Dr. Caldicott’s October 2014 speech: The Ukraine Crisis, Is Nuclear Conflict Likely?
TUC Radio recently aired
Dr. Caldicott’s October 2014 speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. This special two-part If You Love This Planet feature, The Ukraine Crisis, Is Nuclear Conflict Likely?, comes courtesy of TUC. Listen to Part One here and listen to Part Two here. To hear other programs produced by TUC, visit this page. Here is TUC Radio’s description of the program:
“On October 8, 2014, the life long antinuclear campaigner and author Helen Caldicott addressed the National Press Club Newsmakers in Washington, DC. She said that the United States and Russia are dangerously close to stumbling into a war over Ukraine that could go nuclear and kill millions of people in a single day.
Over the last eight months, since Russia annexed Crimea in response to the Western-orchestrated coup in Kiev, there have been almost 40 incidents involving Western and Russian air and naval forces. That’s according to a report issued by the London-based, European Leadership Network on November 10, 2014. The report said that “to perpetuate a volatile standoff between a nuclear armed state and a nuclear armed alliance is risky at best.” (and) “could prove catastrophic at worst.”
The group’s findings added weight to comments made by Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union. Speaking before the Brandenburg Gate on the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Gorbachev said: “Bloodshed in Europe and the Middle East against the backdrop of a breakdown in dialogue between the major powers is of enormous concern…The world is on the brink of a new Cold War ..Some are even saying that it’s already begun.”
The second part of this program includes Stephen Cohen. On October 10, 2014, the eminent scholar of Russian Studies from Princeton, gave an extensive interview to Sophie Shevardnadze on RT. (Formerly called Russia Today, this is the Russian cable and satellite TV channel that is aimed at an international audience). This program begins with clips from that interview. Stephen Cohen says we are in a new Cold War with the added danger of a nuclear confrontation. Cohen gives an erudite critique of the current sanctions and the US led NATO expansion Eastward that has destabilized Europe.
Then we return to Helen Caldicott’s appearance at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, that was covered in Part One of this program. Following her talk on The Ukraine Crisis, Is Nuclear Conflict Likely? she answered questions from the Press. As you will hear in this segment some of the problems with media coverage and the reasons for the news black-out on this topic are due to the lack of information or bias among journalists.” [Source: tucradio.org]