by Alice Slater
While the world applauds the growing recognition that the abolition of nuclear weapons seems to be an idea whose time has finally come—from the calls by rusty cold warriors and former statesmen and generals to eliminate nuclear weapons—to the recent modest START negotiated by President Obama and Medvedev to cut nuclear arsenals under new verifications procedures, there are appalling countervailing forces, born from the old 20th century paradigm of war and terror, that undercut the growing positive pressures to end the nuclear scourge. (more…)
Does the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty move us any closer to a world free of nuclear weapons?
Original article: Yes Magazine
by Alice Slater
Following the first START agreement, the United States destroyed hundreds of B52 bombers and displayed them for view by Russian satellites. Both nations have destroyed Cold War weapons, ranging from nuclear warheads to bombers to missile silos.
The United States and Russia reached agreement on a new START treaty (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) to lower their count of deployed atomic warheads from 2,200 each to between 1,500 and 1,675. They would also cut their stocks of strategic bombers and land- and sea-based missiles from a current level of 1,600 each to 800. (more…)
Original Article: Counterpunch, July 14th, 2009
By ALICE SLATER
Although Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev pledged to work for a nuclear weapons free world this spring, they failed to take meaningful steps at their July summit to put the world on the proper path to nuclear abolition. Disappointingly, they only agreed to minor cuts in their respective weapons arsenals due to US unwillingness to cancel its plans to put missile and radar bases in Poland and the Czech Republic which Russia views as a threat to its security. Essentially we have come full circle to the 1986 Reagan-Gorbachev summit at Reykjavik, when negotiations for the total abolition of nuclear weapons tragically collapsed because Reagan wouldn’t give up U.S. plans for a Strategic Defense Initiative to dominate space. (more…)
A paper for the session on “What’s the connection between nuclear power and nuclear weapons? “ at the No Nukes Teach-In, Earth Sciences Building, University of Toronto, 14 March 2009.
Presented again at Voice of Women’s Conference 25 April 2009, Friends House, Lowther Avenue, Toronto (more…)
Alice Slater | April 7, 2009
Editor: John Feffer
Foreign Policy In Focus
Committing the United States and Russia “to achieving a nuclear free world,” Presidents Obama and Medvedev issued a joint statement breathtaking in its positive tone. It marks an astonishing shift from the hostile policies of the Bush and Clinton administrations and offers new hope to a world weary of the endless nuclear arms race. (more…)