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Michael Brenner: Still Unthinkable?

Mushroom cloud above Nagasaki after atomic bombing on August 9, 1945. Taken from the north west. By Michael Brenner The unthinkable is becoming thinkable. Nuclear war. The United States’s provocative actions are the principal reason. Desperate to remain the global supremo, our foreign affairs elites are embarked on an increasingly dangerous venture. Going mano a mano with […]

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The Triad Is Not the Trinity

Raygun by Michael Van Vleet is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 / Flickr By William J. Astore / TomDispatch As a late-stage baby boomer, a child of the 1960s, I grew up dreaming about America’s nuclear triad. You may remember that it consisted of strategic bombers like the B-52 Stratofortress, land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) like the Minuteman, and submarine-launched […]

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Presidents Who Gamble With Nuclear Armageddon

Nuclear protest. Photo from Flickr by Cliff Gilmore from June 1, 2010. By Jeffery D. Sachs / Common Dreams The overriding job of any U.S. president is to keep the nation safe. In the nuclear age, that mainly means avoiding nuclear Armageddon. Joe Biden’s reckless and incompetent foreign policy is pushing us closer to annihilation. […]

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‘Global incineration’: Historian warns nuclear war could ‘extinguish civilization in two hours’

During the Cold War, proponents of the “MAD” (mutually assured destruction) doctrine argued that the United States and the Soviet Union — for all the animosity between the two superpowers — both had enough common sense to avoid a nuclear confrontation and the catastrophe it would bring. They warned, however, that some extremists and fanatics […]

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The Oppenheimer Package: The Story of Soviet Spy Ted Hall, and Daniel Ellsberg on the Dangers of Nuclear War

Editor’s Note: In light of Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” winning Best Picture at the 96th Academy Awards, ScheerPost has put together a package on some of the most important interviews on the development of the atomic bomb and nuclear weaponry we have published over the years. Ted Hall: The Los Alamos Scientist Who Gave the Atomic […]