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US test cruise missile just 16 days after INF collapse

The U.S. Missile Test: Provocative and Unnecessary

Just 16 days after formally withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, the United States tested on August 18 a cruise missile that would have violated the terms of the treaty had it still been in force. Provocative and unnecessary, the action escalates a nuclear arms race the world cannot afford to have. The United States plans an additional test later this year. Russia and China immediately condemned the test and warned about the ... Read More

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Phil on the field

Exploring the Legacy of Nuclear Weapons Testing in Kazakhstan

In an interview with ICAN,  Phil Hatcher-Moore, an independent photojournalist, who spent two months in and around the Semipalatinsk Test Site in Kazakhstan—where nearly a quarter of the world’s nuclear tests were conducted during the Cold War— shares his experience on his project “Nuclear Ghosts” that  explored the tests’ legacy on the communities that live nearby. Inspiration behind the “Nuclear Ghosts” project I was astounded when I came across the statistic that a quarter of the ... Read More


Residents of Pokhran by Shweta Desai

The questionable legacy of India’s nuclear tests

For some Pokhran, India, residents nearby explosions are so common that one man said, “we don’t even register them anymore.” The villages near the Pokhran testing range are where the military tests explosives every day. But even with the constant barrage, two incidents stand out: the so-called ‘Smiling Buddha’ test of 1974 and the series of tests between May 11 to 13, 1998. The forgotten, tragic reality of underground nuclear tests Starting after the 1974 ... Read More


Courtesy of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 | sight magazine

These 7 peace activists face 25 years in prison for taking peaceful action at a U.S. nuclear submarine base

On August 7, 2019, the seven Catholic Peace activists facing up to 25 years in U.S. prison for their symbolic, non-violent action in the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in April 2018 are scheduled to appear in federal court for oral arguments. The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons reiterates the call for all charges against these peaceful activists to be dismissed. “What kind of world are leaving our children? Now is a good time ... Read More


INF Treaty between US and Russia expires

The INF Treaty’s definitive collapse: dawn of a new nuclear arms race?

Today, 2 August 2019, the governments of the US and Russia have missed a troubling deadline: the end of the six-month notice period that began when both countries announced their withdrawal from the INF Treaty earlier this year. 2017 Nobel Peace Laureate ICAN – International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons – deplores the irresponsible destruction of the INF Treaty and calls on the United States and Russia to:  uphold international law, including international humanitarian law; ... Read More

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Clean up efforts at Hanford

Part 2: Hanford’s Dirty Secret– 25,000 years and $80 billion dollars

Part 2: Hanford is the most toxic site in the United States. Why is the cleanup plan destined for failure? In 2017, the Hanford Waste Management Site, Washington, was suddenly evacuated. A radioactive waste storage tunnel, built in 1965, had collapsed and the fallout was unknown. Hanford holds the waste from most of the US’s weapons-grade plutonium, about 56 million gallons of radioactive sludge in decrepit tanks. Fortunately, the tunnel only housed old, contaminated railroad ... Read More

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