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  • Pope Francis Speaks at UN
    Posted by Theresa Shaffer on September 25, 2015

    Pope Francis spoke at the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, and addressed the issues of climate change and nuclear security. Here are some inspiring quotes from his speech... Read more »

  • Nukebusters Finalists
    Posted by Theresa Shaffer on September 15, 2015

    The votes are in! Filmmakers sent in many excellent Nukebusters entries and around 500 people voted online for their favorite short films. Read more »

  • Iran Deal Verdict
    Posted by Theresa Shaffer on September 15, 2015

    The House and Senate voted last week on a resolution to disapprove the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran. Thank you to all PSR members who responded to our action alerts, and PSR members who met with their senators and representatives in person. Read more »
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  • PSR's Ira Helfand, MD speaks on nuclear abolition at UN General Assembly Meeting
    Posted by Martin Fleck on September 4, 2015

    The UN passed a resolution on December 2, 2009 to create the international Day Against Nuclear Tests (August 29). The Preamble of the resolution emphasizes that "every effort should be made to end nuclear tests in order to avert devastating and harmful effects on the lives and health of people." Read more »
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  • Humanitarian Campaign Going Strong
    Posted by Theresa Shaffer on July 3, 2015

    The disarmament world is ramping up as the 70th anniversary of Hiroshima is approaching. Here's some news from PSR Security program, as well as some encouraging breakthroughs from our allies in the field. Read more »

  • PSR and IPPNW: lining up support for disarmament
    Posted by Martin Fleck on June 23, 2015

    As spring turned into summer this year, momentum for nuclear disarmament continued to build. Read more »
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  • AMA votes to support banning and eliminating nuclear weapons
    Posted by Martin Fleck on June 10, 2015

    On June 7, PSR member Peter Orris, MD testified in support of the PSR resolution at the American Medical Association Reference Committee in Chicago. Read more »
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  • One hundred seven nations join the "Humanitarian Pledge"
    Posted by Martin Fleck on May 28, 2015

    During the NPT Review Conference, ICAN-Austria created this interactive map so citizens could track "How is your government doing?" For citizens of nations in nuclear-armed states, the answer is "badly." Read more »

  • 93 Nations Take the "Humanitarian Pledge"
    Posted by Martin Fleck on May 18, 2015

    On the eve of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference, 7,500 disarmament supporters from 18 countries (including PSR’s Lauren Zajac, MD, Shannon Gearhart, MD, Martin Fleck, and Peter Wilk, MD, pictured) gathered in New York for the Peace and Planet rally. Read more »

  • Questions on Iran? We've Got Answers.
    Posted by Theresa Shaffer on April 21, 2015

    On April 2, a framework agreement was reached between the "P5+1" negotiators and Iran. Although those who ardently supported diplomacy throughout the negotiation process celebrated this announcement as a huge victory, this left many questions for skeptics of the deal. We answer some of those questions here. Read more »
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  • Your hard work paid off! A framework agreement has been reached!
    Posted by Theresa Shaffer on April 2, 2015

    Today in Lausanne, Switzerland, the P5 + 1 negotiators announced that a framework agreement has been reached for a final comprehensive deal with Iran, dealing with Iran’s nuclear program. Read more »
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  • Nukes In Your Backyard
    Posted by Theresa Shaffer on March 31, 2015

    This map displays locations for some of the startling accidents and mishaps involving nuclear weapons in the United States and around the world. It is by no means all-inclusive. Read more »
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  • PSR Turns Up the Heat at Peace & Planet Disarmament Events
    Posted by Martin Fleck on March 17, 2015

    This spring, PSR chapters in 15 states will take advantage of an excellent "teachable moment" to promote nuclear disarmament. Representatives from the 188 countries party to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty will gather in New York April 27 for the once-every-five-years NPT Review Conference. Read more »

  • Tornado warning for Iran Deal
    Posted by Theresa Shaffer on March 17, 2015

    March 24th is the "soft deadline" for a comprehensive agreement between the "P5+1" nations and with Iran. The goal is to have the outline of an agreement by this date with time to work out all of the details by June 30th. Read more »
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  • Nuclear weapons cost WHAT in 2016?
    Posted by Theresa Shaffer on February 6, 2015

    The federal budget request was released on time this year (for the first time in many years) on Feb. 2, 2015. Not surprisingly, the biggest chunk of our money is going to defense spending – roughly $534.3 billion out of the total one trillion dollar budget request. Read more »
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  • Race Against Time to Save the World
    Posted by Theresa Shaffer on January 27, 2015

    Bulletin of Atomic Scientists breaking news: It’s 3 minutes to midnight. Do you know where your nukes are? PSR members work the media in our race against time to save the world from climate change and nuclear weapons. Read more »

  • The Uphill Battle to Let Diplomacy Work with Iran
    Posted by Theresa Shaffer on January 21, 2015

    The Iran Talks have already made significant progress by placing a temporary freeze on Iran’s nuclear program through the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA). The current negotiations are to ensure a permanent resolution to the problem. Read more »

  • I Have a Dream...Disarmament!
    Posted by Theresa Shaffer on January 16, 2015

    Many people know that Martin Luther King Jr. advocated an end to discrimination and a path to equality. What many people don’t know is that he also advocated PSR’s message of disarmament! Dr. King dedicated a paragraph of his 1964 Nobel Prize Speech to the issue of nuclear weapons. Read more »
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  • Vienna Conference Boosts Prospects for Disarmament
    Posted by Catherine Thomasson, MD on December 12, 2014

    PSR’s Executive Director Catherine Thomasson and IPPNW’s Co-President Ira Helfand "worked the aisles" and witnessed the exciting and historic outcome of the Vienna conference on the Humanitarian Impacts of Nuclear Weapons. Read more »

  • Iran Deal Extended But Trouble Lurking
    Posted by Theresa Shaffer on December 15, 2014

    The deadline for a diplomatic solution to Iran’s nuclear program was extended from Nov. 24th until July 1st, 2015. This is great news since it allows more time to let diplomacy work. However, there are hardliners in Congress who would like to add additional sanctions against Iran in the hopes of pressuring them to accept an agreement. Read more »

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