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Congress OKs Strict Sanctions to Cut Off World Energy Trade With Iran

Congress voted overwhelmingly Thursday, June 24, 2010, to impose its toughest-ever sanctions against Iran as reports confirmed that the country is moving forward on its nuclear enrichment program. Although the United Nations also passed sanctions against Iran recently, lawmakers warned that nothing so far has slowed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's march toward a nuclear Iran. A unanimous Senate vote was followed quickly ...

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Trident: Deadly – and very, very expensive | The Guardian

It is our last line of defense in the event of nuclear war. But Trident also costs billions. Will the coalition government dare to scrap it? Three years ago, with support from the Conservatives, Labour pushed through the controversial decision to renew the Trident system. This new system would cost £97bn over its 30-year lifetime, according to a study for ...

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Preventing Both an Iranian Nuclear Weapon and War

The risk of war with Iran has increased. The US rejection of the nuclear swap arranged by Brazil and Turkey, the recent arrival of Israeli and American nuclear armed submarines in the Persian Gulf, Obama's exclusion of Iran from previous agreements that nuclear states would not use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear states, the impending doubling of US carrier task forces ...

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Israel stations nuclear missile subs off Iran

A dispatch today from Kevin M. Martin, Executive Director of Peace Action: News of three Israeli submarines, armed with nuclear-tipped cruise missiles and positioned off the coast of Iran in the Persian Gulf , is most disturbing.  It would surely be madness for Israel to launch a nuclear attack against Iran , an act I wish I could say with ...

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What’s Next for the Nuclear Disarmament Movement?

By Lawrence S. Wittner, June 9, 2010 The last 19 months have been a tumultuous time for the nuclear disarmament movement, placing it, today, on the cusp of some important decisions about its future direction. Many advocates of nuclear disarmament felt considerable elation at the election of Barack Obama in 2008. In the previous years, the Bush administration had scrapped ...

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World War II Bombs Still Menace Germany

In the German town of Gottingen on Tuesday, three workers were killed and six wounded while trying to defuse a 1,100-pound Allied bomb — a tragic legacy of World War II. Sixty-five years after the end of the war, unexploded ordnance from the conflict remains a common, annoying and occasionally deadly hazard for construction crews across Germany. The nine German ...

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No Money for Afghanistan escalation! Stop the Attack on Kandahar!

This month, Congress will decide whether to fund continued escalation of the war, even as the Obama administration faces a turning point in Afghanistan strategy. President Hamid Karzai of Afghan istan will be in Washington May 10-13 to seek U.S. permission to negotiate with the Taliban and other armed insurgents. But the U.S. plans instead to fight the insurgents in ...

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A Nuclear Gamble on the Not-So-Distant Horizon

Rather paradoxically, President Obama is using the oil spill to call for more nuclear power. Yet, with the exception of a handful of insightful political  cartoonists, the obvious parallel between the regulatory delinquency of the  Mineral Management Services (MMS) and that of its nuclear equivalent — the Nuclear Regulatory  Commission (NRC) — and the potential for an equally catastrophic  accident ...

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Desmond Tutu | It’s time to rid the world of nuclear weapons

This year the nuclear bomb turns 65 – an appropriate age, by international standards, for compulsory retirement. But do our leaders have the courage and wisdom to rid the planet of this ultimate menace? The five-yearly review of the ailing nuclear non-proliferation treaty, currently under way at the United Nations in New York, will test the strength of governments’ commitment ...

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NPT Review: Progress, but Israel an Issue

There are few more crucial linchpins to global security than the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty NPT of 1968, TIME Magazine reports. The document helps curb the ambitions of nations that covet nuclear weapons and puts pressure on countries holding the bomb to work toward its eventual elimination. So there was a lot at stake when delegates met in New York City ...

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An Arsenal We Can All Live With

The Pentagon has now told the public, for the first time, precisely how many nuclear weapons the United States has in its arsenal: 5,113. That is exactly 4,802 more than we need. Last week, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified before the Senate to advocate approval of the so-called New Start treaty, signed by ...

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