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Remember each and every person

August 6, 2020

Shin’s Tricycle, courtesy of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

75 years ago the United States detonated an atomic bomb over the City of Hiroshima, instantly killing an estimated 80,000 people and changing the world forever. Just three days after the tragedy in Hiroshima, the United States detonated a second bomb over the City of Nagasaki, resulting in 40,000 immediate deaths. By the end of 1945, an estimated 200,000 lives were lost due to radiation exposure, lack of adequate medical care, and other health complications. We remember each and every person lost as a result of these inhumane bombings and reaffirm IPPNW’s commitment to do all that we can to abolish nuclear weapons, so that humanity never again sees the devastating consequences of their use. We vow to honor the Hibakusha, the survivors of the atomic bombings, with all our actions.

To mark the 75th anniversary of the US atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, a number of states will ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons as we approach the 50 countries needed for it to enter into force.  We can think of no more appropriate way to honor the Hibashusha than this.

Please join Ambassador Elayne Whyte Gomez, Setsuko Thurlow, and Beatrice Fihn in saluting the newest states parties to the nuclear ban treaty!

When: Thursday, 6 August 2020, 9:30 AM (New York time)
Link to join the event

Making America feared again: the Trump administration considers resuming nuclear weapons testing

July 20, 2020

Nuclear tests, whether conducted in the atmosphere, in the oceans, or underground, have left a terrible legacy of health and environmental impacts. Resuming testing would exacerbate the damage, while also provoking new nuclear arms races.

Americans who grew up with nightmares of nuclear weapons explosions should get ready for some terrifying flashbacks, for the Trump administration appears to be preparing to resume US nuclear weapons tests.

The US government stopped its atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons in 1962, shortly before signing the Partial Test Ban Treaty of 1963.  And it halted its underground nuclear tests in 1992, signing the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) in 1996.  Overall, it conducted 1,030 nuclear weapons test explosions, slightly more than half the global total.

Nuclear tests, of course, enabled the nine nuclear powers to develop bigger and more efficient nuclear weapons for the purpose of waging nuclear war.  Along the way, millions of people in the United States and other nations died or developed illnesses caused by the radioactive fallout from these tests. Read more…

What’s up at NATO?

July 16, 2020

Chair of Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joe Dunford, at NATO HQ in Brussels, 2018. Photo: Dominique Pineiro / public domain

You could be excused for having missed the fact that NATO is in the process of updating its nuclear strategy, including substantial and significant steps. These include technologically more ambitious weapons that can be used more easily. This is the implementation of a decision made at the NATO Warsaw Summit in 2016 to revise nuclear strategy. In order to follow what’s going on, you have to dig deep on the internet. While this is a little easier because of Covid-19, as a lot more is happening online and NATO is just a little bit more transparent that before the pandemic, it is still difficult because NATO discussions are still shrouded in secrecy. Read more…

Remembering the victims of the atomic bombings 75 years ago

July 15, 2020

Joint IPPNW/IPB Statement on the 75th Anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 

Invitation to August 9 special worldwide screening

of “The Vow From Hiroshima” 

As we recall the unprecedented horrors that the citizens of Hiroshima and Nagasaki experienced on August 6 and 9, 1945, we reaffirm the determination of our organizations to ensure that nuclear weapons are never used again. 

In just two days, the two primitive atomic bombs dropped over Japan killed a quarter of a million women, children and men. Yet from the atomic ruins, an unwavering resolve has survived to bear witness to the personal human tragedy. For 75 years, the Hibakusha have spoken out as the voice of experience and hope for the urgent imperative of eliminating all nuclear weapons. Read more…

Humanity is an endangered species. Can we do what it takes to save ourselves?

July 14, 2020

Have you noticed recently that things are collapsing?

Sure, the rightwing, nationalist rulers of many countries never stop telling us that they have made their nations “great” again.

But we would have to be dislocated from reality not to notice that something is wrong―very wrong.  After all, the world is currently engulfed in a coronavirus pandemic that has already infected over 12.5 million people, taken over 550,000 lives, and created massive economic disruption.  And the pandemic is accelerating, while, according to scientists, new and more terrible diseases are in the offing. Read more…

Rethinking security: Nuclear sharing in Europe in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic

July 6, 2020

by Angelika Claussen

The global COVID-19 pandemic is making it clear that governments must rethink security. Our future challenges lie in establishing a good healthcare system in every country of our planet, in fighting climate change and in achieving the sustainable development goals defined by the United Nations. Read more…

Time to act on Dr King’s call to tackle evils of racism, economic exploitation, and war

June 19, 2020
Guest commentary

by Alice Slater

Dr Martin Luther King, Jr., speaking against the Vietnam War, St. Paul Campus, the University of Minnesota in St. Paul, April 27, 1967.

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) just issued its 2020 Yearbook, reporting on developments in armaments, disarmament, and international security. In light of the drumbeat of frightening news about growing hostility between the dominant nuclear-armed states vying for power, SIPRI describes a bleak outlook for arms control. It notes ongoing nuclear weapons modernization and new weapons development, space weaponization moving forward, without check or controls, and a disturbing increase in geopolitical tensions together with a rapid deterioration in practices and possibilities for cooperation and monitoring between the great powers.

All this is taking place against the background of a once in a hundred years global plague, and a rising tide of public revulsion against racism. Read more…

Let them eat weapons: Trump’s bizarre arms race

June 17, 2020

In late May of this year, President Donald Trump’s special envoy for arms control bragged before a Washington think tank that the US government was prepared to outspend Russia and China to win a new nuclear arms race.  “The president has made clear that we have a tried and true practice here,” he remarked.  “We know how to win these races and we know how to spend the adversary into oblivion.”

This comment was not out of line for a Trump administration official.  Indeed, back in December 2016, shortly after his election, Trump himself proclaimed that the United States would “greatly strengthen and expand” the US government’s nuclear weapons program, adding provocatively:  “Let it be an arms race.  We will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all.”  In a fresh challenge to Russia and China, delivered in October 2018, Trump again extolled his decision to win the nuclear arms race, explaining: “We have more money than anybody else, by far.” Read more…

COVID-19, nuclear war, and global warming: lessons for our vulnerable world

June 15, 2020

The following op-ed was published in The Lancet on June 12, 2020.

by James E. Muller and David G. Nathan

The COVID-19 pandemic teaches lessons we must embrace to overcome two additional existential threats: nuclear war and global warming. Health professionals need to send a message to those whose lives we have vowed to protect: all three threats result from forces of nature made dangerous by triumphs of human intelligence, and all three can be solved by human intelligence.

Read the full article.

Time to transfer funds from weapons to making vaccines

June 1, 2020

By Dr. Arun Mitra

The world is seized with tackling COVID-19, which is being perceived as biggest health threat to the humanity today. True, this virus is more lethal than other Corona viruses. There is an all out effort by the scientists around the world to develop vaccines to boost immunity in the body to enable it to fight back the infection. Research is going on to develop antiviral drugs. The world is hoping that soon we shall develop herd immunity so that the impact of COVID-19 gets reduced. Our scientists have made great achievements in getting rid of plague, which was a highly deadly disease at one time.  Likewise an equally dangerous smallpox has been eliminated through vaccination long time back. We have already achieved substantial success in polio eradication.

Scientists and medical professionals have warned from time to time about various diseases and cautioned about the imminent health emergencies. They have also guided about the steps to be taken to prevent such happenings. IPPNW has warned the global community about a highly grave threat to humanity for which we have no remedy. This is from the nuclear weapons. The use of nuclear weapons would be the final epidemic. Prevention is the only way out as we do not have any remedy to offer in such an eventuality. Read more…

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