Nuclear Weapons

Will the New Government Be Obliged to Renew Trident?

Paul Ingram | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Ingram

The efforts to question Ed Miliband's commitment to maintain a credible independent nuclear deterrent have failed to land with the electorate. But it would be a serious error to think that is down to the repeated assurances that a Labour government will follow through with full renewal of the system...

Let's Get Over Our Scotland-Envy and Join Up

Indra Adnan | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Politics
Indra Adnan

Without a similar cause, how can the rest of the UK's broad left transcend its differences and make a break from politics as usual? Interestingly that moment and that opportunity is now upon us.

Britain's Nuclear Deterrent Isn't 'Independent'

David Morrison | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Politics
David Morrison

The Conservative Party is in favour of Britain retaining a nuclear weapons system, and so is the Labour Party. To that end, both are committed to the replacement of the four submarines built in Britain from which US-supplied Trident II missiles carrying nuclear warheads can be launched.

Survive The Impending Apocalypse In Style

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Tech

When the impending apocalypse comes, do you want to be stuck huddled inside a mountain along with thousands of others while whatever it is that's rava...

Don't Let Young People Down: Listen to Our Views on Trident

Carine Bambara | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Carine Bambara

A recent argument made by nuclear weapons supporters has been that the increase of terrorism means we need nuclear weapons. Personally I believe the opposite is true - an increase in acts of terrorism is precisely why nuclear weapons are adding to insecurity: you cannot use a 'deterrent' against an ideology that does not care who it destroys - including its own followers.

Relax, Mushroom Cloud Spotted In Ukraine Was Probably Not A Nuclear Explosion

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK

A huge explosion rocked the Ukrainian city of Donetsk on Sunday night, causing many to assume a tactical nuclear weapon was being detonated. Early ...

Trident Debate: All Weapons Now Point to the Election

Serena Cowdy | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Politics
Serena Cowdy

This week, I sat in the public gallery of the House of Commons, to watch an Opposition Day debate on the UK's Trident nuclear weapons programme. Sometimes I like to sit in the gallery, instead of watching on TV at home, because it means you get to see lots more fascinating things.

The UK's Nuclear Future

Harry Saville | Posted 21.03.2015 | UK Politics
Harry Saville

Moving forward, we need to recognise the important role our nuclear deterrent plays internationally. Despite the global security environment having changed markedly since 1940, to abandon our deterrent now would only serve to undermine our own security, the security of our allies and that of liberal democracy globally.

Atomic Bombs Literally Started 'A New Geological Age'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 15.01.2015 | UK Tech

A dark new chapter in the Earth's geological history began when the first atomic bomb was detonated on July 16 1945, an international team of scientis...

Aliens On Mars 'Wiped Out In Nuclear War' Says Physicist

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Tech

Physicist Dr John Brandenburg has a new, stunning theory for why we can't see life on Mars. It was wiped out by a nuclear war. The plasma physic...

The Government Is Sidestepping Parliament in a Push for Trident Replacement

Dr Kate Hudson | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Kate Hudson

We are beyond the moment in history when upper echelons in government and society can award themselves an absolute right to keep decisions that are taken in the name of the people, from the people. This lesson needs to be learnt across all sections of the establishment and political life.

Giant Mysterious Flash Lights Up Siberian Sky

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Tech

A few days ago, Russia's Sverdlovsk region was lit up by a massive flash of light in the sky leaving locals stunned. The problem is though, no on h...

How America's Nuclear Arsenal Is Broken

AP | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK

The foundation of America's nuclear arsenal is fractured, and the government has no clear plan to repair it. The cracks appear not just in the militar...

The World Is Gathering to Discuss Eliminating Nuclear Weapons, But the UK Government Won't Even RSVP

Dr Kate Hudson | Posted 31.12.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Kate Hudson

Why not attend? The government explanation for non-attendance - once you get beyond complaints that the conference goals are 'unclear' - is that the conference may talk about the possibility of a negotiated global ban on nuclear weapons. Our government doesn't believe that such a ban is negotiable. So herein lies the contradiction.

Recruit Psychopaths To 'Keep Order' After A Nuclear Strike

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK

The British government looked at a proposal to recruit psychopaths to help keep order in the event of a devastating nuclear attack, recently released ...

The US Won't Give Up Its Nukes In Case It Needs To Blow Up An Asteroid

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 02.10.2014 | UK Tech

The US National Nuclear Security Agency has revealed that it plans to keep a small number of nuclear warheads actively maintained in order to defend t...

Broken Chair and Nuclear Bans

Michael Møller | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK Politics
Michael Møller

One cannot pass by the broken chair with indifference, particularly in light of the newly designated 'International Day for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons'. This symbol now reminds us that we can be in the driver's seat when we really want to.

Using Nukes For Road Construction Almost Happened

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK Tech

So you're looking to build a railroad but unfortunately your path is blocked by a mountain, what do you do? Build a tunnel? That would seem the only a...

What Young People Don't, But Should, Know About Britain's Nuclear Weapons

Claudia Hyde | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Claudia Hyde

For governments seeking to strengthen their own agendas it can help to have a minimally informed or, at least, somewhat apathetic electorate. And so important political decisions are often veiled in a cloak of terminology that alienates voters - especially young voters.

Putin Reminds West Russia Is One Of The 'Largest Nuclear Powers'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK

Do not "mess with Russia" was the bellicose offering from Vladimir Putin on Friday, as the Russia President reminded an increasingly exasperated West ...

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 11.10.2014 | 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 06.10.2014 | 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.