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Support for Nuclear Ban Treaty Is Rising. Nuclear Nations Are on the Defensive. via Truthout

By Jon Letman Nuclear tensions and nuclear spending are on the rise, but the elevated danger of nuclear weapons is overshadowed as other urgent global threats from the COVID pandemic, climate and environmental emergencies, and other urgent crises dominate news headlines. The … Continue reading

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The deterrence myth: The naked emperor who’s still in power via Beyond Nuclear International

By David Barash In his classic The Evolution of Nuclear Strategy (1989), Lawrence Freedman, the dean of British military historians and strategists, concluded: ‘The Emperor Deterrence may have no clothes, but he is still Emperor.’ Despite his nakedness, this emperor continues to … Continue reading

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Bruce Blair: Challenging the accidental nuclear war machine at every turn via Bulletin of Atomic Scientists

Bruce Blair spent his professional life working to expose the dangers from the nuclear Doomsday Machine created by the United States and Soviet Union during their Cold War and advancing policies to reduce the risk of nuclear use. A leading … Continue reading

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US Nuclear Weapons: First Low-Yield Warheads Roll Off the Production Line via Guardian UK

he US has begun making a new, low-yield nuclear warhead for its Trident missiles that arms control advocates warn could lower the threshold for a nuclear conflict. The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced in an email it had started manufacturing the weapon at … Continue reading

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The myth of nuclear deterrence via Beyond Nuclear

By Linda Pentz Gunter   […] In our new Deterrence pamphlet, we set out ten reasons why nuclear deterrence cannot possibly work. We conclude that the only way to be 100% certain of nuclear deterrence is not to have any nuclear … Continue reading

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Mattis: The U.S. Needs a Smaller Nuke to Prevent Nuclear War via New York Magazine

Defense Secretary James Mattis on Wednesday defended the Pentagon’s request to develop a new, smaller nuke, saying such a weapon could deter North Korea from striking the U.S. with a small nuclear weapon of its own. Development of the new … Continue reading

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Return of tactical nuclear weapons would send a dangerous signal via CNN

[…] Incorporating tactical nuclear weapons into America’s military planning would undermine 65 years of nonproliferation that goes back to President Eisenhower’s 1953 “Atoms for Peace” speech, which sought to share the benefits of atomic power while containing the risks, and the … Continue reading

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The Trump Doctrine: Making Nuclear Weapons Usable Again via TomDispatch (Reader Supported News)

Speaking of the situation on the Korean peninsula, he predicted that there would be “the greatest slaughter.”  He later requested 34 nuclear weapons for possible use in connection with the Korean situation.  He would later claim that he had considered dropping “30 to 50 … Continue reading

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To abolish nuclear weapons, strip away their handsome mask via Bulletin of Atomic Scientists

Mustafa Kibarogu The golden age of deterrence has reached its end. Nuclear weapons, once a star player on the international stage, no longer enjoy a place in the limelight. To be sure, some policy makers still ascribe to nuclear weapons … Continue reading

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How Shimon Peres Faced Down the Generals and Pacifists to Build Israel’s Nuclear Program via Haaretz

[…] It is impossible to exaggerate the role Peres played in every facet of Israel’s nuclear development. Veteran journalist Dan Margalit, who in his book “I Saw Them” revealed some of the details of Peres’ involvement, said in a radio … Continue reading

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