Category: Weapons & Disarmament

Yoichi Funabashi: The Third Atomic Bomb

I visited Tinian Island in the western Pacific, the base from which the B-29 bomber Enola Gay took off to drop the uranium-fueled atomic bomb Little Boy on Hiroshima and the plutonium-type Fat Man on Nagasaki. The components of the atomic bombs were shipped to Tinian from the U.S. mainland on the USS Indianapolis and Read more…

Tadatoshi Akiba: Hiroshima Peace Declaration

This year again, summer’s heat reminds us of the blazing hell fire that swept over this very spot fifty-eight years ago. The world without nuclear weapons and beyond war that our hibakusha have sought for so long appears to be slipping deeper into a thick cover of dark clouds that they fear at any minute Read more…

Hiromichi Umebayashi: Achieving a Nuclear-Free Northeast Asia

The first step calls for South Korea, North Korea and Japan to form the core of the zone as nonnuclear states. Concurrent with this, China, Russia and the United States will extend legally binding guarantees to these three countries that they will engage neither in nuclear strikes nor threats of such aggression.   The Preparatory Read more…

Christian Scherrer: DU and the Liberation of Iraq

On 2 March 2003 some 6,000 people from Hiroshima gathered on an empty space one kilometer from ground zero, where the first nuclear weapon killed hundreds of thousands and devastated the city, to form a message with their bodies, which read from the sky as NO WAR, NO DU!Our warning was against war and the Read more…

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…

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