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Nuclear Disarmament

A Wedge for Nuclear Disarmament

Robert Koehler | Posted 08.13.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Here's the thing. This audacious lawsuit is a disarmament wedge. Since I wrote last week's column, I've been in touch with Laurie Ashton, the lead attorney for the case in U.S. federal court, and have read the brief appealing the suit's dismissal, which was filed last month. To get this close to the case -- to its language, to its soul -- is to feel possibility begin pulsing in a unique way.

Nuclear Disarmament: If Not Now, When?

Robert Koehler | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The Marshall Islands lawsuits ask: If not us, who? If not now, when? These are the questions asked by those who have no choice. That means all of us should be asking them.

The Iran Deal: Steps Toward the Common Good

Jonathan Granoff | Posted 08.03.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Granoff

The security establishments of Russia and the United States identify the threat of the spread of weapons of mass destruction as sufficiently serious to compel cooperation despite differences on other matters. Once there is the political support for cooperation the diplomats can exercise their skills successfully.

70 Years After Hiroshima, Disarmament Is Still Vital

Joyce Olum Galaski | Posted 08.02.2015 | Politics
Joyce Olum Galaski

A little over 70 years ago, Paul Olum stood with his colleagues in the desert near Alamogordo, NM. They had spent the last few years designing the first atomic bomb. Six days after the bombing of Nagasaki, World War II was over -- and Paul Olum became a lifelong advocate of nuclear arms control and disarmament.

W. E. B. Du Bois to Malcolm X: The Untold History of the Movement to Ban the Bomb

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 07.30.2015 | Education
The Zinn Education Project

The scarring of war and poverty and racism that Malcolm X spoke of continues. It's time that students learn about the long history of activism that has challenged these deadly triplets.

Are Nuclear Arms Control and Disarmament Agreements of Any Value?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 07.20.2015 | World
Lawrence Wittner

The recent announcement of a nuclear deal between the governments of Iran and other major nations, including the United States, naturally draws our attention to the history of international nuclear arms control and disarmament agreements.

The End of the World as We Knew It, And I Feel...

Rachel Bronson | Posted 07.16.2015 | Politics
Rachel Bronson

This week's historic agreement between the United States and Iran shows that diplomatic acumen combined with scientific prowess can still come together to help limit and delay the spread of nuclear weapons. Still, today's world remains exceedingly dangerous.

Nuclear Disarmament: The Most Important "But" of the Obama Presidency

Vincent Intondi | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Vincent Intondi

For many progressives, the Obama presidency has become a battle of trying to figure out how to celebrate historic achievements while at the same time dealing with disappointment.

The NPT Disarmament Fallacy

Nobuo Hayashi | Posted 05.20.2015 | World
Nobuo Hayashi

As before, disarmament is the most divisive issue also this year. While most non-nuclear-weapon states consider nuclear disarmament a matter of urgency, the nuclear-weapon states predictably regard it as a long-term goal, or mere "vision," at best.

Looking Forward, Nuclear Proliferation Is Still Greatest Existential Threat We Face

Valerie Plame Wilson | Posted 05.13.2015 | World
Valerie Plame Wilson

Twenty-six years after the end of the Cold War, the world still has more than 15,000 nuclear weapons. Whatever other issues people care about -- poverty, the environment, inequality and so many others -- if we don't get this one right, and soon, nothing else will matter.

Women Bridge Divide Between Koreas By Crossing the DMZ

Medea Benjamin | Posted 05.06.2015 | 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.

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.

Iran Accuses Nuclear Powers Of Failing To Eliminate Weapons

AP | By EDITH M. LEDERER | Posted 06.08.2015 | World

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran accused the five nuclear powers Wednesday of failing to take concrete action to eliminate their stockpiles and called for...

Hillary Clinton's First Hundred Days

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.06.2015 | Politics
Lev Raphael

Regular inspections will be held by the UN and teams from all nine signatories. Leaders of these nations will be coming to the White House for a mammoth State Dinner. The Dow Jones Hits 20,000.

Who Are the Nuclear Scofflaws?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.31.2015 | World
Lawrence Wittner

Let us encourage Iran not to follow the bad example set by the nuclear powers. And let us ask the nuclear-armed nations, now telling Iran that it should forgo the possession of nuclear weapons, when they are going to start practicing what they preach.

David Freeman

If You Think The Threat Of Nuclear War Went Away, Listen Up

HuffingtonPost.com | David Freeman | Posted 02.10.2015 | Science

Almost a quarter of a century has passed since the end of the Cold War, and these days people who worry about the end of the world as we know it seem ...

The U.S. and the 70th Anniversary of the Atomic Bomb

Vincent Intondi | Posted 04.01.2015 | World
Vincent Intondi

On Jan. 22, 2015 the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, in consultation with 17 Nobel Prize laureates adjusted the Doomsday Clock to three minutes to midnight.

Are the U.S. and Russian Governments Once Again on the Nuclear Warpath?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 03.29.2015 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

A quarter century after the end of the Cold War and decades after the signing of landmark nuclear arms control and disarmament agreements, are the U.S. and Russian governments once more engaged in a potentially disastrous nuclear arms race with one another?

On the Connections Between Police Brutality, Torture, and Nuclear Weapons

Vincent Intondi | Posted 02.16.2015 | Black Voices
Vincent Intondi

What recent events show is that now, just like in the 1960s, activists need to fight on multiple fronts.

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.

John Oliver: Americans Are Nuclear Weapon Hoarders

The Huffington Post | Carol Hartsell | Posted 07.28.2014 | Comedy

Here are a few fun facts from John Oliver's segment on nuclear weapons during the latest episode of "Last Week Tonight:" Nuclear weapons are the most...

Reparations and Nuclear Disarmament: Righting One Evil While Eliminating Another

Vincent Intondi | Posted 08.02.2014 | Black Voices
Vincent Intondi

Every year students in my African American history courses analyze the issue of reparations. While there has never been a consensus in any class, students always ask the same question at the end of every semester: "Why do we only hear about this in your class?"

Why Disarmament Matters -- and the Need for Constant Reminders

Lia Petridis Maiello | Posted 06.15.2014 | Politics
Lia Petridis Maiello

Recently a group of disarmament scholars and policy experts met in New York to honor Peter Weiss, President Emeritus of the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, for his lifelong commitment to a subject of permanent gravity that often remains in a political, legal and generational stalemate.

'Security' Is Not 17,000 Nuclear Weapons

Derek Johnson | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Derek Johnson

There's no debating we would all be better off if there were less and better-guarded highly enriched uranium and plutonium. But the summit missed an essential point: "Nuclear security" is an absurd proposition in a world bristling with more than 17,000 nuclear weapons.

Nuclear Disarmament, the State of Play

Peter Weiss | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics
Peter Weiss

If psychosis is a loss of contact with reality, the current status of nuclear disarmament can best be described as psychotic. U.S. policy on nuclear disarmament is at best a mixed bag; that of the other eight nuclear armed powers is not much better.