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After Hiroshima: Lessons Learned?
LEE GAiLLARD
Warning signs appeared from the start. The world’s first nuclear explosion on July 16, 1945, saw the prototype of the Fat Man plutonium bomb that would pulverize Nagasaki detonate with a violence four times the Los Alamos Lab’s estimates. The Little Bo...
Why Won’t the Media Criticize Harsh Treatment of Pacifists?
JOHN LaFORGE
“How brave it is to believe that in today’s world, reasoned, nonviolent protest will register, will matter. But will it?… The threshold of horror has been ratcheted up so high that nothing short of genocide or the prospect of nuclear war merits menti...
Israel Rewarded … For What?
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. Israel has barely put a foot right with the international community since its attack on Gaza more than three years ago provoked global revulsion. The right-wing government of Benjamin Netanyahu has serially defied and insulted foreign lead...
The Bomb and the Drone
ED KINANE
The lessons of Hiroshima and Nagasaki belong always before us.  The agony of those two cities must remain our dark beacon. Hiroshima/Nagasaki wasn’t so much about targets as about audiences. We ...
Would Putin Make a Better President Than Obama?
MIKE WHITNEY
“Every rouble spent in the social sphere should ‘generate justice.’ An equitable social and economic system is the main requirement for ensuring our sustained development during these years.” — Russian President Vladimir Putin...
The Crisis in Pakistan-US Relations
SOHAIL MAHMOOD
Islamabad. On November 26, 2011 in a brazen incident NATO attacked the Salala post on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in which 24 Pakistani soldiers were killed. Pakistanis were shocked at the incident since it was unprovoked. The Government of Pakistan re...
The Truth About Nuclear Weapons
PETER G. COHEN
It is time to tell the truth about nuclear weapons. They are not a deterrent to terrorists, whom security experts regard as the greatest danger to our nation. They do not deter attacks from other nations, because very few want to attack us, and our overwhelming convention...
It Came From Washington
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
When President Reagan nominated me as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy, he told me that we had to restore the US economy, to rescue it from stagflation, in order to bring the full weight of a powerful economy to bear on the Soviet leadership in orde...
The Folly of Mindless Science
ALICE SLATER
In 2000, I traveled to India, invited to speak at the organizing meeting of the Indian Coalition for Nuclear and Disarmament and Peace.  About 600 organizations, including some 80 from Pakistan gathered in New Delhi to strategize for nuclear disarmament.   India had qui...
The Nuclear Cult
KARL GROSSMAN
Nuclear scientists and engineers embrace nuclear power like a religion. The term “nuclear priesthood” was coined by Dr. Alvin Weinberg, long director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the ...
The Legacy of the Nuclear Freeze Movement
HOWARD LISNOFF
Marching in midtown Manhattan on June 12, 1982 was quite an experience. One million people were on the streets of the city, the largest anti-nuclear demonstration in history. Whenever the north/south line of march approached a major intersection, other protesters could be...
Do Nuclear Weapons Really Deter Aggression?
LAWRENCE . WITTNER
It’s often said that nuclear weapons have protected nations from military attack. But is there any solid evidence to bolster this contention? Without such evidence, the argument that nuclear weapons prevented something that never occurred is simply a counter-fact...
Nuclear Savages
BARBARA ROSE JOHNSTON
Are you wondering about the disconcerting contradictions in the nuclear news in recent weeks? Following the release of a May 2012 report, newspapers around the world posted headlines announcing that the World Health Organization concludes that Fukushima radiation e...
Hard Line Failure in Nuke Talks
GARETH PORTER
Negotiations between Iran and the United States and other members of the P5+1 group in Baghdad ended in fundamental disagreement Thursday over the position of the P5+1 offering no relief from sanctions against Iran. The two sides agreed to meet again in Moscow Jun....
Asia’s Mad Arms Race
CONN HALLINAN
Asia is currently in the middle of an unprecedented arms race that is not only sharpening tensions in the region, but competing with efforts by Asian countries to address poverty and growing economic disparity. The gap between rich and poor—calculated by the Gini coeffi...
Gutting START; Re-Starting a Nuclear Arms Race
ROBERT ALVAREZ
The U.S. House of Representatives will soon take up the proposed National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013. (H.R. 4310). Attached is a section by section analysis of the nuclear weapons provisions I did over the past ...
The Parchin “Stand-Off”
GARETH PORTER
Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Yukiya Amano has signaled that there will be no IAEA agreement with Iran in the meetings in Vienna Monday and Tuesday on the terms for Iranian cooperation in clarifying issue of alleged nuclear weapons work. ...
The Man With Messianic Tendencies
URI AVNERY
GENERALS AND secret police chiefs get together for an attack on the politicians. In some countries, they arrest the president, occupy government offices and TV stations and annul the constitution. They then publish Communique No. 1, explaining the dire need to save...
A New Great Game in the Asia-Pacific
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
On April 19, India tested its first inter-continental ballistic missile, named Agni-V, and joined the select group of nations possessing both nuclear weapons and a delivery system capable of hitting targets across continents. Only a few days before, nuclear capable North ...
Negotiating With Iran
ABOLGHASEM BAYYENAT
The first round of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 countries – the United States, Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom, and Germany – concluded in Istanbul with a rare expression of optimism and satisfaction by both sides. The two sides agreed to resume t...
Iran’s Nuclear Fatwa
GARETH PORTER
The Barack Obama administration’s new interest in the 2004 religious verdict, or “fatwa”, by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei banning the possession of nuclear weapons, long dismissed by national security officials, has prompted the ...
Netanyahu’s Real Fear
AKIVA ELDAR
A recent skit on the sketch comedy “Eretz Nehederet” featured a “debate” about the Iranian nuclear program between U.S. and Israeli leaders. After some discussion, U.S. President Barack Obama accedes to the position of Prime Minister Benjami...
North Korea’s Failed Fireworks
JOHN FEFFER
In early February, Iran launched its third successful commercial satellite in three years. The Barack Obama administration, the United Nations, and the news media barely acknowledged the accomplishment. North Korea, on the other hand, has created a furor each of the three...
Gunter the Terrible
URI AVNERY
STOP ME if I have told you this joke before: Somewhere in the US, a demonstration takes place. The police arrive and beat the protesters mercilessly. “Don’t hit me,” someone shouts, “I am an anti-communist!” “I couldn’t give a damn w...
U.S.-Israel Deal to Demand Qom Closure Threatens Nuclear Talks
GARETH PORTER
Washington DC The Barack Obama administration has adopted a demand in the negotiations with Iran beginning Saturday that its Fordow enrichment facility must be shut down and eventually dismantled based on an understanding with Israel that risks the collaps...
Budgets Are Moral Documents
ROBERT DODGE, MD
This week the nation funds our priorities as we pay our annual tax bill. “Our budget is a moral document and it is either going to reflect the best of who we are or the worst”.  This was so eloquently stated by the Rev. Jim Wallis of Sojourners. Tax expenditures thus...
The Irrationality of the Case against Iran’s Nuclear Program
GARY LEUPP
President Obama has informed the Iranians they have one “last chance” to avoid attack. They must suspend higher uranium enrichment, close down the Fordow  enrichment facility, and “surrender” their stockpile of uranium enriched to 20 per cent purity. Iranian offi...
The Real Nuclear Outlaws
CARL BOGGS
While United States and Israeli leaders, duly assisted by a warmongering media, ramp up war talk against Iran, two troublesome pieces of information are ritually ignored.  First, even American intelligence reports conclude that Iran is not close to building a nuclear-wea...
Iran and the IAEA
GARETH PORTER
Vienna. The first detailed account of negotiations between the International Atomic Energy Agency and Iran last month belies earlier statements by unnamed Western officials portraying Iran as refusing to cooperate with the IAEA in allaying concerns about a...
Try a Little Nuclear Sanity
LAWRENCE S. WITTNER
On February 8, 2012, Congressman Edward Markey (D-MA) took to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to introduce the Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures Act (H.R. 3974). This SANE Act would cut $100 billion from the U.S. nuclear weapons budget over the next ...
Banking on the Bomb
JOHN STANTON
“Most financial institutions don’t consider the social and environmental consequences of their investments. Unless members speak up and take action, they’re unlikely to take ethical considerations into account. Our research shows that teachers...
Civil Resistance at Vandenberg Air Base
RICK WAYMAN
David Krieger is President of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. RICK WAYMAN: What made you decide after 30 years of working as President of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation to get arrested protesting this missile launch? DAVID KRIEGER: I felt it was...
How Empires Fall
ANDY KROLL
When Jonathan Schell’s The Unconquerable World, a meditation on the his...
How The Media Got The Parchin Access Story Wrong
GARETH PORTER
Washington D.C. News media reported last week that Iran had flatly refused the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) access to its Parchin military test facility, based on a statement to reporters by IAEA Deputy Director General, Herman Nackaerts, that...
Pakistan: a Dangerous Uncertainty
JUNAID S. AHMED
Lahore. Relations between the Pakistani government and the military have been tense recently, even resulting in rumours of an impending military coup. A coup is not very likely at this stage, but the situation has created the environment for at least one n...
The Slide to War
CONN HALLINAN
Wars are fought because some people decide it is in their interests to fight them. World War I was not started over the Archduke Ferdinand’s assassination, nor was it triggered by the alliance system. An “incident” may set the stage for war, but no one keeps shootin...
Will Israel Attack Iran?
MARK WEISBROT
Last week the New York Times ...
Obama’s Zig Zag Maneuvers with Israel and Iran
GARETH PORTER
Washington, DC President Barack Obama has finally begun in recent months to signal to Israel that the United States would not get involved in a war started by Binyamin Netanyahu without US approval. If it is pursued firmly and consistently through 2012, t...
Starving the Real Beast
DARWIN BOND-GRAHAM
“How does the American state finance both its expensive social welfare programs and its powerful military, while most other nation-states can barely afford one or the other? The answer lies in the system of progressive income taxation resurrected by poli...
Empire and Its Discontents
NOAM CHOMSKY
Significant anniversaries are solemnly commemorated — Japan’s attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, for example.  Others are ignored, and we can often learn valuable lessons from them about what is likely to lie ahead.  Right now, in fact. At the...
Obama’s Blindspot Intact
BARRY LANDO
In the brief interview he gave ABC before the Superbowl, 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.”...
The Iran Crisis and Israeli Nukes
BARRY LANDO
Yesterday upon the stair I met a man who wasn’t there He wasn’t there again today Oh, how I wish he’d go away – William Hughes Mearns, 1899 One of the most uncommented on ironies today is that ...
Two Modest Proposals for the Middle East
MICHAEL TEITELMAN
In 1729 Jonathan Swift published “A Modest Proposal for preventing the children of poor people in Ireland from being a burden on their parents or country and for making them beneficial to the publick”.  Swift proposed that Irish parents fatten their infants and expor...
Rationalizing Idiocy
RON JACOBS
Unlike a couple years ago, when the consensus was split, there recently seems to be a growing consensus among pundits and certain politicians that Washington will be launching a military attack on Iran.  While pundits do not have the power to make war, politicians in Con...
Fingers Itch for a War on Iran
VIJAY PRASHAD
If you ask Iranians, they will tell you that the war against Iran has already begun. Some will take you back to 1953, when the US fired its first shot across the bow, taking out a democratically elected government in a CIA coup. Others will point to the political and fina...
Imagining a “Clean Break” with Israel…Over Iran
GARY LEUPP
The world of science acknowledges matter-of-factly that Iran is not pursuing a nuclear weapons program. There is simply no evidence for one. The UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency, staffed by specialists on nuclear power and maintaining a tight watch on Iran’s ci...
The University of Vermont’s Culture of Violence
THOMAS H. NAYLOR
“If you could rape someone, who would it be?” That was the question which appeared on a survey circulated by members of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity at the University of Vermont recently which went viral on the Internet.  UVM had once again lived up to its...
Pressure Israel, Not Iran
MARJORIE COHN
Neocons in Israel and the United States are escalating their rhetoric to prepare us for war with Iran. Even the infamous John Yoo, architect of George W. Bush’s illegal torture and spying programs, is calling on the Republican presidential candidates to “begin prepari...
Iran: the Neocons Are At It Again
RALPH NADER
The same neocons who persuaded George W. Bush and crew to, in Ron Paul’s inimitable words, “lie their way into invading Iraq” in 2003, are beating the drums of war more loudly these days to attack Iran. It is remarkable how many of these war-mongers are former draft...
Clinton Revives Dubious Charge of “Covert” Iranian Nuclear Site
GARETH PORTER
Washington DC U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s charge Tuesday that Iran had intended to keep the Fordow site secret until it was revealed by Western intelligence revived a claim the Barack Obama administration made in September 2009....