Judge snubs expert at Pilgrim trial

Helen CaldicottBy Christine Legere, Cape Cod Times, October 18, 2014

A Plymouth District Court judge barred an internationally known expert on the medical and environmental dangers of nuclear power from testifying Friday on behalf of four Cape Cod activists charged with trespassing onto the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station’s property on Mother’s Day.

Dr. Helen Caldicott had traveled from Australia to serve as the principal expert witness at the trial of the alleged trespassers, who argue that their actions of civil disobedience were performed for a greater good.

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U.S., Russia, Go On Hair-Trigger Alert

OpEdNewsBy Sherwood Ross, OpEdNews.com, 10 October 2014

For the first time since the Cold War, Russia and the United States are confronting each other militarily and have their nuclear arsenals on hair-trigger alert, peace activist and Nobel Prize nominee Dr. Helen Caldicott warns.

In a speech to the National Press Club, Washington, D.C., Dr. Caldicott, a pediatrician and Founding President of Doctors for Social Responsibility, pointed to the cause of the hostile turn in the relations of the two countries:

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Nuclear War threat from Ukraine crisis threatens world, Nobel Peace Laureate warns

Baltimore Post-ExaminerBy , Baltimore Post-Examiner, October 10, 2014

The United States and Russia are dangerously close to stumbling into a war over Ukraine that could go nuclear and kill hundreds of millions of people in a single day, a Nobel laureate who is one of the world’s leading experts on the dangers of nuclear weapons warned in Washington this week.

“It’s an incredibly dangerous situation. … If there’s a nuclear war tonight, that’s the Northern Hemisphere (of the entire world) gone, Dr. Helen Caldicott told a National Press Club Newsmakers news conference on Wednesday. She was speaking on the topic: “Ukraine: Is Nuclear Conflict Likely?”

Caldicott is an Australian physician who founded the International Physicians against Nuclear War, a group that under her leadership won the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize. She is the former president of the Nuclear Policy Research Institute based in Washington.

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US Aggressive Policy Toward Russia Could Trigger Nuke War: Nuclear Disarmament Advocate

rai novostiWASHINGTON, October 9 (RIA Novosti) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has shown a great deal of restraint in the face of provocations by the United States and NATO directly at the Russian borders, but a conflict between the two greatest nuclear powers remains a very grim perspective, Dr. Helen Caldicott, an author and nuclear disarmament advocate told RIA Novosti after a National Press Club Newsmakers news conference “Ukraine: Is Nuclear Conflict Likely?”.

“Putin… I think he is being very restrained at the moment,” Dr. Caldicott said during a press briefing on Wednesday, adding that US attempts to create an enemy image around Putin are “totally inappropriate.”

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Dr Helen Caldicott at USA’s National Press Club – on danger of nuclear war

NPCOctober 8, 2014 | By Joshua Higgins

With ongoing crises ranging from terrorism to Ebola, policymakers, the media and the public are overlooking a threat that could wipe out the entire human race, a 1985 Nobel Peace Prize nominee said at a National Press Club Newsmakers news conference on Wednesday.

That issue, Helen Caldicott said, is nuclear war.

Escalating tensions between the U.S. and Russia over conflict in Ukraine pose a worldwide nuclear risk, according to the Australian physician and civil activist who also is the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary.

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From Nuclear Freeze to Global Warming – and Back

The New York TimesBy Teresa Tritch, New York Times, September 23, 2014

In June 1982, up to a million demonstrators gathered in Central Park calling for a nuclear freeze. They were protesting the Reagan-era nuclear arms buildup and other developments they saw, not unreasonably, as a threat to civilization and to life on Earth, including talk by some Reagan aides about fighting and winning a nuclear war.

Last Sunday — a generation later –hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took part in the People’s Climate March in Manhattan to protest international inaction on global warming, which they see, not unreasonably, as a threat to civilization and to life on Earth.

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Supporters of NASA’s heavy lift Space Launch System accused of ‘missile envy’

Missile EnvyWhile the development of NASA’s Space Launch System, the heavy lift rocket upon which hopes of human space exploration beyond low Earth orbit rest, with an expected first test launch sometime in 2018, opposition in some quarters still persists.

In a Thursday post, space blogger Rand Simberg, noting a great deal of supporting posts on social media, suggested (perhaps tongue in cheek) that supporters of the big rocket suffer from a form of “missile envy” referring to a 1985 book by left-wing political activist Helen Caldicott that posited a Freudian explanation of the nuclear arms race.

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