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New START Is a Needed Re-START

The New START agreement, signed by US President Obama and Russian President Medvedev, is not a major leap forward toward nuclear disarmament. Its goals are far more modest than needed, but they are still crucial. For the Senate to turn down ratification of the treaty would be a disaster for the country and the world, opening the door to new ...

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Israeli PM says ready to make “historic peace” with Palestinians | Xinhua

JERUSALEM, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday he is willing to reach an historic compromise with the Palestinians, “so long as it maintains the national interests of the State of Israel with security first and foremost.” Speaking at the weekly political-security cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, in which he debriefed his ministers on the direct peace ...

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Infographic: Where Did the Money to Rebuild Iraq Go? | GOOD Blog

The Department of Defense is unable to account for the use of $8.7 billion of the $9.1 billion it spent on reconstruction in Iraq. Infographic courtesy of GOOD blog www.good.is. Source: Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (PDF). Weaknesses in DoD’s financial and management controls left it unable to properly account for $8.7 billion of the $9.1 billion in DFI funds it received ...

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Netanyahu rejects peace talks based on 1967 borders. Obstructionist?

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday rejected a Palestinian demand that direct negotiations be based on a statement by the Quartet confirming its position that the future Palestinian state will be based on the 1967 borders. Meeting in Jerusalem with U.S. envoy George Mitchell, Netanyahu repeated his demand for the renewal of direct talks without preconditions. Mitchell briefed Netanyahu on his ...

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65 years since the first explosive test of an atomic device

July 16, 1945 marked the beginning of the Nuclear Age. On that day, the United States conducted the first explosive test of an atomic device. The test was code-named Trinity and took place at the Alamogordo Test Range in New Mexico’s Jornada del Muerto Desert. The bomb itself was code-named “The Gadget.”  The Trinity test used a plutonium implosion device, ...

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