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Here are the five biggest threats to human existence

By Anders Sandberg, University of Oxford In the daily hubbub of current “crises” facing humanity, we forget about the many generations we hope are yet to come. Not those who will live 200 years from now, but 1,000 or 10,000 years from now. I use the word “hope” because we…

Iran nuclear talks fail; new talks in 10 days

French objections scuttled talks Saturday between European powers, the United States and Iran over Iran’s nuclear enrichment activities, according to media reports. While the talks in Geneva have been the longest top level negotiations in decades between the United States and Iran, the major world powers could not come to…

Iran’s new president promises: We will never make nuclear weapons

New Iranian President Hassan Rouhani promised that his country will never make nuclear weapons, as part of a larger move toward settling a long-standing rift with the United States over the country’s atomic program, NBC News reported on Wednesday. “Under questioning, he made a categorical statement: He said Iran will…

United States was once a ‘hair’s breadth’ from detonating nuclear bomb over North Carolina

According to Eric Schlosser in his follow-up to Fast Food Nation, Command and Control, days after the inauguration of John F. Kennedy in 1961, the American military came with in a “hair’s breadth” of detonating a nuclear explosion over North Carolina. A pair of Mark 29 hydrogen bombs — each…

Obama to propose deep nuclear arms cuts in State of the Union

US President Barack Obama will use his State of the Union address on Tuesday to call for dramatic cuts in nuclear arsenals around the world, The New York Times reported late Sunday. Quoting unnamed administration officials, the newspaper said that in recent months Obama had secured agreement with the US…

U.S. wants ‘concrete steps’ from Iran over nuclear program

WASHINGTON — The White House on Monday said Iran needed to take “concrete steps” to assure the United States and the international community that it was not pursuing nuclear weapons. “We’re looking forward to these talks creating a conducive environment for concrete progress,” Jay Carney, spokesman for President Barack Obama,…

North Korea seeking to develop nuclear missile, Seoul says

South Korea accused North Korea on Monday of trying to develop a nuclear-armed missile through a satellite launch next month, after Pyongyang dismissed international calls to abandon the exercise. “Our government defines North Korea’s so-called working satellite launch plan as a grave provocation to develop a long-distance delivery means for…

Mossad ‘agrees with U.S.’ on Iran nuclear goals

Israel’s intelligence service Mossad agrees with US assessments there is no hard evidence that Iran has decided to build a nuclear bomb, even though Israeli leaders have talked about Tehran’s plans to acquire nuclear weapons, The New York Times reported. “Their people ask very hard questions, but Mossad does not…

Obama warns Iran window of diplomacy ‘shrinking’

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama on Wednesday warned Iran that the window for diplomacy to solve a nuclear showdown was “shrinking,” stiffening his rhetoric ahead of looming new talks on the issue. Obama sent a public message to Iran as preparations went ahead for a new round of dialogue…

Kissinger: We should ignore intelligence and assume Iran wants nukes

Former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger said in an interview Sunday that the United States should assume that Iran is actively preparing to build nuclear weapons. Kissinger, 88, was asked on the CNN show “GPS” if the threat of an Iranian nuclear weapon was so dire that Israel would…

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