Despite the 2015 nuclear deal, both party platforms are more belligerent toward Iran than they were four years ago.
NCR Today: The thought that an unstable, narcissistic personality with low knowledge of foreign policy could have access to weapons of mass destruction is beyond scary.
Making a Difference: The U.S. and Russia are pointing hundreds of nuclear weapons at each other right now, all on hair-trigger alert. We can stop this madness.
I awoke this morning with NPR, as I usually do, and heard poetic words from President Obama speaking in Hiroshima, Japan:
“…among those nations like my own that hold nuclear stockpiles, we must have the courage to escape the logic of fear and pursue a world without them. …”
NCR Editorial Staff: President Barack Obama has put in motion a set of initiatives for upgrading our nuclear arsenals that, if implemented, would harm a generation of the world's citizens.
NCR Today: Sometimes it is difficult to understand why President Obama receives so little credit for what most of the world consider pretty historic achievements.
Pope Francis repeated the church's call for a ban on nuclear weapons and all weapons of mass destruction Aug. 9 after reciting the Angelus in St. Peter's Square.
Making a Difference: While this agreement is not perfect -- very few agreements are -- it is a solid, good agreement for the world.
Already, forces are arrayed against the nuclear agreement reached in Vienna, even though the ink has barely dried on the 100-page document. The lead antagonist is of course Israel, led by its Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Along with Israel, the second most significant group in opposition consists of members of the United States Congress.
The United Nations reviews the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) every five years. In 2010, the monthlong conference developed some action steps for reducing the number of weapons in the world, but not much was done, and expectations were low for this year's conference, which ended May 22. So for the past two years, the nongovernmental organizations that work to abolish nuclear weapons have been developing a strategy.