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Nuclear War

Your Doctors Are Worried

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 04.15.2014 | World
Lawrence Wittner

In a nuclear war involving as few as 100 weapons anywhere in the world, the global climate and agricultural production would be affected so severely that the lives of more than 2 billion people would be in jeopardy.

Best And Worst Case Scenarios for Ukraine Crisis: World Peace And Nuclear War

Seth Baum | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics
Seth Baum

Much depends on Russia's motives, in particular whether it is seeking to keep the peace, as it claims, or if it has an aggressive, expansionist objective.

Russian Indifference

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.03.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

After the Cold War, the American self-image became that of the "sole superpower." We were the only 800-pound gorilla in the world, and therefore we could do what we pleased without having to worry about any other country's ability to stop us. Russia, under Putin, is reasserting itself as the second weighty gorilla in the room.

This Island Earth: Is It Long for This World?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

From the actual nuclear destruction of 1945 to the prospective nuclear destruction that, in the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, seemed briefly to reach the edge of a world-ending boil, to the possibility today of a global "nuclear winter" set off by a regional war between India and Pakistan, who knows just how the fear of a nuclear apocalypse has embedded itself in consciousness.

Ban Nuclear Weapons; Saving Money and Saving the World

Alan Robock | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics
Alan Robock

The scary thing is that this could still happen today.

Iranian President Vows Government Will Never Develop Nuclear Weapons

Reuters | Posted 11.18.2013 | World

By Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON, Sept 18 (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani vowed on Wednesday that his govern...

Taming the Gigaton Gorilla: Using Syria Diplomacy to Help Avoid U.S.-Russia Nuclear War

Seth Baum | Posted 09.15.2013 | World
Seth Baum

The Syrian civil war has already caused over 100,000 deaths. As tragic as this is, it is miniscule compared to the massive and potentially permanent g...

How End Times Became Our Times

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 08.04.2013 | World
Tom Engelhardt

It didn't take long. In the immediate aftermath of the dropping of the "victory weapon," the atomic bomb, on two Japanese cities in August 1945, American fears and fantasies ran wild.

Humanity Imperiled

Noam Chomsky | Posted 08.04.2013 | World
Noam Chomsky

Imagine you're an historian 100 years from now -- assuming there are any historians 100 years from now, which is not obvious -- and you're looking back at what's happening today. You'd see something quite remarkable.

Nuclear Weapons Will Be Used

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 07.13.2013 | World
Tom Engelhardt

After the Soviet Union disappeared in 1991, nuclear weapons did, too -- without going away. The American and Russian arsenals, and the nuclear geography that underlay them, remained in place, just largely unremarked upon. In the meantime, the weaponry itself spread.

North Korea: A "Real and Present Danger"?

Aiko Stevenson | Posted 06.04.2013 | World
Aiko Stevenson

According to former basketball champion Dennis Rodman who recently visited Pyongyang, all Kim wants is for President Barack Obama to call him. Why? Apparently, he is more worried about a threat from China than he is from the U.S.

Channing Tatum Is MIA in the Latest G.I. Joe Movie

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.28.2013 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

If you are looking forward to seeing Channing Tatum in the new movie G.I. Joe: Retaliation, don't get to the theater late or you'll miss him.

Phantom Could Use More Menace

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.05.2013 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

Phantom is a submarine movie based on a set of true facts. It concerns the sinking of a Russian submarine and the suppositions about how it came to happen.

Paul Brady

PHOTOS: In Search Of Missile Silos In South Dakota

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Brady | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel

The most terrifying thing about the mothballed missile silo in South Dakota is that it's just sitting there, right off Exit 116 on Interstate 90, a fe...

Cuban Missile Crisis: Death In The Afternoon

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 02.04.2013 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

Eons away from that threatening morning in Manhattan, the so-called Cuban Missile Crisis continues to stay in plain sight. It provokes an existential question: Can time run out?

Remembering John F. Kennedy, Jr.

Nina Burleigh | Posted 01.28.2013 | Politics
Nina Burleigh

Besides being the month of Thanksgiving, November is the month of the Dead Kennedy. It's a time of remembering a day of blood and brains on a pink dre...

AFI Review: The Personal War of Ginger and Rosa

Brian Formo | Posted 01.09.2013 | Los Angeles
Brian Formo

Writer/director Sally Potter has switched the shift typical of films set in the 1960s from personal and sexual enlightenment to stone-still disillusionment in Ginger and Rosa, which begins with the mushroom cloud of Hiroshima.

The Hydrogen Bomb Turns 60 Today: Will We Ever Put the Nuclear Genie Back in the Bottle, or Has It Escaped to Haunt Us Forevermore?

Tad Daley | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Tad Daley

Of all the challenges facing the human race in the 21st Century, climate change and nuclear annihilation stand alone.

The Cuban Missile Crisis: What We Must Never Lose Sight Of 50 Years Later

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 12.30.2012 | Fifty
Hoyt Hilsman

Fifty years ago this week, much changed for me, my family and the rest of America. As a nation and a world, we had stared down the barrel of nuclear destruction. However, it seems clear that 50 years after the Cuban Missile Crisis we are not much closer to banishing the threat of nuclear war.

The Week the World Stood Still

Noam Chomsky | Posted 12.15.2012 | World
Noam Chomsky

In 1962, war was avoided by Khrushchev's willingness to accept Kennedy's hegemonic demands. But we can hardly count on such sanity forever. It's a near miracle that nuclear war has so far been avoided.

Disputed Islands in the Sun

John Wagner Givens | Posted 12.02.2012 | World
John Wagner Givens

A recent cover of the Economist showed a picture of a few small islands and asks "Could China and Japan really go to war over these?" There are many reasons to believe that this conflict will not escalate into a war, or at least, not a wide-ranging one.

The Long Now: How the Far Future Affects Our Present Time

Russell C. Smith | Posted 07.30.2012 | Technology
Russell C. Smith

While being able to create a black hole, or recreate the Big Bang with the Hadron Collider sounds like super fun experiments, what if we're really able to create a black hole in an underground laboratory in Switzerland?

Beyond Nuclear Denial

William Hartung | Posted 09.08.2012 | World
William Hartung

Now, on a planet still overstocked with city-busting, world-ending weaponry, in which almost 67 years have passed since a nuclear weapon was last used, the only nuke that Americans regularly hear about is one that doesn't exist: Iran's.

Let Them Eat Soot!

Helen Young | Posted 08.19.2012 | World
Helen Young

Even a so-called "small" nuclear war would have huge and devastating consequences for people living nowhere near it

Facing Existential Risk: How the U.S. Survived the Atom Bomb and the Ozone Hole

William Heegaard | Posted 08.01.2012 | College
William Heegaard

In this project I examine the history behind American perception of human extinction. I explore how existential risk has shaped foreign policy by tracing the domestic debate over nuclear war and ozone depletion.