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Letter From Nagasaki

Tomihisa Taue (1956 -  ) is the current mayor of Nagasaki. He took office in 2007 following university studies in jurisprudence (philosophy of law). Youthful Mayor Taue would certainly have personal contact with the “hibakusha” (survivors) who carry government passbooks to certify they experienced atomic attacks on Hiroshima (August 6th) and Nagasaki (August 9, 1945). [...]

By | August 19th, 2018|Environment, Poetry, War Crimes, Weapons of Mass Destruction|0 Comments

Chokehold On Russia, China and Korean Peninsula

Eric Sevareid (1912-1992) was a journalist and commentator for CBS news who presented opinions in brilliant essays for 47 years. How can we forget his opinion about the greatest export from these United States, not as cars, other products manufactured by an advanced industrialized nation? “The largest export of the USA is the manufacture and [...]

By | June 3rd, 2018|Peace, Politics, War Crimes, Weapons of Mass Destruction|1 Comment

USA Rejects the Constitution and International Laws on Torture

Novelist Earnest Hemmingway declared, “Never think that war, no matter how ‘necessary’ is not a sin.” Moral theologians concluded there is no “just war” in an atomic age when one bomb can destroy entire cities, perhaps nations. War is the epitome of torture. Torture can be carried out over hours, days or years, as seen [...]

By | May 12th, 2018|Politics, War Crimes|0 Comments

What If Forty Hostile Bases Crowded The USA?

The insatiable appetite for oil in the Gulf region drew Britain and the USA into Persian Gulf meddling. Washington’s desire for control over oil sources in the Gulf and fear of Soviet expansion fed Cold War militarism during Eisenhower’s administration.   Presidents Eisenhower, J.F. Kennedy, Nixon and both Bush presidents followed the violent, interventionist path. A [...]

By | May 11th, 2018|Politics, War Crimes, Weapons of Mass Destruction|1 Comment

Israel Has Had Nuclear Weapons Since 1966

The USA, Britain and Turkey are Israel’s only friends in the world. The United States was first in developing an atomic bomb. Albert Einstein signed on to a letter drafted by physicist Leo Szilard approving the suicidal weapon because of a fear Germany would produce such a bomb first. “Had I known Germany would not [...]

March (Women’s History Month) We Recall Women Hold Up Half The Sky

“Women hold up half the sky” was one of many Chinese proverbs I learned during 1970 years in Hong Kong. Elsie Elliott-Tu (1913 – 2009) went to China as a British missionary and spent her entire adult life in Hong Kong as an elected official in the colonial urban council. Weekly I assisted in her [...]

By | April 3rd, 2018|Corporate Responsibility, Politics, War Crimes|0 Comments

America Does Not Torture

During the Bush administration, Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld ordered confiscation of all photos taken at Baghdad’s central prison, Abu Ghraib, in which revolting, sadistic scenes of torture were causing a tidal wave of national and international outrage that would have certainly implicated the Bush administration. Bush and Rumsfeld are gone, but torture clings to Gina [...]

By | March 14th, 2018|Op Ed, Politics, War Crimes|1 Comment

 Could H.R. McMaster Please Translate “Denuclearization” For The World?

The British Broadcasting Corporation in December 2017 quoted General H.R. McMaster, President Trump’s choice after General Flynn was fired. McMaster said: “We will be compelled to denuclearize North Korea.” In a world of instant communication, there is no doubt everyone on the Korean peninsula, Japan and China will interpret this comment might mean a surprise [...]

By | December 24th, 2017|Politics, War Crimes, Weapons of Mass Destruction|0 Comments

Fourteen Reasons To Refuse Abolition of Nuclear Weapons

122 countries in the United Nations voted unanimously to abolish nuclear weapons. The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to International Campaign for Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) US Ambassador to the UN Mrs. Nikki Haley was a leading opponent of the UN decision calling for abolition. She has two teenage children who will inherit a [...]

By | December 1st, 2017|Politics, War Crimes, Weapons of Mass Destruction|0 Comments

How Do We Stop Mass Shootings?

The Arizona Republic (October 22, 2017) had one idea – The Domestic Violence Loophole Closure Act. Editors of the column neglected one possibility in examining the nauseating frequency of USA mass shootings. Could carnage occurring in churches, night clubs, theaters (Lafayette, LA) or anywhere people assemble from Boston to Texas and beyond be a reflection [...]

By | November 25th, 2017|Peace, Politics, War Crimes, Weapons of Mass Destruction|0 Comments