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

Members and supporters of the New Haven-based group Reclaiming the Prophetic Voice place a stone on a war memorial at the corner of Broadway and Park streets. Each of the stones in the pile represents one month that has passed since the beginning of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. As of April 1, 2010, the total number of U.S. military deaths in Iraq was 4,386. The number of verified Iraqi civilian deaths was 104,460 -- a figure widely acknowledged to be lower than the actual total, estimated by some authoritative sources to be more than 655,000. In Afghanistan, since Oct. 2001, at least 9,500 civilians have been killed, 2,412 of them in 2009, and there have now been 1,032 U.S. military deaths. Sponsored by Reclaiming the Prophetic Voice and authorized by the Board of Parks and Commissioners of the City of New Haven. (photo: Christopher Zurcher)

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 hair-trigger alert, ready to launch on a few minutes’ notice. Many are tens or hundreds of times more powerful than the Hiroshima bomb, which leveled that city and killed over 140,000 people.

The New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) agreement, while welcome, is a modest reduction, leaving the U.S. and Russia with over 1,500 deployed, long-range “strategic”, nukes, and thousands more “tactical”, short-range weapons and “reserve” nukes in storage. U.S. Senate ratification of New START, where 67 votes are required by the Constitution to approve treaties, may prove difficult, especially without conditions supporting modernization of the U.S. nuclear weapons complex that would undercut the treaty’s thrust and appear hypocritical to the rest of the world.

Click the link above for to read the story on the People’s World web site.

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