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Congress Pushes for Weapons Pentagon Didn’t Want | Military.com

The Pentagon, which is facing end-of-year cuts that it says could cripple its ability to fight future wars, may spend billions in coming years on weapons systems and programs it says it doesn’t need but are favored by area members of Congress. The Dayton Daily News analyzed proposed defense budgets for 2013 and identified five programs that Ohio’s congressional delegation ...

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Citizens’ groups propel rising wave of antinuclear activism | The Japan Times Online

Japanese summers are not kind to protesters. Under the scorching afternoon sun and into the humid evenings, however, tens of thousands of citizens have continued to chant against the restart of Japan’s nuclear reactors. On June 16, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda decided to restart the Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture. On July 5 it became the first reactor ...

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How Politicians and the Press Overstated Military Budget Cuts by $100 Billion | ProPublica

Anxiety is rising in Washington about the big cuts to military spending slated to go into effect in January unless Congress takes action.   Republicans, defense industry executives, and some Democrats are arguing hard against the automatic cuts, which were the result of last summer’s deal to raise the debt ceiling and would also cut nondefense spending equally. Multiple members ...

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The Next Hiroshima | Noam Chomsky via In These Times

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

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Behind Nuclear Breach, a Nun’s Bold Fervor | NYTimes.com

Sister Megan Rice, 82, a Roman Catholic nun of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, and two male accomplices have carried out what nuclear experts call the biggest security breach in the history of the nation’s atomic complex, making their way to the inner sanctum of the site where the United States keeps crucial nuclear bomb parts and fuel.

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Guest: Time to cut defense spending | HeraldTribune.com

By GENE JONES As the slow growth economy grinds on for most Americans, one economic segment is unlikely to feel the pain — the Department of Defense and defense contractors. Within the last month, the House of Representatives passed a super-sized defense budget and most representatives voted to continue the folly in Afghanistan by funding the counterproductive war for another ...

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People power challenges nuclear power with nationwide demonstrations | Waging Nonviolence

Occupy Nukes demonstrations were held in towns and cities across the United States on Monday, marking the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Approximately 140,000 civilians were killed by the bomb, code-named Little Boy, while hundreds of thousands died later of cancer, and thousands more inherited birth defects. Nothing before or since has approached the ...

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Peace Activists Close Nuclear Facility | RSN

In the early morning on Saturday, July 28, three gray-haired trespassers made their way into a nuclear weapons facility in Tennessee. They were armed with human blood, hammers, candles, flowers, crime-scene tape and a Bible. In the process of their break-in and after, they managed to close down operations at the facility for days on end and raise searching questions ...

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