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70 Years After Hiroshima, Disarmament Is Still Vital

Joyce Olum Galaski | Posted 08.02.2015 | Politics
Joyce Olum Galaski

A little over 70 years ago, Paul Olum stood with his colleagues in the desert near Alamogordo, NM. They had spent the last few years designing the first atomic bomb. Six days after the bombing of Nagasaki, World War II was over -- and Paul Olum became a lifelong advocate of nuclear arms control and disarmament.

Hiroshima: The Sickness of Nuclear Proliferation

Joseph Cooper | Posted 07.30.2015 | Books
Joseph Cooper

It was seventy years ago that human beings were first targeted with -- and annihilated by -- an atomic bomb.

W. E. B. Du Bois to Malcolm X: The Untold History of the Movement to Ban the Bomb

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 07.30.2015 | Education
The Zinn Education Project

The scarring of war and poverty and racism that Malcolm X spoke of continues. It's time that students learn about the long history of activism that has challenged these deadly triplets.

The End of the World as We Knew It, And I Feel...

Rachel Bronson | Posted 07.16.2015 | Politics
Rachel Bronson

This week's historic agreement between the United States and Iran shows that diplomatic acumen combined with scientific prowess can still come together to help limit and delay the spread of nuclear weapons. Still, today's world remains exceedingly dangerous.

70 Years After Trinity Test, The Nuclear Age Inspires Concern -- And Tourism

The Huffington Post | Jade Walker | Posted 07.16.2015 | Politics

Earlier this week, world powers joined forces to curb Iran's controversial nuclear program. But 70 years ago, the rush to build "the bomb" ushered in...

The Russians Are Back, DeMille Style, Unfortunately

Tom Alderman | Posted 06.24.2015 | Books
Tom Alderman

The Russians are coming -- again! From the 1950s through the '80s, on screen, in print, the very badest of baddies were always the Russians.

Nuclear Disarmament: The Most Important "But" of the Obama Presidency

Vincent Intondi | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Vincent Intondi

For many progressives, the Obama presidency has become a battle of trying to figure out how to celebrate historic achievements while at the same time dealing with disappointment.

'The Other Side of Memorial Day,' or Dying in Paradise

Hal Donahue | Posted 05.24.2015 | Politics
Hal Donahue

Nearly everyone honors our war dead. More ignored are the military dead who died following the wars. Far too often, family and loved ones were abandoned to cope with wounded who would never really recover. Perhaps it is time to discuss when politicians ignore veterans when no one is watching.

Film Classics 101: Hiroshima Mon Amour

Christopher Atamian | Posted 05.27.2015 | Arts
Christopher Atamian

Rarely have text and image united to form such cinematic perfection as in Alain Resnais' 1959 classic Hiroshima Mon Amour. A poetic duet of sight and sound, this remarkably intelligent film remains a heartfelt ode to love and loss and to the triumph of memory over forgetting.

Celebrating Destruction

John Feffer | Posted 05.14.2015 | World
John Feffer

When the instruments of death fly above us, we still look up in admiration, not horror. As long as we celebrate destruction in this way, we will be doomed to repeat it.

David Freeman

If You Think The Threat Of Nuclear War Went Away, Listen Up

HuffingtonPost.com | David Freeman | Posted 02.10.2015 | Science

Almost a quarter of a century has passed since the end of the Cold War, and these days people who worry about the end of the world as we know it seem ...

Ayn Rand's Movie Script Glorifying the Atomic Bomb

Greg Mitchell | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

This film was to be titled Top Secret. The Hollywood trades compared the race to make the first atomic film to the U.S. vs. Germany race to make The Bomb. At the Truman Library, I discovered a 16-page outline by Rand from January 19, 1946.

That One Time America Accidentally Dropped a Nuke on South Carolina

Roadtrippers | Posted 12.24.2014 | Weird News
Roadtrippers

In the history of terrible mistakes, accidentally dropping a nuclear bomb on your own country has to rank pretty damn high. That's exactly what happened when a really, really stupid accident resulted in America tossing an atom bomb on rural South Carolina.

Two Crises Cry Out for a 'Manhattan Project': Climate Change and Ebola

Bernard Starr | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
Bernard Starr

The U.S. did not apply the knee-jerk capitalistic model of mobilizing competition. Had we succumbed to that model, the government might have offered grants and other incentives to encourage individual scientists, universities, private and publicly held companies to compete in a race to develop the bomb -- with benefits to the winner.

The Hiroshima Cover-up (Part III): When Harry Truman Censored MGM's Movie Epic on The Bomb

Greg Mitchell | Posted 12.14.2014 | Entertainment
Greg Mitchell

One of the great tales of Hollywood "censorship" remains little known today, more than 67 years after it transpired. And who was right at the center of it? None other than President Harry S. Truman.

Road Trip to the "Secret City": Atomic History in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 10.28.2014 | Travel
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Written by Raina Regan, Community Preservation Specialist, Indiana Landmarks Aerial view of the plant in Oak Ridge, Tennessee Science, secrecy, and...

The Atomic Bomb, Then And Now

Dennis J. Kucinich | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics
Dennis J. Kucinich

During this time of commemoration of man's inhumanity, visited upon the people of Japan three generations ago, let us resolve that we shall demand leaders who will resist the impulse to solve political and security problems through weapons of mass destruction.

The Story That Won't Go Away: The Making of the Atomic Bomb

Shirley Streshinsky | Posted 09.30.2014 | Books
Shirley Streshinsky

A wave of new books and shows has washed into the summer of 2014, all built around the theme of the greatest secret of World War II: the making of the atomic bomb.

Hiroshima Visit Brings Feelings of Guilt to American Born in Japan

James M. Clash | Posted 08.03.2014 | Travel
James M. Clash

I felt slightly nauseated and, being the only American there, tremendously self-conscious. But the Japanese smiled, were incredibly polite as is their nature. I could detect no outward hostility. I smiled back, sheepishly, but I sure felt guilty inside.

Reparations and Nuclear Disarmament: Righting One Evil While Eliminating Another

Vincent Intondi | Posted 08.02.2014 | Black Voices
Vincent Intondi

Every year students in my African American history courses analyze the issue of reparations. While there has never been a consensus in any class, students always ask the same question at the end of every semester: "Why do we only hear about this in your class?"

If Bush Is a War Criminal, Then So Are Truman, LBJ, Nixon and Obama

H. A. Goodman | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Were the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki a "breach of the rules of warfare"? How about our use of Agent Orange in Vietnam or the secret bombings of Cambodia and Laos? Furthermore, since Obama has simply continued many Bush-era policies, does this make him guilty of the same crimes?

David Freeman

LISTEN: Physics Legend Explains The One Thing We Don't Get About Science

HuffingtonPost.com | David Freeman | Posted 05.07.2014 | Science

In a science career that has spanned more than 60 years, Freeman Dyson has worked alongside some of the greatest minds in theoretical physics, includi...

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Joe Cirincione | Posted 07.10.2015 | Entertainment
Joe Cirincione

Godzilla is coming to a screen near you on May 16, Hollywood's latest action-packed thrill ride. But will it keep faith with the original Godzilla -- one of the world's first anti-nuclear movies?

Godzilla's Secret History

Kevin Lankes | Posted 06.22.2014 | Entertainment
Kevin Lankes

Over the span of 60 years, he's battled Earthlings, space monsters and robots, spawned offspring and chased Matthew Broderick, all while belting out the most iconic roar in film history. But the monster's origin story may actually blow your mind.

Why Were So Many Women Left on the Edges of History?

Shirley Streshinsky | Posted 05.17.2014 | Books
Shirley Streshinsky

One of the pioneers of psychology, Ruth Tolman, helped develop early treatment for PTSD after World War II, and led the effort to make psychology a science. So why is she remembered best as Richard Tolman's wife and Robert Oppenheimer's best friend?