On the intersections of civil rights, anticolonialism, and nuclear disarmament.
The Global Zero Blog
Complexities and nuance are not easily captured in 140 characters.
This morning, Donald Trump made it clear he plans to start a new nuclear arms race.
“Nukes =/= Human Rights” flashed in the afternoon sunlight, as our banner fluttered gently in the breeze. Over a hundred bright red helium balloons floated in our corner of Racecourse Park, Lahore, both witness and testament to our grassroots-powered struggle against nuclear weapons.
This year, I wanted to become part of an effort that would benefit not only me, but my country and the entire world.
In November 1983, the Soviet Union and the United States -- the two prominent super powers – came extremely close to nuclear war. As the Cold War loomed, Soviet leadership was convinced that the U.S. was planning a nuclear attack. With each country in possession of enough nuclear weapons to destroy human civilization, any military movements were monitored closely. One particular military exercise, according to declassified documents, nearly triggered a nuclear attack.