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  • Our colleagues at Medact (IPPNW UK) on urgent next steps
    Posted by Liz Waterston, International Councillor, Medact on February 14, 2011

    The health, welfare and very survival of societies and people throughout the world, including those not possessing nuclear armaments or involved in nuclear strategies, continue to be threatened by the existence of nuclear arsenals. Read more »

  • Arabs are doing big things
    Posted by Ashish Sinha on February 1, 2011

    What is happening now in North Africa and the Middle East should give people in the region and around the world a reason to hope. Read more »
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  • State of the Union Response
    Posted by David Hart on January 26, 2011

    PSR was pleased to hear the President of the United States celebrate the ratification of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) in his State of the Union address. He said, "Because Republicans and Democrats approved the New START Treaty, far fewer nuclear weapons and launchers will be deployed. Because we rallied the world, nuclear materials are being locked down on every continent." Read more »
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  • 50 years after President Eisenhower's warning about the military-industrial complex: Military spending in the spotlight again
    Posted by Eline van Schaik on January 14, 2011

    On January 17th, 50 years ago, President Eisenhower coined the now world-famous term ‘the military-industrial complex’ in his farewell speech. He warned the nation of the powers within this complex and their influence on policy-making. Read more »

  • Is a World Without Nuclear Weapons Possible ?
    Posted by Paul Deaton on January 6, 2011

    A discussion of nuclear disarmament necessarily begins in the context of the nuclear explosions at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. These unilateral, wartime acts of the United States resulted in a movement against atomic weapons that took shape in dozens of countries around the world and involved hundreds of thousands of people. Read more »
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  • The importance of New START and a larger movement
    Posted by Paul Deaton on December 15, 2010

    If you are reading the Physicians for Social Responsibility Nuclear Weapons Blog, you may be familiar with our hope to ratify the New START Treaty between the United States and the Russian Federation. Thank you for your support and for what you have already done to support efforts to get the treaty ratified. Read more »

  • What is the true ultimate nightmare ?
    Posted by Thomas B. Newman, MD, MPH on December 7, 2010

    PSR Board Member Thomas B. Newman responds to an Op Ed by Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer, "The Irrelevance of New Start" Read more »

  • Advocating for New START
    Posted by Eline van Schaik on November 11, 2010

    On Oct. 17th & 18th, the White House Project, an organization that aims to advance women’s leadership in all communities and sectors up to the U.S presidency, organized a 2-day summit on Women & Nuclear Security. I attended on behalf of our security program at PSR. Valerie Plame-Wilson, the ex-CIA agent played by Naomi Watts in the new movie Fair Game, opened the conference with an inspiring keynote speech, making many points relevant to PSR’s work. Read more »

  • Putting Words into Actions
    Posted by Shannon Gearhart on August 29, 2010

    As we are nearing the end of the 19th IPPNW World Congress, I cannot help but reflect on all that has been discussed here in Basel. There are several plenaries and workshops that standout in my mind and inspire me to stay involved in PSR/IPPNW’s work. On Friday, during the plenary on violence prevention we heard from Ms. Kidist Bartolomeos from the WHO Department of Violence and Injury Prevention. After giving a brief overview of the issue of small arms violence worldwide, she proposed four “best buys” for decreasing the consequences of violence. Read more »
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  • PSR President Reflects on IPPNW World Congress
    Posted by Jeff Patterson, DO on August 29, 2010

    With the 19th IPPNW conference coming to a close, I hope that everyone will consider attending the 2012 20th conference which will be held in Hiroshima, Japan. In addition to allowing one to meet fascinating like minded people from around the world, there is a wealth of information which is both useful and serves to inspire one to return home with renewed energy. Read more »
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  • Banquet of Stones
    Posted by John Rachow, MD on August 27, 2010

    The banquet at end of a very long first day of the 19th Annual IPPNW World Congress and was held in the hall of the Safran Zunft (Saffron Guild) the 13th century Guild of Apothecaries in Basel. The evening was time for good food, fellowship, and introspection. A series of toasts were given, none more poignant that of Ulrich Gottstein, WW II German veteran and long time IPPNW activist. While he was frail, his message was strong. Read more »

  • Old friends, new partners for peace, and much work to do back in the USA
    Posted by Andrew S. Kanter, MD, MPH, FACMI on August 27, 2010

    Some initial thoughts upon arriving at the first official day of the 19th IPPNW World Congress in Basel, Switzerland… Due to poor time planning, I arrived later than usual and I unfortunately was unable to participate in the International Council meeting and the Student Congress. It was nice to hear from Ira, Ashish and Peter, though! It is a rainy morning here in Basel, and it would normally be the wee hours of the morning back in New York, so I am functioning on the adrenalin of seeing so many old friends. It is truly wonderful to see everyone here. You realize that this is a big family all working for our planet. Read more »

  • Student PSR Leader "part of a larger movement"
    Posted by Craig Levoy on August 26, 2010

    The morning starts early with a Plenary entitled “Uranium and Environment.” The first presenter discusses nuclear medicine. Primarily, he focuses on the fact that traditionally nuclear medicine has used the same type of Uranium that is necessary for building a nuclear weapon (the so-called Highly Enriched Uranium, or HEU). However, he explains that recently, thanks to pressure from groups like PSR/IPPNW, most medical facilities around the world have switched to the non-weapons grade Uranium (LEU), without any deficit in patient care. Read more »

  • Peter Wilk, MD 19th IPPNW World Congress & the Challenges at Home
    Posted by Peter Wilk, MD on August 26, 2010

    I am just arriving in Switzerland, a stunningly beautiful country, travelling from the Zurich airport through well manicured countryside to the site of the 19th World Congress of International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) in Basel. The Swiss rail system is well organized; the train ride is smooth and fast. I am confident the Congress, the first plenary session of which begins tomorrow, will be equally well organized. All indications are for the largest attendance in many years. It will be wonderful to gather there with colleagues from around the world. Read more »
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  • On the Ground in Basel: Initial Reflections
    Posted by Ashish Sinha on August 25, 2010

    The first day of the World Congress in Basel begins with a palpable energy in the room. The first two days are devoted to the students and workshops oriented around building their capacity to be leaders when they return to their home countries. Some had been at the last World Congress in Delhi and greet fellow student activists that they had not seen in two years. Many, new to this conference, start meeting students around the room to begin their first introduction to the international nuclear disarmament community. Over 700 people registered for this week's conference; one of the largest in recent history. The organizers ask everyone to find their seat. The 19th IPPNW World Congress is about to begin. Read more »

  • IPPNW World Congress off to an energetic start
    Posted by Ira Helfand, MD on August 24, 2010

    The 19th IPPNW World Congress got off to an energetic start this afternoon with the arrival here in Basel of the BAN (Biking Against Nukes) student bike tour. More than 30 medical students from every continent except Antarctica arrived in the Marktplatz in front of the Basel City Hall at exactly 5:30 pm--this is Switzerland--after a 700 kilometer trip that started in Dusseldorf 10 days ago. Read more »

  • The Spoilers
    Posted by John Rachow, MD on July 16, 2010

    Senator Robert Byrd died June 28, 2010. He was remarkable and surprising in many ways and probably the last of a kind. One bit of trivia emerged that jogged my memory. Senator Byrd was a dedicated fan of the TV show “Gunsmoke,” and he advanced a resolution in the Senate protesting the end of the long running series in 1975. Read more »
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  • Age of Horrorism
    Posted by John Rachow, MD on June 1, 2010

    The Japanese called the atomic bomb "Original Child Bomb." The makers of the bomb called it "Little Boy." The way early twentieth century physics was unfolding, perhaps it was inevitable that the drive to understand how the world works would have eventually led to development of nuclear weapons. Or perhaps not. Perhaps the perceived desperation of impending World War turned human endeavor in this direction. Perhaps the need to demonstrate the power of this weapon to U.S. enemies and allies alike led to the first use of a nuclear weapon. Read more »
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  • Major Films Reinforce PSR's Core Message
    Posted by Peter Wilk, MD on May 13, 2010

    On Tuesday evening, I had the opportunity to join a distinguished group of current and former administration officials, members of Congress, senior reporters and colleagues from throughout the arms control community, in a private showing of Nuclear Tipping Point. Read more »
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  • Key Updates from the Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference at the UN
    Posted by Ira Helfand, MD on May 6, 2010

    Two issues with special relevance to PSR are emerging here at the NPT review in New York: Austria, Switzerland, China and the 80 odd nations of the Non Aligned Movement (NAM) have explicitly endorsed a Nuclear Weapons Convention (NWC), and recommended that a call to initiate negotiations for a NWC be included in the final document of the Review Conference. The call reflects a widely held view among participants that nuclear disarmament is as important as non proliferation and can not be put off indefinitely as it has in the past. Read more »
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