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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Sunday, August 09, 2020
Our Moral Awakening in the Long Shadow of the Bomb
In May 2016, President Barack Obama became the first sitting United States president to visit Hiroshima, the city that suffered the first atomic bombing in history. Delivering remarks at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Obama called for a "moral revolution." "The memory of the morning of August 6...
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Japanese people pray in front of the Cenotaph for the Bomb Victims before the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on the day of the 71th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 2016 in Hiroshima, Japan. Japan marks the 71th anniversary of the first atomic bomb that was dropped by the United States on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, killing an estimated number of 70,000 people instantly with many thousands more dying over the following years from the effect Views
Thursday, August 06, 2020
'Still Here': Honoring Hibakusha 75 Years After
Today marks the 75th anniversary of the first atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. That bomb was followed three days later by a second bomb dropped over the city of Nagasaki, Japan. The combined death toll by the end of 1945 was over 200,000 individuals, largely civilians. To this day the...
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This time of awakening has drawn attention to the connection and challenges we face as a nation and world. (Photo: Ralf Schlesener/ICAN) Views
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Funding Nuclear Weapons at a Time of National Crisis
Today, July 15, we fund our nation’s priorities. This year, the nation is awakening to the problems of systemic and institutionalized racism while simultaneously grappling with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which has no end in sight. The Black Lives Matter movement is receiving its due attention...
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As physicians and health practitioners we have warned for decades about the existential threats of nuclear war and climate change and vulnerability to global pandemics. (Photo: Scott Howe/DVIDS) Views
Thursday, April 16, 2020
Budgets Are Moral Documents: Nuclear Weapons Funding and COVID-19 Response
April 15 is the day we traditionally know as tax day, the day when we fund our nation’s priorities. It is also the time we fund the nuclear arms race that is spiraling out of control. This year tax day has been put on pause as much of the world has. As the world addresses the global health crisis...
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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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