Robert Dodge

Robert Dodge is a family physician practicing full time in Ventura, California. He serves on the board of Physicians for Social Responsibility Los Angeles serving as a Peace and Security Ambassador and at the national level where he sits on the security committee. He also serves on the board of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions. He writes for PeaceVoice.

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Schoolchildren participate in a rally organized by Rotary members in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India, celebrating the country’s achievement of polio eradication. (Photo Credit: Devin Thorpe / Rotary International)) Views
Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 8:00am
Eliminating War to Eradicate Polio
Polio, once a global scourge, was on the verge of eradication in 2012. Since that time, it has reemerged as a global public health emergency according to the World Health Organization. Why has it now spread from its final strongholds in Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan to at least 10 countries...
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The Republic of the Marshall Islands knows firsthand the horror and consequences of living in a world with nuclear weapons. (Photo: nuclearzero.org) Views
Friday, May 23, 2014 - 6:30am
The Nuclear Zero Lawsuits: Who Will Speak for the People?
The U.N. just concluded the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Preparatory Committee with representatives from the 189 signatory nations and of civil society. The meeting was in preparation for next year's NPT conference and to discuss the current status of fulfilling the obligations under the...
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Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 11:15am
David vs. Goliath: The Nuclear Zero Lawsuits
Historic lawsuits were filed Thursday against the U.S. and the 8 other Nuclear Weapons States (NWS) of the world to meet their treaty obligations to disarm by the courageous tiny island nation Republic of the Marshall Islands. Since 1970, the Nuclear Non‐Proliferation Treaty (NPT) has obligated...
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The mushroom cloud of the first test of a hydrogen bomb is seen in a 1952 file photo. Views
Friday, April 11, 2014 - 6:15am
Budgets as Moral Documents: Nuclear Weapons and the Fate of Life as We Know It
On April 15 th , Tax Day, our nation funds our national budget. On this day we fund the nation’s business and provide a proclamation to the world of the U.S. priorities for the next year. Ultimately budgets are moral documents and are supposed to represent the people’s priorities. So what are those...
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Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 11:18am
The Trillion Dollar Road to Armageddon
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 1:06pm
Two Billion At Risk: The Threat of Limited Nuclear War
As physicians we spend our professional lives applying scientific facts to the health and well being of our patients. When it comes to public health threats like TB, polio, cholera, AIDS and others where there is no cure, our aim is to prevent what we cannot cure. It is our professional, ethical and moral obligation to educate and speak out on these issues.
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Friday, August 9, 2013 - 7:54am
Hiroshima's Legacy—The Obsolescence of War
Our world changed forever 68 years ago this week. Tuesday marked the day that the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, followed by the bombing of Nagasakithree days later.
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Sunday, June 23, 2013 - 11:26am
Surviving in a Nuclear Armed World: An Unexamined Assumption
President Obama speaking in Berlin on Wednesday took the first step in his 2nd term to address the world’s nuclear arsenals. He proposed negotiating the reduction of strategic nuclear weapons by up to 1/3 of its current levels of 1722 as of Sept. 2012 and reducing nuclear weapons in Europe. While any reductions in nuclear arsenals must be applauded and supported, they must be viewed as only the next step in the mandatory elimination of all nuclear weapons. The devastating potential of these reduced arsenals has the ability to inflict catastrophic damage to our world.
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Sunday, March 31, 2013 - 12:02pm
The Promise of Prague, Self-Assured Destruction and Taxes
On April 5, 2009, in the first foreign policy address of his presidency, President Obama expressed his vision of a world free of nuclear weapons. The realization of this vision, shared by a majority of citizens around the world, is vital to the very survival and future of our planet. We the people await the actions that are needed to make this a reality. Now is the time for the president and our leaders to put words into action. As we reflect on this vision and prepare to fund our budget and nation’s priorities the choice is ours.
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Friday, January 25, 2013 - 7:06am
Old Struggles, Shifting Awareness in a New Age
This past week’s presidential inauguration on Martin Luther King Day finds us as a nation and people at a remarkable crossroads. Before us we have the same daunting issues we have faced for years yet there is something different. There is a developing shift in our consciousness and responsibility. We are witnessing a new awareness of the challenges and necessity of addressing them.
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