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

Some European Leaders Want to Prevent US From Killing INF Treaty - Peace Activist

Some European allies want to make last ditch efforts to prevent the arms race that will escalate if the US government exits the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, Helen Caldicott, founder of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Physicians for Social Responsibility told Sputnik.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a phone conversation on Monday exchanged views on the situation in the area of strategic security in light of the Trump administration’s ultimatum to exit the INF deal in 60 days if Moscow does not comply.

“If the US leaves the treaty as proposed by the wicked [US National Security Adviser] John Bolton, that action opens the way for an unrestrained arms race not just with Russia but also China and many other countries,”... read more

CIA Ditched Truth Drugs for Direct Torture of Prisoners After 9/11 - Analysts

The CIA appeared to have relied more on outright methods of torture or so-called “enhanced interrogation” techniques rather than using truth drugs after the September 11 terror attacks, University of Illinois Professor of International Law Francis Boyle said.


“After September 11, the CIA decided to engage in outright methods of torture in violation of the International Convention against Torture,” Boyle said.

Data that has emerged on the CIA’s preference in interrogation techniques after September 11 suggests that the agency did not rely primarily on truth drugs and was more reliant on direct physical methods such as waterboarding, Boyle noted.

“I suspect the CIA concluded that a so-called truth serum was not going to add anything to the torture and indeed could be counter-productive in terms of lessening the Pain of Torture somehow,” Boyle said.

A CIA report that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) succeeded... read more

Thinking the Unthinkable

B.B. Singer, 26 Aug 2018, Niagara Gazette

I recall in the early ‘80s when Jonathan Schell’s book “The Fate of the Earth” came out, long after “On the Beach” had cinematically addressed the same grisly subject of a nuclear holocaust in an era of bomb shelters and such.

And I remember (from the ‘80s) Schell telling us that only certain insects would survive such a horrendous catastrophe.

There is debate on that, but we’re still speaking of something essentially unspeakable here, as he was: of nuclear war, and basically, the end of things known. Yet for some reason, this whole issue doesn’t seem to be as central today as it was for Schell back then, when the main threat (before staggering, ultra-dangerous proliferation) was of... read more

Rogue Regenesys: Dr Helen Caldicott

On 23 August 2018, Rogue Regensys host Andrew Mount interviewed Dr Helen Caldicott.

Andrew Mount, your host for Rogue Regenesys, examines the assumptions, limitations and failures of the current economic paradigm, aiming to highlight poignant alternatives and proposing real solutions.

In an era of spiralling debt-crises and an uncertain ecological future, we are asked by Nature herself to discover the path to social equity and a balanced relationship with life. 

As we head into the most tumultuous time in modern history, humankind is seeking answers to what ails us as a society.  Beginning with a bio-regionalism that supports People, Planet and profit, we will endeavour to enfranchise all... read more

US Nukes: Our Biggest Challenge


In recent years, our fear about nuclear weapons has focused on whether new countries will join the club – on Obama’s successful efforts to prevent Iran from going nuclear (unfortunately now being undermined by Trump) and on Trump’s more helpful opening dialog with North Korea on getting rid of its nukes.

But now we urgently need to look inward at our own US nuclear program, with Congress within inches of approving a Trump proposal that would ignite a new arms race among the existing nuclear states and would greatly increase the danger of nuclear weapons use.

The most pressing global challenge on nuclear weapons is whether the US will kick-off a new nuclear arms... read more

World’s largest book about peace on display

The Big Book: Pages for Peace exhibit, featuring the world’s largest book about peace, opened July 11 at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough. The exhibit will run through Dec. 31.

The Big Book exhibit has a big goal: to share a profound message of hope and peace and engage young people, teachers, and visitors of all ages in thinking about how to build a more peaceful and sustainable world.

At the heart of the exhibit is the Big Book itself, which measures 10 feet by 20 feet wide when open, with over 1,000 larger than life pages. Visitors can see the book, turn its pages (it takes two people), or use a high speed digital kiosk to visit chapters or individual pages more quickly. Accompanying displays... read more

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