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Japan's Must-See World Heritage Sites

Amy Chavez | Posted 12.18.2014 | Travel
Amy Chavez

Although I have been to many of the World Heritage Sites myself, to learn the details on absolutely all of them I turned to the book Japan's World Heritage Sites: Unique Culture, Unique Nature by John Dougill.

Nuclear Weapons Are Much More Dangerous Than Global Warming

Alan Robock | Posted 12.02.2014 | Science
Alan Robock

Skeptical Science is a great website that debunks global warming deniers. But their home page has a box counting up the amount of energy trapped by greenhouse gases in units of Hiroshima atomic bomb energy.

Ayn Rand's Movie Script Glorifying the Atomic Bomb

Greg Mitchell | Posted 11.07.2014 | 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.

The Hiroshima Cover-up (Part II): Why the US Buried Shocking Film for Decades

Greg Mitchell | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

Only small parts of the movie have been used, only a small number of Americans have seen any of it. A major documentary on the footage, and the suppression, or a feature film, should still be made.

To Be or Not?

Francis Levy | Posted 12.07.2014 | Arts
Francis Levy

In a Times Sunday Review piece "Do I Have a Right to Be?" (NYT, 7/5/14) Peter Atterton, quotes the Jewish philosopher Emmanuel Levinas thusly: "What ...

69 Years Ago: US Suppressed Shocking Footage on Atomic Bombings of Japan

Greg Mitchell | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

In the weeks following the atomic attacks on Japan in 1945, and then for decades afterward, the United States engaged in airtight suppression of all film shot in Hiroshima and Nagasaki after the bombings.

Rescue Workers Search For Survivors After Landslides Hit Near Hiroshima

AP | By ELAINE KURTENBACH | Posted 10.19.2014 | World

TOKYO (AP) — Rain-sodden slopes collapsed in torrents of mud, rock and debris Wednesday on the outskirts of Hiroshima city, killing at least 36 peop...

Monsters at the End of a War

Peter Van Buren | Posted 10.16.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

August 15 was the end of World War II in Asia, 69 years ago, following the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I could not find a single reference to the bombings, or to the end of the war itself, anywhere in the American media.

Friday Talking Points -- Past, Present and Future

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Forty years ago today, President Nixon addressed the nation to announce he would be resigning the next day -- the only time in US history this has happened. Today, President Obama announced the US will be dropping bombs on Iraq once again. That's a pretty heavy-duty amount of the past to contemplate, in one week.

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.

George Takei Honors Hiroshima Bombing Anniversary With Moving Tribute

The Huffington Post | Carol Hartsell, Jessica Prois | Posted 08.07.2014 | Impact

As the world commemorates the 69th anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bombing on Wednesday, activist and actor George Takei is spreading a message of...

Conservatives Ban the Bomb?

Martin Hellman | Posted 10.05.2014 | Politics
Martin Hellman

"Ban the bomb" is seen today as a leftist cause, with conservatives tending to resist any attempt to reduce the size of our nuclear arsenal or otherwise change our dependence on these weapons of mass destruction. Thus, Stanford Prof. Barton Bernstein's op-ed in yesterday's San Jose Mercury News is likely to come as a surprise.

69 Years Later: Still Working to Prevent Another Hiroshima

Will Ossoff | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics
Will Ossoff

We must remember the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as the clearest illustration of the human costs of nuclear weapons.

Last Surviving Member Of Crew That Dropped Atomic Bomb On Hiroshima Dies

AP | KATE BRUMBACK | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics

KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — The last surviving member of the crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima once said he though...

Godzilla and the Birth of Modern Environmentalism

David Ropeik | Posted 08.12.2014 | Green
David Ropeik

Are these technological solutions to some of the damage humans have done to ourselves and the natural world, or are they just versions of Castle Bravo and the Oxygen Destroyer, escalations of a self-destructive technological death spiral?

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.

The U.S. Is Really Good at Celebrating War, Peace Not So Much

Vincent Intondi | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Vincent Intondi

Currently, the U.S. has three peace museums nationwide. However, there is no shortage of memorials and museums that highlight our weapons, technology, and bombs.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Joe Cirincione | Posted 07.01.2014 | 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.

America's Peace Ship

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

Is there an emotional connection between the oceans and the pursuit of peace? For whatever reason, peace ships have been increasing in number over the past century.

An Open Letter to President Obama

Vincent Intondi | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Vincent Intondi

While I may be in the minority, I believe that abolishing nuclear weapons is still one of your biggest goals as president. If I am correct, then why not visit Hiroshima?

Nelson Mandela and the Bomb

Vincent Intondi | Posted 02.08.2014 | World
Vincent Intondi

Nelson Mandela was a man of many gifts. Perhaps the most powerful was his ability to speak truth to power. That is why he consistently spoke out against nuclear weapons. He saw no difference in fighting the bomb, colonialism, or racism.

From Bloody Nose Ridge to the Valley of Death - Part 1: In the Trenches on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Wherever you go in the Pacific, you can follow the swirl of humankind's passion for war, from rusting tanks and guns to monuments and markers in tranquil valleys, to the peaceful green lawns of manicured cemeteries

Accompanying the Hibakusha to Los Alamos

John Dear | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
John Dear

Last week, I returned to Los Alamos, New Mexico, scene of our greatest crime, the birthplace of the atomic bomb, where preparations continue for bigger and better nuclear weapons. This time, I accompanied a delegation of 13 elderly Japanese peace activists from Hiroshima, Japan. It was one of the most moving experiences of my life.

Homeland II

Francis Levy | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Francis Levy

"Jean Bethke Elshtain, a Guiding Light For Policy Makers After 9/11, Dies at 72," was the headline of a recent obit (NYT, 8/15/13). Elshtain was Laura...