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Another Nuclear-Weapons Commission? Wait, This One's the Bomb!

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

To those of us who'd like to see a shortened route to disarmament, the mother of all nuclear weapons reports disappoint. On the other hand, it's awash in keen observations. I'll highlight some of those here.

Deterrence and Disarmament: Are They Both Magical Thinking?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

The argument of nuclear optimists is that nuclear weapons may have ended great-power wars of conquest. In turn, a nuclear "pessimist" might ask: How can the death of 10 million possibly be spun as a national-security success?

Tasers Safer Than Batons Or Fists When Subduing Suspects, Study Shows

NewScientist | Jim Giles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

Using a Taser to subdue a violent suspect is safer than police batons and fists. That is the surprising conclusion of a study of incidents in which US...

A Nobel Prayer

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

The vitriol against Obama's peace prize and "those Norwegians" who gave it to him is much deeper than the president's lack of achievements thus far; it is based on a fundamental clash of worldviews.

North Korea Weapons Siezure Raises More Questions

Christian Science Monitor | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The seizure at Bangkok's airport of 35 tons of North Korean arms being shipped by plane raises a disturbing question: How many weapons is North Korea ...

UN Starts World's First Arms Trade Treaty: Will It Work?

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Evelyn Leopold

The aim is to set standards for the global $55 billion export business in guns, tanks, attack helicopters, jet fighters, missiles and other conventional weapons.

Alienating Aliens: Do Nukes Make Them Go Ballistic?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Russ Wellen

If extraterrestrials are darting about our atmosphere, it's a safe bet that they can't be happy about past tests of nuclear detonations and the prospect of their use in warfare.

Arms Trade: A "Booming" Business

Frida Berrigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Frida Berrigan

For 2010, total military spending is $680 billion, an increase of 3.9 percent, or $26 billion, over 2009. This is not the end of business as usual at the Pentagon.

Sen. Greg Brophy Wants Concealed Weapons Back On Campus

The Denver Post | Monte Whaley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

A state Senate Republican leader said there won't be any broad-based retribution against Colorado State University just because the school's administr...

Eyes on the Real Prize

Gloria Duffy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Gloria Duffy

The US is entering a season of key international negotiations, during which two arms control treaties that have been languishing for years will hopefully be completed.

Sanctioning Iran: Target Khameini, Return Assets to the People

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russ Wellen

Congress's idea of sanctions is sure to spread pain and suffering far and wide across Iran.

Latin America: Weapons Sales Soars | By JUAN O. TAMAYO | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Whether it's called an ``arms race'' or a ``coincidental modernization'' of existing stocks, a wave of weapons purchases by Latin American nations is ...

"Markets" and the National Interest

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gary Hart

It is not only wrong for private American financial institutions to go abroad selling financial snake oil to foreign governments; in a just world it would also be criminal.

Former Iraq Security Contractors Say Firm Bought Black Market Weapons, Swapped Booze For Rockets

ProPublica | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

"We're spending a lot of money on these rifles, millions of dollars -- where do you think that money is going to?" [1] Ronald Boline, a former Triple ...

OpedNews Journalist and Six Protesters Charged With Criminal Conspiracy After Arrest at "Army Experience Center"

Linda Milazzo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Linda Milazzo

Cheryl Biren, OpedNews' Managing Editor: How can press be prevented from recording news in the making? It's shameful. It's anti-democracy.

Blackwater Founder Erik Prince Implicated in Murder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A former Blackwater employee and an ex-US Marine who has worked as a security operative for the company have made a series of explosive allegations in...

A New President and a New Generation Seek a Nuclear Weapons Free Future

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

A new generation of Evangelical Christians launched The Two Futures Project whose mission is "for the abolition of all nuclear weapons."

Countdown to Zero

Queen Noor of Jordan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Queen Noor of Jordan

As long as nuclear weapons exist, they will continue to spread. The only solution to the threats of proliferation and nuclear terrorism is global zero. It is urgent to begin now.

Obama Administration Needs to Take a Stand on Cluster Bombs

Donald Steinberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Donald Steinberg

Cluster munitions are particularly evil weapons. On falling to the ground, these bombs and shells separate into dozens of small bomblets, exploding on the enemy and civilians.

Persistent Efforts to Counter a Persistent Nuclear Threat

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Wallis

A generation has come of age when "Fall Out Shelter" signs are nothing but rusty remnants of a time long past.

"Jailhouse Talk"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jerry Zezima

I knew it was only a matter of time before my journalistic crimes landed me in jail. I just didn't think I would end up on Rikers Island.

Six Years into the Iraq War: Can We Still Be a Superpower?

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sarah van Gelder

But if we are clear, now, about the failure of the neoconservative agenda of global dominance, the question remains: How should the U.S. relate to the rest of the world?

"Once Again" in Darfur

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Wallis

"Never again" has turned into "once again," and history repeats itself with genocide in Darfur.

Eco-Explosives, a Bleeding BEAR, and the Armani-Clad Super Soldier

Nick Turse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nick Turse

When I got to the 26th Army Science Conference, all that potentially glittered, it often seemed, was nowhere to be found - except, perhaps, in the threads of the unlikeliest of military uniforms.

ATF Under Bush Cannot Account For Many Missing Weapons, Laptops

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had 76 weapons and 418 laptop computers lost, stolen or go m...