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Disarmament

Volatile America

Robert Koehler | Posted 07.21.2016 | Politics
Robert Koehler

When people are armed and outraged, the world so easily collapses into us vs. them. All complexity vanishes. People's life purpose clarifies into a simplistic certainty: Kill the enemy. Indeed, sacrifice your life to do so, if necessary.

Obama's Nuclear Paradox

John Feffer | Posted 06.04.2016 | Politics
John Feffer

Of all the accomplishments and disappointments of the Obama presidency, his nuclear weapons policy is the greatest. Yes, you read that correctly. Obama's approach to nukes will be his most significant legacy as well as his most salient failure.

Hammering for Peace

Kathy Kelly | Posted 05.25.2016 | World
Kathy Kelly

Jessica Reznicek arrested outside of Northrop Grumman Corporation in Nebraska Last winter, at the Voices home/office in Chicago, we welcomed two frie...

Hiroshima and the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

William Lambers | Posted 05.25.2016 | Impact
William Lambers

With no treaty in effect, nations could resume testing nukes at any time. This would cause a major arms race. The risk of nuclear terrorism or accidental launch make nuclear disarmament a very crucial goal for all nations. Japan wants to work with the United States on ending nuclear testing and building a world with no nukes.

Treaty Proposal Could Save Afghanistan and Give the U.S. a Face-saving Withdrawal

Wahab Raofi | Posted 04.08.2016 | World
Wahab Raofi

As an interpreter for the U.S. Army and NATO during the last eight years in Afghanistan, I recognize that the Afghan government, despite receiving billions of dollars in U.S. assistance, is now a failed state.

Obama: Trump Is Clueless On Foreign Policy

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 04.02.2016 | Politics

President Barack Obama on Friday questioned Donald Trump's qualifications for the presidency, arguing that the businessman's recent comments on foreig...

Obama Still Has Time for an Anti-Nuke Swan Song

Derek Johnson | Posted 03.31.2016 | Politics
Derek Johnson

Seven years ago in Prague, the President boldly put the pursuit of global zero at the top of his foreign policy agenda. It brought new energy to the decades-long struggle to end the nuclear threat, and held all the promise of being a defining moment for a historic presidency. Today, it is a promise unfulfilled.

Peace Is Possible In Colombia, But Let's Not Dismiss War Crimes

Lisa Haugaard | Posted 02.03.2016 | World
Lisa Haugaard

After 220,000 dead (80 percent of whom were civilians), tens of thousands disappeared, countless victims of sexual violence, and more than 6 million internally displaced, it's time to stop the war.

Finish What Ike and JFK Started: Ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

William Lambers | Posted 10.28.2015 | Politics
William Lambers

We shouldn't go on reliving the Cold War chapter of nuclear tests. Instead, let's finish what Ike and JFK started by ratifying the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

Women Bridge Divide Between Koreas By Crossing the DMZ

Medea Benjamin | Posted 05.06.2016 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

It's time to chart a diplomatic roadmap in another region with long-festering hostility: the Korean peninsula. On May 24, International Women's Day for Peace and Disarmament, I will be one of 30 women from 15 countries who will engage in a historic march from North to South Korea, crossing the Demilitarized Zone.

Idiots of the World, Unite

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

I was left with the same quandary as ever: How will things ever change? How will human society let go of violence -- "good violence," which is the most seductive and most destructive of all -- when its utterly crucial necessity permeates the media, permeates collective thought?

Is Trouble Brewing for the 2015 NPT Review Conference?

Jakob von Uexkull | Posted 06.21.2015 | Politics
Jakob von Uexkull

While the five nuclear-armed states recognized by the NPT have focused primarily on non-proliferation, a series of new disarmament initiatives has reinvigorated the debate and mobilized non-nuclear weapon states and civil society groups to bring the longtime vision of a world free of nuclear weapons into reality.

Should the Police Be Armed?

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.16.2015 | Crime
Robert Koehler

The cellphone video "reality footage" just doesn't stop. Black men are shot, killed, handcuffed. The shortcomings of their prematurely terminated lives soon become public knowledge, vaguely justifying the shocking wrongness of the officer's action -- always poisoning the grief.

Give Civil Society a Say

Michael Møller | Posted 04.28.2015 | Impact
Michael Møller

Global military expenditure over 1.7 trillion dollars. Thousands of nuclear weapons on hair-trigger alert. Weapons systems in outer space. The possibility of annihilation of life as we know it.

East Asia: A Farewell to Arms

John Feffer | Posted 11.29.2014 | World
John Feffer

This is an ideal moment for Asia to offer a different approach to settling the myriad conflicts that have bedeviled the region for years. If Asia bids farewell to arms as a means of solving conflicts, it can set a powerful example for the rest of the world.

Save Earth's Holy Bible

Jonathan Granoff | Posted 11.23.2014 | Green
Jonathan Granoff

Only a deep and profound sanity will find and eliminate the causes of global warming, heal the earth, and create a truly sustainable security future.

Fast-Draw Morality

Robert Koehler | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

In actuality, our only hope is embracing a larger story: that all humanity, and all of life, is connected. Finding that connection is often what requires courage. What if policing, for instance, were more about finding that connection than exerting authority?

The Courage to Disarm

Robert Koehler | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

One of the deeper, darker questions concealed in the maelstrom of rage and grief of Ferguson is this one: What if Officer Darren Wilson had not been armed when he told the two teenagers to get out of the street?

Finding Security in Cooperation

Helen Young | Posted 10.26.2014 | Impact
Helen Young

At present the U.S. and Russia have the majority of the world's nuclear weapons and also have the deepest experience in verification. However, that reality has limited the world's capacity for reducing the nuclear threat.

69 Years Later: Still Working to Prevent Another Hiroshima

Will Ossoff | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics
Will Ossoff

We must remember the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as the clearest illustration of the human costs of nuclear weapons.

Let Eastern Ukraine Go

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 09.28.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

It doesn't matter. It's a small, totally irrelevant piece of land. Give the separatists a measure of autonomy.

Taking Action to Ban Nuclear Weapons

Jody Williams | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
Jody Williams

With decades of research behind us, we now know that there are long-term environmental, developmental and health consequences to nuclear weapons as well.

Iran and Why Right-wing Cynics Don't Matter

Trooper Sanders | Posted 01.26.2014 | World
Trooper Sanders

History bends to the will of farsighted, strong leaders, not passive, sniping cynics. And eventually so will Iran. So stand aside cynics, there is a long road ahead and much work to be done.

U.S. Record on Chemical Weapons Weakens Standing in Challenging Syria

Stephen Zunes | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

U.S. policy regarding chemical weapons has been so inconsistent and politicized that the United States is in no position to take leadership in a military response to any use of such weaponry by Syria.

Bomblets of Death in Syria

Mary Wareham | Posted 11.07.2013 | World
Mary Wareham

In the aftermath of the Syrian government's cluster bomb attacks, there have been further casualties, particularly from bomblets that didn't detonate during the attack but exploded later when handled.