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The Nuclear Breakfast Menu

Robert Koehler | Posted 08.11.2016 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Donald Trump is a reckless fool. But the U.S. defense establishment is M.A.D. And herein lies one of the darker problems with the Trump candidacy, an...

The Secret Race To Get Congo's Ore That Destroyed Hiroshima

Joe Lauria | Posted 08.10.2016 | Home
Joe Lauria

Since the first use of a nuclear weapon in Hiroshima 71 years ago on Aug. 6, 1945, the story of where the uranium for the bomb came from and the covert operation the U.S. employed to secure it has been little known.

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.

Two People Discuss War, Formerly Titled: A Marine and an Iraqi Discuss War

Matthew Hoh | Posted 06.11.2016 | World
Matthew Hoh

Last month, as part of Ralph Nader's four-day conference in Washington, DC, Breaking Through Power, my friend Raed Jarrar, a Palestinian-Iraqi-America...

Grandson Of Officer On Atomic Bomb Missions Tells Survivors’ Stories

HuffPost Japan | Sara Elkamel | Posted 06.01.2016 | World

Ari Beser’s life has always been defined by his grandfather’s participation in World War II. He is the grandson of Jacob Beser, the only U.S. serv...

Nagasaki Survivor and US President On Same Page for Peace

Christine Negroni | Posted 05.31.2016 | World
Christine Negroni

Nagasaki survivor Takeo Aizawa, a retired school teacher now living in Tokyo, did not watch President Obama's speech at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial l...

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.

Obama Mourns Dead In Hiroshima, Calls For World Without Nuclear Arms

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 05.27.2016 | Politics

HIROSHIMA, Japan (Reuters) - Barack Obama on Friday became the first incumbent U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, site of the world's first atomic bom...

The Trillion Dollar Question Nobody Is Asking the Presidential Candidates

The Conversation US | Posted 05.25.2016 | World
The Conversation US

As it seeks to modernize its nuclear arsenal, the United States faces a big choice, one which Barack Obama should ponder before his upcoming Hiroshima speech. Should we spend a trillion dollars to replace each of our thousands of nuclear warheads with a more sophisticated substitute attached to a more lethal delivery system?

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.

Guns and Bombs - America's Shame, Then and Now

Steve Nelson | Posted 05.16.2016 | Politics
Steve Nelson

The scale of risk is quite different from home to planet, but the frame of mind is identical. A safer home is an armed home. A safer world is an armed world. Neither assertion is true. In both cases, tragic collateral damage is inevitable - a question of when, not if.

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...

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.

Time Bomb: The Price of Nuclear Weapons

Emily Hay | Posted 08.11.2016 | Teen
Emily Hay

Children laughing. Parents yawning, scrambling desperately for that first cup of coffee. A city blinking away the remnants of dreams from its tired eyes - just another Monday morning. Then nothing. Silence.

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.

Pope Francis Says Nagasaki Bomb Was 'Lasting Warning To Humanity'

Religion News Service | Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 08.10.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Seventy years after the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Nagasaki, Pope Francis on Sunday (Aug. 9) described the...

Japan's Prime Minister Marks Nagasaki Anniversary With Pledge Against Nuclear Weapons

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 01.03.2017 | World

TOKYO, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday marked the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki by renewing his co...

What the Survivors of Nagasaki and Hiroshima Have Taught Us About the Danger of Excessive Fear of Radiation

David Ropeik | Posted 08.06.2016 | World
David Ropeik

Michiko was 11 when the sky flashed a strange blinding white. It was 11:02 a.m., August 9, 1945. Moments later came the roaring sound and the heat and the powerful blast of wind, and then in the distance several kilometers away the young Japanese girl saw her suburban home.

Entering the Nuclear Age, Body by Body

Susan Southard | Posted 08.06.2016 | Politics
Susan Southard

On the side of a road on the western side of the Urakami River, Yoshida was lowering a bucket into the well when he looked up and, like others across the city, noticed parachutes high in the sky, descending through a crack in the clouds.

It Should Never Be Done Again: Hiroshima, 70 Years Later

William Astore | Posted 08.06.2016 | World
William Astore

It seemed the bombs had been worth it, saving countless American (and Japanese) lives, seeing that a major invasion of the Japanese home islands was no longer needed.  But was the A-bomb truly decisive in convincing the Japanese to surrender?