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Discussions Discussion Health & Environment
Beth Bernstein, March 8, 2012

Health Professionals Organize to Abolish Nuclear Weapons Worldwide:

A group of over 30 prominent and respected Deans of Schools of Medicine and Public Health have signed an open letter calling for nuclear weapons abolition. A related scholarly piece titled “A Prescription for Survival: Prevention of Nuclear War,” has been accepted for publication in the March 2012 issue of the prestigious American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

A major study on global impacts of limited nuclear war on agriculture, food supplies, and human nutrition or “Nuclear Famine” will be released within a few months indicating that potentially a billion people would be at risk of starvation from even a limited nuclear exchange in South Asia.


Related video of the health consesquences of the Fukushima meltdown on the Japanese people.

Beth Bernstein
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Discussions Discussion DPRK - North Korea
Steurt Strickland, Feb. 29, 2012

North Korea agrees to halt nuclear activities for food:

North Korea has agreed to halt nuclear tests, long-range missile launches and enrichment activities at its Yongbyon nuclear complex in exchange for food aid from the United States, the State Department said Wednesday.

In return for the moratorium on nuclear activities at this key site, the United States has agreed to finalize a package of 240,000 metric tons of nutritional assistance to North Korea. There will be intensive monitoring to assure that the delivery is made to those in need and not diverted to the military or government elites, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a statement.

The DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) has also agreed to the return of IAEA inspectors to verify and monitor the moratorium on uranium enrichment activities at Yongbyon and confirm the disablement of the 5-MW reactor and associated facilities,” Nuland said.

Chalk another one up for the Obama administration.

Steurt Strickland
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  • Tim Foufas Tim Foufas Feb. 29, 2012
    How long do you think they will keep to the agreement?
  • Hillary Campbell Hillary Campbell Feb. 29, 2012
    Most likely until China encourages them to do otherwise.

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Discussions Discussion Global Geopolitics
Bedford Wells, Feb. 14, 2012

Could Saudi Arabia and Iran Soon Engage in a Nuclear Cold War?

The controversy surrounding Iran’s nuclear program has one very important international dimension: What happens if Saudi Arabia carries out its assertion of going nuclear in response to Iran itself going nuclear? The implications are serious, because there would be little the West can do to affect the policy behaviour of a rich, oil-exporting country, let alone how it chooses to approach its relations with Iran.

For the wider region, a nuclear Iran and Saudi Arabia will certainly make Iraq, Syria, or Turkey think really hard about their relative positions. Already, Turkey is investing into building nuclear power stations, and this may translate into the militarization of nuclear energy within a decade.


Bedford Wells
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  • Maja A-Sweden Maja A-Sweden Feb. 15, 2012
    aaaaaah, Fox News… that explains all the paranoia.
    if Israel and Pakistan already have nuclear weapons, then why haven't they used them? Or at least, why haven't they showed them up, if only to threaten?
    With all the anciety going on around the Middle East, one would think that they'd use all of their arcenal to at least TRY and make peace…
    If Iran gets nuclear weapons it's most likely to come from Russia (whom already all too eagerly assists the middle east countries in their quest for fire arms), though I don't think that very likely, or they'll find some way to make them themselves.
  • Maja A-Sweden Maja A-Sweden Feb. 15, 2012
    what exactly does this have to do with potential nuclear wars?? O.o

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Discussions Discussion International Political Economy
Liliana Galvis, Jan. 30, 2012

My name is Liliana Galvis and currently I work as a research assistant at my home university. I’m eager to learn about economic model (regional or individual) in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. Do you have any information on the matter?

Liliana Galvis

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