On the 75th Anniversary of Hiroshima, Here’s Where the World Stands With Nuclear Weapons

Seventy-five years ago on Thursday, the U.S. became the first—and to this day the only—nation in the world to use a nuclear weapon against a foreign adversary when it dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. Decades later, analysts warn that the world must do more to ensure that a nuclear weapon is never used […]

How Many People Died in Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

Many victims died years later, as a result of cancer and other illnesses linked to radiation poisoning caused by the bombings. A 1998 study found that around an additional 62,000 people in Hiroshima had died as a result of the bomb, bringing the total number of victims to more than 200,000.

2 dead, 4 missing in wake of Typhoon Haishen sideswiping Japan’s Kyushu region

In the wake of the storm pummeling Kyushu before making landfall on the southeastern tip of the Korean Peninsular, where Typhoon Haishen has already gone on to claim two lives in South Korea, according to local reports, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has still urged vigilance from people here for further torrential rain, strong winds […]

How to Escape From an Erupting Volcano

You have some time, because the initial stages of Vesuvius’ eruption were not the most dangerous. The pressurized magma beneath Vesuvius contains dissolved gasses, and cracking Vesuvius’ vent has the same effect as cracking a gargantuan can of soda. The hot gases rush out of solution and through the narrow vent. The effect is like […]

Japan’s former foreign minister touts diplomatic experience in leadership race

Kishida, 63, long assumed to be Abe’s preferred successor to lead the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), has fared poorly in opinion polls but has sought to distinguish himself from other candidates by emphasising the diplomatic experience gained during his 2012-2017 stint as foreign minister.

Florida GOP Rep. Buchanan urges officials not to remove statue celebrating WWII victory over Japan

“My on-line survey of area residents showed more than 80 percent supported keeping it right where it is – and I agree with them,” he wrote in his latter. “The ‘Unconditional Surrender’ statue is extremely meaningful to the Sarasota’s veteran community and honors their sacrifices for our country.”

Trump Boasts of Nuclear Weapon ‘You Haven’t Even Seen or Heard About’ in Woodward Book

When the Joint Chiefs of Staff accidentally published a document called “Nuclear Weapons: Planning and Targeting” in June 2019, that fear became far more palpable. The document, which was quickly taken down but preserved by the Federation of American Scientists, describes how commanders could introduce nuclear weapons into a theater of operations if they “could […]

Eagle’s Claws Blunted: What’s Driving US Effort to Modernize Its Nuclear Arsenal

President Barack Obama announced a trillion plus dollar, 30-year nuclear modernization program in 2016, with $350 billion required over the next decade alone. Most observers expect President Trump to tack more spending on top of that figure following the release of his Nuclear Posture Review, elements of which were leaked earlier this month. In Tuesday’s speech to Congress, Trump asked lawmakers to “end the […]

Beirut explosion: anger at officials grows after missed warnings

The sound of mountains of glass being swept from balconies and cascading onto roads was a soundtrack to the day. Tired emergency workers trudged through the streets, some holding sledgehammers, others carrying water. A carpark in the Gemmayze district had been turned into a triage centre. Orange plastic stretchers, slick with blood were lined up […]

China’s worrisome edge toward a ‘launch-on-warning’ nuclear posture

A launch-on-warning posture raises a host of problems. It compresses the time available to frame and deliver a response. The potential for error is immense. Early-warning radars may give false indications of a strike. People may misinterpret the data under extreme stress. Worse, data are oftentimes ambiguous. Weapons are black boxes to outside observers. It’s […]