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Why Were So Many Women Left on the Edges of History?

Shirley Streshinsky | Posted 03.17.2014 | Books
Shirley Streshinsky

One of the pioneers of psychology, Ruth Tolman, helped develop early treatment for PTSD after World War II, and led the effort to make psychology a science. So why is she remembered best as Richard Tolman's wife and Robert Oppenheimer's best friend?

Albert Einstein: A Radical Voice Sorely Missed; He'd Be 135 Today

Peter Dreier | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Albert Einstein was a reluctant celebrity, but he recognized that he could use his fame to promote causes to make the world more humane and democratic. Today -- when both science and democracy are under attack by right-wing forces -- Einstein's voice as both a scientist and citizen are sorely missed.

An Open Letter to President Obama

Vincent Intondi | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Vincent Intondi

While I may be in the minority, I believe that abolishing nuclear weapons is still one of your biggest goals as president. If I am correct, then why not visit Hiroshima?

Justice for the Atomic Veterans

Vincent Intondi | Posted 03.15.2014 | Black Voices
Vincent Intondi

In 1955 the U.S. detonated a nuclear weapon. Men nearby huddled in fear, praying for their lives. Some died instantly. Others lost their sight or had the skin ripped off their bodies. However, these were not enemies of the U.S. They were Americans.

Nuclear Death, Warmed Over

Jon Wolfsthal | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Jon Wolfsthal

The cold war is over is long gone, but the nuclear triad remains. And now, as the nuclear weapons built and deployed in the 1980s reach the end of their operational lives, the government is planning to not only maintain these weapons, but to build their replacements.

Former Atomic Bomb Site In NYC Up For Superfund Designation

DNAinfo | Posted 12.12.2013 | New York

RIDGEWOOD — A former atomic bomb project site on the Ridgewood-Bushwick border is so contaminated that it requires designation as one of the country...

Sweet Dreams and Flying Machines: Miyazaki's The Wind Rises

Susan J. Napier | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Susan J. Napier

In The Wind Rises and in his essay last summer Miyazaki is forcing his viewers and readers to confront a nasty truth about the human condition. War can be exciting -- stirring up visceral emotions to an intensity we don't often feel in our normal lives.

Accompanying the Hibakusha to Los Alamos

John Dear | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
John Dear

Last week, I returned to Los Alamos, New Mexico, scene of our greatest crime, the birthplace of the atomic bomb, where preparations continue for bigger and better nuclear weapons. This time, I accompanied a delegation of 13 elderly Japanese peace activists from Hiroshima, Japan. It was one of the most moving experiences of my life.

That Time An Atom Bomb 260 Times More Powerful Than Hiroshima Nearly Exploded Over The U.S.

Reuters | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics

LONDON, Sept 20 (Reuters) - A U.S. atom bomb nearly exploded in 1961 over North Carolina that would have been 260 times more powerful than the devic...

Fukushima Forever

Charles Perrow | Posted 11.20.2013 | World
Charles Perrow

Recent disclosures of tons of radioactive water from the damaged Fukushima reactors spilling into the ocean are just the latest evidence of the continuing incompetence of the Japanese utility, TEPCO.

Harry Truman Meets Albert Einstein in Premier of Seattle Play

L. Steven Sieden | Posted 11.05.2013 | Arts
L. Steven Sieden

In The Realm of Whispering Ghosts, a young Japanese girl who was a student killed when the Hiroshima bomb was dropped and an American POW she had befriended before the war are reunited after death.

A More Mature Approach to Syria

Terry Mollner | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Terry Mollner

Let's reach an agreement, more universally embraced and with a deeper commitment than before, with clear consequences if breached, of how we want to live together with the existence of chemical weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.

The Girl Who Transformed the Paper Crane Into the Symbol for Peace and Hope

Michael Rose | Posted 10.20.2013 | World
Michael Rose

She knew the prognosis wasn't good and she didn't want to die. Her father told her a Japanese legend that said if you folded one thousand paper cranes you would be granted a wish. She began furiously folding cranes.

After Hiroshima, Truman Failed to Pause--and Nagasaki 'War Crime' Followed

Greg Mitchell | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

By August 7, 1945, President Truman, while still at sea returning from Potsdam, had been fully briefed on the first atomic attack against a large city in Japan the day before. In announcing it, he had labeled Hiroshima simply a "military base," but he knew better.

A Statement of Peace, or an Epitaph

Robert Scheer | Posted 10.05.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

August 6 marks 68 years since the United States committed what is arguably the single gravest act of terrorism that the world has ever known.

Countdown to Hiroshima for August 5, 1945: Gen. MacArthur -- No Need to Use Bomb Against Japan

Greg Mitchell | Posted 10.05.2013 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

Pilot Paul Tibbets formally named the lead plane in the mission, #82, after his mother, Enola Gay. A B-29 that would take photos on the mission would be named Necessary Evil.

Countdown to Hiroshima for August 4, 1945: Pilot Briefs Crew on Secret Payload

Greg Mitchell | Posted 10.04.2013 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

For the past several days here, and for more to come, I am counting down the days to the atomic bombing of Japan (August 6 and August 9, 1945), marki...

Countdown to Hiroshima for August 3, 1945: Truman Told 'Japan Looking for Peace'

Greg Mitchell | Posted 10.03.2013 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

On Tinian, Little Boy is ready to go, awaiting word on weather, with General LeMay to make the call. Taking off the night of August 5 appears most likely scenario.

Countdown to Hiroshima for August 2, 1945: Bombs Readied as Japan Seeks Terms of Surrender

Greg Mitchell | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

Japanese cables and other message intercepted by the United States showed that they were still trying to enlist the Soviets' help in presenting surrender terms -- they would even send an envoy -- but were undecided on just what to propose.

Atomic Liquors Las Vegas: A "BLAST" From the Past

Clint Lanier and Derek Hembree | Posted 10.01.2013 | Travel
Clint Lanier and Derek Hembree

While the café was transforming into a bar, a nuclear testing site was being built by the U.S. Army a mere 50 miles away. In this age of innocence it quickly became vogue to grab an "Atomic Cocktail" and climb a ladder to the café's roof to watch for mushroom clouds on the horizon.

Countdown to Hiroshima, X-Minus-Six-Days: Truman Wants Bomb Used Before Russians Attack

Greg Mitchell | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

Truman has approved a statement on the use of the bomb. A line near the start has been added explicitly depicting the vast city of Hiroshima (occupied mainly by women and children) as nothing but a "military base."

Countdown to Hiroshima, for July 31, 1945: Top Truman Aide Opposes Use of Bomb

Greg Mitchell | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

July 31, 1945: The assembly of Little Boy is completed. It is ready for use the next day. But a typhoon approaching Japan will likely prevent launching an attack. Several days might be required for weather to clear.

Countdown to Hiroshima, for July 30, 1945: Eisenhower Protests Use of A-Bomb Against Japan

Greg Mitchell | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

July 30, 1945: Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, commander of U.S. troops in Europe, has visited President Truman in Germany, and would recall what happened in his memoir.

Countdown to Hiroshima, for July 29, 1945: American POWs in Target Cities?

Greg Mitchell | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

The second bomb -- the plutonium device -- was still back in the States. The target list, with Hiroshima as #1, remained in place, although it was being studied for the presence of POW camps holding Americans in the target sites.

Countdown to Hiroshima, X-Minus-11 Days: U.S. Orders Use of First Bomb

Greg Mitchell | Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

In a 1946 letter to Stimson, Truman reminded him that he had ordered the bombs used against cities engaged "exclusively" in war work. Hiroshima and Nagasaki were far from being merely "military" targets.