Articles by Cole

Build Political Momentum for Disarmament

August 9, 2010 // 0 Comments

Remarks of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, Hiroshima, Japan, 6 August 2010, on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city by the United States I have come to Hiroshima on a pilgrimage for peace. Every world leader should join us along this path. Disarmament is among the most important, most noble, goals of the United Nations. And I would like to say, as well, that it is a goal to which I have devoted much of my life. We are neighbors, Korea and Japan. We, too, know what it is to live under the nuclear shadow.

What is Intelligence?

August 3, 2010 // 0 Comments

by Winslow Myers
 
“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” —Proverbs 29:18
 
Attending the local premier at the Kendall Square theater of the chilling new documentary about the danger of nuclear weapons, “Countdown to Zero,” I found myself, a peace activist for decades, overcome with frustration, when I should have been celebrating an effective restatement of the issues. Most of the audience in the half-filled theater were retirees like me, people in their sixties or seventies. Where were the young whose futures are far more at stake than mine?
 
How stale and obvious the dilemmas in the film seemed! Men dead half a century—Einstein, Oppenheimer, John F. Kennedy—saw immediately that these weapons had changed the environment of our planet forever. Even that old fossil Ronald Reagan knew the score, and along with Gorbachev (interviewed in the film) called for zero nuclear weapons in their summit at Reykjavik way back in the 1980s. But few paid heed, and here we are in 2010, psychically numbed by the same anxiety about being annihilated, this time by a terrorist suitcase weapon, that we endured during the long years of the cold war.

Hiroshima Day Commemoration

August 2, 2010 // 0 Comments

Peace Vigil, Action Messages, Music, and Candleboat Floating When: Saturday, August 7, 2010, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm Where: Watertown Square • Corners of Main, Mt. Auburn, Galen Streets • Watertown • Commemorate the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 65 years ago on August …

Countdown to Zerø

August 2, 2010 // 0 Comments

The film “Countdown to Zerø” is playing at Kendall Square Cinema and has been extended through Thursday, August 12.   This celebrated film explores the case for a nuclear-free world. Variety calls Countdown to Zerø “a politically urgent picture; it will also literally scare the …

Protest Planned for Los Alamos

August 2, 2010 // 0 Comments

By Phil Parker, Albuquerque Journal - August 2, 2010 CHIMAYO, NM — Friday marks the 65th anniversary of the U.S. dropping an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, an attack meant to end World War II. Activists have mobilized on eight acres in Chimayó with a plan to ensure that, on that day, Los Alamos National Laboratory hears their calls for a nuke-free world. The 10-day event here — called Disarmament Summer Encampment — is being organized by Think Outside the Bomb, a national nuclear abolition group. Activists are camping on the grounds, owned by Teresa Juarez, whose grandson Miguel Moreno lives there and is one of Disarmament Summer's lead organizers. Seven of the family's dogs run around freely during the daytime, and tents are everywhere as nuclear opponents continued to fill up the camp on Sunday.

After a trip to the Senate where much of the domestic spending was stripped, the House passed the Afghan Supplemental on July 27, 2010.  More Democrats and Republicans voted against it  this time,  showing increased  opposition to the war.  All MA Congressmen, except for  Lynch,  …

Attack of the Zeros

July 17, 2010 // 0 Comments

Will the rise of a new class of Cold Warriors doom Obama's nuke treaty?

BY JAMES TRAUB | JULY 16, 2010 | Foreign Policy

Earlier this week, I was invited to a screening of Nuclear Tipping Point, which makes the case for eliminating nuclear weapons. As polemical documentaries go, it's an old-fashioned eye-glazer (unlike the far glitzier Countdown to Zero, which opens in theaters July 23).

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