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Pacific Trade Pact Puts Corporations’ Profit Over People, Environment

Sputnik International, 08-08-2015

The 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) being negotiated in secret is an international trade pact authored by the world’s transnational corporations to undermine nations’ sovereignty in the interest of greater profits, prominent environmental campaigner Helen Caldicott told Sputnik.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The TPP, a top priority for US President Barack Obama’s administration, is a controversial trade pact being negotiated in secret between the United States and 11 Asian and Pacific Rim nations. The deal is expected to cover about 40 percent of the global economy.

“The TPP was organized behind closed doors by very skillful lawyers representing the transnational corporations,” Caldicott, a founding president of Physicians for Social Responsibility, the co-winner of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize, said.

She added that the trade pact will lead to transnational corporations controlling the world’s laws.

“Corporations can be viewed as sociopaths,... read more

Symposium Collection Online

The Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction was a unique two-day symposium held at The New York Academy of Medicine from February 28 to March 1, at which an international panel of leading experts in disarmament, political science, existential risk, artificial intelligence, anthropology, medicine, nuclear weapons and other nuclear issues discussed the possibility of global nuclear destruction.

David Ratcliffe, editor and publisher at rat haus reality press in Massachusetts, collated the available material that came out of the Symposium and has now made it available online.

This collection of hypertext transcripts, mp3 file recordings of each speaker and other supporting files all in one place is a marvellous online resource. Thank you, David.

Take a look at http://ratical.org//radiation/NuclearExtinction/

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Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission Press Conference

Unabridged recording of the press conference held 24 July 2015 by the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission. Commissioner Kevin Scarce discussed his recent international visits then took questions from the press gang and the Commission’s Adelaide office on Grenfell Street.

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Submission to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission

I begin my submission to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission by posting an article which I wrote for the Australian Medical Student Journal, which outlines in some detail the medical implications of the whole nuclear fuel chain.

The impact of the nuclear crisis on global health

Due to my personal concerns regarding the ignorance of the world’s media and politicians about radiation biology after the dreadful accident at Fukushima in Japan, I organized a 2 day symposium at the NY Academy of Medicine on March 11 and 12, 2013 … [ to read the full text of this article, click on this link: http://www.helencaldicott.com/the-impact-of-the-nuclear-crisis-on-global-health/. The link will open in a new tab or window. Close it to return to this page ]

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Iran Deal Exposes Anti-Russia Motive for US Missile Defense - Activist

Spiritual leader of Iran Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei

Sputnik News, 16.07.15

Prominent global anti-nuclear campaigner Dr. Helen Caldicott claims that the nuclear deal reached between Iran and the P5 + 1 nations removes the key US argument for deploying ballistic missile defense systems in Europe.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The nuclear deal reached between Iran and the P5 + 1 nations removes the key US argument for deploying ballistic missile defense systems in Europe, prominent global anti-nuclear campaigner Dr. Helen Caldicott told Sputnik.

“The vacuous and fallacious rationale for deploying US missile defense systems [across Europe] now falls in a shattering heap,” Caldicott said.

Caldicott was founding president of Physicians for Social Responsibility, the co-winner of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize. The Smithsonian Institution has named her one of the most influential women of the 20th century.

Caldicott said the Europe-wide deployment of advanced US... read more

Call for Sanity on Sixtieth Anniversary of the Russell-Einstein Manifesto

By Emanuel Pastreich, Foreign Policy in Focus, July 9, 2015

It was exactly 60 years ago that Bertrand Russell and Albert Einstein gathered together with a group of leading intellectuals in London to draft and sign a manifesto in which they denounced the dangerous drive toward war between the world’s Communist and anti-Communist factions. The signers of this manifesto included leading Nobel Prize winners such as Hideki Yukawa and Linus Pauling.

They were blunt, equating the drive for war and reckless talk of the use of nuclear weapons sweeping the United States and the Soviet Union at the time, as endangering all of humanity. The manifesto argued that advancements in technology, specifically the invention of the... read more

WILPF Australia Peacewomen Awards

By Janette McLeod, WILPF Australia, 29 June 2015

The centenary celebrations of WILPF in Australia at the end of May were enhanced considerably by the presence of our Secretary General Madeleine Rees. The celebrations, held in Australia’s capital Canberra, included a public conference, centenary Australian Peacewomen celebration, a historical exhibition and the Section’s triennial conference.

Madeleine arrived early in the country, travelling firstly to Brisbane where she spoke at the University of Queensland on The dream and the reality: are our international institutions fit for purpose? (Although the real purpose of her visit was to cuddle a koala.)

The Peacewomen celebrations honoured four prominent women:

  • Helen Caldicott – physician, author and anti-nuclear advocate; founder of several associations dedicated to opposing the use of nuclear power, depleted uranium munitions, nuclear... read more

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