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Reader Comments: Migrant Caravan-Sanctuary Support; Nuclear Arms Treaty; American Support for Fascism; Class Consciousness; Eastern Band Cherokee Indians: Sen. Warren Only Claims Tribal Ancestry; Jewish Vote: #WeAreHere to #EndWhiteNationalism; more

Noam Chomsky: From Geopolitical Conflict to Nuclear Abolition

Acclaimed writer and activist Noam Chomsky delivered the keynote address to a meeting titled Two Minutes to Midnight: How Do We Move from Geopolitical Conflict to Nuclear Abolition? Co-organized by the International Peace Bureau and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office

“Would You Like a Drink of Water?” Please Ask a Yemeni Child

Kathy Kelly Portside
This week representatives from more than 100 countries began work on an international treaty to ban nuclear weapons. By boycotting this process the U.S. and other nuclear armed nations showed they have no intention of giving up the power to annihilate planetary life. A world in arms is theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed; it steals the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.

The Next Frontier: Trump and Space Weapons

Karl Grossan Counterpunch
For decades there’s been interest by some U.S. administrations—the Reagan administration with its “Star Wars” plan a leading example—in placing weapons in space. The Obama administration has mainly been opposed. With the Trump administration, a drive to weaponize space appears in the offing.

U.S. Wants More "Usable" Nuclear Weapons in Europe

David Swanson Let's Try Democracy/Writing by David Swanson
The United States keeps nuclear weapons in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and Turkey, in violation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which bans the transfer of nuclear weapons from a nuclear weapon state to a non-nuclear weapon state. Now, the U.S. wants to upgrade its nukes in Europe, to make them "precision" and "guided," and therefore more likely to be used, even as tensions build between the United States and Russia.

The Doomsday Clock: Three Minutes and Counting

Lynn Eden, Robert Rosner, Rod Ewing, and twelve others The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Last year, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' Science and Security Board concluded, "We can manage our technology, or become victims of it. The choice is ours, and the [Doomsday] Clock is ticking." This year, the board moved the Doomsday Clock to three minutes to midnight and added, "The probability of global catastrophe is very high, and the actions needed to reduce the risks of disaster must be taken very soon."
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