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Grandson of ex-President Truman visits Hiroshima to attend memorial service of A-bomb victims | The AP via The Washington Post

TOKYO — A grandson of ex-U.S. President Harry Truman, who ordered the atomic bombings of Japan during World War II, is in Hiroshima to attend a memorial service for the victims. Clifton Truman Daniel visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on Saturday and laid a wreath for the 140,000 people killed by the Aug. 6, 1945, bombing authorized by his ...

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Obama Admin Helps Undermine U.N. Arms Treaty Talks While Touting Record-High Weapons Sales Abroad | DemocracyNow!

Arms control advocates are blaming the Obama administration and Russia for last week’s failed U.N. negotiations over the first-ever global agreement regulating the $60 billion arms trade. The United States — the world’s largest manufacturer — had demanded a number of exemptions and ultimately said it needed more time to review the proposals. As the talks collapsed, a top State ...

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In Hiroshima’s Shadow | Noam Chomsky in TruthOut

August 6, the anniversary of Hiroshima, should be a day of somber reflection, not only on the terrible events of that day in 1945, but also on what they revealed: that humans, in their dedicated quest to extend their capacities for destruction, had finally found a way to approach the ultimate limit. This year‚ Aug. 6 memorials have special significance. ...

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Were the Atomic Bombings Necessary? | WagingPeace.org

by David Krieger On August 14, 1945, Japan surrendered and World War II was over. American policy makers have argued that the atomic bombs were the precipitating cause of the surrender. Historical studies of the Japanese decision, however, reveal that what the Japanese were most concerned with was the Soviet Union’s entry into the war. Japan surrendered with the understanding ...

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Hiroshima to rate N-disarmament efforts | The Daily Yomiuri, Japan Times

HIROSHIMA (Jiji Press)–The Hiroshima prefectural government is set to launch a project to rate countries’ nuclear disarmament efforts as an initiative for the elimination of nuclear weapons, officials said Monday. The prefecture will hold its first meeting of experts to draw up standards for the ratings Thursday, ahead of the 67th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima on ...

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Three new papers from SIPRI on proliferation concerns in North Korea, Pakistan and Syria | SIPRI.org

Below is some information on three new papers from SIPRI on proliferation concerns in North Korea, Pakistan and Syria. North Korean proliferation challenges: the role of the European Union Non-Proliferation Papers no. 18 Mark Fitzpatrick The bête noire of the global non-proliferation regime, North Korea has defeated every effort to rein in its pursuit of nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles, chemical ...

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Mexico criticizes failure on arms trade treaty | NTN24 NEWS, The Huffington Post

Mexico criticized Saturday the failure of UN member states to clinch an international treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar arms trade, saying a minority of countries blocked it. In a statement, the Mexican foreign ministry highlighted a requirement that a consensus of the 193 members of the United Nations agree to the text. For more on this story, visit: Mexico criticizes failure ...

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Commentary: The Failures of Missile Defense | The National Interest

Two recent scientific assessments of U.S. missile-defense efforts show that these programs are chasing scientific dead ends, unworkable concepts and a flawed overall architecture. One assessment is the “Defense Science Board (DSB) Task Force Report on the Science and Technology Issues of Early Intercept Missile Defense Feasibility”; the other is a report by the National Research Council (NRC) of the ...

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Firms split on danger of Defense cuts | The Hill’s DEFCON Hill

By Carlo Muñoz Boeing, General Dynamics, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman have begun to break ranks with other top-tier defense firms warning that $500 billion in automatic defense cuts would hurt national security and lead to devastating job losses. While these companies remain firmly against the cuts, they are not offering doomsday scenarios of what sequestration would mean to their industry ...

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UN Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty | Global Post, UN

The world has until today to agree on a draft of a new global arms treaty. From 2-27 July, all countries of the world are coming together in New York to negotiate what is seen as the most important initiative ever regarding conventional arms regulation within the United Nations. A robust arms trade treaty can make a difference for millions ...

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