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Are We ‘Sleepwalking to Armageddon’ With Nuclear Weapons?

Nobel Peace Prize laureates — such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mother Theresa, and Nelson Mandela — are people who have been recognized for their exceptional efforts to end violence and oppression around the globe.

This year, the prize goes to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). The Nobel Peace Prize Committee honored ICAN for “its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.”

Dr. Helen Caldicott has long spoken out about the dangerous realities of nuclear power around the globe. She has been involved in ICAN since its founding in 2007. She recently published a book called “Sleepwalking to Armageddon: The Threat of Nuclear Annihilation.”

Dr. Caldicott joins Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson to talk about the book and her work to curb the threat that nuclear weapons pose.

The media has payed little or almost no attention to it at all,” says Caldicott. “Even though we’ve got a man who’s mentally not terribly stable — the only man in the United States who could… initiate a nuclear war — and that’s [President] Donald Trump.”

Click on the audio player above to hear the full conversation.

Image credit: Senior Airman Kyla Gifford/United States Air Force

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