First published in Truthout Twenty-five years after the Chernobyl nuclear reactor explosion, a massive earthquake and ensuing tsunami devastated northeast Japan, killing and injuring thousands of people and crippling the Fukushima 1 nuclear power plant. Though the likelihood of this catastrophic event was known, the plant was not designed to withstand the massive tsunami that … Read more How Many Chernobyls Before We Get It?
Our organization, our movement and, indeed, our world has lost a great champion of peace. Professor Michael Wallace, “Mike” as we knew him, provided us with intellectual insight and leadership on peace issues in Canada and abroad for many decades. As a professor of political science at the University of British Columbia, he inspired generations … Read more In Memoriam: Michael Wallace
Members of Canada’s university community are increasingly alarmed by governments’ inattention and inaction with regard to climate change. It is more than time to face the ominous facts. The scientific consensus is clear. The human-caused injection of fossil carbon into the atmosphere is increasing greenhouse gas concentration at a geologically unprecedented rate, unabated by recent … Read more Open Letter to Members of the 41st Parliament Demanding Urgent Action on Climate Change
Talk by Noam Chomsky on Thursday, April 7, 1:00 p.m. at Hart House, Toronto (video)
The current Arab democratic revolutions are deeply stirring. Among the many trajectories for consideration is the relation of individual psychology to social processes. Both are wholly complex. Observers close to both, like Tolstoy or American journalist I.F. Stone (who spanned 1939-1970), move back and forth, convey the unpredictability of historical processes and outcomes but also … Read more Message from the President of Science for Peace
This month marks the 30th anniversary of the founding of Science for Peace. Seventeen directors signed the incorporation papers and they comprised the entire membership of that day. The membership grew rapidly over the next 14 months and numbered 178 at the time of the Annual General meeting the next year. It is good to … Read more Celebrate Our 30th!
The brunt of war in the 20th and early 21st centuries has shifted from combatant soldiers to civilians due to more powerful war weapons, war intensity, and war tactics. By the 1990s, 90 % of those who died in war were civilians, and the majority were women and children. For the same reasons, the impact … Read more The Silent Casualty of War: The Global Environment
By Gussai Sheikheldin and Sara Suliman
When Gorbachev came to power, over 90 percent of Soviet citizens conformed to the demands of the state without complaining. My book deals, not with them, but with three other political orientations, whom I call Dinosaurs, Termites, and Barking Dogs, showing the changing power relations among them, and exploring their contacts with foreigners – especially … Read more Peace and Democracy in Russia
Science for Peace will long be grateful for all the ways Dr. Terrell Gardner contributed to its birth and life. Terry was the founder and first secretary/vice-president of Science for Peace and one of the editors of SfP’s first book “The Name of the Chamber was Peace,” a work of the Toronto Chapter. He was … Read more In Memoriam: Terry Gardner, A Man to Remember