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America's Peace Ship

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 04.08.2014 | 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...

I'm With Stupid: The Slime Facial Is Oddly Not a Porn Thing

Todd Hartley | Posted 10.12.2013 | Weird News
Todd Hartley

Obviously, this is a treatment that will soon be available in every spa in every town in America. I mean, who wouldn't want snails crawling around on their face? There's no way this isn't going to be huge.

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.

Japan Marks 68th Anniversary Of Hiroshima

AP | SHIZUO KAMBAYASHI | Posted 08.06.2013 | World

HIROSHIMA, Japan -- Japan marked the 68th anniversary Tuesday of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima with a somber ceremony to honor the dead and pledges ...

68 Years Ago: Truman Opened the Nuclear Era -- With a Lie About Hiroshima

Greg Mitchell | Posted 10.06.2013 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

On this day, Truman informed the press, and the world, that America's war against fascism -- with victory over Germany already in hand -- had culminated in exploding a revolutionary new weapon over a Japanese target. From its very first words, the official narrative was built on a lie.

A Young Actress, a New Bomb

Wayne Biddle | Posted 10.06.2013 | Science
Wayne Biddle

Asahi Shimbun, the Times of Japan, reported that the lost medical records of Midori Naka have been discovered. Who was she? She was almost nobody, except for the coincidence of having awakened with other members of her theater troupe in Hiroshima on the morning of August 6.

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.

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.