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A gold-plated blueprint for nuclear war
The Trump Nuclear Posture Review endorses nuclear weapons as the gold standard for US security, and offers nuclear deterrence as an unquestionable article of faith. The nuclear weapons programs, priorities, and budgets outlined in the 2018 NPR are mostly carry overs from previous administrations, with the additions of a “low-yield” submarine-launched ballistic missile and a sub-launched cruise missile. But an enthusiasm for (US) nuclear weapons pervades this document, which IPPNW co-president Tilman Ruff has called “a blueprint for nuclear war.” The Ban Treaty prohibits nuclear weapons because the evidence proves they undermine everyone’s security and threaten everyone with extinction. It condemns nuclear deterrence as a kind of global hostage taking with inevitable, catastrophic consequences. The Ban Treaty and the NPR can’t co-exist, any more than humanity itself can continue to co-exist with nuclear weapons. Read more on the Peace and Health Blog.

IPPNW mourns the loss of Vic Sidel
Victor W. Sidel, MD, a founder and president of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), a former co-president of IPPNW, and one of the world’s foremost experts on the medical consequences of nuclear war, died on January 30, 2018. Dr. Sidel was Chair of the Department of Social Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx from 1969-1985. He then became Distinguished University Professor of Social Medicine at Montefiore and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In 1985 he was elected President of the American Public Health Association. He was the author of numerous books and articles about the human consequences of war, international health, and the impact of poverty and deprivation on health and well being, including War and Public Health and Terrorism and Public Health, both co-edited with long-time collaborator Barry Levy.

Doomsday Clock reset to two minutes to midnight
Citing “looming threats of nuclear war,” the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has reset the Doomsday Clock to two minutes to midnight—the closest the world has been to catastrophe since 1953. North Korea’s rapid development of a serious nuclear capability and the “hyperbolic rhetoric” by both Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un topped the Bulletin's list of concerns, which also include deteriorating relations between the US and Russia, an accelerating nuclear arms race between India and Pakistan, and tensions in the Middle East, the Asia-Pacific region, and elsewhere. "The world security situation [is] more dangerous than it was a year ago—and as dangerous as it has been since World War II.”

ICAN receives 2017 Nobel Peace Prize
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). The campaign received the award for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.

York Congress statement: A milestone for nuclear abolition
The new Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, adopted on July 7 by 122 UN Member States, is a major step toward the ultimate elimination of nuclear weapons. For the first time, nuclear weapons have been explicitly condemned and declared illegal because of their medical, environmental, and humanitarian consequences, placing those who continue to possess and rely upon them on the wrong side of a powerful new international norm.
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Health federations call Ban Treaty a “significant forward step” toward elimination of nuclear weapons
The landmark Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), adopted on July 7 by 122 non-nuclear-weapon states following negotiations earlier this year, prohibits the development, testing, production, possession, stockpiling, use, or threatened use of nuclear weapons. The Treaty completes the process of stigmatizing and delegitimizing nuclear weapons on the basis of their catastrophic health, environmental, and humanitarian impacts.
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