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  • Back from the Brink?
    Posted by Ashish Sinha on May 23, 2012

    In the past few days, we have seen promising signs that the P5 + 1 and Iran are close to an agreement on Iran’s dual-use nuclear program. Read more »
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  • A billion people at risk is just the beginning
    Posted by Ashish Sinha on April 24, 2012

    In recent weeks, we have all been reminded why the conclusions of PSR's Nuclear Famine Report are a real and present danger. Read more »

  • 100 nuclear explosions - a billion people starve to death
    Posted by John Loretz on April 24, 2012

    A new IPPNW study released today at the annual Nobel Peace Laureates Summit in Chicago offers compelling scientific evidence that most of the nuclear arsenals in the world —whether large or small—threaten everyone on Earth. The consequences for global agriculture of a nuclear war between India and Pakistan, for example, would be so severe and long lasting that we must now fundamentally change our thinking about nuclear weapons and redouble our efforts to eliminate them, according to the study’s author, Ira Helfand. Read more »
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  • Try a Little Nuclear Sanity
    Posted by Lawrence S Wittner on March 20, 2012

    On February 8, 2012, Congressman Edward Markey (D-MA) took to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to introduce the Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures Act (H.R. 3974). This SANE Act would cut $100 billion from the U.S. nuclear weapons budget over the next ten years by reducing the current fleet of U.S. nuclear submarines, delaying the purchase of new nuclear submarines, reducing the number of ICBMs, delaying a new bomber program, and ending the nuclear mission of air bombers. Read more »
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  • IPPNW participates in Arms Trade Treaty talks
    Posted by Dr. Ogebe Onazi on February 14, 2012

    As a Nigerian doctor active with IPPNW, I am pleased to participate for a second time in twelve months in the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) Preparatory Committee talks at the United Nations in New York. Read more »

  • 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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