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The recent test firing of a US missile previously banned under a nuclear arms control treaty has heightened alarm among anti-nuclear activists that a reckless new arms race threatens humankind. The launch of the modified Tomahawk missile on August 18 came just over two weeks after the US formally withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which it signed in 1987 with what was then the Soviet Union. Yet renewed proliferation is not confined to the US. Military and intelligence experts suspect a recent radioactive explosion in northern Russia that killed seven people, including five scientists, is evidence of Moscow’s intent to develop new nuclear weapons that can evade missile defences.

In a post-Cold War world many other nuclear-armed countries are reconfiguring their weapons stockpiles unbound by treaties. China is thought to have overhauled its stock of medium-range nuclear missiles, North Korea’s nuclear weapons capabilities are shrouded in secrecy, and a rise in tensions between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan over Kashmir has jangled nerves in the region.

Anti-nuclear activism has a proud history, with women-led protests at Greenham Common, the Nuclear Freeze campaign, and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament helping raise public awareness of the threat posed by weapons proliferation. Their example has inspired a new generation of movements to fight back against nuclear weapons. But with the climate emergency foremost in the minds of activists and the general public alike, how can a new current of anti-nuclear arms movements focus attention on winding the Doomsday Clock back from two minutes to midnight? Join the conversation.

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Thanks for watching everyone. Please let us know what you thought in the comments below.

Wtornado
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Wtornado

Russia testing and operating nuclear reactors and weapons scares me more in case of accidents
Their part of the world would be on fire and they would never admit it.

Wtornado
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Wtornado

How about the new Russian barge or ship the" Mikhail Lomonosov " being towed in the Arctic with 2 nuclear reactors on board.
The floating Chernobyl would destroy the fragile arctic for sure.

Next Tomorrow
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Next Tomorrow

Don’t compare with India 🇮🇳 Pakistan 🇵🇰

Slappy Chap
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Slappy Chap

AAAAAHHHHHAAAAHAAAAHHHAAA NO IYS NOT GONNA STOP AMERICAN GREED, AMERICAN OFFICIALS FROM MAKING BILLIONS.. AFTER NUCLEAR WAR… AND SAVE THE PLANET FROM PARASITE HUMANS… nuclear warbis a good thing and no oobie gobie gonna stop it's ticking..

Brandon Miles
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Brandon Miles

Don't forget Israel dropping a neutron bomb in Yemen. Interestingly, that never really made headlines. Wonder why.

allrawpaul
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allrawpaul

Absolutely not.  Not even close.  The only two things that could stop the doomsday clock now, would be 1.  The invasion and takeover of the earth by benevolent, highly advanced aliens. and 2.  The immediate development of a super-AI  that would immediately construct a vast army of benevolent super-AI robots that would take over the earth, stop the humans from doing any more damage and then repair all the damage that we have already done.   Humans cannot solve the massive catastrophic problems that humans have created.   If we could, we would.  All we ever do is make everything worse.

Jim Dooley
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Jim Dooley

And what about the test chemicals that they figured out that eats radiation within days..have you not thought the government's know the repercussions of radiation and have figured out a way of disposing of the element very quickly by using different types of bacterium. This was research done in the United States not too long ago.

Michael Fridelle
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Michael Fridelle

There is no getting rid of our Nukes. Why would we??? Google "All Wars"….you will see it is human nature to constantly be at war. Anyone without nukes will be prayed upon by those who do have nukes. It is the way of the world. We must always carry the biggest stick. The very safety and security of our people rely on it. To think otherwise is a child like fantasy.

Tanveer Khan
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Tanveer Khan

free Kashmir

Airport Documentaries
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Airport Documentaries

Prophet Muhammad already told us how close we are to doomsday 1400 years ago

Phil Sarazen
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Phil Sarazen

In cooperation with the people of Russia, China and Iran, military and civil personnel from Canada and the US will design and build, leading-edge art, science, sports and performance centers at strategic military sites in these countries. Russia, Iran, and China will build similar centers in Canada and the US.
All facilities will be designed and built with a combination of civil and military personnel. These centers will be frequented by our best doctors, musicians, scientists, and performers. All countries will think twice about bombing the places they have worked so hard to create and where their most beloved icons are stationed.

Adam Bird
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Adam Bird

Trump hater's!

Adam Bird
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Adam Bird

I absolutely trust Trump and he's going to win 2020 🤣

Son of Spirit and Truth
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Son of Spirit and Truth

Much peace, love and true light to us all, in YaHuShah's mighty name!

Ha-Mashiach Yahushah is coming!!!! This is it!

Praise Yahuah Alahym the Creator in Yahushah Ha-Mashiach's Mighty Name. Ahman 🙏🏾

Hebrew Yisarahlight

Aaron Brennan
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Aaron Brennan

Trump didn't want to nuke a storm. That is fake news.

Kristen Sorensen
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Kristen Sorensen

What Putin is doing with nuclear powered cruise missiles is totally insane. A Chernobyl with wings!!

Kristen Sorensen
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Kristen Sorensen

The ONE thing that was productive by Gorbachev & Reagan. Arms reductions!

Kristen Sorensen
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Kristen Sorensen

Disarmament is a myth. Humans have no way to trust in such a myth that could not be confirmed. NUTS yes!!

Nihilistie Dahmer-Machiavelli
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Nihilistie Dahmer-Machiavelli

I got news for everyone. As soon as that rain forest caught fire, the doomsday clock began to tick. There's a reason there's such suspiciously little coverage on such an epic, cataclysmic event.

Nihilistie Dahmer-Machiavelli
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Nihilistie Dahmer-Machiavelli

Please. Please. Please blow up this wretched world. Please.

Roland Mitchell
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Roland Mitchell

How stupid where two countries Live only a few Miles apart where Both Countries have Nuclear atomic weapons; India Pakistan could both end up Nuking each other ! Just suppose only India Has the first Strike and Pakistan is unable to retaliate the thing is Nuclear Fallout Knows no Boundaries and that sooner or Later India will have the Backlash of their own Atomic Fallout it's Like throwing out a Bucket of Water against the wind where you Get Soaked; But the thing is ; the thing is, Ever since Man Has existed They Invented the Sword and the Crossbow… Read more »

Raymond Kwang
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Raymond Kwang

Look like N. Korea and China have to increase their Warheads at least ten folds, otherwise the races is unfair. Then Doomsday is a dream come true.

Adam Bird
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Adam Bird

What a bad moderator!
No you cannot cuz we're at the end of our show, what a horrible person!
Guess what I win We have nuclear weapons and there's nothing you can do about it!
Guess what Trump's going to win in 2020 as well 🤣

Adam Bird
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Adam Bird

If we can't get them to sign another treaty between Russia and China not just Russia, then we should have better and more effective weapons than the other countries plain and simple!

Jacques Jacobs
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Jacques Jacobs

Can activists really stop anything except traffic?