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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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Harry Truman’s grandson attends ceremony marking 67th anniversary of attack on Hiroshima | The Washington Post

TOKYO — Japan marked the 67th anniversary of the world’s first atomic bomb attack with a ceremony Monday that was attended by a grandson of Harry Truman, the U.S. president who ordered the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. About 50,000 people gathered in Hiroshima’s peace park near the epicenter of the 1945 blast that destroyed most of the city and killed ...

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Hiroshima marks anniversary of A-bomb | GlobalPost

Residents of Hiroshima called for a future without nuclear weapons as they commemorated the 67th anniversary of the bombings that destroyed most of their city. The Associated Press reports that 50,000 people gathered for a ceremony in Hiroshima’s peace park near the epicenter of the 1945 attack. Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui said Japan needed to take a firmer stand against ...

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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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