Non-proliferation

Artwork by Christine Gwynne.

The Chimney and the Cloud

October 9, 2019 at 1:49 pm

A more telling or ironic snapshot of endangered Mother Earth in the 21st century could scarcely be imagined: a naval war game by a nuclear-armed alliance delayed by a storm that drew its force from the human-caused warming of the oceans. The hurricane, of course, was Dorian, and the warRead...

An MH-60R Seahawk from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 72 takes off from the flight deck of guided-missile destroyer USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) during international exercise Cutlass Fury 16. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Colbey Livingston)

War Games: Exercising the Power to Hurt

September 4, 2019 at 10:02 am

To set the tone for their recent article on Twenty-First Century Nuclear Deterrence , four senior American nuclear war-planners approvingly quote from Arms and Influence, Thomas Schelling’s classic 1966 defense of ‘coercive diplomacy’ in the atomic age: The power to hurt – the sheer unacquisitive, unproductive power to destroy thingsRead More

Lament for a Treaty (INF Treaty 1987-2019)

Lament for a Treaty (INF Treaty 1987-2019)

August 23, 2019 at 9:19 am

I did not weep, I turned to stone inside…Dante, Inferno   I rarely cry, but on the evening of 8 December 1987, glued to radio coverage of the signing of a nuclear arms control treaty between the United States and Soviet Union, I wept with a relief I had neverRead More

An unidentified man stands by stacks of pitchblende concentrate awaiting shipment at Port Radium in 1939. Photo: Richard Finnie via NWT Archives https://www.nwttimeline.ca/1925/Popups/photo3_eldorado.htm

Canada’s Uranium Highway: Victims and Perpetrators

August 7, 2019 at 12:38 pm

On numerous occasions in recent decades, Canadian governments have apologized for a host of egregious wrongdoings. While such words of contrition are too often unaccompanied by adequate actions, they can help make visible, as Trudeau argued in his 2017 apology, the “hard truths” Canadian society needs to confront. Yet theRead More

Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament demonstration, Westminster Abbey May 3, 2019 (source: Facebook)

Give Thanks for Weapons of Mass Destruction?

June 5, 2019 at 11:06 am

For he is our peace…and has broken down the dividing wall of hostility… And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near… Ephesians 2 …and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shallRead More

David B. Gleason from Chicago, IL [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)]

Close the Pentagon, Feed the World!

March 13, 2019 at 11:54 am

In 2003, Peace Quest Cape Breton launched a modest campaign for a ‘Pentagon Vacation’: a two-week (336-hour) reduction in the US Defense Department’s annual budget of $379 million (all figures in US dollars)– a saving, calculating 14 days at a Pentagon Hour (PH) rate of $42 million/hour, of around $14Read More

President Reagan, Vice-President Bush meet with Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev on Governor's Island, New York, 1988. http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/photographs/photo.html

George H.W. Bush’s Foreign Policy Fails

February 6, 2019 at 11:34 am

  Editor’s Note: Spectator contributor Sean Howard begins the New Year with a two-part consideration of the actual legacy — both domestic and global — of the 41st President of the United States, George Herbert Walker Bush. This month, in Part 2, Howard considers Bush’s foreign policy failures. (Read Part I)  Read More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

December 14, 2018 at 10:50 am

The Spectator, Tree!Umphant I found Albert Barbusci! He’s in Kissimmee, Florida where “the Lemieux and Barbusci families” own and operate the Tree Trek Adventure Park! Okay, he may not actually be there right now (although why not be in Florida in December?) but he could be. When I stepped backRead More

Patriotism v. Nationalism? Macron Draws Wrong Battle Lines

Patriotism v. Nationalism? Macron Draws Wrong Battle Lines

December 5, 2018 at 12:34 pm

On November 22, US President Donald Trump, asked who should be held accountable for the gruesome murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, pinned the blame on an unlikely suspect: “Maybe the world should be held accountable. Because the world is a vicious place. The world is a very viciousRead More

The Kings Bay Plowshares 7 - Catholic plowshares activists who entered Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in St. Mary’s, Georgia on April 4th, 2018. (via Facebook)

Kings Bay Plowshares Seven Update

November 28, 2018 at 12:34 pm

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction…” Matthew 7:13   In September, I reported the case of the Kings Bay Plowshares Seven (KBP7), a group of veteran Catholic pacifist activists facing draconian punishment for ‘committing’ acts of symbolicRead More