As citizens are waking up and rejecting Trump's message of hate, this election has also forced Americans to open their eyes and begin to think about the importance of nuclear disarmament.
What if we were to be close enough to see the Honduran peasants exploited by the banana company that sprays thousands of
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has requested a record five trillion yen ($42 billion) defense budget for fiscal year 2016 and reinterpreted the constitution to allow Japan to exercise the right of collective self-defense. The efforts have provoked growing alarm.
In August 1945, the United States dropped the atomic bombs that devastated Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Seventy years later, the President Obama is imploring Congress to approve a deal to dissuade Iran from building a nuclear bomb.
The Jazz Vespers service invoked the words of St. Paul that call on us to put away "all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another."
The only question is whether we'll learn from history, as Americans just barely did in the 1960s, or suffer the fate of the Soviet Union, which ignored the science until it was bankrupt and powerless to use its weapons.
The mayor of Hiroshima called nuclear weapons "the absolute evil and ultimate inhumanity."
There is general consensus among experts that it is not a matter of if but rather when nuclear weapons will be used. We thus go about our lives oblivious to when our last fifty seconds might be up.
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After meeting Sam, I understood one more side to this tragedy: Many Americans are still haunted by guilt for their involvement in the bomb's development.
The Hiroshima anniversary serves as a reminder of how high the stakes are when it comes to nuclear conflict and disarmament. Seventy years after Hiroshima, the Iran deal is the latest achievement in a continuum of arms control efforts that have staved off more Hiroshimas.
As a 13-year-old schoolgirl, I witnessed my city of Hiroshima blinded by the flash, flattened by the hurricane-like blast, burned in the heat of 4000 degrees Celsius and contaminated by the radiation of one atomic bomb. Miraculously, I was rescued from the rubble of a collapsed building, about 1.8 kilometers from Ground Zero.
The Atomic Bomb Dome 70 Years Later and the Legacy of the Girl Who Helped Bring About Its Preservation
One thing that originally sparked efforts for the dome's historical preservation was the diary of Hiroko Kajiyama, a high school student who died of leukemia as a result of radiation exposure. A former classmate who seeks to keep the memory of Hiroko alive has been collecting information in order to document her life.
Seven decades after the city was nearly obliterated, Hiroshima has become a popular tourist destination. For the last four consecutive years, the city has registered record-breaking numbers of foreign tourists.
So many decades later, it's hard to remember the kind of nuclear thinking top American officials engaged in during the Cold War. In secret National Security Council documents of the early 1950s, the country's top strategists descended willingly into the charnel house of futuristic history.
The fight to preserve the few remnants of a city erased by the atomic bomb.
Despite the ability we now possess to destroy ourselves and most life on this planet, we have barely begun to question our reflexive violence. Doing so requires looking courageously inward.
"It's always compelling, haunting, beautiful and unspeakably sad. It is also a place fervently committed to peace," Takei
On this day, Truman informed the press, and the world, that America's war against fascism -- with victory over Germany already in hand -- had culminated in exploding a revolutionary new weapon over a Japanese target. From its very first words, the official narrative was built on a lie.
Asahi Shimbun, the Times of Japan, reported that the lost medical records of Midori Naka have been discovered. Who was she? She was almost nobody, except for the coincidence of having awakened with other members of her theater troupe in Hiroshima on the morning of August 6.