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Saturday, 6 August 2011

VOR Presents… A Day of Mourning in Hiroshima

On 6 August 1945, the Americans dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima was dropped American atomic bomb. When it exploded in the air about 600 metres from the ground, it killed 140,000 people were killed. On the 66th anniversary of the bombing, in the Peace Memorial Park, activists held a memorial ceremony that culminated in a rally entitled, “Life without Nuclear Power and Nuclear Weapons”.


At the memorial service, Japanese Prime Minister Kan Naoto said that Japan has advocated and will continue to advocate with vigour the reduction and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. {Kan-sama is not from the long-ruling Liberal Democratic Party (a group of Neoliberal American lickspittles); he’s from the Minshuto (Liberal Party of Japan), a centre-left Social Market party that’s against “temporary” employment, for raising wages, and for giving family allowances to families with children. Don’t listen to rightwing loudmouths… the Left is NOT on the run: editor}


The rally at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima brought together people from 66 countries and Japan, including residents from radiation-affected Fukushima Prefecture, where there’s an emergency involving a nuclear plant. In the image above, we see the Gembaku Dome in Peace Memorial Park.


Annually, Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima hosts a memorial ceremony, involving politicians, public figures, ordinary citizens, and victims of the bombing.


The atomic bombing on 6 August 1945 destroyed 90 percent of buildings in the city of Hiroshima. Until 1945, the Gembaku Dome was the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall. The building was 160 metres from the epicentre of the blast, but it wasn’t destroyed. Today, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


The Flame of Peace in the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima.


Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima is at the epicentre of blast of the atomic bomb dropped on the city on 6 August 1945. The park’s area is about 12 hectares (30 acres); it contains a memorial peace museum, a memorial bell, and the Flame of Peace. Japanese students visit the memorial as part of their normal course of studies.


After the end of the memorial service marking the 66th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, the park hosted a protest against nuclear energy and weapons.


The protesters called on the Japanese government to reconsider its nuclear policy.


6 August 2011

Voice of Russia World Service


Editor’s Note:

President Dwight D Eisenhower said this concerning the Hiroshima bombing:

I was against it on two counts. First, the Japanese were ready to surrender, and it wasn’t necessary to hit them with that awful thing. Second, I hated to see our country be the first to use such a weapon.

Here are three more quotes from Ike that I’d like you to think over:

Every gun that’s made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and aren’t fed, those who are cold and aren’t clothed. 

If a political party doesn’t have its foundation in the determination to advance a cause that’s right and that’s moral, then, it isn’t a political party; it’s merely a conspiracy to seize power.

Un-American activity can’t be prevented or routed out by employing un-American methods; to preserve freedom, we must use the tools that freedom provides.

These three quotes convict the Tea Party, the New GOP, the rightwing commentariat, and its demented supporters of premeditated evil and greed before the Divine Bar of Truth. It’s why I oppose them without measure, and it’s why you should do the same. Otherwise, the lights WILL go out, maybe not permanently, but certainly for our time…



Sunday, 12 September 2010

A View from Moscow by Valentin Zorin… Once Again… About Trust


A few days ago, US Assistant Secretary of State Rose Gottemoeller, who is in charge of verification, compliance, and implementation concerning arms control problems, made a number of statements that are at odds with reality and question the trustworthiness of the ruling team in Washington. Given the issue in question, the incident acquired much importance under present circumstances and deserves further enquiry. Answering journalists’ questions, when she was asked if the current administration has a programme to develop new nuclear weapons, Ms Gottemoeller said that current plans envisage upgrading existing weapons, not developing new ones. Unfortunately, she lied.

A top-ranking administration official can’t claim that they don’t know the truth. In 2005, the Bush administration shepherded a bill through Congress concerning the introduction of a new type of nuclear weapons, so-called “mini-bombs”, calling for the funding of this project from a special line item in the federal budget. In defiance of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which prohibits the introduction of new types of nuclear weapons, Washington got down to work. To fend off critics, the sponsors of this initiative maintained that the new bomb had considerably less striking power compared to previous nukes. However, what does “considerably lower” mean in practical terms? As it turned out from leaked Pentagon reports, the destructive force of a nuclear “mini-bomb” was one-third that of the bombs that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

At the time, the late US Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA), the third longest-serving member of the US Senate in American history, was shocked by the decision. Normally not prone to emotional exaggeration, Senator Kennedy spoke against the “mini-bomb” programme, saying that this kind of weapon would throw the world into the abyss of a threat of a nuclear war once again. Washington ignored not only Senator Kennedy’s misgivings, but also all other protests and admonitions, and implemented the multibillion-dollar project. All these years, a veil of strict secrecy surrounded it, politicians and the media were dead silent concerning it. The issue was taboo even during the presidential campaign. Moreover, the new administration never hinted that it would cancel the project. It’s never given a peep on this!

Ms Gottemoeller made no mention of it either. She went so far as to say that the work entailed modifications of existing nuclear weapons. Why are they lying about a new nuclear weapons programme? The matter is definitely hushed up overseas, covered in a conspiracy of silence, and a top official told blatant lies in reply to journalists’ questions. Trust and confidence are crucial in international cooperation between states. No contacts are possible without them, treaties lose all credibility, and there can be no effective communication between states and their leaderships. Building confidence requires much effort and time. However, shattering confidence takes no time at all; it happens quickly, but the effects are long-lasting. This is something that those holding high office in Washington should remember at all times.

13 July 2010

Valentin Zorin

Voice of Russia World Service



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