workshop on the interconnections between militarism, climate and environmental degradation from a health and human rights perspective. Read more »

  • PSR doctor questions Trident Renewal and calls to abolish all nuclear weapons worldwide
    Posted by David C. Hall, MD, PSR Past President on May 16, 2011

    The Pentagon and US Navy are planning to rebuild the Trident submarine nuclear weapons fleet over the next fifteen years at a cost likely to exceed $1 trillion over the life of the program. Read more »
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