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US Nuclear Weapons

Privatizing the Apocalypse

Jonathan Alan King | Posted 09.22.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Alan King

Nuclear weapons have been in the headlines for years and yet all attention in this period has been focused on Iran. Almost never in the news, on the other hand, are the perfectly real arsenals that could actually wreak havoc on the planet, especially our own.

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.

Nuclear Disarmament: Beyond Iran

Robert Koehler | Posted 02.11.2014 | World
Robert Koehler

We're sort of still fighting a Cold War that ended decades ago and maintaining and modernizing our stockpiles without accountability or oversight.

Eliminating Nuclear Weapons Is Just as Important as Eliminating Chemical Weapons

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 11.19.2013 | World
Lawrence Wittner

To judge from past behavior, it does not seem likely that disarmament discussions among government officials will get very far without substantial public pressure upon them to cope with the nuclear weapons menace -- one at least as dangerous to the future of world civilization as the existence of chemical weapons.

Meet the Bangor 5

Helen Young | Posted 05.15.2012 | Crime
Helen Young

Why is the federal government so interested in a rail-thin octogenarian? The answer can be found in Bangor 5, which follows the federal case against five unlikely "commandos" who executed a bold and daring break-in at one of America's most highly sensitive military installations.

Obama's Controversial Plan for Nuclear Sanity

Richard Schiffman | Posted 05.14.2012 | Politics
Richard Schiffman

The U.S. rightly wants to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons. Yet by what right can we ask others to abstain, when we ourselves continue to maintain an arsenal large enough to destroy life on the planet several times over?

Six Essential Truths about U.S. Nuclear Policy

Joe Cirincione | Posted 03.09.2012 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

Phil Taubman writes in the Sunday New York Times what many people in Washington think about our outdated nuclear policy, but few say. He makes six key points.

Is a Nuclear War With China Possible?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 01.30.2012 | World
Lawrence Wittner

The gathering tension between the United States and China is clear enough. But need this lead to nuclear war? Not necessarily. And yet, there are signs that it could.

How Many Nuclear Weapons Does the U.S. Government Need?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lawrence Wittner

It appears that the U.S. government's desire for nuclear weapons far outruns its need for them -- even by the logic of nuclear deterrence.

China Has Yet To RSVP For US-Hosted Nuclear Arms Summit

Washington Post | John Pomfret | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Two weeks before the United States hosts a summit on nuclear security, one of its most important invitees, China, has yet to RSVP....

US-Russia Nuclear Arms Talks To Begin Next Week

Moscow Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The deal aims to replace the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty and has been billed as part of an effort by Moscow and Washington to reset relations...