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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.

Arming the Saudis

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephen Zunes

The Pentagon has announced a $60 billion arms package to the repressive family dictatorship in Saudi Arabia, the largest arms sale of its kind in history.

The Madness of U.S. Arms Sales: Good Business, Bad For Planet

Jonathan Tasini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Tasini

The madness in the world can best be boiled down to this: at the same time that we are told there is not enough money to create jobs or pay for real h...

Give Me Liberty or Give Me -- the Extinction of the Human Race?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

If threatened with nuclear attack, should a state, especially one that characterizes itself as founded on a respect for human rights, threaten to retaliate, thus ensuring massive loss of life on its own as well as the aggressor's side?

How 'Nonproliferation' Became a Dirty Word

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

"Nuclear deterrent" is what the good guys retain for emergencies; "nuclear weapons" are what the bad guys wield -- or seek to. Thus 'nonproliferation' has come to invoke nothing but a double standard.

The War in Iraq: At What Cost?

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

The president asked the nation to "turn the page" last night. But what makes me so sad this morning is the enormous human cost of the war in Iraq; and how a massive number of people and families -- in America and Iraq -- have had their lives ended or changed forever because of this war and will have a hard time turning the page. So was the war in Iraq worth the enormous human cost?

Politics, Social Media, Beer and Guns

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alan W. Silberberg

New technologies are expanding the universe of those interested in getting engaged with the political system. This is great news for us, the people.

If They'd Listened to the Scientists We Might Not Need to Observe Hiroshima Day

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

In July 1945 answers to a multiple-choice questionnaire were solicited from 250 scientists at the Chicago Metallurgical Laboratory division of the Manhattan Project. The question and choices follow.

"Countdown to Zero" Eclipses Those on the True Frontlines of Disarmament

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

The acclaimed new film Countdown to Zero may serve the purpose of alerting neophytes to the full extent of the danger of nuclear weapons. But for others, it's best viewed while wearing a hazmat suit.

PHOTOS: 'Sexy' Beautician Busted For Trying To Smuggle Night-Vision Rifle Sights To Russia

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Scroll down for photos of Anna Fermanova. Fresh off busting up the Russian spy ring that included bombshell Anna Chapman, authorities have apprehend...

A New Movement to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Wallis

Nuclear disarmament is a job for faith -- and for the kind of social movements that faith at its best has always inspired.