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Rescue Workers Search For Survivors After Landslides Hit Near Hiroshima

AP | By ELAINE KURTENBACH | Posted 08.20.2014 | World

TOKYO (AP) — Rain-sodden slopes collapsed in torrents of mud, rock and debris Wednesday on the outskirts of Hiroshima city, killing at least 36 peop...

Monsters at the End of a War

Peter Van Buren | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

August 15 was the end of World War II in Asia, 69 years ago, following the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I could not find a single reference to the bombings, or to the end of the war itself, anywhere in the American media.

Friday Talking Points -- Past, Present and Future

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.08.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Forty years ago today, President Nixon addressed the nation to announce he would be resigning the next day -- the only time in US history this has happened. Today, President Obama announced the US will be dropping bombs on Iraq once again. That's a pretty heavy-duty amount of the past to contemplate, in one week.

The Atomic Bomb, Then And Now

Dennis J. Kucinich | Posted 08.07.2014 | Politics
Dennis J. Kucinich

During this time of commemoration of man's inhumanity, visited upon the people of Japan three generations ago, let us resolve that we shall demand leaders who will resist the impulse to solve political and security problems through weapons of mass destruction.

George Takei Honors Hiroshima Bombing Anniversary With Moving Tribute

The Huffington Post | Carol Hartsell, Jessica Prois | Posted 08.07.2014 | Impact

As the world commemorates the 69th anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bombing on Wednesday, activist and actor George Takei is spreading a message of...

Conservatives Ban the Bomb?

Martin Hellman | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Martin Hellman

"Ban the bomb" is seen today as a leftist cause, with conservatives tending to resist any attempt to reduce the size of our nuclear arsenal or otherwise change our dependence on these weapons of mass destruction. Thus, Stanford Prof. Barton Bernstein's op-ed in yesterday's San Jose Mercury News is likely to come as a surprise.

69 Years Later: Still Working to Prevent Another Hiroshima

Will Ossoff | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Will Ossoff

We must remember the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as the clearest illustration of the human costs of nuclear weapons.

Last Surviving Member Of Crew That Dropped Atomic Bomb On Hiroshima Dies

AP | KATE BRUMBACK | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics

KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — The last surviving member of the crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima once said he though...

Godzilla and the Birth of Modern Environmentalism

David Ropeik | Posted 08.12.2014 | Green
David Ropeik

Are these technological solutions to some of the damage humans have done to ourselves and the natural world, or are they just versions of Castle Bravo and the Oxygen Destroyer, escalations of a self-destructive technological death spiral?

Hiroshima Visit Brings Feelings of Guilt to American Born in Japan

James M. Clash | Posted 08.03.2014 | Travel
James M. Clash

I felt slightly nauseated and, being the only American there, tremendously self-conscious. But the Japanese smiled, were incredibly polite as is their nature. I could detect no outward hostility. I smiled back, sheepishly, but I sure felt guilty inside.

The U.S. Is Really Good at Celebrating War, Peace Not So Much

Vincent Intondi | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Vincent Intondi

Currently, the U.S. has three peace museums nationwide. However, there is no shortage of memorials and museums that highlight our weapons, technology, and bombs.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Joe Cirincione | Posted 07.01.2014 | Entertainment
Joe Cirincione

Godzilla is coming to a screen near you on May 16, Hollywood's latest action-packed thrill ride. But will it keep faith with the original Godzilla -- one of the world's first anti-nuclear movies?

Godzilla's Secret History

Kevin Lankes | Posted 06.22.2014 | Entertainment
Kevin Lankes

Over the span of 60 years, he's battled Earthlings, space monsters and robots, spawned offspring and chased Matthew Broderick, all while belting out the most iconic roar in film history. But the monster's origin story may actually blow your mind.

America's Peace Ship

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

Is there an emotional connection between the oceans and the pursuit of peace? For whatever reason, peace ships have been increasing in number over the past century.

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?

Nelson Mandela and the Bomb

Vincent Intondi | Posted 02.08.2014 | World
Vincent Intondi

Nelson Mandela was a man of many gifts. Perhaps the most powerful was his ability to speak truth to power. That is why he consistently spoke out against nuclear weapons. He saw no difference in fighting the bomb, colonialism, or racism.

From Bloody Nose Ridge to the Valley of Death - Part 1: In the Trenches on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Wherever you go in the Pacific, you can follow the swirl of humankind's passion for war, from rusting tanks and guns to monuments and markers in tranquil valleys, to the peaceful green lawns of manicured cemeteries

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.

Homeland II

Francis Levy | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Francis Levy

"Jean Bethke Elshtain, a Guiding Light For Policy Makers After 9/11, Dies at 72," was the headline of a recent obit (NYT, 8/15/13). Elshtain was Laura...

The U.S. and Japan: Partners in Historical Falsification

Oliver Stone | Posted 11.10.2013 | Politics
Oliver Stone

Whitewashing the past is critical to perpetuating empire in the present -- a project in which the U.S. and Japan have collaborated for the past 68 years.

Should the U.S. Attack Syria?

Steve McSwain | Posted 11.07.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Does violence ever end violence? Do we ever learn anything from it, except how to be more violent? The wisdom teachers throughout history have reminded us time and time again...

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.

LOOK: Rare Color Footage Captures Life In Hiroshima After Atomic Bomb

Posted 08.12.2013 | World

The familiar images of a mushroom cloud and absolute devastation never take long to enter any conversation about Hiroshima, Japan. But rare color foot...