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IPPNW urges JCPOA parties to adhere to Iran agreement despite US withdrawal

June 18, 2018
[The national affiliates of IPPNW in France, Germany, and the UK, and IPPNW’s international leadership, have appealed to officials in the three governments to stand by the agreement that they made with Iran on their nuclear program. In a letter to President Macron, Chancellor Merkel, and Prime Minister May, reprinted here, IPPNW has urged the leaders to continue working closely with Iran’s government to ensure the obligations of the agreement continue to be met by all remaining parties to it.]

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North Korean nuclear weapons are only part of the nuclear dilemma

June 13, 2018

by James Muller and John Pastore

North Korea’s UN ambassador for American affairs, his aide, and the two of us sat around a small circular table at the Mennonite office in New York. Our book on the medical consequences of nuclear war, with its cover picture of a devastated Hiroshima, sat between us. The United Nations building loomed in the background, and the East River beyond it.

We discussed what would happen if a single nuclear bomb exploded over our location in Manhattan: a massive blast and firestorm engulfing most of the city, the crush, the fire, the radiation injuries that would afflict hundreds of thousands, the destruction of the hospitals and deaths of healthcare workers. Read more…

Confessions of a nuclear war planner

June 13, 2018

by Lawrence S. Wittner

It’s not every day that an insider tells us how preparations for nuclear war have been proceeding.  So, when one does, it’s worth sitting up and taking notice.

Although Daniel Ellsberg is best-known for his 1971 role in delivering the Pentagon Papers (the Top Secret Defense Department study of U.S. involvement in Vietnam) to the American people, he spent much of his 13-year career as a military analyst at the highest levels of the U.S. national security apparatus grappling with issues of nuclear war. Read more…

Korean sanctions are a humanitarian disaster

June 12, 2018

[Dr. Mary-Wynne Ashford, a former co-president of IPPNW and Honorary Board Member of Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, gave the following talk in Seoul in May 2018, as part of the event Women Cross the DMZ.]

by Mary-Wynne Ashford 

“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times”. Charles Dickens wrote about Paris and London in the French Revolution, but his words echo today for North and South Korea. It is the best of times because there is finally hope for the peaceful reunification of the Korean Peninsula, and hope for an end to sixty-five years of war. Read more…

Peace prospects in Korea

June 12, 2018

by Mary-Wynne Ashford

Dr. Ashford, third from left, marches with women at the DMZ

In spite of plans for a summit between US President Trump and North Korean Chairman Kim lurching forward and back, in Korea there is a great sense of hope for peace between North and South. In fact two historic events unfolded in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on May 26th.  Read more…

Mangamanga Mtonga honored with inaugural scholarship in his father’s name

May 10, 2018

Mangamanga Mtonga

IPPNW is pleased to announce that Mangamanga Mtonga, the eldest son of our dearly departed friend and colleague, is the recipient of the inaugural Dr. Robert Mtonga Memorial Scholarship.

The Scholarship was established last year to honor Dr. Mtonga’s memory and to carry forward his tireless work for peace, disarmament, and health by helping African students in the health professions who wish to follow in his remarkable footsteps. The award includes a $1,000 contribution toward Mangamanga’s educational expenses at Lusaka Apex Medical University in Zambia. Read more…

The end of nuclear weapons…or the end of us?

May 10, 2018

In an important new article published today by the New England Journal of Medicine (The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize and the Doomsday Clock—The End of Nuclear Weapons or the End of Us?), former IPPNW executive director Lachlan Forrow, co-president Tilman Ruff, and Hiroshima survivor Setsuko Thurlow warn that “a nuclear strike remains only a computer malfunction, other human or technical error, or military escalation away.” Read more…

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