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START a good step toward abolition of nuclear weapons

While START is not the ultimate goal that PEP and other peace organizations seek, it is another small step toward the abolition of nuclear weapons that we are struggling to achieve. Tyler Wigg-Stevenson of FaithfulSecurity.org writes: It’s not often that we have the opportunity to weigh in on a concrete step that will improve nuclear security — these chances sometimes ...

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Take the Peace-Train or Donate a Seat

A dispatch from Henry Lowendorf, of the Greater New Haven Peace Council: During May, hundreds of representatives from all the nations will be reviewing the Nuclear NonProliferation Treaty at the United Nations. Last year President Obama called for nuclear abolition, but maybe “not in my lifetime.” We say: “Nuclear Abolition In Our Lifetime!” We realize major nuclear powers won’t abolish ...

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Three days that could change the world – This weekend in New York City!

Barack Obama is undoubtedly the U.S. president most committed to nuclear disarmament since Kennedy. People all over the world have cheered President Obama’s commitment to move toward nuclear disarmament, Judith Le Blanc & Kevin Martin write in an article published in People’s World. Yet the stark reality is U.S. and Russia maintain over 20,000 nuclear weapons, many of them on ...

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Obama Goes Nuclear — and We Should Be Glad

I’m going to bum you out. Every day, as you go about your daily business — heading to work, hanging out with family and friends, tending to chores, Twittering away — there are thousands of nuclear weapons pointed right at you. In minutes, they could wipe out everything — all people, all history, everything that the human race has accomplished. ...

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Nuclear Abolition Movement Steps Up Efforts in Wake of New START Treaty

Weeks after the signing of the cautious US-Russia START Treaty, the antinuclear movement has ratcheted up efforts to push for more rigorous steps toward a nuclear-free world. On the eve of next week’s Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference, 1,000 leading peace, justice and environmental activists and scholars from communities across the United States and more than 20 nations will ...

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Reaching Zero

By Jonathan Schell What is the purpose, if any, of the nuclear bomb, that brooding presence that has shadowed all human life for sixty-five years? The question has haunted the nuclear age. It may be that no satisfactory answer has ever been given. Nuclear strategic thinking, in particular, has disappointed. Many of its pioneers have wound up in a state ...

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Where Do Your Tax Dollars Go? – TaxDay 2010

With this publication, taxpayers can take stock of how the federal government spent each 2009 income tax dollar: from 26.5 cents for military-related spending to 13.6 cents for military and non-military interest on the debt to 2 cents for education. The publication also shows, in addition to individual income taxes, where the money came from in 2009 to pay for ...

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The Obscenity of War

By Amy Goodman President Barack Obama has just returned from his first trip as commander in chief to Afghanistan. The U.S.-led invasion and occupation of that country are now in their ninth year, amid increasing comparisons to Vietnam. Daniel Ellsberg, whom Henry Kissinger once called “the most dangerous man in America,” leaked the Pentagon Papers in 1971. Ellsberg, who was ...

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U.S.-Russia Nuclear Deal a Positive Step

All of us disarmament advocates should be happy about the just-agreed reductions in the arsenals of the world’s two biggest nuclear powers. But it’s not reason enough to break out the champagne. The U.S.-Russia agreement is certainly a big deal. Within seven years, both sides will slash their stockpiles of strategic warheads to roughly 1,500, an almost 50 percent reduction. ...

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Finish the New START Treaty

On Dec. 5, 2009, the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START I) between the United States and Russia expired. This treaty limited how many nuclear warheads and other nuclear equipment each country could have. The two countries — which together hold 95 percent of the world’s nuclear warheads — have been in negotiations over a new, updated START treaty for ...

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