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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.

8 Ways We Might Be Causing Our Own Extinction

Fred Guterl | Posted 07.22.2012 | Books
Fred Guterl

Our own success as a species has created new a terrifying risks that didn't exist a few decades ago. By our dominating presence on the planet, we are in danger of upsetting climate systems in ways we don't fully understand.

Preventing Nuclear Terrorism

Robert Gallucci | Posted 06.05.2012 | Politics
Robert Gallucci

Nations with nuclear material -- whether military or civilian -- must secure and eliminate stocks of highly enriched uranium and plutonium. The threat of nuclear terror is not just possible, it is quite plausible; if effective action is not taken, over time, it is probable.

What Obama and Israel Are Really Up to With Iran, and Each Other

Death Race | Posted 05.10.2012 | Politics
Death Race

Tensions remain. But one reason why Monday's meeting between Netanyahu and Obama ended with less rancor than did their last tete-a-tete is that Israel is growing more comfortable with U.S. policy -- secret U.S. policy.

Israel and Iran Need Diplomacy, Not Destruction

Qasim Rashid | Posted 05.08.2012 | World
Qasim Rashid

When our arrogance makes us ignorant to the horror that is war -- WWIII will have begun. Recall with humility, then, that WWI and WWII killed 20 million and 60 million respectively and wounded many millions more.

Joshua Hersh

GOP Leader Argues For War Against Iran | Joshua Hersh | Posted 03.05.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- A top Republican senator made a strong case for military action against Iran Monday night, calling the Obama administration's policy of ...

Let's Drop the Big One

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.02.2012 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Republican presidential candidates' extreme comments about economics and culture have dominated headlines, but lurking in the shadows is a hawkish Cold War mentality. Gingrich, Romney and Santorum want to beef up the military and put nuclear weapons back on the table.

Newt Prepared For Outlandish Doomsday Scenario

The New York Times | William J. Broad | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics

Newt Gingrich, the Republican presidential hopeful, wants you to know that as commander in chief he is ready to confront one of the most nightmarish o...

Is a Nuclear War With China Possible?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 01.30.2012 | World
Lawrence Wittner

The gathering tension between the United States and China is clear enough. But need this lead to nuclear war? Not necessarily. And yet, there are signs that it could.

Pacific Standard Time At LACMA: The Untold Story

Harris Silver | Posted 01.22.2012 | Home
Harris Silver

Pacific Standard Time is a sprawling cultural initiative with 68 major museum shows and 125 gallery exhibitions including California Design 1930-1965: 'Living in a Modern Way.'

The Man Of Peace

Posted 11.15.2011 | Books

From "Eisenhower: The White House Years" by Jim Newton (Doubleday, $29.95) May 1, 1958, was a fairly quiet day in the world. It was international...

Our Fallout Shelter: Scary Places That Still Haunt Us

John Blumenthal | Posted 01.03.2012 | Fifty
John Blumenthal

These papers, unpleasant as they were, we kept. They are part of the family history. They will be passed down to our children and then to their children. That is the hope anyway.

Remembering the Cuban Missile Crisis: The Brink of Nuclear War

Lea Lane | Posted 12.21.2011 | Politics
Lea Lane

I recently saw two movies dealing with the end of the world -- Melancholia and Tree of Life. These artsy films sparked a remembrance of fears I once f...

Revealed: Ayn Rand's Script for Hollywood Movie Glorifying the Atomic Bomb

Greg Mitchell | Posted 11.02.2011 | Home
Greg Mitchell

Did Ayn Rand hate the Bomb? Hardly. In fact, she extolled its creation as "an eloquent example of, argument for and tribute to free enterprise."

Press Censorship: Famous War Reporter's Historic Scoop Spiked -- for 60 Years

Greg Mitchell | Posted 10.31.2011 | Media
Greg Mitchell

One of the great mysteries of the nuclear age was solved just six years ago: What was in the censored, and then lost to the ages, newspaper articles filed by the first reporter to reach Nagasaki following the atomic attack on that city on August 9, 1945.

Nuclear Disaster: Japan to Declare Wide Area Around Fukushima 'Uninhabitable'

Greg Mitchell | Posted 10.22.2011 | World
Greg Mitchell

Of course, the Fukushima disaster forced me to relive my own experiences in visiting the atomic cities, and my research into the American "cover-up" since. I was hardly alone.

Under a Mound in Hiroshima: A City of Ashes the Size of Santa Fe

Greg Mitchell | Posted 10.19.2011 | World
Greg Mitchell

In the northwestern corner of the Hiroshima Peace Park, amid a quiet grove of trees, the earth suddenly swells. It is not much of a mound -- only abou...

Writers and The Bomb: Novel Takes on the Nuclear Age

Greg Mitchell | Posted 10.16.2011 | Books
Greg Mitchell

If the great Hiroshima novel remains unwritten, a number of major poets have written brilliantly on nuclear concerns, and they have invoked Hiroshima far more often than the novelists.

Twice Cursed: The Man who Survived the A-Bomb in Hiroshima -- and in Nagasaki

Greg Mitchell | Posted 10.14.2011 | World
Greg Mitchell

"I felt so dishonored that I had to experience the atomic bomb twice. It's nothing to be boastful about. I could not talk to anyone about it because almost no one else met the bomb twice. So there was no one who could sympathize with me."

5 Photos That Must Never Be Repeated: He Took the Only Pictures in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945

Greg Mitchell | Posted 10.12.2011 | World
Greg Mitchell

On August 6, 1945, Yoshito Matsushige wandered around Hiroshima for ten hours, carrying one of the few cameras that survived the atomic bombing and two rolls of film with twenty-four possible exposures.