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Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 70 Years After the Atomic Bombs Were Dropped

The world changed irrevocably 70 years ago, on Aug. 6, 1945, when the United States dropped the first nuclear weapon in history on the civilian population of Hiroshima, Japan. Three days later, the second and, to date, final atomic weapon…

To succeed, movements must overcome the tension between rationality and emotion

By George Lakey for Waging Nonviolence When it comes to action, we are pulled by two tendencies that seem compatible but in practice are often in tension. We want our movements to be rational – that is, to strategize well,…

5 seconds: A reflection on Hiroshima

At a press conference on the 5th of August organised by the Greek branch of World without Wars and Violence and the Greek peace campaigner Panos Trigazis, in Athens, Nikos Stergiou gave this reflection on the Hiroshima bombing and it’s…

Why Americans believe that bombing Hiroshima was necessary

By Gary G. Kohls, MD* August 6, 2015, is the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, a civilian city that had minimal military value, despite the claims of President Truman when he announced the event to the American…

Atomic Bombing – Hear the Story: Yasuaki Yamashita

By ICAN* When the A-Bomb fell on Nagasaki, August 9, 1945, I was 6 years old and living there with my family in a typical Japanese-style wooden frame house with sliding interior partitions (shoji) and exterior glass windows. . Normally…

Atomic Bombing – Hear the Story: Setsuko Thurlow

By ICAN* “I turned around and saw the outside world. Although it was morning, it looked like twilight because of the dust and smoke in the air. People at a distance saw the mushroom cloud and heard a thunderous roar.…

What teenage refugees taught me about art

As a teen, Kate Hairsine hated school trips to art museums and talks on fusty paintings that bored her. But her eyes were opened when she saw young asylum-seekers cherish the kind of art that put her to sleep. The…

Cincinnati and the Murder of Samuel DuBose

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan A stunning indictment has been handed down in Cincinnati, focusing attention again on police killings of people of color. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced that University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing…

Revolting World

There is much that is revolting about the current world and Andre Vltchek, Christopher Black and Peter Koenig are well placed to document it, which they have done in their new book ‘The World Order and Revolution! Essays from the…

The story of a public debt, five years later…

Greece has been in the spotlight for several years now. The debt crisis has overshadowed its blue face. However, Greeks have not have enough information about what they were being asked to pay until recently. The first to ask for…

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