Archive for August 4th, 2015

04/08/2015

Hiroshima Cover-up: How the War Department’s Timesman Won a Pulitzer

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By Amy Goodman and David Goodman – Common Dreams*

3 August 2015 

“Governments lie.”
— I. F. Stone, Journalist

August 10, 2004 – At the dawn of the nuclear age, an independent Australian journalist named Wilfred Burchett traveled to Japan to cover the aftermath of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The only problem was that General Douglas MacArthur had declared southern Japan off-limits, barring the press.

An allied correspondent stands in a sea of rubble before the shell of a building in Hiroshima September 8, 1945, a month after the first atomic bomb ever used in warfare was dropped by the US. (AP Photo/Stanley Troutman)

An allied correspondent stands in a sea of rubble before the shell of a building in Hiroshima September 8, 1945, a month after the first atomic bomb ever used in warfare was dropped by the US. (AP Photo/Stanley Troutman) | Source: CommonDreams

Over 200,000 people died in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but no Western journalist witnessed the aftermath and told the story.

The world’s media obediently crowded onto the USS Missouri off the coast of Japan to cover the surrender of the Japanese.

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04/08/2015

Atomic Bombing – Hear the Story: Setsuko Thurlow

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“I turned around and saw the outside world. Although it was morning, it looked like twilight because of the dust and smoke in the air. People at a distance saw the mushroom cloud and heard a thunderous roar. But I did not see the cloud because I was in it. I did not hear the roar, just the deadly silence broken only by the groans of the injured.

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Streams of stunned people were slowly shuffling from the city centre toward nearby hills. They were naked or tattered, burned, blackened and swollen.

Eyes were swollen shut and some had eyeballs hanging out of their sockets.

They were bleeding, ghostly figures like a slow-motion image from an old silent movie. Many held their hands above the level of their hearts to lessen the throbbing pain of their burns.

Strips of skin and flesh hung like ribbons from their bones.

Often these ghostly figures would collapse in heaps never to rise again.

With a few surviving classmates I joined the procession carefully stepping over the dead and dying.”

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04/08/2015

Atomic Bombing – Hear the Story: Yasuaki Yamashita

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When the A-Bomb fell on Nagasaki, August 9, 1945, I was 6 years old and living there with my family in a typical Japanese-style wooden frame house with sliding interior partitions (shoji) and exterior glass windows.
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Normally on a hot summer day I would go to the mountain with friends of my age to catch dragon flies and cicadas.
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However, on this day I was playing at home. Nearby my mother was preparing the mid-day meal.
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Suddenly, at precisely 11:02, we were blinded by an intense light like 1,000 simultaneous flashes of lightening.
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My mother pushed me to the ground and covered me with her body. We heard the roar of a great wind and flying debris of the house collapsed on top of us.
Then there was silence.
04/08/2015

Duty to Warn – The 70th Anniversary of the Bombing of Nagasaki: Unwelcome Truths for Church and State

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By Gary G. Kohls, MD*

4 August 2015

70 years ago (August 9, 1945) an all-Christian bomber crew dropped a plutonium bomb over Nagasaki City,

Source of photo: Dr Gary G. Kohls

“An irradiated crucifix lies in the ruins of the Urakami Cathedral Following the Atomic Bombing of Nagasaki” | Source of photo: Dr Gary G. Kohls

Japan, instantly vaporizing, incinerating or otherwise annihilating tens of thousands of innocent civilians, a disproportionately large number of them Japanese Christians.

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04/08/2015

What Are the Most Significant Events of the Nuclear Age?

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Nuclear Weapons Timeline

By ICAN*

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04/08/2015

The Catastrophic Effects of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bombings Still Being Felt Today

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4 August 2015 (ICAN)* – The two atomic bombs dropped on Japan in August 1945 killed and maimed hundreds of thousands of people, and their effects are still being felt today.
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Source: ICAN

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The uranium bomb detonated over Hiroshima on 6 August 1945 had an explosive yield equal to 15,000 tones of TNT. It razed and burnt around 70 per cent of all buildings and caused an estimated 140,000 deaths by the end of 1945, along with increased rates of cancer and chronic disease among the survivors.

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