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Archives by Tag 'nuclear weapons'
Eliminating Nuclear Weapons
LAWRENCE WITTNER
he apparent employment of chemical weapons in Syria should remind us that, while weapons of mass destruction exist, there is a serious danger that they will be used. That danger is highlighted by an article in the September/October 2013 issue of the Bulletin of the...
Time for a Missile Ban Treaty
ALICE SLATER
This July, only one day after the US celebrated another anniversary of its Declaration of Independence from tyranny, it was reported that once more, a test of US anti-missile defenses against incoming long-range ballistic missiles, launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base ...
German ‘Bomb Sharing’ Confronted with Defiant ‘Instruments of Disarmment’
JOHN LaFORGE
BUCHEL AIR FORCE BASE, Germany. The first thing you notice at the peace camp being built here in west-central Germany is the beauty of the summer hay and the rich forests that crowd the country roads. The next thing is the roar of the jet bombers that thu...
The Partial Test Ban Treaty Reconsidered
N.D. JAYAPRAKASH
The PTBT, which the United States, the Soviet Union and the United Kingdom had signed on 05 August 1963 in Moscow, was heralded as a pioneering step in the path towards the goal of general and complete disarmament. The PTBT was ...
Two Faux Democracies That Threaten the World
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Amitai Etzioni has raised an important question: “Who authorized preparations for war ...
Why is the US Still Preparing for Nuclear War?
LAWRENCE S. WITTNER
Nearly a quarter century after the disappearance of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, the U.S. government is still getting ready for nuclear war. This fact was underscored on June 19, 2013, when the Pentagon, on behalf of President Barack Obama, release...
Israel’s Invisible Nukes, the Latest Chapter
BARRY LANDO
A new chapter has been revealed in the fascinating saga of Israel’s invisible nuclear weapon’s program. According to d...
The Tragic Fate of Rajiv Gandhi’s ‘Action Plan’
N.D. JAYAPRAKASH
It is highly unfortunate that the twenty-fifth anniversary of the submission of the ‘Action Plan for a Nuclear Weapon Free and Non-Violent World Order’[1] by Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi before the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on 09 June 1988 during the Third Spec...
Surviving in a Nuclear Armed World
ROBERT F. DODGE, MD and IRA HELFAND
President Obama speaking in Berlin on Wednesday took the first step in his 2nd term to address the world’s nuclear arsenals. He proposed negotiating the reduction of strategic nuclear weapons by up to one-third of its current levels of 1722 as of September 2012 and redu...
A Second Cold War, This Time in Space
OLIVIER ZAJEC
Perhaps there should be a statue to the anticommunist US senator Joseph McCarthy in Beijing, since he’s the inadvertent father of China’s nuclear programme. Just after the second world war, a young engineer from Hangzhou, Qian Xuesen, was working for the Pentagon at C...
The Consequences of Gun-at-the-Head Diplomacy
MIKE WHITNEY
“The US kill rate in the 1950-53 Korean War equaled more than one 9-11 every day… for the whole 1,100 day war…The US may have killed 20% of the population of Korea, said General Curtis Lemay, who was involved in the US air war on Korea. If so...
Nuclear War Careers Don’t Get Any Respect
JOHN LaFORGE
Some of the Air Force’s self-styled nuclear “missileers” — sitting at launch controls in Minot, North Dakota — recently earned a “D” on their intercontinental ballistic missile firing (ICBM) skills. More than 10 percent of the Minot Air Force Base’s 91st ...
How to Stop Nuclear Proliferation
MELVIN A. GOODMAN
The nuclear imbroglio with North Korea has cooled off considerably, and the nuclear issues with Iran remain on the back burner.   At home, however, there is a new nuclear concern that involves the removal of 17 Air Force officers in April 2013 assigned to stand watch ov...
Protecting the Fiction of Legal H-bombs
JOHN LaFORGE
“The Defendants may not present a defense of necessity or justification … evidence that the operations at Y-12 violated international or domestic law, evidence that their actions were compelled by the Nuremberg Principles or evidence of their motives”. This A...
The Weapons Oligarchy
JOHN LaFORGE
With the Pentagon having secured its annual 47 percent of the April 15 federal tax haul ($1,335 billion out of a total of $2,890 billion) it’s a good time to consider the mountains of money being wasted on useless weapons or just plain stolen. Without a public up...
Obama’s Flawed Korea Policies
CONN HALLINAN
In the current crisis on the Korean Peninsula the Obama administration is virtually repeating the 2004 Bush playbook, one that derailed a successful diplomatic agreement forged by the Clinton administration to prevent North Korea from acquiring nuclear weapons? While the ...
Ike’s “Chance for Peace,” Revisited
N.D. JAYAPRAKASH
Delhi. Sixty years ago, on 16 April 1953 – soon after he had assumed office as the 34th President of USA, President Dwight Eisenhower had delivered an address before the Am...
Testing Hegemony
NORMAN POLLACK
Realpolitik, its claims to the contrary, has usually been a fraud, dealing neither with practical politics, in contradistinction to an ideological posture, worldview, or weltanschauung, nor with a pragmatic grasp of reality, in contradistinction to a ...
Inhuman Radiation Experiments
JOHN LaFORGE
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the declassification of top secret studies, done over a period of 60 years, in which the US conducted 2,000 radiation experiments on as many as 20,000 vulnerable US citizens.[i] Victim...
The Mad Man Theory of Diplomacy
JACK McCARTHY
There may well be a very simple answer to explain the so called “crazy” behavior of North Korean helmsman Kim Jong-un: Kim Jong Un is a subscriber to Richard Nixon’s “Mad Man Theory” of diplomacy. As revealed in 2003 by the National Securi...
North Korea’s Justifiable Anger
STANSFIELD SMITH
The corporate media reduces the DPRK (North Korea) to the Kim family and prefaces their names with the terms “madman”, “evil” and “brutal”. Such vilifications of foreign leaders are used here not only to signify they are target for US o...
What’s Annoying the North Koreans?
GREGORY ELICH
Relations between the United States and North Korea have reached ...
What North Koreans Think
STANSFIELD SMITH
I recently returned from a late March trip to North Korea [Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, DPRK], along with 45 others, through Koryo Tours. On that tour I had the opportunity to discuss with the Korean tour guides their views on the current situation.  I only reca...
Missed Opportunities in North Korea
PETER LEE
China’s influence on North Korea’s nuclear policy is minimal.  The DPRK knows that the PRC values North Korea both as a buffer and as a profitable hinterland for cheap labor and raw materials that it is completely unwilling to cede to South Korea.  Therefore, the ...
I’m Already Against the Next War and You Should Be Too
THOMAS KNAPP
This week, the boogeyman is North Korea. Is anyone surprised? The Stalinist “Hermit Kingdom” is right out of central casting. Isolated, always bellicose, unpredictable, and on a war footing for decades: If the Korean War was an American citizen, it would be deciding a...