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No one likes tax day. The paperwork. The anticipation of a return. The shock of owing more. None of it is fun. Least of all paying for wasteful programs that do little to nothing to keep the American people safe. Like upgrading bombs that cost more than their weight in gold. Or building new nuclear weapons that will never be used. It turns out, on average, each of us paid about $81.50 in nuclear weapons taxes in 2013. Read more »
Posted by admin on April 15, 2014
North Korea's nuclear program is making headlines once again, as the hermit kingdom tested two ballistic missiles, exchanged fire with South Korea and threatened a nuclear test. Just how worried should we be about North Korea? To find out, Ploughshares Fund sat down with grantee Joel Wit, experienced U.S. diplomat and an expert on North Korea.  Read more »
Posted by admin on April 2, 2014
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It is hard to turn on a TV, crack open a newspaper or turn on the radio without hearing something about the Iran nuclear deal. This deal represents the first step in negotiating an end to the threat of an Iranian nuclear weapon as well as an historical rapprochement after 30 years of misunderstanding. Among the fray, you’re likely to find more than a few Ploughshares Fund grantees. Read more »
Posted by admin on January 27, 2014
  On the radar: White House summary of the Iran agreement; Cold, wet and on alert; Gates on sanctions; Partisan push for sanctions; Nukes in the omnibus; and Caution and patience with Iran.   Read more »
Posted on January 17, 2014
It takes passion, and a lot of coffee, to get up for an early morning flight from Washington, DC to San Francisco, CA and then pick right up and head to Seattle, WA before returning home to start the cycle of travel all over again. That’s the kind of barnstorming schedule Ploughshares Fund President Joe Cirincione is keeping to help highlight our efforts to address the threat of nuclear weapons. Read more »
Posted by admin on January 15, 2014
  On the radar: Summary on the compromise NDAA; New sanctions unnecessary and provocative; Iran’s economy set to contract, even with deal; Progress in Geneva; and the Last of Megatons to Megawatts arrives.   Read more »
Posted on December 11, 2013
The U.S.-Iran nuclear deal is a significant step toward ensuring that Iran does not develop a nuclear weapon. In his Los Angeles Times opinion piece, "What defusing Iran would mean," Ploughshares Fund president Joe Cirincione looks at the broader implications for successfully implementing the interim deal and the steps to follow. Read more »
Posted by admin on December 9, 2013
With so much confusion and misinformation over the recent interim deal on Iran’s nuclear program, Ploughshares Fund president Joe Cirincione sat down with noted scholar and Middle East commentator Reza Aslan to sort out the facts. Dr. Aslan has been a member of the Ploughshares Fund board of directors since 2006. Read more »
Posted by admin on December 6, 2013
  On the radar: A deal vs. brut economic reform; Cobalt-60 stolen; Monitoring the deal; Befriend the scientists; Missile defense and the Iran deal; China’s nuclear views; and Putin talks PGM.   Read more »
Posted on December 4, 2013
In the time honored thanksgiving tradition, Ploughshares Fund is going around the table this week to appreciate our blessings. And this year, we have a lot to be thankful for. Read more »
Posted by admin on November 27, 2013
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