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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.

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....

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.

Obama, Medvedev ign off on new nuclear pact

AP | TOM RAUM and ROBERT BURNS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — The U.S. and Russia sealed the first major nuclear weapons treaty in nearly two decades Friday, agreeing to slash the former Cold W...

The Zero Nukes Conundrum

Nathan Gardels | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathan Gardels

Can knowledge be lost on purpose? That, in a nutshell, is the conundrum with complete nuclear disarmament: can Einstein's genie ever be put back in the bottle?

U.S. Moves Goalposts On Iran And Changes Uranium Details

The New York Times | Roger Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Americans see Iranians as "devious, mendacious, fanatical, violent and incomprehensible." Iranians, in turn, see Americans as "belligerent, sanctimoni...

The Global Zero Road Tour: How it All Began

Global Zero Roadies | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Global Zero Roadies

We are currently traveling the country as a Global Zero roadies, promoting the compelling new movie, "Countdown to Zero," and building an international, non-partisan movement to eliminate nuclear weapons worldwide.

'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.

Task Force Drops the Ball; State Senate Votes to Open the Door for New Nuclear Plants in Illinois

Jimmy Seidita | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Jimmy Seidita

The Illinois State Senate passed a potentially catastrophic bill lifting the current moratorium on new nuclear power plants with no input from the Nuclear Issues Task Force.

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."

The Hidden Costs of Nuclear Power

Alec Baldwin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Alec Baldwin

Often when discussing the advent of a new era in nuclear power generation, advocates for nukes tread lightly over certain subjects, such as waste disposal and security issues.

Biden: Spread Of Nukes 'Greatest Threat Facing The Country'

AP | STEVEN R. HURST | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden said on Thursday the U.S. must spend significantly more to ensure the readiness of American nuclear warhea...

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.

Nuclear Energy: Toxic, Expensive and Not Carbon Neutral

John DeCock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
John DeCock

People, corporations and even environmental groups want to ignore the carbon emitted from nuclear power because to do otherwise makes the challenge of reducing carbon harder.

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?

Cold War's End -- The Wall Comes Down

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The fall of The Wall signified the fall of the Soviet Union, and an end to the Cold War. And while this was of enormous historical import, I fear that future generations won't really pay much attention to it.

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.

Music for the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Tim Mohr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tim Mohr

The awareness of mortality in 1980s nuke-pop was amplified by the inescapably bleak Cold War reality. With the fall of the Wall, much of the threat evaporated. The music, however, lives on.

Roselle and St. Clair: Two from the Green Hard Core

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Harvey Wasserman

Both of these amazing guys have produced books that are great to read and utterly void of filler or fluff. Imbibe them each. Then go kick some corporate butt. Mother Earth will love you for it.

UN Nuclear Inspectors Head To Iran To Visit Site

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — U.N. inspectors entered a once-secret uranium enrichment facility with bunker-like construction and heavy military protection tha...

Are Christians Key to Anti-Nuke Movement?

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Merritt

The Christian God abhors the shedding of innocent blood and nuclear weapons are only capable of widespread, indiscriminate killing and destruction of life.

Taliban Fight Back Against Pakistan Offensive

AP | ISHTIAQ MAHSUD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan — Pakistani troops and the Taliban fought fierce battles in a militant sanctuary near the Afghan border, with both si...