Category Archives: Nuclear Abolition

76 Years After The Atomic Bombings

World War II veterans were still living when our family moved back to Iowa in 1993. In each conversation with one of them, I asked about the Aug. 6, 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan and the Nagasaki bombing three … Continue reading

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Cranes For Our Future

Friday was the 76th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan. Monday is the anniversary of Nagasaki. The world little realized the devastation caused by President Harry Truman’s decision to detonate those bombs. In response to the anniversary, the … Continue reading

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A World Without Nuclear Weapons

While it got scant notice in the U.S. press, the joint statement after the Geneva, Switzerland meeting between President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin was significant: We, President of the United States of America Joseph R. Biden and … Continue reading

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August 9th, 1945: Nagasaki

Video: 1. minute 13 seconds Have been using this space to talk about candidates for the statehouse. However, I read a short but very thought provoking article by Helen Caldicott, world renowned activist against nuclear weapons, on the dropping of … Continue reading

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75 Years After Hiroshima

President Harry Truman did not need to drop the atomic bomb to end World War II. The first test explosion of an atomic bomb, called Trinity, was conducted by the U.S. Army July 16, 1945, as part of the Manhattan … Continue reading

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Reality Check: The 1945 Atomic Bombings

Seventy-five years ago, the nuclear age began with the world’s first nuclear weapons test explosion in the New Mexico desert. In this annotated “silent film”-style video essay from the Arms Control Association, we learn about the events that transpired three … Continue reading

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Trinity 75 Years Later

Trinity was the code name for the first nuclear bomb detonation 75 years ago today. The test explosion was conducted by the U.S. Army at 5:29 a.m. on July 16, 1945, as part of the Manhattan Project. It took place … Continue reading

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Nuclear Power Is Not The Answer

In 2018 NextEra Energy Resources announced plans to retire the Duane Arnold Energy Center (DAEC) — a 615-MW nuclear power plant located in Palo, Iowa — before the end of 2020. NextEra’s main customer at DAEC, Alliant Energy, will buy … Continue reading

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Iran Deal Update

Except for the president and members of his administration, the world supports the Iran Deal negotiated by the Obama administration with key allies and Iran. On June 28, Austria, Belgium, Finland, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden, which are not … Continue reading

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Nuclear Weapons Must Be Eliminated

I’m mad about nuclear weapons spending. The Trump administration plans to spend far more than President Obama on the U.S. nuclear weapons complex. Depending on time frame, the administration will see Obama’s trillion dollars and raise it another half trillion. … Continue reading

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