Category: Weapons & Disarmament

Nono: No Nukes on Okinawa!

Letter to the United Nations Security Council: No Nuclear Weapons on Okinawa! Organizing Committee (NONO!) For six decades Okinawa has been a militarized island, first as Japan prepared to resist the U.S. in the final days of World War II, since 1945 as a military colony of the United States, and since 1972 as the Read more…

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Gavan McCormack: Sunshine, Containment, War

1. “Sunshine” The recent outpourings of analysis and comment on the “Korean problem” around the world are characterized by righteous indignation and denunciation. They tend to be shaped, consciously or unconsciously, by an “imperial” frame of reference, insisting that Pyongyang submit to the will of the “international community” when what is really meant is the Read more…

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Justin Podur: Elections in Pakistan

Z ia Mian is a scholar and activist on South Asian and disarmament issues at the Center for Science and Global Security at Princeton University in New Jersey and teaches there in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He was interviewed about the implications of the first national and provincial elections in Read more…

Mayor of nagasaki: Hiroshima And Nagasaki Declarations

For more than half a century, the Mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have issued peace declarations in the name of the victims of the atomic bomb. Reflecting the spirit of Hiroshima/Nagasaki, which transcends international enmity among nations in the search for world peace, the annual peace declarations of the two cities have never warned of Read more…

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Norman Solomon: Nuclear Weapons, Media Fog

American media outlets roused themselves from outright denial in early June, spurred by belated warnings from top U.S. officials that a nuclear war between India and Pakistan would kill millions of people. The tone of news coverage shifted toward alarm. Meanwhile, atomic history remained largely sanitized.  “Even one military move by either of these nuclear-armed Read more…

Richard alan Leach: Nuclear Hubris

Richard Alan Leach After the Soviet system imploded, the U.S. reveled in its role as the world’s sole superpower, giving many indications that the consequences for the inhabitants of the periphery were a matter of imperial indifference. Among the hard lessons learned from September 11 is that, on this polarized planet, no unbreachable fortresses can Read more…

John laforge and bonnie Urfer: Her Majesty’s Tireless Threatens Mediterranean

LaForge and Bonnie Urfer The near reactor meltdown aboard Britain’s submarine HMS Tireless, its spill of radioactive cooling water into the Mediterranean, and a risky, experimental, and possibly illegal repair operation in a densely populated area, have brought thousands of outraged Gibraltar and Spanish residents into the streets. Since May 19, the 280-foot Tireless with Read more…

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Jim Hightower: Four Vignettes

Jim Hightower HASTERT KILLS PATIENTS BILL OF RIGHTS In a courtroom, an attorney asked the witness, "Sir, What’s your IQ?" The fellow responded, "Well, I can see pretty well, I think." You won’t need much IQ, nor 20-20 vision, to see what’s going on in Congress with the Patient’s Bill of Rights. This is a Read more…

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John M. Laforge: A European Walk for Disarmament

M. LaForge Calling itself "an international citizens inspection team to prevent war crimes," 500 nonviolent activists from around the world who had walked more than 100 miles from The Hague, converged on the beleaguered NATO headquarters, where we were met with water cannons and hundreds of baton-wielding riot police. The marchers, protesting NATO’s illegal nuclear Read more…

Lillian Nurmela: Why Are We Still Researching Nuclear Weapons?

Lillian Nurmela In all the furor over insufficient security at our nuclear weapons labs and the claim that China has stolen our secrets, neither the media nor Congress has questioned why the U.S. is continuing to research nuclear weapons. There are 8,400 operational warheads, of 12 types, in the U.S. arsenal. The first nuclear weapon Read more…

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