Masahiro Morioka (Waseda): The Trolley Problem and the Dropping of Atomic Bombs. Matthew Bolton (Pace): The Spirit of Lysistrata: Gender, Collective Action and the Nuclear Weapons Ban. The nuclear threat can be contained by diplomacy: These issues are manageable if they are given the right degree of priority. For decades, leaders have used the nuclear threat to consolidate power at home — even when it is bad for national security. Mikhail Gorbachev: My plea to the presidents of Russia and the United States. Julie McDowall reviews Sleepwalking to Armageddon: The Threat of Nuclear Annihilation by Helen Caldicott.

Elisabeth Eaves and Julian Hayda on weighing 75 years of the nuclear age. The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize winner wants to ban nuclear weapons — here’s why the U.S. is opposed. An urgent warning about the monumental danger of nuclear weapons — even if Trump weren’t president: Fred Kaplan reviews The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner by Daniel Ellsberg (and more). Doomsday pattern: Elisa Gabbert on life in the pre-apocalypse. Want to increase your property values? Try a nuclear war. Matthew Bunn and Nickolas Roth on the effects of a single terrorist nuclear bomb. Millennials need new movies about nuclear war, a ninth-grader says.

From the National Interest, Tom Nichols on 5 ways nuclear armageddon was almost unleashed (or World War III) and on 5 ways a nuclear war could go down (and billions of people would die). What Donald Trump can learn from the two most dangerous weeks in history. These women are the last thing standing between you and nuclear war. How the CIA secretly recruits academics: In order to tempt nuclear scientists from countries such as Iran or North Korea to defect, US spy agencies routinely send agents to academic conferences — or even host their own fake ones. The CDC wants to prepare Americans for a nuclear strike.

“Don’t wait until the bombs are falling”: Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg encourages more like him. The Trump administration’s nuclear policy review loosens constraints on the use of nuclear weapons — we should all be worried. A new Trump administration plan makes nuclear war likelier. Garrett M. Graff on how U.S. nuclear weapons strategy only makes us more vulnerable to catastrophe. The people who would survive nuclear war: How an appendix to an obscure government report helped launch a blockbuster and push back the possibility of atomic war.

From the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Kennette Benedict on Doomsday Clockwork; and Lisbeth Gronlund and David Wright on how a nuclear attack order is carried out now and how to limit presidential authority to order the use of nuclear weapons. What even is the Doomsday Clock? It’s two minutes to midnight — what the hell does that even mean?


A new issue of Sign Systems Studies is out. Pilar Lopez-Cantero (Manchester): The Break-Up Check: Exploring Romantic Love through Relationship Terminations. “America no longer matters”: Davos isn’t worried about President Trump. Jia Tolentino on Ivanka Trump and the ways that we imagine First Daughters. Democrats must be more ruthless — when they have power: If the left cares about preventing a neo–Lochner era in American jurisprudence, it needs to care about Heidi Heitkamp’s internal polling. Why even Burma’s democracy activists don’t stick up for the Rohingya. The bizarre rise and dramatic fall of Louise Mensch and her “Blue Detectives”: A year later, why does anyone still listen to Seth Abramson?

Trump’s cult of personality takes paranoia to the next level: Conspiracy theories aren’t hiding on the fringes —they’re coming straight from the power centers in the White House and GOP. What happens to Trump if he fires Robert Mueller? “I honestly think that reporters asking Congress this question, over and over if necessary, until they answer, is the single most important thing they can do”.


It’s looking more and more like there is a coordinated GOP effort to discredit the Trump-Russia investigation. Treasonous is not a crime: Most conservatives have decided to argue that Trump’s coverup doesn’t matter because the crime was merely treasonous. Republicans are desperate to protect Trump from Mueller — but will their strategy work? Republicans are using the Russian playbook on the FBI. Your guide to the anti-FBI conspiracy theories rippling through conservative media. Paul Ryan is the silent partner in Trump’s war on the rule of law. Seeing through the fog in the Mueller Russia probe.

Mueller wants wants to interview the president, but that doesn’t say much about what the Russia investigation has or hasn’t uncovered. Three potential problems for an obstruction of justice case against Trump: Why some experts think Mueller would need a lot more to make a case. An obstruction of justice case won’t be enough to remove Trump. Trump’s effort to fire Mueller: Reactions to the New York Times report. We’re not in Nixon territory yet, but it’s not for lack of trying.

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