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J. Robert Oppenheimer’s Tragedy―and Ours

Lawrence Wittner Hollywood Progressive
The July 21, 2023 theatrical release of the film Oppenheimer, focused on the life of a prominent American nuclear physicist, should help to remind us of how badly the development of modern weapons has played out for individuals and all of humanity.

The Nuclear “War” in Ukraine May Not Be the One We Expect

Joshua Frank TomDispatch
From time to time, Vladimir Putin or one of his cronies has hinted that the Russians, pressed to the wall, might use a “tactical” nuclear weapon in Ukraine. And Russian military leaders have reportedly been discussing just such a possibility.

Nuclear Weapons and Nationalism: An Incendiary Mix

Andrew Lichterman Andrew Lichterman
The first UN General Assembly's first resolution set up a commission to bring back proposals to eliminate atomic weapons and all other weapons of mass destruction and to control atomic energy. That was seventy-seven years ago.

David And Goliath In Our Time

H Patricia Hynes Portside
anti-nukes demonstration Currently the US has no coherent foreign policy on nuclear weapons and no climate policy. We are also benighted by a press and politicians for whom nuclear weapons seem to be a non-issue, gauging by primary and presidential debates.

Tidbits - Nov. 1, 2018 - Reader Comments: Migrant Caravan-Sanctuary Support; Nuclear Arms; American Support for Fascism; Class Consciousness; Sen. Warren Only Claims Tribal Ancestry; Jewish Vote: #WeAreHere to #EndWhiteNationalism; more...

Reader Comments: Migrant Caravan-Sanctuary Support; Nuclear Arms Treaty; American Support for Fascism; Class Consciousness; Eastern Band Cherokee Indians: Sen. Warren Only Claims Tribal Ancestry; Jewish Vote: #WeAreHere to #EndWhiteNationalism; more

Noam Chomsky: From Geopolitical Conflict to Nuclear Abolition

Acclaimed writer and activist Noam Chomsky delivered the keynote address to a meeting titled Two Minutes to Midnight: How Do We Move from Geopolitical Conflict to Nuclear Abolition? Co-organized by the International Peace Bureau and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office

“Would You Like a Drink of Water?” Please Ask a Yemeni Child

Kathy Kelly Portside
This week representatives from more than 100 countries began work on an international treaty to ban nuclear weapons. By boycotting this process the U.S. and other nuclear armed nations showed they have no intention of giving up the power to annihilate planetary life. A world in arms is theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed; it steals the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.
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