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nuclear history



  • Photos From the 1986 Chernobyl Disaster

    Thirty-three years ago, on April 26, 1986, a series of explosions destroyed Chernobyl’s reactor No. 4, and several hundred staff and firefighters tackled a blaze that burned for 10 days and sent a plume of radiation around the world.


  • How About a Peace Race Instead of an Arms Race?

    by Lawrence Wittner

    On September 25, 1961, dismayed by the Soviet Union’s recent revival of nuclear weapons testing, John F. Kennedy used the occasion of his address to the United Nations to challenge the Russians “not to an arms race, but to a peace race.” 



  • The Madness of Nuclear Deterrence

    by Mikhail Gorbachev

    The dangers have only become more acute in the decades since I tried to convince Thatcher.