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How Many Minutes to Midnight? Hiroshima Day 2014

Human history can be broken into two eras: BNW (before nuclear weapons) and NWE (the nuclear weapons era). The latter opened on Aug. 6, 1945. As we enter its 70th year, we should be contemplating with wonder that we have survived. We can only guess how many years remain.

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John Oliver: America Is a Useless Nuclear Weapon ‘Hoarder’ and Nobody Cares

As the “Last Week Tonight” host points out, it’s not Iran or North Korea we have to worry about; it’s America.

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Nuclear Weapons Remain Embedded in Defense Strategies

The five nuclear-legal countries—China, France, Russia, Britain and the U.S.—are deploying new nuclear weapon delivery systems or have indicated the existence of programs that would, an authoritative study says.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Jonathan Schell

Readings of over half a dozen commemorations of Schell and a handful of his works in the days after his death suggest that a firm orientation toward basic moral concerns was one of the gifts he gave to readers caught in a society losing faith in its own decency.

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Obama, Iran and Republicans

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Nulear Accord With Iran

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Iran Nuclear Deal

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Iran Nukes

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Iran’s New President: We Will Never Make a Nuclear Weapon

In his first interview with Western media, Iran’s newly elected president said he speaks “with full power” and “complete authority” when he says “under no circumstances would we seek any weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons, nor will we ever.”

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Obama Gives Russia the Hand

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Nato Green, Ninotchka Rosca, Phil Yu, Leilani Albano, Laura Carlsen, Bill Boyarsky, and Robert Scheer on racism three ways, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Bradley Manning and Obama’s change of heart.

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A Little Bit of Everything

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Nato Green, Ninotchka Rosca, Phil Yu, Leilani Albano, Laura Carlsen, Bill Boyarsky, and Robert Scheer on racism three ways, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Bradley Manning and Obama’s change of heart.

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The Ancient Brain, Modern Times and the Atomic Bomb

August is a great month for celebrating human stupidity. On Aug. 6, 1945, we all but disappeared Hiroshima with a single atomic bomb, and then did it again, three days later, at Nagasaki. And now we barely seem to care.

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A Statement of Peace, or an Epitaph

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.

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Why ‘Chain Reaction’ Must Be Preserved

The sculpture towers 26 feet above the Civic Center lawn in the Southern California coastal city of Santa Monica, a disturbing warning about the danger of nuclear arms. Now the artwork is in peril.

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Iranian Stinker

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Nuclear Terror in the Middle East

Iranian cities are particularly vulnerable to nuclear attack, according to a new study, “Nuclear War Between Israel and Iran: Lethality Beyond the Pale,” published in the journal Conflict & Health by researchers from the University of Georgia and Harvard University.

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Sexual Assaults and Nuclear Missiles: What’s the Matter With the Military?

After years of repeated reports of sexual assaults—and years of promises to prevent them, and then years of studies and commissions to find the best way of doing so—a Defense Department study released Tuesday estimates that some 26,000 people in the military were sexually assaulted in the last fiscal year, up from about 19,000 the year before.

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North Korea Intends to Bring Nuclear Complex Back Online

The country on Tuesday announced plans to restart its main atomic complex in order to ease electricity problems and strengthen its ability to develop nuclear weapons. The news will no doubt increase tensions in the region.

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Errors May Have Delayed Warning About Washington’s Leaky Nuclear Tanks

Five more tanks are leaking at a shuttered nuclear facility in Washington state.

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North Korean Rodeo

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Meteorite Gold

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North Korea, China and Missile Cigar

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Korean Warm-Up

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North Korea and the NRA

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No Respect

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Eight Things I Miss About the Cold War

It couldn’t be a sadder thing to admit, given what happened during the Cold War, but—given what’s happened in recent years—who can doubt that the America of the 1950s and 1960s was, in some ways, simply a better place than the one we live in now?

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Life and Death

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The Week the World Stood Still

In 1962, nuclear war with the Soviet Union was avoided by Khrushchev’s willingness to accept that the U.S. effectively owns the world by right and may deploy massive offensive force against those who even think of deterring the benign global hegemon. But we can hardly count on such sanity forever.

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The Real Reason the U.S. Fears Iranian Nukes

Iran wouldn’t be stupid enough to attack the United States or Israel with a nuclear bomb, Glenn Greenwald suggests in The Guardian. If it had such a weapon, it would be for the purpose of deterring American aggression.

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Bibi vs Mahmoud

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A Rebuke to the American-Israeli Economic War on Iran

President Barack Obama said, “The Iranian government must face a world that stays united against its nuclear ambitions.” The refusal of 120 countries to boycott Iran undermines the point.

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The Science of Genocide

On this day in 1945 the United States demonstrated that it was as morally bankrupt as the Nazi machine it had recently vanquished and the Soviet regime with which it was allied.

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No Deal Yet in Iran Nuclear Talks

Two days of discussion over Iran’s nuclear program ended in uncertainty Thursday, with Iran maintaining it has the right to enrich nuclear fuel and the lead negotiator for the European Union stating vaguely that “significant problems remain” with the Iranian position. Negotiations are set to resume in June.

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Iran Politician: We Could Build a Bomb, but We Won’t

For the first time, a top Iranian politician has said that his government has the knowledge, skills and technology needed to produce the enriched uranium used in atomic bombs, but that it will never do so.

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Dilemma

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AP / Vahid Salemi

The Ayatollah Is Right About One Thing: Nuclear Weapons Are Sinful

The supreme theocratic ruler of Iran is a dangerous madman never to be trusted with a nuclear weapon. How then to explain his recent seemingly logical and humane religious proclamations?

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White House / Pete Souza

Israel Won’t Alert U.S. Before Any Strike on Iran, a Top Source Says

AP claims a source familiar with high-level American-Israeli discussions says Israeli officials have made it clear they will not alert the U.S. before any attack by their country on Iran.

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The Glitch

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White House / Pete Souza

Iran and Israel: Only Half the Story

In the brief interview he gave NBC before the Super Bowl, President Obama declared, “I’ve been very clear that we’re going to do everything we can to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, and creating an arms race, a nuclear arms race, in a volatile region.” Sounds like a very laudable goal, right? Except for the fact that the nuclear arms race in the Middle East is already under way.

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AP / Iranian Students News Agency, Mehdi Ghasemi

Iran, the U.S. and Israel: Blind Man’s Bluff

A lot of people with important-sounding titles pontificate on what lies ahead, but whom are they kidding? It’s like we’re watching kids playing around with vials of highly volatile chemicals.

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AP / Carolyn Kaster

If McCain Had Won

Nothing reveals the true state of American politics today more than the fact that Democratic President Barack Obama has left the Democratic Party far weaker than it would have been had McCain been elected.

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Warren Christopher Dies at 85

Warren Christopher, secretary of state in the Clinton administration, died Friday at the age of 85. Christopher was a skilled negotiator and figured prominently in helping resolve a number of crises during the Clinton and Carter years.

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AP / The Yomiuri Shimbun, Daisuke Tomita

No Nukes Is Good Nukes

An important lesson that should be reinforced by the ongoing disaster in Japan is to worry more about the elimination of those nuclear weapons designed to explode, and another is to be concerned about the prospect of sabotage of nuclear power plants.

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AP / Dmitry Lovetsky

Gorbachev Takes Stock of New START

He knows a thing or two about the nuances of U.S.-Russian relations, not to mention nuclear disarmament, and former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev flexed his knowledge in a New York Times op-ed piece about the New START treaty this week ...

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AP / Alexander Zemlianichenko

Russia Fires Off START Warning

Some members of the U.S. Senate are dragging their feet and kvetching about wording issues in the latest American-Russian disarmament pact, the START treaty, as they prepare to vote for its ratification. In response, they have received a clear message from Moscow ...

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AP / Hasan Sarbakhshian

Restart It Up

In one of the world’s most troubling on-again-off-again relationships, Iran has announced that it is open to resuming stalled multilateral talks over its nuclear program after irreconcilable differences shut down negotiation channels between Iran and six other nations last year.

Posted on Oct 29, 2010 READ MORE


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Hawking: Human Salvation Lies in Space

Despite what some global warming naysayers might still insist, it’s not looking like planet Earth is going to be a super-comfy place to reside indefinitely. Now, superphysicist Stephen Hawking has suggested an alternative.

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AP / U.S. Air Force

65 Years After Hiroshima: Truman’s Choices

Today, it is common wisdom that President Truman had only two simple, stark choices: to use the bomb or invade and suffer a “million” casualties. There was, however, an alternative.

Posted on Aug 6, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Jim Cole

U.S. Lifts Arms Sanctions on Russian Firms

The U.S. has lifted sanctions on several Russian arms dealers, government and private, who were accused of aiding Iran’s effort to develop nuclear weapons, as Washington works to win Moscow’s support for a Security Council resolution aimed at expanding sanctions against Iran.

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