Robert Dodge

Robert Dodge

Robert Dodge, a frequentCommon Dreams contributor, writes as a family physician practicing in Ventura, California. He is the Co-Chair of the Security Committee of National Physicians for Social Responsibility and also serves as the President of Physicians for Social Responsibility Los Angeles.

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 If there ARE future generations, when your children’s children look back and ask, when the planet was threatened, what did you do?  What will you say? It’s about us, ALL of US!  #NotMeUs (Photo: UM Women/cc/flickr) Views
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Coronavirus and Our Existential Threats This Presidential Season
Pandemics, climate change and presidential vision have significant consequences for the future as we address our existential threats. There are stark differences being presented in our current presidential campaign from incremental movement forward to bold proposals necessary to address the scope...
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Nurses and doctors rallying for Medicare for All in Chicago over the weekend outside the annual gathering of the American Medical Association which currently opposes the plan to make healthcare coverage in the United States available to all. (Photo: National Nurses United/flickr/cc) Views
Monday, February 24, 2020
Medicare for All, Union Benefits, and the Promise of #NotMeUs
Medicare for All won a resounding victory as Sen. Bernie Sanders dominated the Nevada caucus on Saturday. There had been significant misrepresentation leading to confusion about this proposal. Perhaps no piece was more confusing than the flyer distributed by the Nevada Culinary Union stating that...
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks while introducing healthcare legislation titled the "Medicare for All Act of 2019" with Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) during a news conference on Capitol Hill, on April 9, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Views
Monday, February 03, 2020
In the Name of Medicare for All, This Family Doctor Will Vote for Bernie Sanders
This week our country formally begins the election process to determine who will be our next president come January 2021. There are so many critical issues that face our nation as we look to the future. When it comes to the general well-being of our country no issue is more important than health...
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Making the connection between the environment, nuclear war, peace and the survival of our world is critical. (Photo: Scott Howe/DVIDS) Views
Friday, September 27, 2019
Hope and Necessity This International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons
"Nuclear weapons present an unacceptable danger to humanity. The only real way to eliminate the threat of nuclear weapons is to eliminate nuclear weapons." -UN Secretary-General António Guterres Yesterday was the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. Recognizing the...
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Nuclear war and climate change are the two existential threats we face today. (Photo:US Department of Defense) Views
Tuesday, August 06, 2019
Hiroshima and the New Arms Race—No Winners
74 years ago today the United States dropped the first atomic bomb over the city of Hiroshima, Japan. This nuclear weapon resulted in the deaths of an estimated 140,000 individuals . Three days later on August 9, a similar attack was carried out on the city of Nagasaki, Japan killing an additional...
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The Sodium Reactor Experiment (SRE) nuclear facility at the the Santa Susanna Field Laboratory (SSFL) site in 1958. Views
Saturday, July 13, 2019
60 Years Since the Largest U.S. Nuclear Accident and Captured Federal Agencies
60 years ago today the largest nuclear accident in U.S. history occurred above the Southern California community of Simi Valley when the Santa Susanna Field Laboratory (SSFL) site suffered a partial nuclear meltdown. That accident, kept secret for two decades, has resulted in ongoing local health...
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"The risk of nuclear war remains with us as long as these weapons exist," writes Dodge. "The only way to eliminate this risk is by the complete abolition of these weapons." Views
Friday, June 28, 2019
Nuclear IQ, Presidential Debates, and Our Future
The formal debates for the 2020 Democratic nomination for President have begun this week. While there are many substantive topics that need to be covered, there are two existential threats that demand to be addressed. The threat of climate change has been discussed nominally though hardly with the...
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Monday, April 22, 2019
Earth Day 2019: Our Planet in Peril
Today marks the 49th anniversary of the first Earth Day. This comes 50 years after the Santa Barbara oil spills which were instrumental in the declaration of the first Earth Day. The fate of our planet remains threatened by two inextricably connected threats, that of climate change and nuclear war...
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There is no greater social, economic, health or environmental threat to our communities, children and world than the constant real and present threat of nuclear war either by intent, miscalculation or accident. (Photo: Lamerie/flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
New Green Deal and Nuclear Doomsday Clock
This past week witnessed two significant and connected events. We remembered and celebrated the visionary champion of civil rights, social and economic justice and nuclear disarmament, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr at the outset and finished the week with the unveiling of the Nuclear Doomsday Clock...
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Nuclear war must never be fought and cannot be won. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, September 04, 2018
Preventing Nuclear War: A National Campaign Emerges
A national collaborative grassroots coalition to abolish nuclear weapons is rapidly emerging in this country. The effort called “ Back from the Brink: A Call to Prevent Nuclear War ” started last fall after the U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was adopted by 122 nations with the U...
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