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As the nuclear issue heats up in Iran, one other nuclear issue has been pushed to the backburner by the Obama administration. The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), which prohibits underground nuclear testing, faced Senate ratification once in 1999 and failed. In his April speech in Prague, however, President Obama stated that, "To achieve a global ban on nuclear testing, my administration will immediately and aggressively pursue U.S. ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty." Unfortunately, the administration has recently stated that it does not plan to take on the fight for the CTBT until a win is virtually assured. Read more »
Over sixty years ago today, in the waning days of World War II, the American B-29 bomber Enola Gay dropped its deadly payload on the city of Hiroshima. The city was devastated almost instantly and an estimated 140,000 people were killed or died within months. Three days later, the United States detonated a second bomb over Nagasaki. Another 80,000 men, women and children lost their lives. Many died from injuries or the combined effects of flash burns, trauma and radiation burns, compounded by illness, malnutrition and radiation sickness. Others continue to suffer from leukemia and solid cancers attributed to their exposure to radiation. Read more »