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U.S. Sends Envoy to Hiroshima for First Time -- But Use of Bomb, Then and Now, Still Defended

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

Hiroshima was our original sin, and we are still paying for it, even if most Americans don't know it. That's why I always urge everyone to study the history surrounding the decision to use the bomb and how the full story was covered up for decades.

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.

America's Iraqi Strategic Blunder

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Fernando Espuelas

Even in 2002, in the midst of the fear campaign unleashed by Bush's White House to create public support for an invasion of Iraq, credible voices in the American mainstream questioned the claims.

ReThink Interview: Lawrence Bender and Lucy Walker on Countdown to Zero and Nuclear Weapons

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Why are nuclear weapons so far off our collective radars when they retain the potential to extinguish millions of lives -- if not all life on the planet -- in mere minutes?

Tony Blair Plotted to Free a Terrorist in Exchange for Oil -- Does This Finally Reveal the Truth About Iraq?

Johann Hari | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Johann Hari

Is your life worth more to your government than a few pence added onto Big Oil's share price? Sometimes there is a story that lays out the priorities of governments once the doors are closed and cameras switched off.

Iran Sanctions Come in Handy for Sabotaging Brazil and Turkey, Too

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

In part, "the rush to sanctions [was] hurried forward to torpedo the Turkish and Brazilian" nuclear fuel swap deal those states brokered with Iran.

Are Obama's Disarmament Initiatives Just a Cover for the Nuclear-Industrial Complex?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

Many of us hoped for more from the Nuclear Posture Review. Still, as with the new START treaty, it may not be transformational, but it is transitional.

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.