Robert Dodge

Robert Dodge

Robert Dodge is a family physician practicing in Ventura, California. He is the Co-Chair of the Security Committee of National Physicians for Social Responsibility. He is the President of Physicians for Social Responsibility Los Angeles.

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Sunday, December 07, 2014
An Opportunity to Lead on the Threat of Nuclear Weapons
We live under the constant threat every moment of every day of nuclear annihilation. The existence of 16,300 nuclear weapons on the planet places our very survival in great peril. Whether by plan or accident a nuclear attack has no meaningful medical or humanitarian response. As chronicled by Eric...
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Friday, September 19, 2014
Making the Connection: The Peoples Climate March and International Day of Peace
Climate change and world peace will each be highlighted on Sunday September 21, the International Day of Peace. In our nuclear armed, temperature rising, resource depleting world these issues are intricately related and represent the greatest threats to our planet. It is not coincidence that they...
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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 05, 2014
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
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
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
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 08, 2014
The Trillion Dollar Road to Armageddon
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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 09, 2013
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
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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