Articles by Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

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Trump Withdraws U.S. from INF Treaty
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Feb 2019

1 Feb 2019 – The Trump administration announced the USA will suspend the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty effective 2 Feb. This crucial treaty requires the USA and Russia to eliminate all nuclear and conventional ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges of between 500 and 5,500 kilometers. Where does this leave us?

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Hacking Nuclear Weapon Systems: A New Weakness in Nuclear Deterrence Theory
David Krieger | Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Dec 2018

There are many ways a nuclear attack could be initiated. These include the four “Ms” of Malice, Madness, Mistake and Miscalculation. Of these ways of initiating a nuclear attack, only malice could possibly be inhibited by nuclear deterrence (fear of nuclear retaliation), and such an inhibition from attack would not be reliable due to psychological and communication issues that are required for nuclear deterrence to be effective.

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A Message to Today’s Young People: Put an End to the Nuclear Weapons Era
David Krieger | Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Dec 2018

Nuclear weapons were created to kill indiscriminately. That means women, men, children – everyone. Even during war, under the rules of international law, that kind of mass killing is illegal. It is also immoral.

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Nuclear Abolition: The Road from Armageddon to Transformation
David Krieger | Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Sep 2018

10 Sep 2018 – The sunlight-blocking dust generated by the detonation of, say, 300 thermonuclear weapons in a war between the US and Russia could trigger a new Ice Age, dropping global temperatures to the lowest levels in 18,000 years, and leaving civilization utterly destroyed. Those who would survive the blast, heat, and radiation of nuclear war would live in a nuclear winter of freezing temperatures and perpetual darkness. The survivors would likely envy the dead.

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Minuteman III Missile Test Launched Prior to USA-North Korea Summit
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation- TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 May 2018

14 May 2018 – The U.S. tested a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile carrying a mock nuclear warhead early morning today from Vandenberg Air Force Base. What kind of message is the U.S. sending to North Korea with this latest launch when these are the same class of missiles for which the U.S. has been highly critical of the North Koreans for developing and testing?

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Trump Withdraws U.S. from Iran Nuclear Deal: There Will Be Negative Consequences
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 May 2018

The decision to withdraw from the treaty:
* Makes it more likely Iran will pursue nuclear weapons.
* Makes war between the U.S. and Iran more likely.
* Separates the U.S. from its major allies.
* Shows U.S. commitments are not reliable.
* Further reinforces lack of U.S. leadership in the world.
* Will likely have adverse effects on achieving nuclear deal with N. Korea.

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Violating the Iran Deal: Playing with Nuclear Fire
David Krieger | Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 May 2018

9 May 2018 – President Trump has demonstrated yet again why he lacks the understanding, intelligence and temperament to be president of the United States. By violating the Iran nuclear deal, he is undermining the security of the U.S., our allies and the world. He has just fired another serious warning shot across the bow of democracy, one that bodes ill for the nuclear non-proliferation regime, for peace and for the future of our democratic institutions.

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A Bomber Pilot Speaks
David Krieger | Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 May 2018

The stain of death spreads below,
but from my cockpit I see none of it.
I only drop bombs as I have been trained

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Minuteman III Missile Test Launched from California in Cloud of Secrecy
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Apr 2018

25 Apr 2018 – Poor Timing and Lack of Transparency Send Wrong Message – The United States launched a Minuteman III Ballistic Missile this morning from Vandenberg Air Force Base. This is the same class of missiles for which the U.S. has been highly critical of the North Koreans for developing and testing. It is particularly disappointing because it was conducted just over a day in advance of the planned summit of the leaders of North and South Korea.

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Nuclear Abolition: A Sisyphean Task?
David Krieger | Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Feb 2018

15 Feb 2018 – Nuclear weapons threaten everyone and everything we love and cherish. Why do we accept and tolerate these intolerable weapons? Every thinking person on the planet should stand against these omnicidal weapons and work for their elimination. Nine leaders in nine countries have their fingers on the nuclear button.

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2018 U.S. Nuclear Posture Review Released by Trump Administration
David Krieger and Rick Wayman | Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Feb 2018

2 Feb 2018 –The 2018 U.S. Nuclear Posture Review, released today, represents a reckless realignment of an already dangerous U.S. nuclear policy. Trump administration plan calls for smaller nuclear weapons making nuclear war far more likely.

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Support the Nuclear Ban Treaty
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Jun 2017

On June 15, more than 130 nations will re-convene at the UN for the final session of negotiations on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. SIGN THIS PETITION TODAY to tell the UN Conference that you support this essential step in the worldwide abolition of nuclear weapons.

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An Open Letter to Trump and Putin: The World Needs Nuclear Zero
David Krieger | Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – The Hill, 20 Feb 2017

16 Feb 2017 – As the leaders of the USA and Russia, the two countries with the largest nuclear arsenals, you have the grave responsibility of assuring that nuclear weapons are not used — or their use overtly threatened — during your period of leadership. We, the undersigned, implore you to commence negotiations to reduce the dangers of a nuclear war, by mistake or malice, and immediately commit your respective governments to the realizable objective of a nuclear weapons-free world.

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October: This Month in Nuclear Threat History
Jeffrey W. Mason | Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Oct 2016

October 30, 1961 – The Soviet Union’s “Tsar Bomba,” the most powerful nuclear weapon ever constructed was detonated after being dropped from a TU-95 bomber at approximately four kilometers altitude over Novaya Zemlya Island in the Russian Arctic Sea. This hydrogen bomb formally designated RDS-220, which weighed about 27 tons and was eight meters long, had an estimated yield of 50 megatons or the equivalent of 3,800 Hiroshima bombs. The tremendous blast triggered a seismic shock wave, equivalent to an earthquake registered at 5.0 on the Richter Scale, that travelled around the world.

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The Simple Act of Pushing a Button
David Krieger | Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Oct 2016

On one side of the ledger is everything natural and extraordinary about life with its long evolution bringing us to the present and poised to carry its processes forward into the future. On the other side of the ledger is “the button,” capable of bringing most life on the planet to a screeching halt. Also on this side of the ledger are those people who remain ignorant or apathetic to the nuclear dangers confronting humanity.

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The Power of Imagination
David Krieger | Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Sep 2016

20 Aug 2016 – Albert Einstein, the great 20th century scientist and humanitarian, wrote, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” Let us exercise our imaginations.

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September: This Month in Nuclear Threat History
Jeffrey W. Mason | Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Sep 2016

September 25, 1959 – A U.S. Navy antisubmarine aircraft carrying an unarmed nuclear depth charge developed mechanical problems but was unable to reach land to make an emergency landing and crashed into the Puget Sound, Washington. The nuclear weapon was never recovered despite an extensive search. There remain deadly serious concerns about the very long-term radioactive contamination from this incident and hundreds of other similar Broken Arrows.

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Ten Lessons from Chernobyl and Fukushima
David Krieger | Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Aug 2016

The nuclear power plant accident at Chernobyl was repeated, albeit with a different set of circumstances, at Fukushima. Have our societies yet learned any lessons that will prevent the people of the future from experiencing such devastation? As poet Maya Angelou points out, “History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage doesn’t need to be lived again.”

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August: This Month in Nuclear Threat History
Jeffrey W. Mason | Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Aug 2016

August 8, 1994 – – In one of the twenty known incidents of the attempted illicit sale of Russian bomb-grade fissile materials in the last 25 years since the breakup of the Soviet Union, security officials at Munich International Airport in Germany arrested individuals who were caught in possession of 363.4 grams of plutonium – enough to make one or more radiological weapons or dirty bombs.

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July: This Month in Nuclear Threat History
Jeffrey W. Mason | Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Jul 2016

July 1, 1991 – On this date, the Warsaw Pact (established in 1955 as a response to the 1949 establishment of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization), also known in the Soviet bloc as The Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation, and Mutual Assistance signed by Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and the Soviet Union, formally dissolved as a communist military alliance. Yet NATO, 1949-present, not only continues to exist but has grown and expanded in order to further “contain Russia and protect former Soviet republics and Eastern European nations from Russian military aggression.”

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Ten Worst Acts of the Nuclear Age
David Krieger | Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Jul 2016

The ten worst acts of the Nuclear Age described below have set the tone for our time. They have caused immense death and suffering; been tremendously expensive; have encouraged nuclear proliferation; have opened the door to nuclear terrorism, nuclear accidents and nuclear war; and are leading the world back into a second Cold War.

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Message to the Wall
David Krieger | Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jun 2016

Dear Wall,
Your polished surface deceives.
You appear serene, yet you are bursting with anguish and lost potential.

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This Month in Nuclear Threat History
Jeffrey W. Mason | Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Jun 2016

June 23, 1942 – The first nuclear weapons-related accident occurred on this date in the city of Leipzig, Germany involving Nazi atomic scientists Werner Heisenberg and Robert Doepel. While demonstrating Germany’s first neutron propagation experiment, workers checked the atomic pile for a heavy water leak. During the inspection, air leaked in igniting the uranium powder inside.

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Take Three Gifts on Your Journey
David Krieger – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 9 May 2016

Mr. President,
The word is out.
You will visit Hiroshima in May.
In Hiroshima, nuclear weapons become real.

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May: This Month in Nuclear Threat History
Jeffrey W. Mason | Nuclear Age Peace Foundation - TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 May 2016

May 1, 1962 – A nuclear test code-named Beryl was conducted in French-occupied Algeria. However, due to improper sealing of the underground shaft, a spectacular mushroom cloud burst through the concrete cap venting highly radioactive dust and gas into the atmosphere. The plume climbed to 8,500 feet high and radiation was detected hundreds of miles away. This was just one of 210 nuclear weapons tests conducted by the French government in north Africa and the Pacific region in the period from 1960-96.

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April: This Month in Nuclear Threat History
Jeffrey W. Mason – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 11 Apr 2016

April 10, 1963 – In the past, eight nuclear submarines, six of them Soviet/Russian and the other two American, have sunk with dozens of nuclear ballistic missiles also lost at sea. Some of the nuclear reactors and warheads in these and other military vessels or aircraft lost at sea are leaking highly radioactive toxins affecting flora, fauna, and the health and well-being of millions of people.

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Nuclear Age Peace Foundation: A Voice for Peace
David Krieger – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 11 Apr 2016

I believe that complacency has four principal elements: apathy, conformity, ignorance and denial. Together these four elements form the acronym ACID, and they are corrosive to a decent human future or to any future at all. We must transform apathy to empathy; conformity to critical thinking; ignorance to wisdom; and denial to recognition of the threats that nuclear weapons pose to our common future.

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March: This Month in Nuclear Threat History
Jeffrey W. Mason – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 7 Mar 2016

March 11, 2011 – After a large magnitude earthquake and a powerful tsunami struck northeast Japan, three of the six nuclear reactors at Tokyo Electric Power Company’s (TEPCO) Fukushima Dai-chi facility suffered partial meltdowns resulting in the evacuation of tens of thousands of nearby residents. Five years later, the disaster which has claimed more than 15,000 lives so far is an ongoing catastrophe.

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Why Our World Needs Peace Literacy
Paul K. Chappell, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Feb 2016

Peace literacy is the next step in the development of our global civilization, because peace literacy is necessary in an interconnected world where the fate of every nation is tied to the fate of our planet. Because of the dangers posed by nuclear weapons, war, and environmental destruction, being preliterate in peace puts humanity and our planet at great risk. During an era when humanity has the technological capacity to destroy itself, peace literacy means survival literacy.

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North Korea: How Many Wake-Up Calls Will It Take?
David Krieger, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Feb 2016

North Korea has been roundly condemned for its nuclear tests, including this one. To put this in perspective, however, the U.S. has conducted more than 1,000 nuclear tests, continues to conduct subcritical nuclear tests, has not ratified the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, is in breach of its obligations under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, regularly tests nuclear-capable missiles, and plans to spend $1 trillion modernizing its nuclear arsenal.

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February: This Month in Nuclear Threat History
Jeffrey W. Mason, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Feb 2016

February 1, 1958 – As part of the U.S. strategy of massive (nuclear) retaliation, the UK agreed to station 60 nuclear-armed Thor intermediate-range ballistic missiles at four U.K. military bases. Royal Air Force personnel staffed the bases, but all the nuclear weapons that were provided remained in full U.S. ownership, custody, and control. These same missiles were put on high-alert status during the October 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.

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We Are Living at the Edge of a Nuclear Precipice
David Krieger, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Jan 2016

With nuclear weapons, what could possibly go wrong? The short answer is: Everything. The ever-present dangers of nuclear proliferation, nuclear accidents and miscalculations, nuclear terrorism and nuclear war. Instead of nuclear deterrence and modernization of arsenals, we need to negotiate in good faith for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons. That is, we need to break free of our acidic complacency and commit ourselves to achieving a nuclear zero world.

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This Month in Nuclear Threat History
Jeffrey W. Mason – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 11 Jan 2016

January 9, 1987 – Dean Rusk (1909-1994), a former Secretary of State (1961-69) under presidents John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson who received many awards during his career including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, spoke out against nuclear weapons with a statement that, “Nuclear war not only eliminates all the answers, but eliminates all the questions.”

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Time for Nuclear Sharing to End
Xanthe Hall – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 9 Nov 2015

You have to keep threatening to use nuclear weapons to make nuclear deterrence work. A view from Germany on the planned deployment of new US nuclear weapons.

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November: This Month in Nuclear Threat History
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Nov 2015

November 16, 1994 – After receiving formal promises of security assurances from the leaders of the U.S., Russia, and Britain, President Leonid Kuchma recommended that Ukraine formally accede to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty as a nonnuclear weapons state and agree to transfer its stockpile of strategic nuclear warheads to Russia, which was accomplished on June 1, 1996.

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October: This Month in Nuclear Threat History
Jeffrey W. Mason – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 5 Oct 2015

October 4, 1957 – The Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, the world’s first artificial satellite, as the Space Age began. U.S. government leaders concerned that a missile capable of launching satellites might soon be able to place a nuclear warhead on U.S. or allied territory led to fears of a “missile gap.”

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September: This Month in Nuclear Threat History
Jeffrey W. Mason – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 7 Sep 2015

September 4, 1978 – War Resisters League (WRL) members and their supporters demonstrated against nuclear weapons and civilian nuclear power plants simultaneously in Red Square near the Kremlin in Moscow and on the White House front lawn in Washington, DC.

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Humanize, Not Modernize
David Krieger – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 7 Sep 2015

In the Nuclear Age, our technological capacity for destruction has outpaced our spiritual and moral capacity to control these destructive technologies. The Foundation is a voice for those committed to exercising conscience and choosing a decent future for all humanity.

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Reflections on the 70th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombings
David Krieger – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 10 Aug 2015

On August 6, 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, killing some 90,000 people immediately and another 55,000 by the end of 1945. Three days later, the United States dropped another atomic bomb on Nagasaki, killing some 40,000 people immediately and another 35,000 by the end of 1945.

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In Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
David Krieger, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Aug 2015

The heat of summer is oppressive.
Children pass by in groups, chattering.

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August: This Month in Nuclear Threat History
Jeffrey W. Mason – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 10 Aug 2015

August 6, 1945 – Colonel Paul Warfield Tibbets piloted the 509th Composite Group’s B-29 Superfortress bomber named Enola Gay, in honor of the pilot’s mother, from Tinian in the Marianas chain of Pacific Ocean islands to Hiroshima, Japan where the enriched uranium-fueled fission bomb code named “Little Boy” was dropped over a city of a quarter million inhabitants at 8:15:17 a.m. local time.

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Wake Up!
David Krieger, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Aug 2015

The alarm is sounding.
Can you hear it?

Can you hear the bells
of Nagasaki
ringing out for peace?

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July: This Month in Nuclear Threat History
Jeffrey W. Mason – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 6 Jul 2015

July 1, 1968 – The U.S., U.K., the Soviet Union, and 58 other nations signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). The Preamble of the agreement, which today includes 191 state parties, referred explicitly to the need for a Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, which has not yet been realized due mostly to the U.S. Senate’s unwillingness to ratify it.

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Not Just Apologies but Repentance
Nassrine Azimi – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 6 Jul 2015

Few countries have been as mired in as much warfare within as brief a period of history as the United States. Since WWII, the number of revolutions, coups d’état, invasions and wars it has directly or indirectly instigated has been staggering. The United States has yet to apologize for unleashing nuclear terror on civilians in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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The Nuclear Age at Seventy
David Krieger – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 6 Jul 2015

The first explosion of a nuclear device took place at Alamogordo, New Mexico on July 16, 1945. Just three weeks later, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima and three days after that on the Japanese city of Nagasaki.

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June: This Month in Nuclear Threat History
Jeffrey W. Mason, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation - TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Jun 2015

June 3, 1980 – President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski was awakened by his military assistant, General William Odom, around 2:30 a.m. and informed that NORAD’s computers had detected a launch of 2,200 Soviet ICBMs heading for U.S. targets. The incident was one of many so-called “false warnings.”

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Nuclear Weapons: Grand Bargain Is Not So Grand
David Krieger, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Jun 2015

The five nuclear-armed countries that are parties to the NPT (US, Russia, UK, France and China) appear more comfortable working together to maintain and modernize their nuclear arsenals than they do to fulfilling their disarmament obligations under the treaty. Their common strategy appears to be “nuclear weapons forever.” The US plans to spend $1 trillion on modernizing its nuclear arsenal over the next three decades.

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May: This Month in Nuclear Threat History
Jeffrey W. Mason – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 11 May 2015

May 1, 1982 – The Washington Post featured an article by Bill Prochnau titled, “With the Bomb, There Is No Answer,” in which he reported that marijuana was discovered in one of the underground missile control launch centers of a Minuteman ICBM squadron at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana.

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Hubris versus Wisdom
David Krieger – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 11 May 2015

Humankind must not be complacent in the face of the threat posed by nuclear weapons. The future of humanity and all life depends upon the outcome of the ongoing struggle between hubris and wisdom. Hubris is an ancient Greek word meaning extreme arrogance. Wisdom is cautionary good sense.

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March: This Month in Nuclear Threat History
Jeffrey W. Mason – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 9 Mar 2015

March 1, 1982 – President Ronald Reagan watched the Pentagon’s National Military Command Center rehearse a full-scale nuclear exchange between the United States and Soviet Union…

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February: This Month in Nuclear Threat History
Jeffrey W. Mason – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 9 Feb 2015

February 17, 1953 – Years after serving as the civilian director of the Manhattan Project to build the first atomic bomb, J. Robert Oppenheimer gave one of many speeches opposing the growing nuclear arms race, this one at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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January: This Month in Nuclear Threat History
Jeffrey W. Mason – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 12 Jan 2015

January 2015 – Nuclear Threat in History

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On Modernizing the U.S. Nuclear Arsenal
David Krieger - Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 8 Dec 2014

Modernization of the US nuclear arsenal is not the only choice we have. A far better and saner choice is to end the nuclear weapons era, and that can only be done by diplomacy and negotiations for a nuclear weapons-free world.

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Nuclear Weapons and the International Security Context
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Dec 2014

This statement, signed by over 100 civil society organizations, was delivered at the United Nations General Assembly’s First Committee on October 28, 2014.

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Peace Leadership
David Krieger – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 10 Nov 2014

We live in a time of war and in a world that sacrifices its children at the altar of violence. There are children growing up today who have never known peace. Can you imagine what this must be like?

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U.S. Nuclear Policy: Taking the Wrong Road
David Krieger – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 6 Oct 2014

On September 21, 2014, the International Day of Peace, The New York Times published an article, “U.S. Ramping Up Major Renewal in Nuclear Arms.” Federal study put the price tag for modernizing the U.S. nuclear arsenal at “up to a trillion dollars” over the next three decades.

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Nuclear Weapons Do Not Make Us Safer
David Krieger, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation - TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Sep 2014

Rather than continuing to posture with its nuclear weapons in Europe, the United States should be leading the way in convening negotiations to eliminate all nuclear weapons for its own security and that of all the world’s inhabitants.

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US Plans Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Test on International Day of Peace
David Krieger – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 5 Sep 2011

The General Assembly declared in its Resolution 55/282 that “the International Day of Peace [21 September] shall henceforth be observed as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence, an invitation to all nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities for the duration of the Day.” The United States has announced that its next test of a Minuteman III will occur on September 21, 2011. So, on the 2011 International Day of Peace, the United States has chosen not “to honor a cessation of hostilities,” but rather to implement a very visible, $20 million test of a nuclear-capable missile.

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Nuclear Dangers and Opportunities in the Middle East
Richard Falk and David Krieger – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 27 Sep 2010

Hardly a week goes by without an Israeli top official threatening to attack Iran so as to disrupt or destroy its nuclear program, which is suspected of moving in the direction of acquiring nuclear weapons. Shamelessly, as well, the extreme right think tanks in the Washington Beltway and many faithful followers of Israel echo these dangerous sentiments. They send Tel Aviv a signal that it has a green light to launch an attack on Iran at the time of its choosing, along with the reassuring message that the United States Government will step forward in support, whatever the adverse economic and diplomatic consequences for the region.

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Nuclear Detonation: Fifteen Scenarios
David Krieger – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 27 Sep 2010

Many people are complacent about nuclear weapons. They would prefer to deny the nuclear threat and put nuclear dangers out of their minds. Unfortunately, this is a dangerous approach to a serious threat to humanity. There are many ways in which a nuclear detonation could take place, including accident, miscalculation and intentional use. Any use of nuclear weapons, including by accident or miscalculation, could lead to the destruction of a city as occurred at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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The New U.S. Nuclear Posture Review
David Krieger, TFF & Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Apr 2010

While pausing to celebrate the incremental steps in arms reductions and the limitations on nuclear weapons use that are being made now, we should also recognize that a policy of No First Use and a commitment to negotiate a Nuclear Weapons Convention would move us far more rapidly toward the peace and security of the nuclear weapon-free world envisioned by President Obama.

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