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How to get out of the Nuclear Swamp

February 4, 2015

This week I read an email exchange that made me think. Actually, it worried me deeply. In one of the messages an old friend described the Nuclear Weapons Convention – an idea many of us fought for since the early nineties – as a “fairy tale” and a “distraction”.

The authors of these mails are not government representatives from nuclear weapon states or their allies, although you might be forgiven for thinking so. Both those descriptions have been used by states that want to brush aside the idea of a convention summarily, as if only for the very stupid or naïve. No, these were colleagues. Read more…

Are the US and Russian governments once again on the nuclear warpath?

January 26, 2015

A quarter century after the end of the Cold War and decades after the signing of landmark nuclear arms control and disarmament agreements, are the US and Russian governments once more engaged in a potentially disastrous nuclear arms race with one another? It certainly looks like it.

With approximately 15,000 nuclear weapons between them, the United States and Russia already possess about 93 percent of the world’s nuclear arsenal, thus making them the world’s nuclear hegemons. But, apparently, like great powers throughout history, they do not consider their vast military might sufficient, especially in the context of their growing international rivalry. Read more…

Thomas B. Graboys — a life that balanced skill with compassion

January 8, 2015

by John Pastore

ThomasGraboysDr. Thomas Graboys succumbed on January 5th after a long struggle with Lewy body disease, an unrelenting and progressive neurologic illness.

Tom had been a stalwart leader in the Lown Cardiovascular Group, named for Bernard Lown, a founding co-president of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, recipient of the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1985. Especially in the years leading up to the Nobel, Tom was active in IPPNW and in our US affiliate, Physicians for Social Responsibility. Read more…

Arms Trade Treaty enters into force, offers hope for health, human rights, peace

December 24, 2014

ATT entry into force - peace dovePeople of all faiths and races have a reason to rejoice today as a new treaty that will regulate the $85 billion global trade in arms and ammunition enters into force this Christmas eve. After more than a decade of campaigning by thousands worldwide, the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) will become international law at last. Read more…

Nobel Peace Laureates call for treaty banning nuclear weapons

December 14, 2014
IPPNW co-president Tilman Ruff (left) shares the stage with the Dalai Lama at the Nobel Peace Laureates Summit

IPPNW co-president Tilman Ruff (left) shares the stage with the Dalai Lama at the Nobel Peace Laureates Summit

The 14th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates was held in Rome this weekend. Co-presidents Ira Helfand and Tilman Ruff represented IPPNW. The Summit issued strong language condemning nuclear weapons and called for a treaty to ban them as part of a statement published at the conclusion of the meeting. Read more…

Helfand holds Nobel Peace Laureates summit “spellbound”

December 14, 2014

IPPNW co-president Ira Helfand spoke about the medical and environmental consequences of nuclear war at the Nobel Peace Laureates Summit, held in Rome this weekend.

From EIN News:

“For the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) Ira Helfand held the hall spell-bound as he described the horrific consequences should a major nuclear exchange take place today. They include the vaporisation of everything in an immediate 3kms radius of the explosion in 1000th of a second, complete destruction within a 6kms radius, the burning of everything flammable within a 25kms radius and the consumption of all oxygen within a 50kms radius. In Rome 3 million would die instantly. In New York it would be 12 million. Temperatures would plunge for several days. The world ecosystem would be disrupted to the extent that food production would be severely curtailed.

Helfand said:

“The continued existence of these weapons alone is a threat, but human beings built them, so human beings can also take them apart. We can all work on this; let’s all help to do it.”

His presentation was met with a long ovation.”

Firearms used in half of global homicides says new WHO report

December 11, 2014

WHO-report-2014Reducing access to guns one of “best buys” for reducing violence

Firearms were used in about half of the 475,000 murders committed worldwide in 2012, according to the new Global status report on violence prevention 2014 released yesterday by the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations (U.N.) Development Programme (UNDP), and the U.N. Office of Crime and Drugs (UNODC). Sixty percent of those killed were males aged 15-44, “making homicide the third leading cause of death for males in this age group.” Rates of firearm use in homicides varied quite a bit between regions, ranging from a high of 75% of all homicides in the low-middle-income countries in the Americas, to 25% in the same income-level countries in Europe. Read more…


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