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Security News & Views ~ August 2016 Edition

August 22, 2016

Here's this month's top op-eds, news articles, and media hits to keep you informed about what's happening in the universe of nuclear disarmament. Due to a bumper crop of news coverage since the July PSR Monitor, we've split this month's News and Views into two sections.

Part one: Top Ten op-eds and LTEs generated by PSR authors

Halt the nuclear weapons spending spree
Op-ed by Ira Helfand, MD, PSR Security Program co-chair
Daily Hampshire Gazette 
(Northampton, Mass.), August 4

We should remove U.S. nukes from Turkey
Letter to the Editor by Doug Dransfield, MD of PSR/Maine
The Times Record,
 (Brunswick, Maine), August 4  

Calling for no first use of nuclear weapons
Op-ed by Peter Wilk, MD, PSR/Maine
The Times Record
 (Brunswick, Maine), August 5

Nuclear weapon strike would overwhelm medical response
Guest column by Paula Rogge, MD and Robert Block, MD, PSR/Wisconsin
Wisconsin State Journal, August 5

Hiroshima, Presidential Campaigns and Our Nuclear Future
Op-ed by Robert Dodge, MD, PSR Security Program co-chair
Common Dreams
, August 6

Eliminating nuclear weapons is only rational public policy 
Letter to the Editor by Bruce Amundson, MD, WPSR President
Seattle Times
, August 6

Obama should change nuclear weapons policy to no first-use
Letter to the Editor by Andrew Cadot, MD, PSR/Maine
Portland (Maine) Press Herald, August 6

Hiroshima Day stands as a reminder to act
Op-ed by David Drake, DO, Iowa PSR
Des Moines Register
, August 8

Questions about America's nuclear policy
Letter to the Editor by Ira Helfand, MD, PSR Security Program co-chair responding to August 8 NYT editorial, "Nuclear Legacy Within Reach" (see below)
New York Times
, August 15

Why does the world still have nuclear weapons?
James Jones, MD PSR Harrisburg-Hershey chapter
Penn Live
August 15

Part two: top twelve news and views from other sources

"Daddy, if the Russians dropped an atomic bomb on us; could we run down to the basement and be safe?"
Op-ed by Glenn Hameroff
Baltimore Sun August 2

​Massive Deployment of US WMD Spotlighted by Peace Group
Martha Baskin
Quote from PSR Security Program Director Martin Fleck: "We and our allies are arguing for sanity with nuclear weapons given that we have enough already to end the world several times over. Why on earth would we invest another trillion dollars in them at this late date?"
, August 3

Debate over Trump's Fitness Raises Issue of Checks on Nuclear Power
David Sanger
New York Times,
August 4

A Nuclear Legacy Within Reach
NY Times editors
New York Times
, August 8

What would Reagan do? Republicans and the Iran Deal
Op-ed by Larry Korb, Center for American Progress and former assistant secretary of defense for Ronald Reagan
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist,
August 8

Syracuse Activists March for Peace and an End to Nuclear Weapons
"We need to devote a lot more effort to scaling down our nuclear arsenal, asking other countries to do that. We need to abolish nuclear weapons," said PSR member Dr. Richard Weiskopf
Scott Willis
WAER, August 9

Nagasaki mayor urges world to use collective wisdom to abolish nuclear arms
The Japan Times, August 9

I survived Hiroshima: The world must agree to nuclear disarmament
Setsuko Thurlow, who survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima
(Toronto) Globe and Mail, August 9

The Nuclear Button: No President Should Have One
Joe Cirincione, President of the Ploughshares Fund: "The problem is not just that we could have a crazy president. It's that we have a crazy nuclear policy."
Bill Press on WND, August 11

End the First-Use Policy for Nuclear Weapons
Op-ed by General James Cartwright (former chair Joint Chiefs of Staff) and Bruce Blair (former ICBM launch officer and current co-president, Global Zero)
New York Times,
August 14

Susi Snyder (PAX-Netherlands) op-ed
Huffington Post, August 19

OEWG recommends the General Assembly ban nuclear weapons in 2017
Editorial by Ray Acheson
Reaching Critical Will, August 19

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