The Beginning and End of Nuclear Disarmament Campaigning in Vancouver
Christine Kim, University of British Columbia
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
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claims that the election of Moon Jae-in as the next president of South Korea offers hope that the THAAD system will be withdrawn from the country soon after it was installed there.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as the next president of South Korea offers hope that the US Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system will be withdrawn from the country soon after it was installed there, peace activist Helen Caldicott told Sputnik on Tuesday.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
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
Global peace campaigner Helen Caldicott said that in the light of recent attack on Syria, it is “absolutely terrifying” that US President Trump has a control of huge conventional and nuclear arsenal.
President Donald Trump’s decision to attack Syria with cruise missiles last week made the prospect of his control of the US conventional and strategic armed forces extremely alarming, Caldicott told Sputnik.
“It is absolutely terrifying that Trump has this huge conventional and nuclear arsenal at his fingertips with virtually no oversight as president,” Caldicott, founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility that was co-winner of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize, said.
Caldicott warned that the missile strike on a Syrian airbase in the Idlib province last Thursday raised the likelihood that Trump could at any time order other far-reaching strikes with US armed forces against other targets around the... read more
“Do not go to Japan. Do not under any circumstances take your children to Japan, because you don’t know what you’re eating and where the food is sourced…
And the Japanese are trying now to export their radioactive food to London and elsewhere. Taiwan has refused to receive it. But, it’s dangerous and it’s going to continue to be dangerous for the rest of time. It’s sad.”
In this interview, conducted and recorded on International Women’s Day, Dr. Caldicott talks about the high radiation reading recently recorded at Unit 2, efforts to contain the radioactive water spilling out of the facility, projected health risks from the cesium, tritium, strontium and other isotopes spewing from the site and much, much more. Caldicott also extends the discussion... read more
The White House announced its plans to increase the US defense budget by $54 billion dollars with part of it going to restoring the US’s nuclear capabilities. Nobel Peace Prize nominee and author of the book “Sleepwalking to Armageddon: The Threat of Nuclear Annihilation,” Dr. Helen Caldicott joins RT America’s Simone Del Rosario to discuss.