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Does Key IAEA Resignation Signal a Softer or Harder Line on Iran?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

As those in the disarmament community are well aware, the International Atomic Energy Agency is wrought with a deep fissure.

Would You Trust a Country That Named Its First Nuke Test 'Happy Buddha'?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

At a time when the international spotlight seems trained on North Korea and Iran, a growing tolerance for India's belligerence in building its nuclear capabilities appears to shield it from similar scrutiny.

U.S.-Indian Nuke Transactions Go From Bad to Worse

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

Between India's elites failing to see expected returns, masses denied energy and sustainable development and U.S. plans thwarted by the Indian legislature, the India-U.S. nuclear deal has been a lose-lose-lose deal.

Seed of Destruction: Nuclear 'Pits'

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

The Obama administration is making generous concessions to the nuclear industry presumably, to win votes from Republicans on the new START treaty and other disarmament measures.

The Futility of Trying to Debate Our Way to Disarmament

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

When all the arguments are assembled, it becomes apparent how difficult it is to argue for disarmament without sounding like you're soft on national security.

Found: A Portal to the Conservative Soul

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

The elimination of nuclear weapons is actually consistent with conservative Christian theology.

Researchers Develop Material To Minimize Effects Of Chemical, Biological Weapons

The Pitt News | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Pitt researchers have created a material that can neutralize some effects of chemical and biological weapons. Researchers created the material out ...

A Season for Disarmament

Hans Blix | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hans Blix

Thanks to President Obama's initiative, perhaps the season for nuclear disarmament has finally arrived. A new U.S.-Russia treaty, while modest, is important and encouraging.

Is the New START Just the Nuclear Version of Health-Care Reform?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

Thus far, the Obama administration's ideas of financial and health-care reform are, at best, tweaks to systems that cry out to be razed to the ground before reconstructing.

Nuclear Deterrence: Hardest Argument in the World to Refute

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

Not a difficult concept, nuclear deterrence means what it sounds like: We don't intend to attack anyone with our nukes, but woe unto he who dares attack us. Still there are subtleties.

How Did Extraterrestrials Survive Their Nuclear Age?

Russ Wellen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Russ Wellen

Peaceful or malevolent in intent, extraterrestrials have succeeded, at the very least, in not destroying their species with the advanced weaponry they inevitably developed.

We don't know how to stop Iran

Dex Torricke-Barton | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dex Torricke-Barton

This week, the international community offered two contrasting solutions to Iran's nuclear defiance. On Monday, Iran, Brazil and Turkey unveiled an ag...

Shadow Elite: March to War -- Is Ahmed Chalabi Under Iran's Thumb?

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Janine R. Wedel

In the case of Ahmed Chalabi, we saw an unelected power broker, not even a U.S. citizen, exerting enormous influence over our decision to go to war. That he's now said to be influenced by Iran comes as no surprise.

'Nuclear Weapons Are a Gift From God'

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

Since nuclear weapons were developed, the bulk of the reflection has been over the strategy adaptations for a weapon that can't be used, rather than our tendency to resort to mass warfare.

The Bourne Baghdad Identity

James Denselow | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Denselow

Can Matt Damon's half-fiction set the benchmark for a popular history of the Iraq war? Ultimately what gives the Green Zone its credibility is that it avoids any simplistic idea that Iraq could have simply been "got right."

Nuclear Weapons: When Our National Security Makes Us Insecure

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

Many of us who'd just like the world to be free of the nuclear weapons have noticed that President Obama seems to have a soft spot for disarmament. Finally, we can take a deep breath and relax. Right? Uh, no.

Shadow Elite: March to War -- Rove, Perle, & Truthiness

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janine R. Wedel

One wishes that Iraq was now simply a matter of historian research. But the reality is that we're still there and the country is still dangerously unstable. No amount of truthiness can make that hard fact go away.

Movie Review: Green Zone

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Green Zone is a movie which, given a stronger sense of purpose, might have recounted exactly those failings and shown in stark relief how we were hoodwinked into war.

What's It Feel Like to Be Well and Promptly Globally-Struck?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

What good is disarmament when what replaces nuclear weapons doles out a quality of death that's at last as nightmarish as from a nuclear attack? Our overarching mission is clear.

The Top Five Reasons I'd Boff Dick Cheney

The DC Damsel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The DC Damsel

In honor of his, fifth, yes count em, fifth heart attack, I've decided to salute former vice president and 2010 CPAC hero, Dick Cheney, by proclaiming...

Rove: Iraq War Was Good Idea; Failure To Find WMD's Hurt White House Credibility

AP | By BETH FOUHY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

NEW YORK -- Political strategist Karl Rove says President George W. Bush made the right decision to launch the Iraq war in 2003, but the former White ...

Time to Change Ronald Reagan's 'Trust, But Verify' to 'Verify, But Trust'?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

Has the time come to reverse Reagan's saying and declare "Verify, but trust"? Even David Kay, who led inspections in Iraq, believes that for a weapons-inspection program to work, "a prerequisite is trust."

We Each Have a Nuclear Story of Our Own

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

If telling our nuclear stories contributes to committing the world to disarmament, it will embolden us. In turn, we can replicate that success in realms where we're now mired in impotence.

The Silence of the Sheep

William Fisher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Fisher

I recently reported that Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair acknowledged that "the U.S. may, with executive approval, deliberately target and kill U.S. citizens who are suspected of being involved in terrorism."

Blair Defends Iraq War: Tells Inquiry That Sending A Message Was 'Primary Consideration'

AP | GREGORY KATZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

LONDON — He was right and he'd do it again. That was Tony Blair's message Friday as he fought for his place in history against critics who cont...