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A New Arms Race Threatens to Bring the U.S. and Russia Back to the Nuclear Brink

Joe Cirincione | Posted 11.23.2015 | World
Joe Cirincione

The Russians are building new nuclear-armed missiles, bombers and submarines to replace those built in the 1980s and now reaching the end of their operational lives. Their nuclear torpedo, more of an underwater drone, deliberately seeks to turn a city into a radioactive wasteland that would last for decades. It is a throwback to the worse designs of the Cold War, long since abandoned. And the U.S. is rearming as well. The Obama administration is planning to spend over $1 trillion in the next 30 years on an entire new generation of nuclear bombs, bombers, missiles and submarines to replace those built during the Reagan years.

How We'd Survive The Post-Apocalyptic World Of "Fallout"

The Huffington Post | Eliza Sankar-Gorton | Posted 11.11.2015 | Science

Could humans survive a nuclear apocalypse, like the one seen in the "Fallout" video game series? That's the premise of a new video (above...

A Young Pakistani Physicist Who Loves Nuclear Reactors

Raza Rumi | Posted 10.26.2015 | World
Raza Rumi

Shabbar is a mild-mannered young man of immense talents. As a student of Physics at Reed College, Portland, Oregon he became an ardent student of the science behind nuclear reactors.

Decades After Chernobyl, Wildlife Thriving Inside Exclusion Zone

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 10.05.2015 | Science

In a wide departure from the notion that Chernobyl's exclusion zone is an inhospitable, desolate tundra, researchers have found animal populations ar...

Iran's Nuclear Issue: The Closure of Critique and its Democratic Alternatives

Mahmood Delkhasteh | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics
Mahmood Delkhasteh

Akbar Ganji, one of Iran's known political reformists, recently made a petition regarding the Iranian nuclear agreement, which has been signed by some prominent and respectable intellectuals. But it contains some questionable arguments which need to be addressed if the reactions to the agreement are to be understood.

The Iran Nuclear Agreement: A Test of U.S. Leadership

Paula Gutlove | Posted 09.02.2015 | World
Paula Gutlove

The Iran nuclear agreement demonstrates that the United States can use its power effectively, provide wise leadership, and create important international agreements. Congress should be thinking about ways to promote such leadership, instead of undermining it.

Do You Support the Iran Deal? A Flowchart

Nathan Gonzalez | Posted 08.30.2015 | Politics
Nathan Gonzalez

If you are not sure where you stand on the Iran deal, I made a handy flowchart to help you figure it out.

Potentially Deal-Shattering Report About Iran Inspections Has Some Issues

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 08.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Associated Press reported Wednesday that future oversight of Parchin, an Iranian military site suspected of hosting past nuclea...

Iran Deal Foes Reach New Low, Claim Iran Will Nuke U.S., Kill Millions

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 08.17.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Here we have a claim that Iran will not only make and use nuclear weapons, but will use them against the United States. I'm just going to let the extremeness of that claim sink in.

The Unending Cost of Killing the Iran Deal

Mitch Paradise | Posted 08.12.2015 | World
Mitch Paradise

Only perfect will do for the anti-deal side, and perfect is the well-known enemy of the good and, in this case, the unachievable. Perfect cannot be achieved here. And if good goes down here in obeisance to the perfect, the result will be an increase in bad actor activity.

Chuck Schumer's Position on Iran Is Reckless

Nathan Gonzalez | Posted 08.11.2015 | World
Nathan Gonzalez

Opponents of the Iran deal have been unable to produce a viable alternative. That is because there really are no alternatives left. Should the Iran deal collapse under the weight of spoilers like Schumer, Iran will get a nuclear weapon. And once Iran achieves and announces that capability to the world, no expert will be able to foresee the consequences.

Commemorating the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Jakob von Uexkull | Posted 08.06.2015 | World
Jakob von Uexkull

There is general consensus among experts that it is not a matter of if but rather when nuclear weapons will be used. We thus go about our lives oblivious to when our last fifty seconds might be up.

The Iran Deal's Bad for Israel? Netanyahu's to Blame

Yossi Melman | Posted 08.03.2015 | World
Yossi Melman

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is right to criticize the nuclear deal between world powers and Iran. Indeed, it is not a good deal -- certainly not from an Israeli perspective. But it is Netanyahu who should be blamed for that.

Iran Deal Could Help Palestinian Cause

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 07.20.2015 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The Palestinian-Israeli conflict might get an unexpected shot in the arm as a result of the recently concluded Iran nuclear agreement. While the P5+1 talks in Vienna focused only on the issue of Iran's nuclear capability, many are looking for how this agreement will effect regional conflicts.

Iran Won the Vienna Accords by Agreeing to Stop What It Never Was Doing

William O. Beeman | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
William O. Beeman

Iran has won the diplomatic struggle over its nuclear program in Vienna. Its success was not due to United States negotiators' fecklessness as Republican critics and Prime Minister Netanyahu have been quick to assert.

Making a Kosher Deal With Iran

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 06.25.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

While this might seem overly intrusive, if we are to apply the needs of kosher food verification to Iran's nuclear ambitions, we need to use the strongest means of verification and inspection possible.

Interview With the Kid Who Built a Nuclear Reactor in His Garage

Denver Nicks | Posted 06.25.2015 | Science
Denver Nicks

I've known Taylor Wilson from a distance for several years, from a time many lifetimes ago when I was working as a journalist covering the nuclear power industry. He's not a kid anymore, but when he was 14 years old Wilson decided to build a nuclear reactor in his parents' home.

The Russian Nuclear Energy Proposal: An Offer You Can't Refuse

Behnam Taebi | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
Behnam Taebi

Neither governments nor nuclear vendors worldwide have yet come up with an oversight, reporting, transparency, and citizen participation mechanism sufficient to make sure that the role that nuclear power could play in the global future energy mix does not lead to disastrous events.

Giant Gas Pipeline to Flank NY Nuclear Plant

Ellen Cantarow | Posted 06.25.2015 | New York
Ellen Cantarow

A very large gas pipeline will soon skirt the Indian Point Energy Center (IPEC), an aging nuclear power plant that stands in the town of Cortlandt in Westchester County, New York, 30 miles north of Manhattan. Experts say a disaster as great as or greater than Fukushima could be triggered by a potential gas explosion at the nuclear complex.

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.

Will White House Sell Palestine to Get Iran Deal?

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
Daoud Kuttab

All sides deny that the two cases are linked, but there is worry that the fierce Israeli opposition to the U.S. and European framework agreement with Iran could force Washington to make an unethical trade-off.

Iran and Nuclear Technology: The Details Matter -- But Even More Important Is the Long View of History

Dan Turello | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics
Dan Turello

While pursuing a spirited debate about if and how to engage with Iran is important, even more significant to the long term health and vitality of the United States is to remember that first and foremost we must continue to support those habits of culture that have made the United States strong in the first place.

Fukushima: Opportunity of Global Proportions?

Jacob Devaney | Posted 05.07.2015 | Green
Jacob Devaney

On March 11 let's take time to honor those who are suffering from the effects of the Fukushima disaster. Let us honor them by coming together as one people to address water issues globally.

Iran Sanctions: A Smokescreen for Regime Change

Jonathan Marshall | Posted 05.03.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Marshall

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his followers in Congress want you to think they're trying to save the world from the threat of Iran's nuclear program. But their alarmist rhetoric and hardline demands are just a cover for their familiar program of trying to "remake" the Middle East.

Possible Outcomes of Nuclear Negotiations With Iran

Raghida Dergham | Posted 04.14.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

What will happen following the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 countries, both in the event of success and in the event of failure? Failure will not lead to a war because Washington's strategy does not involve that.