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Are Nuclear Weapons Really More Bang for the Buck?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

Conventional thinking holds that nuclear weapons are cheaper than non-nuclear weapons. In other words, they ostensibly represent a means for a state with limited conventional forces to level the playing field.

Iran Sanctions Come in Handy for Sabotaging Brazil and Turkey, Too

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

In part, "the rush to sanctions [was] hurried forward to torpedo the Turkish and Brazilian" nuclear fuel swap deal those states brokered with Iran.

Picture Obama Authorizing a Nuclear Attack

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

The pressure Kennedy faced from the military to use nuclear weapons was much stronger than that which Obama has faced about remaining in Afghanistan or dialing down our nuclear-industrial complex.

Are Obama's Disarmament Initiatives Just a Cover for the Nuclear-Industrial Complex?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

Many of us hoped for more from the Nuclear Posture Review. Still, as with the new START treaty, it may not be transformational, but it is transitional.

Does Key IAEA Resignation Signal a Softer or Harder Line on Iran?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

As those in the disarmament community are well aware, the International Atomic Energy Agency is wrought with a deep fissure.

Would You Trust a Country That Named Its First Nuke Test 'Happy Buddha'?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

At a time when the international spotlight seems trained on North Korea and Iran, a growing tolerance for India's belligerence in building its nuclear capabilities appears to shield it from similar scrutiny.

U.S.-Indian Nuke Transactions Go From Bad to Worse

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

Between India's elites failing to see expected returns, masses denied energy and sustainable development and U.S. plans thwarted by the Indian legislature, the India-U.S. nuclear deal has been a lose-lose-lose deal.

Seed of Destruction: Nuclear 'Pits'

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

The Obama administration is making generous concessions to the nuclear industry presumably, to win votes from Republicans on the new START treaty and other disarmament measures.

Found: A Portal to the Conservative Soul

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

The elimination of nuclear weapons is actually consistent with conservative Christian theology.

Is the New START Just the Nuclear Version of Health-Care Reform?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

Thus far, the Obama administration's ideas of financial and health-care reform are, at best, tweaks to systems that cry out to be razed to the ground before reconstructing.

Nuclear Deterrence: Hardest Argument in the World to Refute

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

Not a difficult concept, nuclear deterrence means what it sounds like: We don't intend to attack anyone with our nukes, but woe unto he who dares attack us. Still there are subtleties.

How Did Extraterrestrials Survive Their Nuclear Age?

Russ Wellen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Russ Wellen

Peaceful or malevolent in intent, extraterrestrials have succeeded, at the very least, in not destroying their species with the advanced weaponry they inevitably developed.

Nuclear ADD/ADHD - Israel, Iran & Relationships

Michael B. Laskoff | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael B. Laskoff

A couple of years ago, a friend of mine, Gina Pera, wrote a book called Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.? In this almost ridiculously comprehensive work...

Anti-Nuke U.

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

Research organizations have devised promising approaches to "framing" and "messaging" in order to divert members of the public from viewing deterrence as the ultimate defense against an enemy.

'Nuclear Weapons Are a Gift From God'

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

Since nuclear weapons were developed, the bulk of the reflection has been over the strategy adaptations for a weapon that can't be used, rather than our tendency to resort to mass warfare.

Nuclear Weapons: When Our National Security Makes Us Insecure

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

Many of us who'd just like the world to be free of the nuclear weapons have noticed that President Obama seems to have a soft spot for disarmament. Finally, we can take a deep breath and relax. Right? Uh, no.

What's It Feel Like to Be Well and Promptly Globally-Struck?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

What good is disarmament when what replaces nuclear weapons doles out a quality of death that's at last as nightmarish as from a nuclear attack? Our overarching mission is clear.

Time to Change Ronald Reagan's 'Trust, But Verify' to 'Verify, But Trust'?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

Has the time come to reverse Reagan's saying and declare "Verify, but trust"? Even David Kay, who led inspections in Iraq, believes that for a weapons-inspection program to work, "a prerequisite is trust."

We Each Have a Nuclear Story of Our Own

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

If telling our nuclear stories contributes to committing the world to disarmament, it will embolden us. In turn, we can replicate that success in realms where we're now mired in impotence.

Another Nuclear-Weapons Commission? Wait, This One's the Bomb!

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

To those of us who'd like to see a shortened route to disarmament, the mother of all nuclear weapons reports disappoint. On the other hand, it's awash in keen observations. I'll highlight some of those here.

Deterrence and Disarmament: Are They Both Magical Thinking?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

The argument of nuclear optimists is that nuclear weapons may have ended great-power wars of conquest. In turn, a nuclear "pessimist" might ask: How can the death of 10 million possibly be spun as a national-security success?

Sanctioning Iran: Target Khameini, Return Assets to the People

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russ Wellen

Congress's idea of sanctions is sure to spread pain and suffering far and wide across Iran.

Alienating Aliens: Do Nukes Make Them Go Ballistic?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Russ Wellen

If extraterrestrials are darting about our atmosphere, it's a safe bet that they can't be happy about past tests of nuclear detonations and the prospect of their use in warfare.

Biden Locks Horns With Gates and Clinton Over the Monster That Won't Die

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russ Wellen

In a couple of decades, with the momentum that disarmament is building, there may be not be enough nuclear warheads left by then to make it worth anyone's while to replace them.

Diplomats: Iran's Output Of Enriched Uranium Stagnates

AP | GEORGE JAHN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

VIENNA — Iran's output of enriched uranium is stagnating even as its production capacity increases, a sign that Tehran may be running out of the...