The documentary film The Most Dangerous Man in America was nominated for an Academy Award at this year’s Oscars [ 2010 ]. It is about the Defence Department and White House consultant Daniel Ellsberg, who released the Pentagon Papers to the media back in 1971.
In exposing top secret documents, President Richard Nixon said Ellsberg was placing himself above everybody — including the president and Congress, and although he faced numerous charges under the US Espionage Act, he avoided jail. It was never Daniel Ellsberg’s intention to do more than try to bring about an end to the war in Vietnam, but these papers set events in motion that led to the eventual fall of Richard Nixon.
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WHEN Vilma Taylor’s seven-month-old baby Brad was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis in 1964, the specialist assured her he’d be dead before long.
“They said when he was born that five years of age would be his limit,” Vilma, now 86, says. “The specialist said it was a waste of time treating these children, they all die.”
But Brad Taylor, helped by three strong women and an Australian-first heart-lung transplant, defied that prognosis to become South Australia’s most prominent advocate to find a cure for the killer genetic disease that clogs the lungs and digestive system with mucus.
He died on January 5, at 53, which sounds too young but was really a great victory. Even today, life... read more
Last week the Defense Department claimed that only 89 civilians had been accidentally killed in US air strikes against the Daesh terrorist group. However, the New York Times reported on Friday that the US air strikes against Daesh had killed 31 times as many civilians as the US military claimed.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US military’s underreporting of civilians killed by counterterrorism strikes will only fuel hatred for America worldwide, global peace activist Helen Caldicott told Sputnik.
“The US military does not count civilian deaths, those that they murdered, only US deaths,” she said. “It is Long Distance Murder and people wonder why young men are turned into so-called terrorists. What would you do if you saw your mother disintegrated before your eyes as death hurtles from the sky?”
Dr. Helen Caldicott joins Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson to talk about her work opposing nuclear weapons.
Nobel Peace Prize laureates — such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mother Theresa, and Nelson Mandela — are people who have been recognized for their exceptional efforts to end violence and oppression around the globe.
In the following excerpt from her introduction to Sleepwalking to Armageddon, pioneering anti-nuclear activist Dr. Helen Caldicott explains why nuclear catastrophe is still a very real and pressing danger to humanity.
Despite Donald Trump’s vows to seal the US border and eradicate ISIS, the real terrorists of the world today are the United States and Russia. They possess 94 percent of the nuclear weapons on the planet, and they hold the rest of the world hostage to their provocative and self-serving foreign policies and misadventures. As a result, we are closer to nuclear war now, at the start of the twenty-first century, than we’ve ever been before, even during the height of the Cold War.