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The French Red Cross and the Ban Treaty

February 21, 2018

Last month, the French Red Cross (CRF) organized its first panel discussion on the Treaty on the Prohibition of  Nuclear Weapons at its headquarters in Paris.

Kathleen Lawand, the legal advisor and head of the arms unit at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), joined Patrice Richard and Abraham Behar of IPPNW’s French affiliate, AMFPGN, and Jean Marie Colin of Initiatives for Nuclear Disarmament (IDN). Ms. Lawand recalled the ICRC’s constant struggle for the abolition of nuclear weapons since 1945. She explained that the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons and nuclear war, and the disproportionate nature of the nuclear threat were her reasons for supporting the Ban Treaty. Read more…

US Nuclear Posture Review gives strong arguments for a prohibition of all nuclear weapons

February 13, 2018

This is how I would summarize the new US Nuclear Posture Review, issued last week by the Trump administration:

  • We can fight and win a nuclear exchange
  • We are prepared to use nuclear weapons against a conventional attack, e.g. a cyberattack
  • We may consider using nuclear weapons against a nuclear-weapons-free country
  • We care not to mention our obligations under NPT Art VI
  • We have never heard of the climate effects of nuclear war

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“Service to humanity” is heartbeat of IPPNW Nigeria Radio Project

February 13, 2018

by Dr. David O. Onazi (IPPNW Board Member 2010-2014 & International Councilor SNDWM)

The IPPNW Nigeria Radio Project has at its heartbeat “service to humanity”- creating awareness of the threat armed violence poses to health and healthy communities and providing relevant information about public health approaches to preventing armed violence, thus equipping the public with knowledge that can drive peace building in society. Read more…

A gold-plated blueprint for nuclear war

February 12, 2018

The cover of the 2018 NPR conveys the Trump-brand obsession with gold. The “gold standard” motif frames the numerous photos of gleaming military hardware that accompany the report and that reinforce its hyper-aggressive posturing.

You’d be hard pressed to find a stronger case for the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty than the new US Nuclear Posture Review released last week by the Trump administration.

Not that the gloomy, unreconstructed apologists for US geopolitical, economic, and military dominance who authored this frontal assault on nuclear disarmament intended to make that argument. To the contrary, after portraying a world so relentlessly hostile to US interests that only a multi-billion dollar “recapitalization” of the nuclear weapons enterprise can keep the country’s adversaries from wreaking havoc, the authors dismiss the Treaty as an unrealistic and polarizing diversion that undermines the whole principle of nuclear deterrence.

Of course, they’re right about that last bit, which they know is the whole point. Read more…

IPPNW supports WMA condemnation of the arrest of Turkish Medical Association leaders

February 6, 2018

Since issuing the following statement on February 2, 2018, IPPNW has learned that the Turkish government has released the members of the Turkish Medical Association who were arrested last week. 

International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) joins the World Medical Association in expressing grave concern over the arrests of leaders of the Turkish Medical Association (TMA). Read more…

Remembering Victor W. Sidel

January 31, 2018

Victor W. Sidel, MD, a founder and president of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), a former co-president of IPPNW, and one of the world’s foremost experts on the medical consequences of nuclear war, died on January 30, 2018. Dr. Sidel was Chair of the Department of Social Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx from 1969-1985. He then became Distinguished University Professor of Social Medicine at Montefiore and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In 1985 he was elected President of the American Public Health Association.  He was the author of numerous books and articles about the human consequences of war, international health, and the impact of poverty and deprivation on health and well being, including War and Public Health and Terrorism and Public Health, both co-edited with long-time collaborator Barry Levy. Read more…

Two minutes to midnight

January 26, 2018

Robert Rosner, the chair of the Bulletin Science and Security Board moves the Doomsday Clock up to 2 minutes to midnight as Lawrence Krauss, the chair of the Board of Sponsors, looks on.

Citing “looming threats of nuclear war,” the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has reset the Doomsday Clock to two minutes to midnight—the closest the world has been to catastrophe since 1953.

While the Clock has come to represent the level of a number of global threats, including global warming and emerging technologies, the Bulletin attributed this year’s warning almost entirely to the urgent and growing risk of nuclear war. Read more…

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