Category: Weapons & Disarmament

Anil Eklavya: Drones, Aerial and Otherwise

I feel very strange, in fact disturbed, to have to make this comment, as this comment is critical of the ideas of someone with whom I have a lot in common, whereas I have almost nothing in common with those he proposes should be killed by any means possible. The strangeness also comes from the Read more…

Ted Snider: Should Iran Sanction the US?

At a meeting of NATO leaders in mid October 2010, Hilary Clinton declared that NATO must “remain a nuclear alliance as long as nuclear weapons exist”. The statement is not only logically amusing, it is, more importantly, criminal. The US cannot ask nonnuclear nations not to produce nuclear weapons or new nuclear nations to get Read more…

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Alexander Cockburn: Nuclear Disarmament: Not What He Promised

It’s been an active year so far in the rhetoric of nuclear disarmament. First, the "nuclear posture statement" of the Obama administration put out in early April. Then the non-proliferation meetings, then the START negotiations with the Russians. What do they add up to, in terms of material reduction of the threat of nuclear Armageddon? Read more…

Desmond Tutu: It’s time to rid the world of nuclear weapons

This year the nuclear bomb turns 65 – an appropriate age, by international standards, for compulsory retirement. But do our leaders have the courage and wisdom to rid the planet of this ultimate menace? The five-yearly review of the ailing nuclear non-proliferation treaty, currently under way at the United Nations in New York, will test Read more…

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David Edwards: Projectile Dysfunction – Iron Dome, Israel, Trident, And The Media

Last week, the BBC reported Barack Obama’s request to Congress for $200 million in military aid to assist Israel’s construction of a short-range rocket defence system, Iron Dome. The funding will be in addition to the $3 billion in military aid the US annually sends to Israel. A BBC online article explained:   “The system Read more…

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Badri Raina: Rewriting Proverbs

                             Sauce for the Goose is not                              Sauce for the Gander.   Unlike my friend, J.Sriraman, the reputed columnist, I am no expert on matters nuclear.   As a lay student of contemporary international history (where “contemporary” goes back , for purposes of this note, to the second world war), I agree with Read more…

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Radha Surya: India-US Nuclear Deal Redux

The tortuous and interminable saga of the India-US civilian nuclear agreement has once again shifted to the forefront of the national political scene.  As is well known to observers of the so-called India-US strategic partnership, a final determined push on the part of the US-based Indian Diaspora and homegrown votaries of the nuclear deal led Read more…

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Darwin BondGraham: “Four Horsemen” Call For Nuclear Weapons Surge

In the December edition of Z Magazine, we published a lengthy feature examining the new politics of "anti-nuclear imperialism," a rhetorical strategy of promoting nuclear disarmament in name, while boosting nuclear weapons facilities spending and shoring up a nuclear-armed U.S. global hegemony in actual practice. We mainly focused on the Hoover Institution’s pivotal role in Read more…

John Laforge: Priest Gets “Time Served” for ICBM Protest in Colorado

  In his December trial in Greeley, Colorado for "trespass" and "mischief" last August 6 at the site of a U.S. nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), Fr. Carl Kabat, a 76-year-old Catholic priest, was interrupted on the witness stand a dozen times with technical objections. Finally, he made a demand of "the people," as the Read more…

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Saul Landau: Defense Elephant in America’s Living Room

History quiz: Name the greatest robbery committed in the last 100 years.               A: Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme             B: Nazi theft of art treasures from conquered nations             C. Diamonds stolen from Africa by Belgians             D. The Pentagon budget.   This is not a tricky multiple choice question where all the answers Read more…

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