Russ Wellen holds down the “Nukes and Other WMD’s” desk at the Faster Times, and writes “The Deproliferator” for Scholars & Rogues and other blogs. He is an advisor to the Madrona Institute and co-moderates Terralist.


Could “Virtual Deterrence” Actually Increase the Chances of Nuclear War?

“Virtual deterrence” may sound like a step in the right direction to disarmament advocates, but it could actually grease the skids to nuclear war.

Al Qaeda Has Its Own “Superusers” and “Badges”

Al Qaeda turns web tricks to its own uses.

Enhanced Drone-Strike Accuracy Makes Accidents Look That Much More Suspicious

Despite improved drone-strike accuracy in Pakistan, innocents are still killed.

New Nuclear Project Distracts From Existing Safety (Read: Seismic) Issues

Earthquake concerns not only also exist for U.S. nuclear energy plants, but for nuclear-weapons facilities too.

Nuclear Disarmament Can Be a Very Disarming Experience

Reaching Global Zero might be less impossible than we think.

Want to Die in a Fire? No? Then You’re Opposed to Nuclear Weapons

It’s too easy to forget that, for millions of us, nuclear war means death by fire.

Impact of Fukushima Continues to Inch up to Chernobyl Levels

Officially, Fukushima is now in the same class of accident as Chernobyl.

Confronting the Urge to Urge on the Libyan Intervention

Libya begs the question of how something as benign sounding as humanitarian intervention got such a bad rap.

Other Obstacles to Disarmament Exist Besides States Holding on to Nukes

Withholding their nuclear weapons isn’t the only way states retard the progress of disarmament.

Pastor Terry Jones Islamophobia’s Surprising Origins in Europe

Pastor Terry Jones’s Islamophobia has its origins in European xenophobia.

To Rev. Terry Jones, UN Attack Just Proves He’s Right

The Gainesville pastor admits to no culpability whatsoever.

Neocon Call for Regime Change in Syria Doesn’t Do U.S. National Security Any Favors

Regime change in Syria could open the door to Islamist rule.

Imagine Disarmament and Nonproliferation Talks That Reward the State With More Nukes

Imagine disarmament and nonproliferation talks in which states with more nuclear weapons make other states pay a price for having fewer.

Will Italy Help Keep U.S. and NATO Airstrikes on Libya From Becoming Another Afghanistan?

There are rumblings that U.S. and NATO airstrikes on Libya might leave both mired in that country.

US Handing Off Libya From Ourselves to — Ourselves

“In essence, the U.S. runs the show that is taking over running the show.” — AP

Juan Cole Challenges the Left “to Chew Gum and Walk at the Same Time”

Should progressives drop their reflexive opposition to use of force overseas that’s not in the service of national defense?

Libya Intervention Making a Mockery of Political Correctness

Many on the left favor the Libya intervention.

Oh, for Those Halcyon Days When Nuclear Weapons Were Scarier Than Reactors

The immediate danger of Fukushima may pass, but nuclear energy remains risky.

Didn’t Take Long for Libyan Rebels to Hollow the “Humanitarian” Out of “Intervention,” Did It?

The dreaded “revolutionary justice” has already reared its ugly head in Libya.

Gaddafi’s Genocidal Buzzwords No Doubt Sent up Red Flag to Samantha Power

Samantha Power is uniquely equipped to interpret the words of Gaddafi and his followers.