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Put on your pearls and pummel ‘em!

By Linda Pentz Gunter, Beyond Nuclear International, 14 April 2019

Dr. Helen Caldicott: the anti-nuclear movement’s most fearless and indefatigable matriarch

I have nothing against Birkenstock sandals. Well, not much anyway. Nor tie-dye really. Nor, do I think, does Dr. Helen Caldicott. But there was a time — and maybe there still is — when she would advise any woman anti-nuclear activist venturing into verbal combat with the other side to “wear pearls and pantyhose.”

This was not an anti-feminist stance. Far from it. It was the sign of a smart tactician. Leave the Birkenstocks and the peace sign jewelry at home. Don’t give them what they want. Don’t let them stereotype you. Put on those pearls and then pummel ‘em!

Caldicott, probably the world’s most famous anti-nuclear... read more

How Do You Justify a $750 Billion Budget?

I grew up on a steady diet of threat inflation. Before I was born, bomber and missile “gaps” had been falsely touted as showing the Soviet Union was ahead of the U.S. in developing nuclear-capable weaponry (the reverse was true). But those lies, which vastly exaggerated Soviet capabilities, perfectly served the needs of the military-industrial complex (hereafter, the Complex) in the USA. Another example of threat inflation, common when I was a kid, was the Domino Theory, the idea that, if South Vietnam fell to communism, the entire region of Southeast Asia would... read more

Fukushima: “An Ongoing Global Radiological Catastrophe”. “A Huge Coverup”.

The eight year anniversary of the triple meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility passed mostly without comment in mainstream media circles. In spite of ongoing radiological contamination that will continue to spread and threaten human health for lifetimes to come, other stories dominate the international news cycle. The climate change conundrum, serious though it may be, seemingly crowds out all other clear and present environmental hazards.

As part of efforts to normalize this historic event and cover it up in its magnitude, the Japanese government has invested considerable financial, public relations and other resources into what they are billing the ‘Recovery Olympics‘ set to take place in a year’s time in Tokyo. 

But Helen Caldicott warns that the dangers associated with Fukushima have not... read more

The Thinking Woman review: Julienne van Loon on the forces that shape us

By Jo Case, Sydney Morning Herald, 5 April 2019

The Thinking Woman
​Julienne van Loon
​NewSouth, $34.99

The Thinking Woman, the first work of non-fiction by acclaimed novelist Julienne van Loon (whose career began with a Vogel win for her first novel, Road Story, in 2004) is a knotty, charismatic exploration of the intersection between ideas and lived experience, through six central themes.

At the core of the book are van Loon’s conversations with seven internationally renowned female thinkers: Laura Kipnis on love, Siri Hustvedt on play, Nancy Holmstrom on work, Helen Caldicott and Julia Kristeva (the only thinker she doesn’t interview in person) on fear, Marina Warner on wonder, and Rosi Braidotti on friendship. These conversations, which are braided with van Loon’s... read more

Fukushima at Eight: Ongoing Cover-Up of the Nuclear Hazards in Japan and Abroad

By Michael Welch, Dr. Helen Caldicott, and Arnie Gundersen, Global Research, 17 March 2019

“The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.”

– Albert Einstein

The eight year old Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster marks a critical turning point in human history.

As of November 2018, 18,434 people are known to have died from the March 11, 2011 earthquake and the follow-up tsunami which struck the nuclear facility leading to the inundation of electric generators powering the circulation of coolant in the reactors. When the generators failed, three units experienced catastrophic meltdowns.

Radioactive water has for years now been draining into the Pacific Ocean. Toxic debris spewed into the Earth’s atmosphere. More than 73,000... read more

Woman in 90s still works for peace through activism

by Eric E. Harrison, Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 3 March 2019

Jean Gordon has been actively advocating for peace for more than four decades.

“At least as far back as the ’70s, with the Arkansas Peace Center,” she says. “I was real involved in that.”

Her involvement included a project called “Pulaski Priorities,” in which she compared the amount of federal dollars coming into city and county offices with the nation’s military budget.

“There was a direct corollary,” she recalls — every time the military budget went up, the amount of federal money going to local operations went down. “That really impressed me,” she says.

“We don’t think about the military budget — why care about it? But it’s real important.”

Gordon served at one time on the Little... read more

In My Own Words

By Helen Caldicott, NAPF, 1 February 2019

What got you started on the path to being a nuclear weapons abolitionist?

It began back when I was in my teens and read Neville Shute’s novel, On the Beach. It was about a nuclear holocaust that was set in Melbourne. At the end of the book, it was the end of the human race.

That’s when I lost my psychological virginity – instead of being a teenager looking forward to the future and smelling the orange blossoms, I was from then on acutely aware that the world could end.

Then I entered medical school at age 17 and learned about radiation, genetics and biology. At that time, Russia and America were testing weapons in the atmosphere, polluting the... read more

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