Donald Trump on Thursday alarmed nonproliferation experts when he called for the U.S. to "greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability." The comments, made by the president-elect via Twitter, came the same day Russian president Vladimir Putin also vowed to strengthen his country's nuclear weapons capabilities. "Can a tweet start an arms race? This one may just have done that," Joseph Cirincione, president of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation, told NBC News. The Ploughshares Fund estimates that there are currently over 15,300 nuclear weapons in the world, over 90 percent of which are currently in possession of the two former cold war foes -- the United States and Russia.
Every year, we are confronted with new facts and scenarios emerging out of climate change and global warming, each more terrifying and apocalyptic than the last. In fact, several well-known scientists and tech moguls have made predictions regarding them. Prominent linguist and public intellectual Noam Chomsky said last year that the COP22 Marrakech climate summit in Morocco, which began on Nov. 7, "basically ceased" to function on Nov.9 after the delegates were confronted with the news that Donald Trump was elected as the next U.S. president. Speaking to over 2,000 people at Riverside Church on Dec. 5, Chomsky also made several related climate change predictions. "The question that was left was whether it would be possible to carry forward this global effort to deal with the highly critical problem of environmental catastrophe, if the leader of the free world, the richest and most powerful country in history, would pull out completely, as appeared to be the case," Chomsky said.
In a special UpFront interview, renowned US academic and public intellectual Noam Chomsky sits down with Mehdi Hasan to discuss the implications of a Donald Trump presidency, on both domestic and global issues. "He certainly is off the spectrum. There's never been anything like him," says Chomsky, an award-winning author, who is witnessing the 16th president over the course of his lifetime. "He has no background at all in any political activities. Never held office, been interested in office.
NEW YORK – A Japanese atomic bomb survivor along with anti-war activists and scholars from around the globe urged U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday to recognize the threat of nuclear weapons and pursue disarmament. They made the pitch to Trump, who will assume office on Jan. 20, in an open letter released by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation based in Santa Barbara, California. The signatories to the letter, dated Tuesday, include Setsuko Thurlow, a survivor of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, film director Oliver Stone and linguist Noam Chomsky. "As president of the United States, you will have the grave responsibility of assuring that nuclear weapons are not overtly threatening or used during your term of office," the letter said. "The most certain way to fulfill this responsibility is to negotiate with the other possessors of nuclear weapons for their total elimination," it added.
Noam Chomsky, the American linguist, activist, and political writer, is one of the most famous and harshest critics of American foreign policy. His critiques of Presidential Administrations from Nixon to Obama, and the stridency of his views--comparing 9/11 to Bill Clinton's bombing of a factory in Khartoum, for example--have made him the target of much ire, as well as a hero of the global left. "Chomsky always refuses to talk about motives in politics," Larissa MacFarquhar wrote in her Profile of him for The New Yorker, in 2003. "Like many theorists of universal humanness, he often seems baffled, even repelled, by the thought of actual people and their psychologies." When I called Chomsky, who is ninety-one, last month for a long-scheduled interview, I had meant to discuss his career and life, and his latest book, "Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal," written with Robert Pollin and C. J. Polychroniou--but he spent most of the hour-long session railing against the Trump Administration with a vehemence that slightly surprised me.