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White Light Filled the Sky Like the End of the World

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 11.03.2016 | Home
Evaggelos Vallianatos

Greeks invented the atomic theory in the fifth century BCE. Leucippus and Democritus developed the first scientific model of the fundamental unit of t...

The link between uranium from the Congo and Hiroshima: a story of twin tragedies

The Conversation Africa | Posted 09.01.2016 | World
The Conversation Africa

Susan Williams, Institute of Commonwealth Studies On August 6 - Hiroshima Day - I participated in a groundbreaking event at the South African Museum ...

71 Years Ago: When Truman Failed To Pause -- And The Nagasaki War Crime Followed

Greg Mitchell | Posted 08.10.2016 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

Many of those who still defend President Truman's decision on Hiroshima consider the bombing of Nagasaki three days later completely avoidable, even a crime of war.

Trump's Nuclear Views Raise Alarms -- But Hiroshima Remains The Real Threat

Greg Mitchell | Posted 08.04.2016 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

How the "Hiroshima narrative" has been handed down to generations of Americans -- and overwhelmingly endorsed by officials and the media, even if many historians disagree -- matters greatly.

Remembering Hiroshima And The Presidential Election

Vincent Intondi | Posted 08.03.2016 | Politics
Vincent Intondi

As citizens are waking up and rejecting Trump's message of hate, this election has also forced Americans to open their eyes and begin to think about the importance of nuclear disarmament.

Barack Obama, Transformer

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 06.08.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

There is something oddly fragile in the super-patriot stance that allows no room for finding lessons in past conflicts, but instead demands only praise.

Three Minutes to Nuclear Midnight

Jonathan Marshall | Posted 06.01.2016 | World
Jonathan Marshall

The consequences of an accidental nuclear war would be staggering. Thousands of U.S. and Russian warheads, some of them orders of magnitude larger than the one that wiped out Hiroshima, are primed for launch on warning.

Weekend Roundup: The 'Apology' That Matters Is to Never Again Use Nuclear Weapons

Nathan Gardels | Posted 05.27.2016 | World
Nathan Gardels

This week, Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, incinerated and vaporized by American nuclear bombs 71 years ago. For the U.S., as with Japan's own wartime atrocities that still deeply rankle the emotions of its Asian neighbors, the profound apology that matters is not about the past but the future. It is about taking convincing actions today that ensure what happened in the past never happens again. That future-oriented apology remains lacking all around. (continued)

Original Child Bomb

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.27.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki have not produced eternal peace. Instead they opened a Pandora's box that can never be fully locked back up.

Hiroshima Saved My Life

Stanley Weiss | Posted 05.26.2016 | Politics
Stanley Weiss

The atomic bombs that America dropped on Japan in August of 1945 took more than 200,000 lives. But they probably saved mine.

President Obama's Hiroshima Apology

Tyler Wigg-Stevenson | Posted 05.26.2016 | Comedy
Tyler Wigg-Stevenson

As you may have heard, we've got an election coming up back home. My apologizing for the A-bomb would be like tossing a kitten to a pack of hyenas. Plus Hillary would have to outflank me to the right.

Obama's Hiroshima Visit Sends the Wrong Message to China

Zhang Zhixin | Posted 05.25.2016 | World
Zhang Zhixin

BEIJING -- It will embolden Japan to act more aggressively and could even drag the U.S. into a war it never intended.

Hiroshima and the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

William Lambers | Posted 05.25.2016 | Impact
William Lambers

With no treaty in effect, nations could resume testing nukes at any time. This would cause a major arms race. The risk of nuclear terrorism or accidental launch make nuclear disarmament a very crucial goal for all nations. Japan wants to work with the United States on ending nuclear testing and building a world with no nukes.

Obama's Hiroshima Visit Is a Reminder that Atomic Bombs Weren't What Won the War

Gar Alperovitz | Posted 05.25.2016 | World
Gar Alperovitz

What really happened in the days leading up to the decision to destroy Hiroshima and Nagasaki may never be known. Enough is known, however, to underscore a critical lesson for the future: Human beings in general, and political leaders in particular, are all too commonly prone to making decisions that put near-term political concerns above truly fundamental humanitarian concerns.

What President Obama Should Say When He Goes to Hiroshima

David Wright | Posted 05.11.2016 | Politics
David Wright

The president must do more than give another passionate speech about nuclear disarmament. The world needs -- indeed, is desperate for -- concrete action.

Obama's Last Nuclear Security Summit and a New Movement for Nuclear Disarmament

Vincent Intondi | Posted 03.29.2017 | Politics
Vincent Intondi

On August 6, 1945, the United States dropped the first atomic bomb destroying the city of Hiroshima. Four years later, the Soviet Union developed its ...

These Simple Images Show The Incredible Horror Of A Hydrogen Bomb

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 01.06.2016 | Science

North Korea claims to have tested a miniaturized hydrogen bomb Wednesday. And while many experts are highly skeptical that it really happened, the tes...

Haunting Photos Of The Everyday Objects That Survived The Atomic Bomb

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 10.22.2015 | World

For eight years, Japanese photographer Ishiuchi Miyako traveled to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, over 500 miles away from her hometown of Yokos...

V-J Day at 70: China Mangles History and Projects A More Doubtful Future

William Bradley | Posted 09.03.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

There were only a few things wrong with the massive parade today in Beijing celebrating the 70th anniversary of V-J Day, Victory over Japan Day. The folks doing the celebrating only tangentially represent the Chinese who most actively resisted the Japanese invaders. And the celebration itself, meant to signify China's emerging superpower status, fell a little flat.

Haunting Map Shows All Nuclear Bombs That Exploded Since 1945

The Huffington Post | Jared Greenhouse | Posted 08.27.2015 | Science

A poignant new visualization shows all 2,153 atomic bomb detonations that happened across the globe since testing began in 1945, mapping out the where...

From Japan to Vietnam, Radiation and Agent Orange Survivors Deserve Justice From the U.S.

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 08.19.2016 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

It's time to fully compensate the victims of Agent Orange and fund a total cleanup of the areas in Vietnam that remain contaminated by the toxic chemical. We must hold our leaders accountable for their crimes in Japan and Vietnam, and ensure that such atrocities never happen again.

Atomic Bomb Survivors Share Testimonies & Reflections While Visiting Pearl Harbor

Amanda McCracken | Posted 08.11.2016 | World
Amanda McCracken

Years after charred corpses drifting in rivers and the smell of cremated bodies had drifted away, hibakushas carried with them the stigma (and ailments associated with radiation). Many Japanese feared the exposure to radiation might infect others.

Truth and Consequences: My Uncle and George Takei

Andrea Louie | Posted 08.11.2016 | Arts
Andrea Louie

My uncle helped build the atomic bomb. I have proof, a photocopy of a certificate from the United States War Department: "This is to Certify that...

The Atomic Bomb at 70: Its Fearsome Impact, Frightful Legacy, and Potential Stellar Redemption

William Bradley | Posted 08.11.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

As horrifying as the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs were, the quantum leap forward in destructive power afforded by the hydrogen bomb made our situation far more perilous. We've been fortunate that virtually unthinkable destruction has not ensued since the nuclear arms race of the 1950s.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Cheryl Carlesimo | Posted 08.10.2016 | World
Cheryl Carlesimo

We should remember it always, and clearly, and with detail. The loss of those 200,000 people vanishing in two lethal flashes of light with their billowing mushroom clouds hanging above is still hard to wrap your mind around. The fact that so many were civilians is horrific.