"A new reality on nuclear weapons" by Yuki Miyamoto (August 6, 2009)
As anniversaries go, 64 is not a particularly significant number. But as the world approaches the annual commemoration of the 1945 atomic bombing of Japan by the U.S., there is renewed hope that 2009 may mark a milestone in the history of nuclear weaponry. This hope was ignited by President Barack Obama's landmark April speech in Prague in which he presented a vision of a new world order free from nuclear weapons. For those who have worked for years to abolish nuclear weapons, Obama's speech was one of the most hopeful signs in years.
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President Obama – "the reduction of nuclear weapons":
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Atomic Bomb Museum:
The AtomicBombMuseum.org web site is dedicated to provide information to students, educators and concerned citizens at home and around the world about the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The mission of AtomicBombMuseum.org is to be an easily accessible tool for students and educators, providing a meaningful source of historical and current information about atomic and nuclear weapons to young people around the globe.
Hiroshima Peace memorial Museum:
To raise peace consciousness and ensure that the A-bomb experience is conveyed accurately to coming generations, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum provides eyewitness testimony by survivors and A-bomb documentary films.
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Dedicated to the documentation and remembrance of the Atomic Bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. This site includes the Nagasaki Peace Declaration, Virtual Tours, and online Exhibitions.
NuclearFiles.org – Project of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
From nuclear proliferation to nuclear testing, from Hiroshima to North Korea, Nuclear Files offers the A to Z on nuclear issues. By providing access to primary source documents, historical and background information, and analysis, Nuclear Files is an excellent educational resource that explores the political, legal and ethical challenges of the Nuclear Age.
MIT Visual Tour of Hiroshima Artwork
These drawings and paintings by Japanese survivors of the atomic bomb were created more than a quarter century after the bombs fell on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. They are provided by the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.
Hiroshima Archive at Lewis and Clark College:
Inspired by the photographic work "Hiroshima" by Japanese artist Hiromi Tsuchida, The Hiroshima Archive was originally set up to join the on-line effort made by many people all over the world to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the atomic bombing. The archive is intended to serve as a research and educational guide to those who want to gain and expand their knowledge of the atomic bombing.
Nagasaki Journey at the Exploratoruim:
Includes text and photographs from Yosuke Yamahata’s Nagasaki Journey.
The Manhattan Project: An Interactive History
United States Department of Energy Website detailing the bombing of Hiroshima.
Account of the Bombing by Father Johannes Siemes (SJ)
Eyewitness account of the bombing and post-bombing rescue of the citizens of Hiroshima
Art, and Hope, from the Ashes of Hiroshima
National Public Radio story on Ikuo Hirayama, a Japanese artist who turned the tragedy of Hiroshima into his art.