Nuclear Proliferation

Nuclear power was the failed answer to the horrors of the atomic bomb - the so-called "Peaceful Atom." However, the two technologies are inextricably linked. Countries such as India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea clandestinely developed nuclear weapons using the infrastructure, technology and know-how of their "civilian" nuclear programs. Contained expansion of nuclear power across the globe only increases the chances of nuclear weapons development and is counterproductive to disarmament.



Why Trump might bend nuclear security rules to help Saudi Arabia build reactors in the desert

As report by Steven Mufson in the Washington Post.

The article quotes a number of voices skeptical of the nuclear weapons proliferation risks a nuclear power program in the Middle East would represent:

Henry Sokolski, the executive director of the nonprofit Nonproliferation Policy Education Center who served in President George H.W. Bush’s Pentagon, asked, “How do we feel about the stability of the kingdom? The reactors are bolted to the ground for a minimum of 40 years and a maximum of 80 years. That’s enough for the whole world to change.”

...Many experts on Saudi Arabia say the kingdom wants its own program to deter or counterbalance Iran. “I think part of it is keeping up with the Iranians and trying to build up a nuclear infrastructure that could be turned into weapons capability,” Gause said. [F. Gregory Gause is a professor of international affairs at Texas A&M University.]

...“We have a tendency to use nukes as a way of ingratiating ourselves with countries around the world and then we get into a negotiation of whether there are safeguards,” said Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.). “I think ultimately it’s going to come back to haunt us.”

...Saudi Arabia “would like us to cave to some degree on some elements of the 123 agreement,” said Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. But, he added, “the fewer Mideast nuclear weapons states, the better. And the fewer nondemocratic nuclear states, the better. And the fewer states where I can’t predict 10 years down the road what their attitudes will be toward the United States, the fewer of those countries that have nuclear weapons the better.”


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Janet Benshoof, watchdog on Burmese military dictatorship's attempts to acquire nuclear weapons, presente!

Janet Benshoof, founder of the Global Justice Center and a longtime women's rights champion, passed on from cancer on Dec. 18, 2017. She was 70 years old.

Among a remarkable life's work of defending women's human rights here in the U.S. and internationally (see the New York Time's obituary, as well as the Washington Post's), Janet worked for decades on behalf of human rights in Burma. One part of that was watch-dogging efforts by the Burmese military dictatorship to acquire nuclear weaponry.

As shared by Alfred Meyer, Janet Benshoof's husband (and himself a national board of directors member of Physicians for Social Responsibility, and a longtime friend and colleague of Beyond Nuclear and the anti-nuclear weapons and anti-nuclear power movements):

Here is a link to the video of the memorial service held for Janet Benshoof.

The program [linked here] provides a list of speakers.

January 21, 2018

New York City

11am - 1pm

YouTube video:

Among the attendees at the memorial/celebration were Dr. Arjun and Annie Makhijani from the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research in Takoma Park, MD.

Beyond Nuclear's Kevin Kamps, and members of San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace, watched the livestream webcase of the memorial/celebration provided by the Global Justice Center, in California.

The day before the memorial/celebration, the Global Justice Center that Janet founded organized a contingent in the Women's March in New York City, in her honor.

Beyond Nuclear's Kevin Kamps, who was in San Luis Obispo, CA to make a presentation about radioactive waste transportation risks at the invitation of SLO Mothers for Peace (who live in the shadows of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant), carried a sign in Janet's honor at the Women's March there. It read:

"Marching in honor of Janet Benshoof, 5/10/1947-12/18/2017, Founder of the Global Justice Center. She wanted to make the world a better place."

That's why our headline ended with "Presente!" For Janet marches on!

As the program at her memorial and life celebration read:

The departed whom we now remember have entered into the peace of life eternal.

They still live on earth in the acts of goodness they performed and in the hearts of those who cherish their memory.

May the beauty of their life abide among us as a loving benediction.

(Source: Union Prayerbook for Jewish Worship)


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