Nobel laureate: There is one way to prevent nuclear war

(CNN) In awarding this year’s Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, the Nobel committee has chosen to shine a powerful light on the grave and growing danger of nuclear war and illuminate the path we must follow to avoid that ultimate calamity. The crisis in Korea poses the most immediate and visible threat of nuclear conflict — but it is not … Continue reading Nobel laureate: There is one way to prevent nuclear war

Boston Should Lead the Way Toward the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons

Check out the new op-ed Dr. Lachlan Forrow and I just published in the Harvard Law Record.  Everyone in Boston knows that when a house catches ablaze, lives are saved by pulling the fire alarm. Sirens wail, trucks race down the street, and a fire crew comes to the rescue. But what if the fires haven’t started, yet are close to being ignited, on a … Continue reading Boston Should Lead the Way Toward the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons

The Poor People’s Campaign and the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize: A National Call for a Moral Revival

Read my latest op-ed, published on the Common Dreams website and the Baystate Banner.  The mass meeting at Boston’s historic Trinity Church on October 19 was packed with men, women, and children, rich and poor, of all races and ethnicities. The jazz band warmed up, a piano, bass guitar, and drums. And we sang, call and response: Woke up this morning with my mind stayed on … Continue reading The Poor People’s Campaign and the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize: A National Call for a Moral Revival

Global Health: What’s in It for Us?

I enjoyed Satish Gopal’s new essay in JAMA, entitled “Global Health: What’s in It for Us?” In the essay, he explores why we do the international work we do, in the context of his daughter’s bout with cerebral malaria. This is the nightmare of many of us with children and who do global health work. Thankfully, his daughter was cured of malaria and did fine, … Continue reading Global Health: What’s in It for Us?

Ira Helfand’s Letter in the New York Times

‘Living on Borrowed Time’: Eliminate Nuclear Arms To the Editor: Re “Don’t Ban the Bomb” (column, Oct. 7): Bret Stephens repeats the tired refrain that nuclear weapons are necessary for our security and that the call for their elimination is dangerous and unrealistic. He writes as if these weapons have some magical quality that keeps them from ever being used, and he omits any discussion … Continue reading Ira Helfand’s Letter in the New York Times