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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.

Instead of Bombing Dictators, Stop Selling Them Bombs

Medea Benjamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

If protecting civilians from evil dictators were the goal, there's an easier, safer way than aerial bombardment for the U.S. and its allies to consider: Simply stop arming and propping up evil dictators.

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.

We Were Right When It Mattered...

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Scott Mendelson

In an article in the Guardian Iraqi defector Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, nicknamed 'Curveball', admits that he made it all up. By 'all', he is referring to the various stories of Saddam Hussein's Weapons of Mass Destruction program.

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.

Who Profited From Arming Egypt?

William Hartung | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Hartung

According to the Pentagon's Defense Security Assistance Agency, the Department of Defense has brokered over $11 billion in U.S. arms offers to the Egyptian regime.

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.

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.

Time to Worry About Pakistan's Nuclear Weapons

Abdulhadi Hairan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Abdulhadi Hairan

The world should not just close its eyes to Pakistan and say, 'there is no danger, everything is safe.' There is currently a dangerous vulnerability in officials who still sympathize with Taliban militants.

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 ...

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...

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.

EXHIBITION SPOTLIGHT: Darren Hostetter Thinks Our Socio-Political Climate Is A Clusterfubar

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

WHO: Darren Hostetter WHAT: Clusterfubar WHEN: October 30 - December 31, 2010 WHERE: Sam Lee Gallery 990 North Hill Street #190 Los Angeles, CA 90...

US Military Unveils 'Smart Gun'

The Huffington Post | Catharine Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

The Pentagon recently announced the deployment of the XM-25, a new "smart gun" designed for the U.S. Army's counterinsurgency operations in Afghanista...

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.

Senator Kyl's Stalling on New START Is Fraying Washington's Nerves

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

In their rush to make President Obama look weak, Senate Republicans may, many believe, be weakening national defense.

Republican Go-to Guy on Nukes Keeps Obama Administration Twisting in the Wind on New START

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

Remember: how ever pro-nuclear those opposed to New START may appear to be, they're voting against a measure that Secretary Gates and the Pentagon support.

Republican Senate Rejection of START Could Work in Disarmament's Favor

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russ Wellen

If new START is rejected, does the Obama administration plan to retract some or all of that funding? Unlikely, I know, but were that to occur it would look a lot more like disarmament than new START.

What If Nuclear Terrorism Were Just a Mouse Click Away?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

With the end of the Cold War, nuclear terrorism has displaced an attack by the Soviet Union as the prime nuclear fear. And that's not only reviving the specter of a traditional nuclear attack, but combining it with contemporary fears.

Would Sweeping Disarmament on Our Part Impress Iran?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

As with almost all mainstream opinion pieces about U.S.-Iran relations, there's no mention of the United States pursuing a policy of nuclear reciprocity -- that is, disarmament.

Rethinking the Saudi Arms Deal

William Hartung | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Hartung

Last week the State Department and the Pentagon jointly announced the largest arms sale in U.S. history -- dozens of fighter planes and attack helicop...

No Mean Feat: Justifying Israel's Nukes Without Acknowledging Them

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

With its insinuation that they're less invested in the peace process than the United States and Israel, U.S. ambassador to the IAEA Glyn Davies's gloating is an insult to the Arab states.

Israel's Settlements Are Not the Real Problem, Only a Red Herring

Anav Silverman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Anav Silverman

As articles blaming Israel for failed Mideast peace continue to stream into the headlines, it is clear that the Mideast reality will continue just as it always has -- with Iran as an increasingly mobilizing force.