Category: Weapons & Disarmament

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Roger Bybee: The Gates of Hell:

‘We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, Read more…

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Tom Hanifin: Buddhist threatens to set self on fire…if all war not over by 6pm!

Police rush man on Main Street in Westover By John Hill Press & Sun-Bulletin Post Comment WESTOVER — Officials shut down Main Street during rush hour after a man parked his car in the middle of the street, sat on top of its roof and threatened to light himself on fire if the Iraq War Read more…

David Mcneill: In the Shadow of Hiroshima

Inside the Iwakuni marine base, a slice of Americana: a mess canteen adorned with solemn portraits of former presidents and tributes to fallen US troops in battlefields around the world. TVs mounted on the walls flicker with US sports programming as beefy marines tuck into pasta, tacos and cheesecake.   The sight of American and Read more…

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Laray Polk: Pugwash then, Pugwash now

The Russell-Einstein Manifesto of 1955 establish the first Pugwash Conference, held in Nova Scotia in July 1957. The conferences continue into the present day.   “Crossing the nuclear threshold, even with a low-yield weapon, would erase the 60-year old taboo against the use of nuclear weapons and make their use by others more likely. If Read more…

Emmanuel Todd: Thinking the Unthinkable:

[Introduction by C. Douglas Lummis. The following dialogue reads rather like the classic dispute between the Pacifist and the Realist ( “To protect the peace, prepare for war”; “But one mustn’t . . .” ) carried to a higher level. But quantity becomes quality: when you are talking about nuclear weapons, the conversation is no Read more…

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Gabriel Kolko: The Great Equalizer: Lessons From Iraq and Lebanon

The United States had a monopoly of nuclear weaponry only a few years before other nations challenged it, but from 1949 until roughly the 1990s deterrence theory worked — nations knew that if they used the awesome bomb they were likely to be devastated in the riposte. Despite such examples of brinkmanship as the Cuban Read more…

William Burr: How Many and Where Were the Nukes?

[The National Security Archive has released an important series of documents revealing the reversal of several decades of efforts to make available for public scrutiny the numbers of US nuclear missiles during the early decades of the atomic era.   The complete report, and the supporting documents revealing both the numbers of weapons and their Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: Hiroshima Story

Even though we promptly dubbed the site of the 9/11 attacks in New York City “Ground Zero” — once a term reserved for an atomic blast — Americans have never really come to grips either with the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki or the nuclear age they ushered in.   There can be no Read more…

David Mode: The Nuclear Peril

T he Bulletin of Atomic Scientists set its doomsday clock to seven minutes before midnight on February 27, 2002. Despite the growing precipitous nuclear crisis since, the clock remains unchanged. The doomsday clock represents the global level of nuclear danger and has been as close as two minutes to midnight in 1953 when the “United Read more…

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Chris Spannos: Correspondence on World Without War

Below is some recent correspondence I had in responce to my essay "World Without War", which I wrote for the up coming Z Sessions on Vision & Strategy. In the essay I propose that war waged between nations and states using military campaigns against each other have done exceptionally more harm than good; that truly Read more…

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