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The superpowers are violent powers

July 20, 2016

If asked to identify the world’s superpowers today, most people would name the United States, Russia, and China. Although many citizens of these countries maintain that this status is based on the superiority of their national way of life, the reality is that it rests upon their nations’ enormous capacity for violence. Read more…

How surviving Nagasaki shaped the life of an IPPNW doctor

July 15, 2016

[The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has published a special edition of its flagship publication, The International Review of the Red Cross (IRRC), on the human cost of nuclear weapons. The issue contains interviews with Hibakusha, including one with Dr. Masao Tomanaga, IPPNW’s regional vice president for North Asia, former director of the Japanese Red Cross Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Hospital, and a survivor of the US atomic bombing of Nagasaki. The following excerpts are reprinted with the permission of the IRRC. The full interview and the entire issue of the journal are available on the IRRC website.]

Masao Tomonaga

Masao Tomonaga

Dr Tomonaga, you were a small child at the time the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. What was your personal experience of the atomic bombing and its immediate aftermath?

I was born on 5 June 1943. At the time of the bombing, I was two years and two months old. That morning, I was sleeping on the second floor of our Japanese-style wooden house in a Japanese-style bed, when suddenly the blast from the atomic bomb crushed our house. Read more…

The human cost of nuclear weapons

July 15, 2016

IRRC899CoverA comprehensive, carefully documented study of the humanitarian consequences of nuclear testing in the Pacific region, written by IPPNW co-president Tilman Ruff, is one of the highlights of an important new issue of the International Review of the Red Cross (IRRC) on the human cost of nuclear weapons. The 468-page thematic edition of the flagship journal of the International Committee of the Red Cross chronicles the ICRC’s long history of engagement with the nuclear weapons issue, from the first Red Cross report on the effects of the US atomic bombing of Hiroshima, through ICRC participation at the recent series of international conferences on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons. Read more…

Will the US increase military spending yet again?

July 13, 2016

At the present time, an increase in US military spending seems as superfluous as a third leg. The United States, armed with the latest in advanced weaponry, has more military might than any other nation in world history. Moreover, it has begun a $1 trillion program to refurbish its entire nuclear weapons complex. America’s major military rivals, China and Russia, spend only a small fraction of what the United States does on its armed forces―in China’s case about a third and in Russia’s case about a ninth. Read more…

A passionate abolitionist turns 100

July 7, 2016
Dr. James Yamazaki (right) with PSR-LA board member Jimmy Hara

Dr. James Yamazaki (right) with PSR-LA board member Jimmy Hara

I got a phone call in the early spring of 1995 from a doctor in California who introduced himself as Jim Yamazaki. Dr. Yamazaki had just written a book about the US atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and wondered if I’d be interested in reviewing it in Medicine & Global Survival. Read more…

Gun Runners, Poaching and Armed Violence Prevention Featured at Nairobi Strategy Session on #ArmsFreeAfrica

July 6, 2016

By Dr. Peter Mburu, IPPNW-Kenya

On the 17th of June 2016, I had the privilege of representing IPPNW-Kenya at an #ArmsFreeAfrica NGO strategy meeting in Nairobi hosted by the Control Arms coalition. The working meeting was preceded by an evening premiere screening of the movie “Gun Runners” featuring former Kenyan cattle-rustler- turned-peace activist and elite professional runner Julius Arile.

Peter Mburu and Gunrunners star

Gun Runners star Julius Arile (l) and Dr. Peter Mburu of IPPNW Kenya

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Indian Doctors Launch Nationwide “Health through Peace” Campaign

June 29, 2016

More than 450 units of blood collected during “Don’t Shed Blood, Donate Blood” drives

IPPNW’s affiliate Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) has launched a year-long series of creative activities in cooperation with student and state chapters under the banner of “Health through Peace.” They are engaging medical students, colleagues and communities in innovative initiatives to prevent violence and promote peace and sustainability. Read more…

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