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The Lessons We Haven’t Learned

by Helen Caldicott, The Progressive, August 3, 2020 My birthday is August 7, sandwiched between the anniversary dates for the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (on August 6 and August 9, 1945, respectively). I was six years old when the first bomb fell. My course in life was predetermined. On September 2, 1945, when the […]

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Trump Administration On Way To Destroying All Arms Control Agreements – Peace Activist

Fahad Shabbir, Urdu Point News, 28 May 2020 WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – 28th May, 2020) The Trump administration is on its way to destroying all arms control agreements and its scrapping of the Open Skies Treaty last week was the latest step on that road, global peace activist Dr. Helen Caldicott told Sputnik. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced […]

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Trump World Health Funding Cut ‘Makes No Sense’ – Global Peace Activist

WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – 18th April, 2020) President Donald Trump‘s decision to deprive the World Health Organization (WHO) of its $500 million a year funding from the United States makes no sense regardless of the body’s failure to issue adequate warnings over the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, global peace activist Dr. Helen Caldicott told Sputnik. “Well, just because they made a mistake doesn’t mean that […]

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The Dangers of Nuclear Power in Australia

By Helen Caldicott, Independent Australia, 16 February 2020 Long-time anti-nuclear campaigner and writer Dr Helen Caldicott believes the risks of nuclear power outweigh the benefits. AS AUSTRALIA grapples with the notion of introducing nuclear power as an energy source, it is imperative that people understand the intricacies of these new technologies including small modular reactors (SMR) and thorium reactors. There are […]

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For A Green Future

19 January 2020 Dr. Helen Caldicott and Karlin Itchoak are our guests on this special episode of For A Green Future. First Karlin talks about the Wilderness Society’s efforts to save the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil drilling. Then Dr. Helen Caldicott tells us about the fires in Australia, the nuclear freeze movement, the […]

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Anti-nuclear campaigner Helen Caldicott alarmed at talk of nuclear power in Australia

Damon Cronshaw, Newcastle Herald, 12 January 2020 Australians should be terrified of the prospect of a nuclear power plant being built in their region, says Helen Caldicott, the world’s foremost anti-nuclear campaigner. “There’s always the risk of a meltdown like Chernobyl, Fukushima or Three Mile Island,” said Dr Caldicott, who once lived at Matcham on […]

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The Nuclear Threat Combined with Global Warming

Joan Cerio, host of Earth Energy Forecast, welcomes Dr. Helen Caldicott who shares with us her knowledge of nuclear weapons, nuclear disasters such as Fukushima, and global warming are threatening the existence of our planet. Dr. Caldicott has devoted the last 42 years to an international campaign to educate the public about the medical hazards […]

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Our nuclear arms obsession is a countdown to extinction

By Helen Caldicott, Independent Australia, 14 December 2019 I WRITE THIS PIECE as a physician expertly trained to make accurate diagnoses to either cure the patient or to alleviate their symptoms. I, therefore, approach the viability of life on Earth from a similar and honest perspective. Hence, for some, this may be an extremely provocative article but […]

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2019 Visionary Leaders Awards

Physicians for Social Responsibility is delighted to host the Visionary Leaders Awards Reception, on Thursday, November 7th, 2019 in Washington, DC. The Visionary Leaders Awards, now in its fourth year, recognizes individuals and/or organizations for their exemplary efforts in advancing nuclear weapons abolition and/or addressing environmental risks to human health, including the catastrophic consequences caused by climate […]

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An Interview with Dr. Helen Caldicott, 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Physicians for Social Responsibility, 19 Sep 2019 This year at the 2019 PSR Visionary Leaders Awards, we are honoring outstanding contributions to the advancement of nuclear weapons abolition and addressing environmental hazards to health, including the climate crisis.  Dr. Helen Caldicott, a past PSR president and highly influential advocate who played a pivotal role in PSR’s […]

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Bolton’s Fall Revives Hopes To Save New START

UrduPoint News / Sputnik – 17th September, 2019 President Donald Trump‘s decision to fire National Security Adviser John Bolton revives hopes for improved Russia-US ties and for saving the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), anti-nuclear war activist Helen Caldicott told Sputnik. Last week, Trump via Twitter fired Bolton, his third national security adviser in less than three years, due to disagreements […]

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New nuclear power proposal needs public debate

Helen Caldicott, Independent Australia, 4 September 2019 The prospect of thorium being introduced into Australia’s energy arrangements should be subjected to significant scrutiny, writes Helen Caldicott. AS AUSTRALIA is grappling with the notion of introducing nuclear power into the country, it seems imperative the general public understand the intricacies of these technologies so they can make informed […]

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What’s more chilling: watching Chernobyl or cogitating the cost of going nuclear?

The sudden push by the Murdoch media and Coalition right-wingers to overturn Australia’s nuclear power ban ignores the chilling economic cost —  huge public subsidies, storing radioactive waste for thousands of years, the heavy costs of decommissioning and, potentially, radiation-related health costs. Veteran nuclear writer Noel Wauchope reports on the popular TV series, Chernobyl, and […]

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Bad Energy

Independent Australia (IA) is thrilled to present Dr Helen Caldicott — Australian physician and famed anti-nuclear campaigner. In 2012, IA was the first to report the Fukushima nuclear meltdown and has continued to alert the public to the perils of the nuclear industry. With the re-elected Coalition intent on revisiting nuclear power, Dr Caldicott will […]

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The fallout from nuclear nations

Fred Pearce’s book Fallout is a fascinating insight into a few of the disastrous episodes which took place during the hasty and ill-informed projects of the nuclear age, Dr Helen Caldicott says. Guest Dr Helen Caldicott Paediatrician; President, Helen Caldicott Foundation   Presenter Robyn Williams Producer James Bullen Go to https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/ockhamsrazor/the-nuclear-nation-fallout/11041808, where you can lsiten […]

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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 […]

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How Do You Justify a $750 Billion Budget?

By William J. Astore, Antiwar.com,  posted on April 09, 2019 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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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US Nukes: Our Biggest Challenge

By Maud Easter, timesunion on July 20, 2018 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 […]

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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 […]

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Is space for wonder or for war?

By Linda Pentz Gunter, Beyond Nuclear International, 20 June 2018 “What country is that?” asked Congressman Elijah Cummings on Tuesday, outrage choking his voice with emotion. Cummings, a Congressman from Maryland, could have been asking his question about any number of policies. In this case it was about the internment of children at the US border. […]

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The Malfeasance of the US Military. Fallible and Negligent Men Armed to the Teeth with Missiles and Nuclear Bombs

By Dr. Helen Caldicott, Global Research, 8 June 2018 In 2015, ninety-two American missile officers were suspended because they had been cheating, taking drugs, or sleeping in the missile silos. These men are employed to guard and to operate 150 nuclear missiles at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming which constitutes one-third of the […]

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The Fight for Nuclear Deterrence Goes Local

By Alastair Boone & Sarah Holder, Citylab, 26 March 2018 Some cities and states are taking their own initiative to protect the world from a U.S. trigger finger. And they’re mostly led by women. Dropping an atomic bomb doesn’t happen as fast as it does in the movies. There’s no room with a red, shiny […]

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The Continuing Relevance of “On the Beach”

“It frightened the hell out of me. I’m still frightened.” These words mark the reaction of a young Australian named Helen Caldicott to a story of the aftermath of mistaken nuclear war, in which those who never even took sides were faced with the slow advance of deadly nuclear radiation on their shores. On the Beach, […]

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Doomsday Clock ticking but prediction remains difficult

By Tom Switzer, Sydney Morning Herald, 30 January 2018 For seven decades, the Chicago-based Bulletin of Atomic Scientists group has kept a symbolic device called the Doomsday Clock. Its purpose is to warn humankind about the prospects of apocalypse. At the onset of the Cold War, in 1947, the clock was set at seven minutes […]

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Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg on Trump, press freedom and nuclear secrets on RN Breakfast

Daniel Ellsberg, the man described as the most famous whistleblower of the 20th century talks about Spielberg’s new film The Post, press freedom, Donald Trump, and why he didn’t leak thousands of top-secret nuclear war documents. Listen to the interview with Radio National’s Fran Kelly at http://radio.abc.net.au/programitem/pgjGBPMbPV?play=true.  

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

Roy Eccleston, The Advertiser, January 19, 2018 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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Callous US Training Policies Led to Killing of Iraqi Civilians

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Iraqi army division trained by the United States government allegedly executed several dozen prisoners in Mosul’s Old City, Human Rights Watch (HRW) announced last week. “US training policies made no distinction to spare civilians in war situations that themselves had been caused by the toppling of previously peaceful and stable governments,” Caldicott said. Such outrages were the result […]

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Trump’s Strikes in Syria: ‘The World Is on Tenterhooks Awaiting His Next Move’

Sputnik News, 12-04-2017 Global peace campaigner Helen Caldicott said that in the light of recent attack on Syria, it is “absolutely terrifying” that US President Trump has a control of huge conventional and nuclear arsenal. President Donald Trump’s decision to attack Syria with cruise missiles last week made the prospect of his control of the US conventional and strategic […]

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Ukraine President Hires Ex-NATO Chief in Bid for Alliance Membership

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s appointment of former NATO head Anders Fogh Rasmussen as his personal adviser marks a significant step in the US masterplan to fully integrate Ukraine into the Atlantic Alliance, global peace campaigner Helen Caldicott told Sputnik. WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — On Friday, Poroshenko announced on his website he was appointing former NATO Secretary-General […]

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Common Myths of the Nuclear Industry

Myth: the new generation of nuclear reactors are designed to recycle nuclear waste BUST: These reactors don’t exist These reactors often spoken of by advocates of nuclear energy are hypothetical. There are none of these “Generation IV” reactors commercially operating anywhere in the world: Even the demonstration plants are still decades away Various designs are […]

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The Appearance of Bias – Not a Good Look

Media Release by Friends of the Earth Adelaide, 5 November 2015 Today the Royal Commission into the Nuclear Fuel Cycle will be hearing oral evidence from London based insurance company Nuclear Risk Insurers, on the subject of insuring against a nuclear accident.  On October 2015, Dr Timothy Stone, member of the Royal Commission’s Executive Advisory […]

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Increased uranium mining and more radioactive waste would be bad news for Australia

By Helen Caldicott, Sydney Morning Herald, November 4, 2015 When Malcolm Turnbull mooted the question about storing radioactive waste in Australia, I felt that I finally understood the aim of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission being conducted in South Australia. Then I wondered whether the nuclear industry is going to propose in Paris that nuclear power […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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