In an interview with ICAN, Phil Hatcher-Moore, an independent photojournalist, who spent two months in and around the Semipalatinsk Test Site in Kazakhstan—where nearly a quarter of the world’s nuclear tests were conducted during the Cold War— shares his experience on his project “Nuclear Ghosts” that explored the tests’ legacy on the communities that live nearby.… Continue reading Exploring the Legacy of Nuclear Weapons Testing in Kazakhstan
Amid growing global concern over the potential use of nuclear weapons, West African nations met in Abuja, Nigeria, on 16 August to discuss the urgency of advancing disarmament via the 2017 nuclear weapon ban treaty.
For some Pokhran, India, residents nearby explosions are so common that one man said, “we don’t even register them anymore.” The villages near the Pokhran testing range are where the military tests explosives every day. But even with the constant barrage, two incidents stand out: the so-called ‘Smiling Buddha’ test of 1974 and the series… Continue reading The questionable legacy of India’s nuclear tests
On August 7, 2019, the seven Catholic Peace activists facing up to 25 years in U.S. prison for their symbolic, non-violent action in the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in April 2018 are scheduled to appear in federal court for oral arguments. The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons reiterates the call for all charges… Continue reading These 7 peace activists face 25 years in prison for taking peaceful action at a U.S. nuclear submarine base
On the 74th anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons has reached its halfway mark, as Bolivia deposited its instrument of ratification at the UN HQ in New York.
Today, 2 August 2019, the governments of the US and Russia have missed a troubling deadline: the end of the six-month notice period that began when both countries announced their withdrawal from the INF Treaty earlier this year. 2017 Nobel Peace Laureate ICAN – International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons – deplores the irresponsible destruction… Continue reading The INF Treaty’s definitive collapse: dawn of a new nuclear arms race?
From July 31st to August 8th, 2019, 14 students and young professionals（25 years of age or younger) will participate in an intensive program designed to teach its participants everything they need to know to become the next generation of advocates for an end to nuclear weapons.
Part 2: Hanford is the most toxic site in the United States. Why is the cleanup plan destined for failure? In 2017, the Hanford Waste Management Site, Washington, was suddenly evacuated. A radioactive waste storage tunnel, built in 1965, had collapsed and the fallout was unknown. Hanford holds the waste from most of the US’s… Continue reading Part 2: Hanford’s Dirty Secret– 25,000 years and $80 billion dollars
Part 1: The Hanford Site in Washington, US, holds 56 million gallons of polluting, harmful waste from Cold War nuclear weapons, but the workers and communities have been ignored for years.
“At the age of 11… I heard a very large blast and saw a very big flash of light. I got so scared, I thought, ‘the world is coming to an end.’ Then I saw what looked like a large, big, black, giant ball of smoke. It was huge and moving, going higher and higher…”… Continue reading ‘I am Become Death’ comes to Tularosa Basin: The Trinity Test 74 years later