Reports of President Donald Trump’s congratulatory call to newly re-elected Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday rang strange to those who have been following the news: Trump said that the two had had “a very good call,” and that they would be soon be discussing “the arms race which is getting out of control.” In nearly the same breath, however, he said that “we will never allow anybo
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The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has set the Doomsday Clock, the ubiquitous marker of how close humanity is to a civilization-threatening catastrophe, at two minutes to midnight. That’s the closest we’ve been to the apocalypse since the height of the Cold War.
To discredit peace, Donald Trump will choose war.
Last week gave us, among other things, reports that North Korea had the tech to put nukes on ICBMs, President Donald Trump promising to rain down “fire and fury” on the Hermit Kingdom, Kim Jong-un’s government laying out a plan to fire nuclear-capable missiles towards U.S.-occupied Guam, and Trump musing that his earlier statement “wasn’t tough enough.” In short, the actions of two impulsive and inexperienced leaders inched the world uncomfortably close to nuclear war.
“I have only a small story to offer, but my generation is the last that will be able to share it with the world.” –Sueichi Kido (5 years old, Nagasaki)
Growing up on the island of Oahu, a place too often hailed a “racial paradise” though racial tensions are actually prevalent and problematic, indigenous rights and native sovereignty are subjects that I was raised to care deeply about. The impact of radioactive contamination among mainland indigenous communities, however, is an issue I had little exposure to prior to joining Global Zero.
Since its first nuclear test in 2006, North Korea has slowly but surely pushed itself to become a nuclear power. In the intervening years, the rest of the world has attempted a diplomatic freeze to the Hermit Kingdom’s nuclear program and, when that collapsed, embraced a cycle of condemnation and sanctioning.