Nuclear Weapons

Is This The Israeli Drone 'Downed' Over Iran?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK

Iran's state TV has broadcast footage of what it claims is an Israeli drone shot down over the weekend near an Iranian nuclear site. Arabic-languag...

Is Trident Detracting From Our National Security Strategy?

Carine Bambara | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Politics
Carine Bambara

The reality is that the UK cannot rely on weapons that were designed for a different world and political context to fight these modern day security threats.

Imagining a World Without War

Natalie Bennett | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

What we need to do now is go further... to imagine, and then create, a world without war. With the hideous death-toll in Gaza, the chaos in Syria and Ukraine, the turmoil in Libya, that might seem a long way from the reality of 2014. But the important first step is to say "this is possible", and then to start to plan the actions needed to bring a peaceful world into being.

Trident: What Is it Good For? Absolutely Nothing!

Cristina Varriale | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK Politics
Cristina Varriale

My view is that renewing Trident and maintaining a CASD (continuous at sea-deterrence) is not a policy Britain should be preserving. It's obsolete, not only wasting resources but upholding a defence policy that does not address the changes within a post-Cold-War world.

Young People Want to Talk About Trident

Carine Bambara | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK
Carine Bambara

Why are we planning on spending £100 billion to renew a weapon system floating around in submarines off the coast of Scotland when it could completely destroy us and our climate, leaving radiation for years to come? If Britain chooses to renew Trident in 2016, this is ultimately the choice we will make.

North Korea May Be Facing Big Problems With Its Nuclear Reactors

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK

North Korea's main nuclear site could be facing a radiation leak following water supply woes, experts have warned. A constant water supply from a n...

Russia Tests Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile Despite Rising Tensions Over Ukraine

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK

Despite rising tensions over Crimea, Russia has carried out the test of an inter-continental ballistic missile, the type designed to carry a nuclear w...

Nuclear Weapons Represent a Dead End in Strategic Thinking

Dr Kate Hudson | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Kate Hudson

A layer of our political elite still thinks that Britain's power and status can be secured by Cold War weapons. But others already understand that the challenges lie in climate change, hunger, injustice - and the asymmetrical warfare in varying forms that those problems will increasingly bring if unresolved. This is where the thinking of our political class needs to be.

Hague Hails Iran Nuclear Deal

PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

William Hague has hailed implementation of an interim deal to freeze Iran's nuclear programme. The Foreign Secretary said the agreement coming into...

Iran and the West: From Nuclear Nightmares to Facebook Friends?

Ben Acheson | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

Nuclear apocalypse has been avoided. Iran has agreed to curb its nuclear activity. That's what they tell us anyway. Let's not get ahead of ourselves; even if Iran's cooperation is genuine, world leaders and their Iranian counterparts are not about to hold hands, hug it out or start tweeting funny cat memes to each other.

The Doublespeak of Nuclear Disarmament

Dr Kate Hudson | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Kate Hudson

It's easy to say you want a world without nuclear weapons. Nearly everyone does: even David Cameron. It's like saying there should be no global poverty: the hard part is taking action to do something about it.

Lessons to Be Learnt From the Iran Nuclear Deal

Tony Clarke | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Politics
Tony Clarke

The real test of the Geneva agreement will be whether it does mark a move away from the old failed model of military conflict and towards building long-term peace instead. Ultimately, though, this requires full transparency of all nuclear programmes by all countries, full international cooperation for the immediate elimination of all weapons of mass destruction and an end to future reliance on nuclear energy. Only then can we be sure that our hopes of a secure deal for the planet will be realized.

'Legitimate Concerns' About Iran Nuclear Deal, Hague Admts

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK

Concerns over the nuclear deal with Iran are "legitimate", Foreign Secretary William Hague has acknowledged, but said the deal should "give us faith i...

Iran Nuclear Talks Still 'Very Difficult'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

William Hague has arrived for talks in Geneva amid hopes an historic deal may finally be signed on Iran's nuclear programme. He said that remaining...

Israeli PM Demands End To Settlement Construction Plans

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Israel’s prime minister has sensationally ordered that his housing minister halt construction plans to build 25,000 homes in the disputed West Bank ...

Israel, Saudi Arabia: Strange Bedfellows Confronting Iran

Dan Ehrlich | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Dan Ehrlich

The real-politik of the region is that Israel has never posed a threat to Islam or Arab nationalism. It's the possible spread of democracy from Israel that Arab leaders have long feared. Shiite Iran, on the other hand, sees itself as leader of the mainly Sunni Islamic world and wants to take that honour away from the Saudis. Israel now seems a much lesser of two evils to the Saudi Royal Family...one that could help them curb Iran's ambitions.

Deal Or No Deal?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

World leaders may have hit a stumbling block in Geneva, after talks on Tehran's controversial nuclear programme appear to have reached an impasse, des...

In Geneva, Tension As Iran Deal On Knife Edge

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.11.2013 | UK

World leaders have not yet made any deal with Iran over its controversial nuclear programme, with "important gaps" still to be closed at the tense neg...

Secret Mind Games Behind Drone Wars

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

Is it possible that inducing a psychological state of fear and paranoia is not just a side-effect, but indeed part of the tactical purpose behind deploying drones? What would be the longer term mental impact on us, if drones constantly circled overhead where we live, arbitrarily and randomly striking out people we knew, every now and then?

Nuclear Blast Doors 'Left Open' Twice In 2013, AP News Reports

Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.12.2013 | UK Tech

US Air Force officers have accidentally left often blast doors at critical nuclear missile sites twice in 2013 alone the AP has reported. The news ...

'No Nuke's': We Shouldn't Let the Diplomatic Barking and Growling Deflect Us From Iran's Atrocious Human Rights Record

Neil Durkin | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

I can't help wondering what six Kurdish men currently facing execution in Ghezel Hesar Prison near Tehran might think of the praise being heaped on Rouhani? Like numerous other condemned prisoners in Iran, they face the gallows after being convicted of vaguely-worded offences, including "enmity against God" and "corruption on earth".

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Behind On The Bedroom Tax

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 19.09.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday 19 September 2013... 1) BEHIND ON THE 'BEDROOM TAX' How's the 'spare room subsidy/'bedroom tax' doi...

Lib Dems Could Take Historic Step In Vote to Scrap Trident at Conference

Dr Kate Hudson | Posted 16.11.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Kate Hudson

On Tuesday, the Liberal Democrat Conference will debate and vote on the future of Britain's nuclear weapons system. Putting this controversial issue out for open debate is much to the party's credit and its record on challenging the status quo on Trident is streets ahead of the two main Westminster parties, which remain mired in Cold war thinking.

Renewing Trident Shouldn't Be Judged on the 'Threat' From North Korea and Iran

James O'Malley | Posted 21.09.2013 | UK Politics
James O'Malley

Once again renewing Trident is in the news, so some time soon we can expect to hear politicians or commentators explain that Trident is necessary because off the threats from Iran or North Korea, or some other rogue regime. Unfortunately, this is a complete red herring of an argument as long as you've thought about the issue for a couple of minutes. And now I'm going to explain why.

NukeMap 3D Lets You Model Nuclear Strikes On Any Location

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 21.09.2013 | UK Tech

Everyone has wondered, from time to time, whether or not they would survive a nuclear war. But as disasters about which to be paranoid and terrified g...