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Video: President Eisenhower’s Statement on Suspending Nuclear Weapons Testing

President Dwight Eisenhower makes a statement about nuclear weapons testing on August 22nd, 1958. This sets in motion negotiations which would lead to a Limited Test Ban Treaty in 1963 during President Kennedy’s administration. See the video on YouTube.

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Video: From the Cuban Missile Crisis to the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

A short video about the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 and the aftermath, which included negotiations between the U.S. and the Soviet Union to end nuclear weapons testing. See the video on YouTube.

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Video: Arms Limitation in the Nuclear Weapons Age (part 3)

Part 3 of a film that highlights nuclear arms control efforts during the Cold War. See the film on YouTube.

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Video: Arms Limitation in the Nuclear Weapons Age (part 2)

Part 2 of a film that highlights nuclear arms control efforts during the Cold War. View the film on YouTube.

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Video: Arms Limitation in the Nuclear Weapons Age (part 1)

This film highlights nuclear arms control efforts during the Cold War. View the film on YouTube.

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Pope Francis says nukes rob from the hungry and poor

This week Pope Francis was among those speaking out against the catastrophic effects of nuclear weapons on mankind. The third Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons was just held in Vienna, Austria.

Read the full article at Examiner.

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Nuclear famine: a danger shared by all

It was Dwight Eisenhower who said, “if a danger exists in the world, it is a danger shared by all.” Today, all nations must realize that the use of nuclear weapons, even in a regional conflict, could bring about global starvation.

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In Favor of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

Nuclear Weapons Test during the 1950s. (National Archives photo)

Nuclear Weapons Test during the 1950s. The CTBT would end all nuclear weapons testing. (National Archives photo)

I have written several columns about ending all nuclear weapons testing through the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).

New York Times
Des Moines Register
Albuquerque Journal
Yahoo! Voices

There is support for the treaty from many corners. Paige Norton, a student in the New Media and Communications Department at the College of Mount St. Joseph,  compiled a list of recent articles that are also in favor of ending nuclear testing once and for all. Here is this list:

Pifer, Steven. “Brookings.” New Support for the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. The Brookings Institution, 30 Mar 2012. Web. 18 Aug. 2013. <>.

Krauss, Lawrence. “Future Tense.” It’s Time for the U.S. To Finally Sign the Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. The Slate Group, 25 Apr 2012. Web. 18 Aug. 2013.

Chen, Steven. “South China Morning Post.” Beijing to share blast detection data with Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation. South China Morning Post Publishers, 11 Aug 2013. Web. 18 Aug. 2013.

Mangano, Sherman, Joseph, Janette . “counterpunch .” The Legacy of the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. South China Morning Post Publishers, 5 Aug 2013. Web. 18 Aug. 2013.

Suresh, J.C. “InDepthNews.” CIVIL SOCIETY CRUCIAL TO BAN NUKE TESTING . S.R International , 2013. Web. 21 Aug. 2013.

“newswise.” 3D Earth Model Developed at Sandia Labs More Accurately Pinpoints Source of Earthquakes, Explosions. Sandia National Laboratories, 27 Aug 2013. Web. 27 Aug. 2013.

“”Scoop” World- Independent News .” China’s Commitment to Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. Sandia National Laboratories, 27 Aug 2013. Web. 27 Aug. 2013.

Brannen, Kate. “DefenseNews.” U.S. Renews Debate Over Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. Gannet Government Media Corporation , 10 Apr 2012. Web. 21 Aug. 2013.

“Itar-Tass News Agency.” Russia doesn’t see any practical steps of the U.S. over Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty ratification. N.p., 19 Jul 2013. Web. 22 Aug. 2013.

Mackby, Jenifer. “Strategic insights and bipartisan policy solutions.” Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. CSIS, 23 Jan 2012. Web. 21 Aug. 2013.

Daryl , Kimball. “Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty .” Five Decades Since JFK’s Call for a Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. The Arms Control Association , 7 Jun 2013. Web. 22 Aug. 2013.

“Physicians for Social Responsibility .” Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. The Arms Control Association , 2012. Web. 22 Aug. 2013.

Dahl, Fredrik . “Reuters.” Nuclear test ban body’s new head to seek compliance of key powers. N.p., 23 Oct 2012. Web. 23 Aug. 2013.

 History of Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty. Philadelphia News , 13 Apr 2012. Web. 23 Aug. 2013.

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My Oped in the Des Moines Register on Nuclear Weapons

When President Obama and Mitt Romney take to the stage for a foreign policy debate on Oct. 22, nuclear weapons are sure to come up, especially Iran’s ambitions for the bomb. But the debate should also focus on the countries that actually have nukes, including Russia, China, North Korea and rivals India and Pakistan.

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Pakistan Tests Nuclear Missiles as Food Aid Low on Funds

 

By 2009, almost 50 percent of the Pakistani population, or 83 million people, were food insecure, up from 38 percent in 2003. In the aftermath of the flooding, it is believed that this figure may yet have risen to upwards of 90 million. (WFP/Amjad Jamal)

Pakistan is conducting nuclear missile tests and reportedly plans to increase its nuclear weapons arsenal. While it develops these armaments flood relief efforts for its own people remain low on funding.

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is urgently seeking 15 million dollars as it tries to feed flood victims. It’s part of a larger relief operation to help the hungry in Pakistan who are suffering from conflict, natural disasters and poverty.

WFP Pakistan Country director Jean-Luc Siblot says, “We could scale up our response to reach up to 250,000 families – that’s 1.7 million people. But that would mean using food stocks earmarked for relief to the displaced population in the northwest of the country and these would have to be replenished by December – that means funding is needed now.” WFP depends on voluntary donations from governments and the public.

WFP reported earlier in the month that it had to cut its school feeding program in parts of Pakistan because of low funding. It also reported that the funding shortage would cause its food supply to run out in January. Pakistan made a contribution earlier this month to the WFP operation but clearly more can be done.

Pakistan’s spending on the arms race in South Asia could be used to help the poor and suffering within its own borders. Pakistan, as well as India and other states, have a responsibility to limit the proliferation of nuclear weapons and to fight hunger and poverty. India and Pakistan need more treaties and less arms testing. Neither country is a member of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty or the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

A report from the Nuclear Disarmament group Global Zero says, “Pakistan does not officially reveal the cost of its secret nuclear program. In 2009, a credible assessment by an investigative journalist with expertise in the subject provided information on which we can calculate the overall nuclear program budget (weapons and missile delivery systems) to be approximately $781 million – $300 million for the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission and $481 million for the strategic missile delivery system. ”

Pakistan’s nuclear expenditures would easily pay for the cost of WFP’s 2013-2015 Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation, which is meant to feed some 7.3 million people in Pakistan at a cost of US $514 million dollars.

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