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The First Soviet Nuclear Blast Pride Turns To Tragedy 70 Years Later

August 29, 2019           |                                       

August 29 marks the day that the Soviet Union conducted its first nuclear explosion in 1949. Seventy years later, the four decades of tests at the Semipalatinsk site in Kazakhstan are seen as a tragedy in the now-independent country. People living nearby say the effects of the blasts are still being felt.

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Posted by Danny Sjursen at 8:12am, March 31, 2019.Follow TomDispatch on Twitter @TomDispatch. It turns out that I can thank former Army colonel and historian Andrew Bacevich for the fact that U.S. Army Major Danny Sjursen began his article-writing career at TomDispatch. That was in February 2017. His first piece was headlined “Mission Unaccomplished, 15 […]

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More Than 70 Years Later, an Unknown Soldier Comes Home

October 10, 2018           |                                       

WASHINGTON — Gerard Murphy never met his uncle Richard. But the Potomac, Maryland, native grew up hearing stories of the former journalist who enlisted in the Marines during World War II and disappeared during the Jan. 15, 1944, amphibious assault on the Pacific island of Saipan. “This was a mystery in our family for basically […]

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Photo Source U.S. Department of Interior | CC BY 2.0 Fifty years ago what had been an outrageous annual tradition on New York’s Long Island—a police raid on gay communities on Fire Island—came to an end. The communities hit—the hamlets of Fire Island Pines and Cherry Grove—have long been havens for gay men from nearby […]

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Can Canada continue to commit what is an enumerated act of genocide by the UNGC [United Nations Genocide Convention] and excuse itself by continuing to say that it is not intending what the Genocide Treaty recognizes as the result of such an act… ? — Tamara Starblanket1 Genocide is a heinous crime that fractures and […]

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