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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.

This audio is of Radio National presenter Fran Kelly’s interview with... read more

SA’s medical marvel who cheated death, defiant to the end

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

A Hiroshima Native’s View: ‘More Missiles Will Not Save Us’

By , Honolulu Civil Beat, January 16, 2018

At 8:07 on Saturday morning, Hawaii residents woke up to an emergency alert on their cellphones:

“BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”

Until a second message called it a false alarm 38 minutes later, the people of Hawaii contemplated the end — the end of their lives, of their families, of essentially everything they know and love.

I am originally from Hiroshima. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Park was within walking distance from my grandfather’s house.

As a family physician, I cared for Marshall Islander survivors of nuclear testing. Disaster medicine is one of my academic interests.

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Analyst: Lowballing Anti-Daesh Civilian Death Toll Likely to Fuel Hatred for US

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?”

Caldicott, founder of Physicians... read more

Are We Creeping Toward A Nuclear Disaster?

The prospect of nuclear war. How serious is it?

This hour, Australian anti-nuclear activist and writer Dr. Helen Caldicott shares her answer to that question.

We also check in with experts from the Cato Institute and UConn. And we want to hear from you.

North Korea, the U.S., Russia, China — how do you interpret the recent stream of headlines and rhetoric? Do you fear a nuclear disaster could be on the horizon?

As always, we take your calls, tweets, and emails.

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Are We ‘Sleepwalking to Armageddon’ With Nuclear Weapons?

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.

This year, the prize goes to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). The Nobel Peace Prize Committee honored ICAN for “its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.”

Dr. Helen Caldicott has long spoken out about the dangerous realities of nuclear power around the globe.... read more

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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