Category: Weapons & Disarmament

Jonathan Marshall: Turkey’s Nukes: A Sum of All Fears

Although Turkey offers an egregious case of nuclear risks, questions about nuclear weapons deployment should go well beyond that country

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Conn Hallinan: The Big Boom: Nukes And NATO

“Today, the danger of some sort of a nuclear catastrophe is greater than it was during the Cold War and most people are blissfully unaware of this danger.” -William J. Perry U.S. Sec. Of Defense (1994-97) Perry has been an inside player in the business of nuclear weapons for over 60 years and his book, Read more…

Tom Anderson: Bikini islanders still deal with fallout of US nuclear tests, 70 years later

In 1946, French fashion designer Jacques Heim released a woman’s swimsuit he called the “Atome” (French for “atom”) – a name selected to suggest its design would be as shocking to people that summer as the atomic bombings of Japan had been the summer before. Not to be outdone, competitor Louis Réard raised the stakes, Read more…

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Robert Fisk: After receiving a gun for my birthday, I reconsidered my relationship with firearms

In an age when guns and bombs are used to kill the innocent in Paris, Belgium, London and Dallas as well as Baghdad, Aleppo and Kabul – indeed, in Birstall – even an old blunderbuss must acquire a disturbing symbolism

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Richard Falk: Why Arms Control is the Enemy of Nuclear Disarmament

By encouraging a new norm against first-use of nuclear weapons, Obama could help ensure, for this generation and those to come, that nuclear weapons are never used again

Samantha Nutt: The real harm of the global arms trade

In some parts of the world, it’s easier to get an automatic rifle than a glass of clean drinking water

Dan Grazier: Senators Vote to Keep Bomber Price Secret

The committee members voted 19 to 7 to prevent the American people from knowing how much of their money will be sunk in this latest questionable weapons project

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David Swanson: ISIS and U.S. Weaponry: At Home and Abroad

When someone commits mass murder in the United States and is tied, however significantly, to a foreign terrorist group, there remains a section of the U.S. population willing to recognize and point out that no ideology, fit of hatred, or mental derangement can do the same damage without high-tech weaponry that it does with it. Read more…

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Pervez Hoodbhoy: A Balance Sheet for May 28

The way forward lies in building a sustainable and active democracy, an economy for peace rather than war

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David Swanson: “Looking Forward” Comes to Hiroshima

Never mind an apology, Obama should admit the truth

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