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IPPNW statement on crisis in Ukraine

July 22, 2014

[The IPPNW Executive Committee has issued the following statement addressing the conflict in Ukraine:]

IPPNW calls call for an immediate cease fire to the fighting in Ukraine and for all states to refrain from any military intervention in Ukraine.  We further call on Ukraine to reaffirm its historic decision to renounce nuclear weapons and for Russia to reaffirm the guarantee of Ukraine’s territorial integrity that accompanied that decision. We further call for urgent UN mediation to achieve a diplomatic solution to the issues involved in this conflict.

Putting an end to war

July 21, 2014

[This article originally appeared on the Oxford University Press blog.]

Guest Editorial

by Barry S. Levy and Victor W. Sidel

War is hell. War kills people, mainly non-combatant civilians, and injures and maims many more — both physically and psychologically. War destroys the health-supporting infrastructure of society, including systems of medical care and public health services, food and water supply, sanitation and sewage treatment, transportation, communication, and power generation. War destroys the fabric of society and damages the environment. War uproots individuals, families, and often entire communities, making people refugees or internally displaced persons. War diverts human and financial resources. War reinforces the mistaken concept that violence is an acceptable way of resolving conflicts and disputes. And war often creates hatreds that are passed on from one generation to the next. Read more…

Things could always be worse…a lot worse

July 16, 2014

There’s more bad news from the climate scientists. Not about global warming, where the news is never good, but about the impact nuclear weapons would have on the atmosphere, our climate, and food production if even a very small number were used in a limited, regional conflict. Read more…

Doom from the depths

July 7, 2014
SSBN-X, Ohio class replacement submarine, equipped with Trident nuclear missiles

The US has commissioned 12 new Ohio class replacement submarines, each equipped with 16 Trident nuclear missiles capable of annihilating millions of people. (US Naval Institute graphic)

Ever since the horrors of submarine warfare became a key issue during World War I, submarines have had a sinister reputation. And the building of new, immensely costly, nuclear-armed submarines by the US government and others may soon raise the level of earlier anxiety to a nuclear nightmare.

This spring, the US government continued its steady escalation of research and development funding for the replacement of its current nuclear submarine fleet through one of the most expensive shipbuilding undertakings in American history — the phasing-in, starting in 2031, of 12 new SSBN(X) submarines. Read more…

Enough harm

July 1, 2014
Hiroshima in ruins

The city of Hiroshima lay in ruins after the US atomic bombing on August 6, 1945.

In addition to the indelible scenes from Hiroshima and Nagasaki and from other cities that have been terror bombed during wartime, with heavy losses of civilians, two pictures are impossible to get of my mind. One is from what happened in New York on September 11, 2001, and the other is from Oslo on July 22, 2011. Read more…

Doctors and Parliamentarians Address Health Impact of Gun Violence at the United Nations

June 20, 2014
Dr. Okolo speaks at UN  panel BMS 5

Dr. Okolo speaks at UN panel BMS 5

“On an average day in the United States 86 people are killed by guns,” was one of many alarming facts presented by Dr. Bill Durston, a passionate IPPNW speaker at a June 17th panel conducted by IPPNW, the Parliamentary Forum on Small Arms and Light Weapons and IANSA at the United Nations (U.N.) in New York City. The panel focused on how guns affect health and development around the world, and was a well-attended side event at the U.N. Fifth Biennial Meeting of States to Consider Implementation of the Programme of Action (PoA) on Small Arms and Light Weapons. Read more…

Not One More Mass Shooting

June 19, 2014

1000 people march across the Brooklyn Bridge to protest gun violence.

1000 people march across the Brooklyn Bridge to protest gun violence.

Contributed by Shannon Gearhart MD MPH, New York PSR

This past weekend, on the 18 month anniversary of the Newtown school shootings, I joined 1,000 other people who marched across the Brooklyn Bridge in New York to rally to end gun violence. The event, sponsored by Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, took place at the beginning of the Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence. Twenty U.S. states were represented at the march and rally.

The march also coincided with the opening of the U.N. Biennial Meeting of States on Small Arms, in which I am participating.

After marching across the bridge, several speakers shared their personal connection to gun violence. The daughter of the Sandy Hook Elementary School’s principal spoke on her experience of losing her mother and her fight for tighter gun control in the U.S.

Another speaker was a young man who sustained a gunshot wound to his chest and abdomen. He reminded the participants that the all of society was injured by the bullet, noting it was not only himself that had been shot, but “they shot my mother, father, cousins, other family members, friends and community.”

Mass shootings in the U.S. have risen to 74 since the Newtown, CT, shootings. This event was poignant focusing on the need to work for tighter gun control so there would be “Not One More” shooting.

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