Nuclear Weapons

Unattended Nukes!

Carine Bambara | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Carine Bambara

The fact that the future president of the United States, Donald Trump, took the unprecedented decision NOT to ask Under Secretary for Nuclear Security, Frank Klotz, and his deputy, Madelyn Creedon, to stay on until he finds their replacement is disturbing, to say the least.

2016 - The Year Of Progression

Carine Bambara | Posted 31.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Carine Bambara

Achieving a ban on nuclear weapon is not as hard as it sounds, as I've outlaid before; making nuclear weapons illegal would be the best start to this. This would make it illegal for any country to attain nuclear weapons by the buying, selling or transfer of them, with economic sanctions (or a harshening of sanctions) if a country goes against this.

Donald Trump's Terrifying Nuclear Pledge Prompts Fierce, Bleak Reaction

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK

Donald Trump has said America must expand and strengthen its nuclear weapons. In a tweet, Trump appeared to suggest the US should enlarge its arsenal ...

Trump's Ghost Of A Mandate

Ciaran Gillespie | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Politics
Ciaran Gillespie

Manifestos and policy outlines don't just serve to offer detail about what will be done by an administration, they also offer some restrictions as to what won't be. Trump has a frighteningly unbounded mandate, arising from a lack of sustained interrogation of the basis for his pledges at every step of the campaign.

A Diver Thinks He's Found A Massive Nuke The US Military Lost Decades Ago

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Tech

A Canadian diver searching for sea cucumbers may have stumbled upon a nuclear bomb lost by the US military during the Cold War. Sean Smyrichinsky was...

'Mum, Where Were You The Day Trump Was Elected?'

Nick Compton | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Nick Compton

Would you do something for me? It will only take a moment of your time if you have a second to spare. Please. Turn to the person next to you and ask them if they're okay. Ask them if they need advice or a friend. Ask them if they need a shoulder to cry on.

A Further Case Against Nuclear Weapons

Isabel Bull | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Isabel Bull

David Cameron's legacy is one of hurt, mishap and foreign policy disaster. Theresa May's could be one of peace. Say what you like about advocates for nuclear disarmament, but we all know that the one who will forge the path towards nuclear disarmament will go down in history very, very well.

Principle vs Progress On Nuclear Weapons?

Carine Bambara | Posted 27.09.2016 | UK
Carine Bambara

I agree fully with Ban Ki Moon's message; there are many paths to disarmament but what we must all agree on is to do something, the world cannot afford another round of inaction. We need to work to eliminate all nuclear weapons and now is the time to do it; our very survival depends on it.

All Things Nuclear: Military And Civil Use - Legitimacy, Legacy, And Austerity

Julie Ward | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK Politics
Julie Ward

I have never agreed with T S Eliot's proclamation (in The Love Song Of J Alfred Prufrock) that 'April is the cruelest month'. But then Eliot was writ...

Why The World Needs To Be Constantly Reminded Of The Consequences Of Nuclear Weapons

Karipbek Kuyukov | Posted 24.08.2016 | UK
Karipbek Kuyukov

I believe that unity and common cause, which once saved my family, can give us the strength to fight the nuclear weapons we ourselves have created. I am not a naïve person. I realise the realities of fighting for a nuclear-weapons-free world today. But perhaps not in my time, but maybe in two generations, maybe in five generations, there will be solid changes.

Trident Is a Political and Military Ego Trip Paid for By Every Taxpayer in the Country

Brendan O'Hara | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Politics
Brendan O'Hara

Trident isn't about defending the country from attack, it's about trying to perpetuate the delusion that the UK is still a major player in the world. It's there to keep the United Kingdom at the top table of the UN Security Council and enjoy the kudos that goes with it. It is a political and military ego-trip that is being paid for by every taxpayer in the country.

Why the Trident Vote Is a Masterclass by the New PM

Paul Baines | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Baines

The Trident vote is a smart bit of work by the new PM - a chess move on the board of Westminster that signals what we can expect from Theresa May in the coming years.

Labour's 'Position' on Trident Is Indefensible

Caroline Lucas | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

Instead of complaining about the parliamentary procedure, or keeping quiet, those of us who believe in a nuclear weapons-free Britain should be making our case heard - within our parties and to the wider world. Ultimately we'll only build a nuclear weapons-free world if we're willing to make a stand and lead the way.

Brexit Impacts on Trident

Paul Ingram | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Ingram

The potential fall-out from the UK vote to leave the EU cannot be over-estimated. The political, economic and constitutional implications are deeply uncertain. The market turmoil and the plunge in the value of the pound will translate into massive financial pressures on government spending.

Commons Vote on Trident Imminent?

Paul Ingram | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Ingram

Downing Street is most likely to delay further Killing the goose Whilst the UK media is relishing the drama over Britain's leaving the EU, speculatio...

So The U.S. Nuclear Computers Still Need Floppy Disks...

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK Tech

A recent audit has found that a rather crucial part of the U.S. Defense Department's computer infrastructure still runs off floppy disks. That's right...

Trident Advocates Target the Air-Launched Option

Paul Ingram | Posted 29.04.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Ingram

As Emily Thornberry, Shadow Defence Secretary, closes the consultation period on her defence review, critics of the review have been engaging on the substance. They worry that minds currently are just a little too open to alternatives for comfort, and that a non-Trident alternative could become Labour policy...

Kim Jong Un's Latest Weapon Looks A Lot Like A Disco Ball

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK

Kim Jong Un has been pictured posing next to a disco ball with a load of CDs stuck on it a mock-up of a miniaturised nuclear warhead. The dictator ...

Trident Is Vulnerable

Paul Ingram | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Ingram

Reassurances without evidence from institutions or politicians heavily committed to the renewal project hold little credibility in the face of clear and emerging technologies that could not only undermine the advantage of the submarine, but leave us with an expensive and destabilising system. We need to reopen the Trident Alternatives Review and do a better job this time.

A Tory Minister Thinks Corbyn Was 'Grandstanding' At Anti-Nuclear Rally

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK Politics

Jeremy Corbyn has been accused by a Government minister of “grandstanding” after speaking to thousands of demonstrators protesting against nuclear...

The Safety and Cost Concerns of Trident Cannot Be Ignored

Natalie Bennett | Posted 25.02.2016 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

We've consistently maintained complete opposition to nuclear weapons over decades, in line with our principles and values. And we've got a government that - having won the vote of just 24% of eligible voters - doesn't have a mandate to make the massive, dangerous decision of replacing Trident. Please join the call to scrap Trident - on the streets of London, online, in your conversations with friends, classmates, colleagues and family.

Retiring Trident Is a Defence Imperative

Jem Bendell | Posted 24.01.2016 | UK Politics
Jem Bendell

Renewing Trident will not de facto keep us safe. Conversely, it risks sacrificing the naval power that tomorrow's security risks demand. True patriotism involves engaging with the way the world is, not playing old war games with taxpayers' billions.

Actually, Opposing Trident Doesn't Make You a Pacifist

Oliver Norgrove | Posted 22.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Norgrove

If the Tories think that a Labour ditching of Trident would make them unelectable, then they really are ignorant to the concerns and interests of ordinary British people.

Trident: A Done Deal?

Paul Ingram | Posted 21.01.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Ingram

Trident is in the news again, and will continue to generate heat in the run up to a parliamentary debate promised later this year on the programme and patrolling posture. But the outcome is clear, pre-determined in the minds of the political elite and to some extent in contractual and diplomatic commitments.

Lithium Wars

Stephen Fear | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Tech
Stephen Fear

Lithium, a very soft silver white metal belonging to the alkali group of metals which carries the atomic number 3 is about to become one of the most sought after substances on earth, if it hasn't already!