The devastation of nuclear war

The Boston Globe just published my brief letter. The medical consequences of war with North Korea are so devastating, they are almost unimaginable (“Trump tweets that he has a bigger ‘nuclear button’ than North Korea’s,” BostonGlobe.com, Jan. 3). Increasingly, Americans from all political backgrounds are calling for negotiations with North Korea, without preconditions.   Advertisements Continue reading The devastation of nuclear war

Leonard Perroots, General Who Defused Nuclear Crisis With Soviets, Dies at 83

In early November 1983, after President Ronald Reagan denounced the Soviet Union as the “evil empire” and unveiled his so-called Star Wars missile defense strategy, Kremlin leaders were growing convinced that war games planned by the United States and NATO in Western Europe were, in fact, a disguised prelude to a nuclear first strike on Russia. Their fear was almost palpable. On Sept. 27, a Soviet … Continue reading Leonard Perroots, General Who Defused Nuclear Crisis With Soviets, Dies at 83

Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017

Washington – Yesterday, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) and Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Massachusetts) introduced H.R. 669 and S. 200, the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017. This legislation would prohibit the President from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war by Congress. Support for the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017: William J. Perry, Former Secretary … Continue reading Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017

Gene R. La Rocque

From the Washington Post article by Matt Schudel: Gene R. La Rocque, Navy admiral who became Pentagon critic, dies at 98 Gene R. La Rocque, a retired Navy rear admiral who witnessed the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor in 1941 and who later irritated many former colleagues with his outspoken criticism of Pentagon practices and what he considered a suicidal nuclear arms race, died Oct. … Continue reading Gene R. La Rocque

The Road: A Call to Action

Petrified about nuclear Armageddon? You could be, but you probably aren’t. Read the CNN Op-Ed Dr. Ira Helfand and I wrote a week before the election. Make no mistake: World War III, and the end of human civilization as we know it, is a possibility. I get a variety of reactions when I speak with people about nuclear war. The most common response is denial, covering up … Continue reading The Road: A Call to Action

Our Nuclear Weapons Op-Ed on CNN.com

The growing danger of nuclear war has received scant attention in the election campaign beyond some understandable anxiety at the thought of Donald Trump’s finger on the nuclear button. But the United States faces a fundamental decision about nuclear weapons, the Obama administration is making the wrong choice and neither candidate has spoken out against this wrongheaded policy. At the United Nations last week, 123 … Continue reading Our Nuclear Weapons Op-Ed on CNN.com

Nuclear Weapons – The Time for Abolition is Now

Nuclear weapons present the greatest public health and existential threat to our survival every moment of every day. Yet the United States and world nuclear nations stand in breach of the 1968 Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty which commits these nations to work in good faith to end the arms race and to achieve nuclear disarmament. Forty eight years later the efforts of the nuclear nations toward … Continue reading Nuclear Weapons – The Time for Abolition is Now