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Beyond Nuclear advocates for the elimination of all nuclear weapons and argues that removing them can only make us safer, not more vulnerable. The expansion of commercial nuclear power across the globe only increases the chance that more nuclear weapons will be built and is counterproductive to disarmament. We also cover nuclear weapons issues on our international site, Beyond Nuclear International.

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Saturday
Jan062018

Washington Post editorial: Russia and the United States are wrecking a landmark treaty

The Washington Post Editorial Board has published an opinion, calling for the preservation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, signed by U.S. President Ronald Reagan and U.S.S.R. Premier Mikhail Gorbachev in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 8, 1987. The Washington Post editorial asserts that the U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin administration's recent actions are putting this foundational treaty at risk, which could significantly worsen an already deteriorating nuclear weapons tension even more.

Friday
Jan052018

NYT op-ed: The Perils of Mixing Masculinity and Missiles

An op-ed published in the New York Times, written by Carol Cohn.

Carol Cohn is the director of the Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

"The Perils of Mixing Masculinity and Missiles" is reminiscent of Missile Envy: The Arms Race and Nuclear War, the great title of seminal book written by Helen Caldicott in the 1980s.

Helen Caldicott is the founding president of Beyond Nuclear.

Wednesday
Jan032018

Markey, Lieu Push No ‘First Strike’ Bill After Trump Taunts North Korea's Kim

As reported by John T. Bennett in The Hill.

U.S. Senator Ed Markey (Democrat-MA) and U.S. Representative Ted Lieu's (Democrat-CA) companion bills, H.R. 669 in the U.S. House, and S. 200 in the U.S. Senate, are entitled the "Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017."

Please urge your U.S. Rep. to support H.R. 669. You can phone your U.S. Rep.'s D.C. office via the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 225-3121. And you can look up your U.S. Rep.'s direct contact info. here, by entering your zip code, clicking the FIND YOUR REP BY ZIP button, and following the links.

Please urge both your U.S. Senators to support S. 200. You can phone your U.S. Sens.' D.C. offices via the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. And you can look up your U.S. Sens.' direct contact info. here, by clicking on your state in the scroll down menu labeled "Find Your Senators" in the upper left hand side of the screen.

Wednesday
Jan032018

DN!: Trump may use Iranian protests as pretext to further undermine Iran Nuclear Deal

As reported by Democracy Now! in a segment entitled "Trump's Vow to Support Iran Opposition Carries 'No Credibility' as Demonstrations Enter Sixth Day."

DN!'s introduction to the interview states:

As anti-government demonstrations enter their second week in Iran and spread to several key cities, President Donald Trump tweeted it’s ”TIME FOR CHANGE!” and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley called for an emergency meeting to discuss the developments. “Despite the attention that these anti-government protesters have gotten over the past week, there was no indication … that this was a repeat of 2009. … This was not a mass uprising,” says Tehran-based reporter Reza Sayah. We also speak with Trita Parsi, founder and president of the National Iranian American Council, who notes a new budget deal in Iran’s parliament that would cut government payments to the poor and raise fuel prices 50 percent was “the straw that broke the camel’s back” prior to the protests. (emphasis added)

It was Parsi who, midway through the interview, speaks to the risk that President Trump will use these protests in Iran in an attempt to further undermine the Iran Nuclear Deal. Trump has a deadline coming up in just over a week, requiring recertification of Iran's compliance with the Deal. As Parsi points out, ironically enough, if Trump refuses to acknowledge Iran's compliance, despite its clear compliance, that would then put the United States in non-compliance with its end of the Deal.

Parsi is the author of Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy, just published on August 1, 2017.

Wednesday
Jan032018

DN!: "President Trump took to social media to make a threat of nuclear war steeped in sexual bravado"

As reported by Democracy Now!:

In North Korea, leader Kim Jong-un has ordered the reopening of a hotline with South Korea’s leaders—bringing the biggest thaw in relations between the two Koreas in years. The overture came as South Korean President Moon Jae-in said he’s open to talks next week in the so-called truce village in the Demilitarized Zone. The moves came as President Trump took to social media to make a threat of nuclear war steeped in sexual bravado. Trump tweeted from the White House, “North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the 'Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.' Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!” Trump’s tweet was among a torrent of 16 messages he posted to Twitter on his first full day of work in the new year, with attacks on Pakistan, the Palestinians, Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin, James Comey and The New York Times. (emphasis added)

New York Times coverage also commented along similar lines:

The president’s tone also generated a mix of scorn and alarm among lawmakers, diplomats and national security experts who called it juvenile and frightening for a president handling a foreign policy challenge with world-wrecking consequences. The language was reminiscent of Mr. Trump’s boast during the 2016 presidential campaign that his hands, and by extension his genitals, were in fact big enough.


The Washington Post's James Hohmann has taken an even deeper dive on Trump's fixation on size.

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