Jeremy Stone

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Jeremy Stone


Jeremy J. Stone (born 1935) is the son of journalist and Soviet agent, I. F. Stone and Esther Stone. He is married B. J. Stone and they live in Somerset, Maryland.

Federation of American Scientists

Jeremy Stone was the president of the Federation of American Scientists from 1970 to 2000.where he "led that organization's advocacy initiatives in arms control, human rights, and foreign policy". In 2000, he was succeeded as president by Dr. Henry Kelly. Stone continued his work at a new organization called Catalytic Diplomacy. Stone is the son of the journalist and confirmed Soviet agent I. F. Stone.

As at Nov. 1972, Stone served on the National Council of the Federation. Stone was also one of the eight founding trustees of the FAS Fund which was launched as a charitable wing by the FAS in 1972.[1] In 1994 he was awarded the FAS Public Service Award.[2]

American Committee on East-West Accord

As at March 10, 1982, Jeremy Stone, director of the Federation of American Scientists was a member of the American Committee on East-West Accord. The ACEWA, based in Washington, D.C., was a tax-exempt "independent educational organization", with the stated aim of "improving East/West relations, with special focus on U.S.-Soviet relations." Stone also endorsed the Kennedy-Hatfield Nuclear Freeze Resolution which was introduced in the Senate on March 10, 1982.[3]

In 1995 the FAS presented Jeremy Stone, its chief executive officer, with its Public Service Award on his 25th year of service, calling him the "head and heart of FAS for its second quarter century." Upon announcement of his intention to step down in 1999, the FAS commented,

"In 1970, Jeremy took over the management of an organization that was losing its vitality and revived it. He increased its membership to record levels, recruited a distinguished list of sponsors, and recruited and retained an excellent staff. For these three decades, he has provided the energy to drive the organization and the critical leadership to steer it. He shaped and harmonized the ideas of its officers and active membership, often on ideas he himself had generated. His long tenure made him the dean of public interest organizations in our field. Through creative methods of fund-raising, he went well beyond maintaining the organization; he is leaving it with substantial assets that provide the capability to initiate and support important projects that cannot be immediately funded.
Beyond expanding and administering the organization, Jeremy has made significant contributions to peace and security in arms control treaty-making on ABM and nuclear weapons reductions, in improving relations between the United States and Russia and China, in human rights and in international scientific exchange.
We welcome his intention to continue to work under the rubric of Catalytic Diplomacy, and expect that he will find useful collaborations with FAS and other like-minded organizations in pursuing common goals."[4]

IPS connections

Jeremy Stone has ties to the radical Washington DC based "think tank", Institute for Policy Studies.

US Senator Mike Gravel writes has written, of his freshmen speech against Anti Ballistic Missiles in the 1960s;[5]

"Marcus Raskin, a co-founder of the Institute for Policy Studies, and Jeremy Stone helped me write the speech. Jeremy was I. F. Stone's son, who had been an expert opponent of ABM since 1963. His opposition to Pentagon spending later earned Jeremy a place on Nixon's enemies list".

In the 1970s, Jeremy Stone, like his father before him, was an occasional lecturer at Institute for Policy Studies.[6]

Soviet visit

In the 1980s, David W. Hafemeister was involved in numerous exchanges with Soviet scientists, making his "professional life more exciting as a result".

Hafemeister first met Evegeny P. Velikhov, the Soviet Academy's then vice president for applied physics and mathematics, at a meeting of the International Physicians for Social Responsibility in the summer of of 1983. Earlier in that year, a group of Soviet academics had sent an open letter to US scientists, asking whether, in the light of president Reagan's "Star Wars" speech of March 1983, there had been a change in the professional consensus in the US, regarding the feasibility of effective missile defenses.

Only the Federation of American Scientists responded directly and were invited by Velikhov to visit the Soviet Union. Despite a partial boycott on bilateral scientific contacts, which the federation had joined mainly because of the soviet government's treatment of Andrei Sakharov, the group decided to accept Velikhov's invitation.

In November, the Federation sent a party to the USSR, which included FAS president Jeremy Stone, John Pike of the FAS staff, John Holdren, University of California - Berkeley and FAS vice chairman and FAS chairman David W. Hafemeister.

Velikhov told Hafemeister, that the reason he decided to organize the Committee of Soviet Scientists was to educate a new generation of Soviet scientists, including himself, about nuclear arms control and to re-open the US-Soviet dialog on strategic defense with the roles reversed.

Now it would be the Soviet scientists who would try to convince the the US government, with US scientists as intermediaries that the pursuit of ballistic missile defenses would be counterproductive.[7]

Izzy Award

The Izzy Award is named after maverick journalist (and Soviet spy) I. F. Stone. Presented annually for "special achievement in independent media," the Izzy Award goes to an independent outlet, journalist, or producer for "contributions to our culture, politics, or journalism created outside traditional corporate structures".

The judges are communications professor and author Robert McChesney; Linda Jue, director and executive editor at the G.W. Williams Center for Independent Journalism; and Jeff Cohen, director of the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College.

The inaugural Izzy Award for 2009 was presented to blogger Glenn Greenwald and Democracy Now! host and executive producer Amy Goodman.

Roughly 800 people attended the award ceremony at Ithaca’s State Theatre – including Izzy Stone’s son Jeremy Stone, who spoke briefly.[8]

References

  1. Federation of American Scientists Fund Creation Announcement, Nov. 1972
  2. FAS website: Awards
  3. East-West Outlook newsletter, March-April 1982, Vol. 5, No. 2
  4. FAS website: Message from the President, Oct. 1999
  5. A political odyssey: the rise of American militarism and one man's fight to ...By Mike Gravel, Joe Lauria, page 165
  6. http://www.heritage.org/research/governmentreform/ia2.cfm
  7. Physics and nuclear arms today By David W. Hafemeister, page 379
  8. 2009 Izzy Award Ceremony, AMY GOODMAN and GLENN GREENWALD