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There Is a New Urgency to the Threat of Nuclear Annihilation

By Helen Caldicott, The New Press | Book Excerpt

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.

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Trump’s New Afghan Strategy May Generate Increased Global Terror

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — President Donald Trump’s decision to keep US troops in Afghanistan, reversing his campaign pledges to withdraw from conflicts around the world, will backfire and create many more dedicated terrorists instead, global peace activist Dr. Helen Caldicott told Sputnik.

In his August 21 speech, Trump unveiled what he called a new US strategy in Afghanistan that would focus on destroying Taliban and other extreme Islamist forces instead of engaging in nation-building and strengthening civic society in the country.

However, Caldicott — founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility, the organization that was the co-winner of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize — warned that the new policy was falsely conceived and would create far greater terrorism problems instead of eradicating them.

“Trump implied, no more nation building: just killing of terrorists,” she said. “But the opposite prevails, converting peoples’ families into body parts inevitably creates more and... read more

Callous US Training Policies Led to Killing of Iraqi Civilians

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Iraqi army division trained by the United States government allegedly executed several dozen prisoners in Mosul’s Old City, Human Rights Watch (HRW) announced last week.

“US training policies made no distinction to spare civilians in war situations that themselves had been caused by the toppling of previously peaceful and stable governments,” Caldicott said.

Such outrages were the result of ruthless US strategic and training policies that taught soldiers to be callous about inflicting civilian casualties, Caldicott, founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility, the organization that was the co-winner of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize told Sputnik on Thursday.

That incident was just the latest documented atrocity in a dark record of massive human rights abuses that had continued in the region for decades, Caldicott stated.

US policies have been characterized by “dreadful killing, organized mayhem and unending wars,” she said.

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US 'Childish' Missile Interceptor Test Serves to Alarm N Korea - Peace Activist

A recent anti-missile test by the US is designed to make North Korea worry further that Washington is planning “significant military action” against it, peace activist Helen Caldicott told Sputnik.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The interception of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) over the Pacific Ocean last week was a needless provocation to North Korea by US President Donald Trump’s administration, Caldicott said.

“The Pentagon is exhibiting behavior which is both extraordinarily childish and provocative,” Caldicott, founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility, the organization that was the co-winner of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize, said.

The $244 million test was a childish display of alleged martial prowess that could only serve to alarm North Korea’s government and make them worry further that the United States was planning significant military action against them, without concern for the possible consequences, Caldicott warned.

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The Peace Movement

The Beginning and End of Nuclear Disarmament Campaigning in Vancouver

Christine Kim, University of British Columbia

Abstract

The Peace Movement was an active political campaign promoting total nuclear disarmament during a period in history where the two most powerful nations in the world seemed to be just one step away from blowing each other up, and, subsequently, the rest of the world. In the last decade of the Cold War, during the 1980s, the Peace Movement in Vancouver, BC, gained an unprecedented amount of traction. However, support for the movement was short-lived as peace activists dwindled in numbers moving into the 1990s and beyond. Today, sentiments ferociously opposed to the existence of nuclear weapons are far and few between. What were the factors that caused the peace... read more

Moon Victory in S. Korea Offers Hope for THAAD System Withdrawal - Activist

Peace activist Helen Caldicott claims that the election of Moon Jae-in as the next president of South Korea offers hope that the THAAD system will be withdrawn from the country soon after it was installed there.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The election of Moon Jae-in as the next president of South Korea offers hope that the US Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system will be withdrawn from the country soon after it was installed there, peace activist Helen Caldicott told Sputnik on Tuesday.

“The election of Moon is very significant,” Caldicott said, “He is against the THAAD antimissile placement which the Americans rushed to deploy just before the South Korean election and there is great hope that he may be able to bring peace and stability to the Korean Peninsula.”

Moon won the South Korean presidential election on May 9... read more

Trump, Pentagon ‘Sleepwalking to Armageddon’ With War Policies

Sputnik News, 15-04-2017

US President Donald Trump’s neoconservative advisors are pushing the United States towards nuclear war through military adventurism and fueling tensions with Russia, co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and activist Helen Caldicott told Sputnik.

On Thursday, the United States dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb in the US military arsenal targeting terrorist underground tunnels in Afghanistan, which Trump said was meant to also send a signal to North Korea. Last week, Trump ordered the bombing of a Syrian military airfield, which has escalated US-Russia tensions.

“In fostering a belligerent attitude towards Russia in this uncontrolled nuclear age we are sleepwalking to Armageddon,” Caldicott, founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility, said on Friday.

Caldicott said the unprecedented use of the 22,600-pound Massive Ordnance Air... read more

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