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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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Ted Turner talks clean energy, CNN and picking up trash

CNN founder Ted Turner has had many ambitions. Buying land (he’s the nation’s largest landowner). Building his bison herd (he’s got 55,000 head). Philanthropy (he gave $1 billion to start the U.N. Foundation). Reducing nuclear stockpiles (he’s co-chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative with former Senator Sam Nunn). And now clean energy. Turner Renewable Energy recently became part owner with ...

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‘Nuclear disarmament is my top priority’: United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki-moon

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addressed the nearly 1,000 participants of the International Peace Movement Conference to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. The Secretary said that “Our shared vision is within reach…a nuclear-free world.” And that “nuclear disarmament is my top priority.” The speech came at the end of two days of plenary meetings and small group workshops that included nuclear ...

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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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