Toward A Nuclear Free World Newsletter - October 2022 in Retrospect

Toward A Nuclear Free World Newsletter - October 2022 in Retrospect


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TOWARD a Nuclear Free World Newsletter - October 2022 in Retrospect 


U.S. Sends Mixed Signals About the Use of Nuclear Weapons

Photo: Russia's new Abakan anti-ballistic missile defense system. Credit: Source: Defense Blog

By Daryl G. Kimball

The writer has served as the executive director of the Arms Control Association since 2001 and has been a leading nongovernmental advocate for nuclear threat reduction and disarmament since 1989. In November 2021, he was invited to brief the Pentagon's NPR Working Group. The following was published as Arms Control Association Media Advisory on October 26. [2022-10-28] 

Arms Control at Near-Standstill as Nuclear Threats Escalate

Image credit: UNODA

By Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS (IDN) — Amid growing nuclear threats from Russia and North Korea, the United Nations commemorated Disarmament Week beginning October 24, warning that weapons of mass destruction, in particular nuclear weapons, continue to be of primary concern, owing to their destructive power and the threat that they pose to humanity.

But so far, they have been either empty threats or sabre rattling—described as a flamboyant display of military power or aggressive blustering. [2022-10-27-17]   | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDFRUSSIAN

And What If Saudi Arabia Were the Owner of Nuclear Missiles?

Photo: Pakistan Ballistic Missile. Source: International Relations Insights & Analysis (IRIA)

Viewpoint by Jonathan Power

LUND, Sweden (IDN) — In any body politic there will be a group of powerful people who, if not in the inner circle of the president or prime minister, can win access to it at regular intervals. Security is their profession, and they can be met at discrete academic conferences where they tend to stand out as rather earnest, if sombre, figures. [2022-10-25]

Looking Back on the Cuban Missile Crisis Of 60 Years Ago

Photo: President Kennedy meets in the Oval Office with General Curtis LeMay and the reconnaissance pilots who found the missile sites in Cuba. Credit: CIA, Wikipedia Commons

Viewpoint by Katrina vanden Heuvel*

NEW YORK (IDN) — October 16 marks 60 years since the Cuban missile crisis—the 13-day standoff between the United States and the Soviet Union widely regarded as the closest we ever came to global nuclear war. On this anniversary, as we veer terrifyingly close to the brink of Armageddon once again, we should look to that crisis to guide us in resolving our present one. [2022-10-16]

Don’t Just Worry About Nuclear War — Do Something to Help Prevent It

Photo: US President Biden says Putin not joking about Nuclear war in Ukraine | Oneindia News *News

Viewpoint by Norman Solomon

SAN FRANCISO (IDN) — This is an emergency.

Right now, we’re closer to a cataclysmic nuclear war than at any other time since the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. One assessment after another has said the current situation is even more dangerous.

Yet few members of Congress are advocating for any steps that the U.S. government could take to decrease the dangers of a nuclear conflagration. The silences and muted statements on Capitol Hill are evading the reality of what’s hanging in the balance—the destruction of almost all human life on Earth. “The end of civilization.”  [2022-10-13]

Ukraine War Stresses the Need for Abolishing Nuclear Weapons

Photo: US President Joe Biden boarding Marine One in New York on October 6 warned that the risk of nuclear “Armageddon” is at the highest level since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. Credit: Andrew Harnik | AP. Source: Tampa Bay Times.

Viewpoint by Jonathan Power

LUND, Sweden (IDN) — We were standing in Hiroshima looking at a stonewall. All there was to see was a shadow of a man. It had been etched into the wall at the moment of his obliteration by the blinding light of the first atomic bomb. Olof Palme, prime minister of Sweden, stared hard at it. An hour later, he had to give a speech as head of the Independent Commission on Disarmament, of which I was a member. "My fear", he remarked, "is that mankind itself will end up as nothing more than a shadow on a wall."  [2022-10-12]

What If Russia Unleashes a Less Deadly Weapon on Ukraine?

Photo: A tactical nuclear weapon. Credit: Modern War Institute.

By Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS (IDN) — Russia's military setbacks in Ukraine have triggered widespread speculation in the US that Russian President Vladimir Putin may unleash his stockpile of "tactical nuclear weapons", which may be less devastating than the deadly US weapons that destroyed the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki back in August 1945. [2022-10-06-16] GERMAN | JAPANESE TEXT VERSION PDF | RUSSIAN | TURKISH


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