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

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 08.19.2015 | 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 08.12.2015 | 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 08.13.2015 | 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 08.12.2015 | 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 ...

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 08.10.2015 | 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) describe...

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

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.09.2015 | World

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Nagasaki Cathedral Mourns Devastating Atomic Bomb 70 Years Later

Associated Press | Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 08.10.2015 | Religion

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

David Ropeik | Posted 08.10.2015 | 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 08.06.2015 | 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.

Japan Marks 70 Years Since Hiroshima With Call For Nuke-Free World

AP | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 08.06.2015 | World

HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) -- Japan marked the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Thursday, with Mayor Kazumi Matsui renewing...

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

William Astore | Posted 08.06.2015 | 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?

Commemorating the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Jakob von Uexkull | Posted 08.06.2015 | World
Jakob von Uexkull

There is general consensus among experts that it is not a matter of if but rather when nuclear weapons will be used. We thus go about our lives oblivious to when our last fifty seconds might be up.

Planning for World's End

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 08.04.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

So many decades later, it's hard to remember the kind of nuclear thinking top American officials engaged in during the Cold War. In secret National Security Council documents of the early 1950s, the country's top strategists descended willingly into the charnel house of futuristic history.

Our 'Merciful' Ending to the 'Good War'

Christian Appy | Posted 08.04.2015 | Politics
Christian Appy

Here we are, 70 years after the nuclear obliteration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and I'm wondering if we've come even one step closer to a moral reckoning with our status as the world's only country to use atomic weapons to slaughter human beings.

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.

70 Years After Hiroshima and Nagasaki: The Urgency of Banning Nuclear Weapons

Catherine Maia | Posted 08.01.2015 | World
Catherine Maia

Seventy years after the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the world can not remain in this legal no man's land, between threat of mass destruction and balance of terror. Accepting the status quo means admitting the scenario of a backward and, thereby, that an atomic bombing could again occur.

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.

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.

Review: Morris Berman's New Book on Japan, "Neurotic Beauty"

Peter Van Buren | Posted 06.26.2015 | Books
Peter Van Buren

Neurotic Beauty: An Outsider Looks At Japan is a fine addition to a long list of books that attempt to explain Japan, what one observer has called the "most foreign of foreign countries."

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 ...

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.

Hatred in the Nuclear Era

Robert Koehler | Posted 10.07.2014 | World
Robert Koehler

Despite the ability we now possess to destroy ourselves and most life on this planet, we have barely begun to question our reflexive violence. Doing so requires looking courageously inward.

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.