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Should NATO Welcome Ukraine?

Martin Hellman | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Martin Hellman

While NATO membership for Ukraine would almost surely make Russia more cautious in its treatment of that nation, the immediate risk of NATO membership is likely to make Russia much more aggressive in an attempt to prevent that from ever happening.

Let Eastern Ukraine Go

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

It doesn't matter. It's a small, totally irrelevant piece of land. Give the separatists a measure of autonomy.

Curious About Quantum Physics? Read These 10 Articles!

Steve Mariotti | Posted 07.23.2014 | Science
Steve Mariotti

I've been fascinated by quantum physics since I was five. I have even written here about my enchantment with Bell's Theorem (see the article here). My...

Doom from the Depths: Coming Your Way

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 07.08.2014 | World
Lawrence Wittner

The building of new, immensely costly, nuclear-armed submarines by the U.S. government and others may soon raise the level of earlier anxiety to a nuclear nightmare.

Stop Worrying, Humans Aren't Going Extinct Any Time Soon

Justin Beach | Posted 08.06.2014 | Canada Impact
Justin Beach

In 2014 there are more nuclear weapons than ever, but we don't really talk about them very much. Instead we talk, primarily about the possibility of human extinction due to climate change, food shortages, ocean acidification or, occasionally, super-volcanos or comet collisions. All of these things are possible, and all of them are very unlikely to cause the extinction of humanity.

The Reagan Legacy at 10

Jason Saltoun-Ebin | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Jason Saltoun-Ebin

The 40th President of the United States, the larger-than-life Ronald Reagan who left office 25 years ago with an impressive 63 percent approval rating among Americans, passed away 10 years ago this week.

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?

Your Doctors Are Worried

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 06.15.2014 | 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 05.07.2014 | 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 05.03.2014 | 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 04.27.2014 | 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 04.22.2014 | 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.