Questioning War is a Civic Duty. Why Do So Few Do It?

By Kevin Basl “How do you motivate men and women to fight and die for a cause many of them don’t believe in, and whose purpose they can’t articulate?” That’s what Phil Klay, author and U.S. Marine Corps veteran, asks in an essay published this month in The Atlantic. Unfortunately, he points out in a recent … Read moreQuestioning War is a Civic Duty. Why Do So Few Do It?

US takes steps to resume plutonium pit production for nuclear arms

The Department of Energy plans to increase plutonium pit production to 30 pits annually until 2030, when the number will be ramped up to 80… Pit production was stopped in 2011.

The US National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has called for a tenfold increase in the levels of “plutonium equivalent” material stored at a New Mexico nuclear facility to allow for the resumption of plutonium pit production. The call has alarmed nuclear watchdog groups. If approved, the increased production of plutonium pits – the core of nuclear…

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For Children All Over The World, 2017 Was Defined by War

War is defined by noise. It is earthshattering. The sounds of exploding bombs and gunfire, of screams and pain: these are the aural coordinates of battlefields. The modern battlefield is not defined by remoteness. The new battlefield is often in the middle of a city…

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Nobel winner: nuclear destruction ‘only one impulsive tantrum away’

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There has been a moving ceremony in Oslo for the handing over of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was honoured for its collective work with dozens of NGOs. Beatrice Fihn, the group’s executive director, said in a speech: “The story of nuclear weapons will have an ending and it is up to us to decide what that will be. ;

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What Is The Biggest Threat To Humanity?

Humanity is going to bring about its own destruction, if this list of top threats to our species is any indication. It feels like the world is already crumbling sometimes, between the devastating wildfires in California, the violent political conflicts that break out around the globe and other natural and manmade dangers…

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People Are Not Their Politics: As I Visited Russia, I Found We Have More in Common Than We Think

Current events have thrust two of the world’s superpowers into a period of mistrust, political animosity, and paranoia, with every new revelation leading to more suspicion. The situation is not unlike how it was when my American grandmother visited the Soviet Union 35 years ago…

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