Songs for Helsinki


The publication I edit has posted a set of songs that President Trump might consider presenting to President Putin at their Helsinki meeting. Feel free to add your choice by tweeting it to: @bulletin atomic.Screen Shot 2018-07-14 at 10.27.13 AM

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Moving on from PR extravaganza to actual arms control


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The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists (which as you know I edit) rounded up editorial cartoons about the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore. They made the obvious point—it looked like Trump had made major concessions in return for North Korea doing little or nothing. With a little edge that I liked.

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A worldwide Bulletin


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The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has global reach. Here are just a few examples of its worldwide impact. A very few, of very many.

 

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How the president could make the president less dangerous


My latest piece for Reuters explains how the president could limit his own ability to spark Armageddon. It would even be politically advantageous for him.

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Bob Corker looks at Trump’s finger, and a certain button


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My latest piece for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is a light one; it deals with US Sen. Bob Corker’s decision to hold a hearing on US President Donald Trump’s authority to use nuclear weapons. I will make sure to return to more significant subjects in future posts.

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The North Korea puppet show


Kim_Jong-Un_Photorealistic-Sketch Here’s a recent piece I wrote for Reuters that is standing up pretty well as Rocket Man and the Dotard trade insults and threats. What they are doing is dangerous—but quality media coverage can reduce the threat of war.

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The Bulletin, seen through Quartz


The Atlantic’s business vertical, Quartz, decided to take a look at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists in January, as it neared its 70th birthday. I think the writer, Leo Mirani, did a good job of amassing a lot of historical material and winding it together with comments from me. And, as you know, I don’t go around praising journalists for no reason, even if they’rhbombe smart enough to write nicely about me. Another way to know Mirani’s a good one: The Quartz piece ran ahead of the Bulletin’s announcement on January 22 that its Doomsday Clock would move forward to a very scary three minutes to midnight. That announcement generated tens of thousands of tweets and retweets and some 2,000 news articles, going out toward a potential audience that was in the neighborhood of half a billion readers/viewers. But Mirani was first, and I bet his piece was accessed for background purposes a lot, all around the world.

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