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Nuclear War

Day 3: Google Still Suppressing Ads for My Book About...Suppression

Greg Mitchell | Posted 09.19.2011 | Media
Greg Mitchell

Google is suppressing ads for a book about... suppression. Three days later, they have not responded to my queries, or the protests of many others.

The X-Men Didn't Save Us

Joe Cirincione | Posted 08.16.2011 | Entertainment
Joe Cirincione

It wasn't the mutants. It was humans that caused the Cuban Missile Crisis. Only luck saved us from nuclear war. But other than that, the new film, X-Men: First Class, gets a lot right about the historic crisis that is central to its plot.

Lucas Kavner

"This Didn't Happen...But it Could!" | Lucas Kavner | Posted 07.24.2011 | Books

"And some people thinkin' that the end is close by / 'Stead of learnin' to live they are learnin' to die" So Bob Dylan sings in "Let Me Die in My ...

Post-Bin Laden, It's Time to End the Threat of Nuclear Terrorism for Good

Robert Creamer | Posted 07.12.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The use of nuclear weapons in any part of the world would affect every living creature. Their use is simply unthinkable. Yet the United States and Russia maintain thousands on hair trigger alert. And terrorists actively seek their use.

Could "Virtual Deterrence" Actually Increase the Chances of Nuclear War?

Russ Wellen | Posted 07.08.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

In its inability to signal a true commitment to nuclear disarmament, virtual deterrence is hardly ideal. But it sounds like a step in the right direction, right? Wrong.

A U.S. Break With Pakistan? Forget About It

Sandy Goodman | Posted 07.05.2011 | World
Sandy Goodman

As long as this country is heavily involved in Afghanistan, it cannot seriously threaten, much less break, its alliance with the Pakistanis, whatever their sins.

New Nuclear Project Distracts From Existing Safety (Read: Seismic) Issues

Russ Wellen | Posted 06.18.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

In a cruel joke at a time of supposed disarmament, the CMRR promises to be the most expensive construction project in the history of Los Alamos.

Thanks to Fukushima Light Shed on U.S. Nuclear Facility Located on a Volcano

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.31.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

The light shining on the safety of nuclear energy as a result of the Japanese nuclear crisis has been of such powerful wattage that it's even flushing safety issues with nuclear weapons labs and manufacturing facilities out of hiding.

Nuclear Energy and Weapons: Uncontrollable in Time and Space

Alyn Ware | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Alyn Ware

The nuclear crisis in Japan has debunked the claims of authorities that their nuclear power stations, built with inferior containment on fault-lines, are safe and fully under control.

Breaking Free From the Nuclear Deterrence Scam

Robert Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Green

Most believers in nuclear deterrence refuse to discuss the consequences of failure. This is why.

What Would End-Timers Do Without the Threat of Nuclear Annihilation?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Russ Wellen

"The Great Atomic Power" was first recorded in 1952, the year that the hydrogen bomb was first tested. The song may have provided some comfort for those listeners aware that the nuclear arms race was at its height.

Does the Taboo Against the Use of Nuclear Weapons Increase Their Allure?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

We're under the gun: we need to make use of the nuclear taboo as a springboard to disarmament before its expiration date. But there exists another nuclear taboo against discussing the destruction caused by nuclear weapons.

Is "It's Not Fair" a Childish Response to Being Denied Nuclear Weapons?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

No matter the short term benefits to security, when the West severs the ties that bind disarmament to nonproliferation, it further undermines the trust of the developing world and long-term prospects for international security.

Chinese Premier Hu Jintao's Visit Prompts Soul Searching in U.S. Energy and Climate Circles

Christopher Mims | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Christopher Mims

The truly astonishing amount of material that came out after a recent visit by China's President Hu Jintao is a measure of how pivotal energy and climate change are between the U.S. and China.

Thanks to New START, You too Can "Ride Out" a Nuclear Attack

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

With hawks always willing to poke a stick into the hive of U.S.-Russia relations, it's folly to think that just because the Cold War ended that we've been inoculated against nuclear war with Russia.

Building a Nuclear Weapons-Free World

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Lawrence Wittner

Apocalypse Never , by Tad Daley, is a new book that deserves wide circulation, for it is a spirited, ringing call for nuclear weapons abolition.

Nuclear Weapons Just Not Sexy Anymore

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

The incarnation of "sexy," that is, that cropped up a few years ago: exciting or trendy in a general, not erotic, way. That settled, let's move on to ...

The Unthinkable

Edward Flattau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Edward Flattau

There is an irreconcilable conflict between instructing the public how to survive an atomic bomb attack and driving home how terrible it would be. Nonetheless, a rationale exists for both messages.

The "Golden Rule" will Sail Again

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Lawrence Wittner

The Golden Rule, the legendary 30-foot ketch that once terrified U.S. government officials, will return to the seas again this coming summer.

Torture and the Ticking Time Bomb (Read: Nuclear) Scenario

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

When the subject of torture in the abstract is broached, the conversation tends to wend its way toward the terrorist and the ticking time-bomb scenari...

North Korea Sends Top Diplomat To Russia Amid Tensions

AP | KIM KWANG-TAE | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea warned Saturday that it is ready for an all-out war even as it dispatched its top diplomat to Russia amid a flu...

Are Nonproliferation and Disarmament, Once Joined at the Hip, Headed for Divorce?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russ Wellen

Whether or not we disarm has no bearing on the plans of states that hope to acquire or develop nuclear weapons. Whether or not disarmament discourages proliferation is immaterial -- it's our only recourse.

Opposition to New START Pits Republicans Against Traditional Allies

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

Perhaps bewitched by Tea Party-style incoherence, Republicans guided by Jon Kyl have placed themselves in the unlikely position of bucking the national defense establishment, to which traditionally they've been joined at the hip.

The Front Line of Disarmament: Blocking a Nuclear Facility Six Times the Cost of the Manhattan Project

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

Odds are, with the Cold War consigned to history, you couldn't have imagined that a nuclear weapons facility of such immensity was still on the table.

Castro SLAMS Obama: World's 'Best Snake Charmer'

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro used some colorful language while lashing out in a new article on U.S. leadership, calling President Barack Obama the...