Sunday, August 5, 2012


AIR WAR, HIROSHIMA-NAGASAKI REMEMBRANCE 2012 NEWSLETTER. 67th Anniversary. August 5 (August 6 and 9, 1945), 2012. PART II. Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace.

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Joseph Gerson, With Hiroshima Eyes: “This book is dedicated to the hibakusha of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and particularly to Junko Kayashige, Mitsuo Kojima, Shoji Sawada, Sumiteru Taniguchi, Senji Yamaguchi, and to the memory of Chieko Watanabe--friends, models of courage and vision” (vii).

Many more names may be found in the collection of paintings and drawings by hibakusha—Unforgettable Fire: Goro Ki yo yoshi, Tsutomu Ojiri, Kiyoshi Inoue, Sumaka Yamada, Yoshiaki Tamaru, Koi Nakamachi, Takchiko Sakai, Setsuko Yamamoto, Torako Hironaka, Kanichi Ito, Hatsuji Takeuchi, Yoshiko Michitsuji, Magoichi Jitsukuni, Masao Yamamura, Kishie Masukawa, Tomoe Harada, Yoshimi Ikeda, Ayako Uesugi (drawn from the first 35 pp. of the book).

These names were read at the 2012 Remembrance by Dick Bennett and John Rule.

Contents of 2012 Part I (July 1, 2012)

Dick Bennett, Continuing Remembrances

A-Bomb Survivors’ Stories

History: Bombings and Cover-up

Mitchell, Bombings Covered Up

Book of Hiroshima Photos

Goodman, Nagasaki

Goodman, Censorship

Mitchell, Why Nagasaki?


Aug. 6, 2011 Arrestees

H-N Peace Studies

Buddhist Call for Nuclear Abolition

Videos of N-H

Contents of 2012 Part II

News Release for August 5, 2012

OMNI’S Program August 5

Chomsky, Nuclear Bomb and Cuban Nuclear Crisis

Commemorating Hiroshima and Nagasaki 2012 USA and World

Dallas Peace Center etc.

Worth, Imperial Competition in the Pacific Leading to WWII

Hibakusha Memory in Art

Gerson, Ethics of Atomic War

Wittner, Nuclear Disarmament Movement


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Hiroshima Nagasaki Observance

Sunday August 5

6:30 pm

Town Center Plaza

Meet on the South side of the Fayetteville Town Square and walk together toward the Peace Sphere, where the event will take place.

Fayetteville has commemorated the first nuclear bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki since the 1960's. Join us for a simple but rich remembrance of tragedy, and celebration of life.

Hiroshima Nagasaki Remembrance

2012 Program

August 5, 2012 6:30 pm @ Town Center Plaza, Fayetteville

Welcome – Master of Ceremonies Honorable Uvalde Lindsey, Arkansas State House of Representatives

Opening Buddhist Chant – Dr. Barbara Taylor, Senior Dharma Teacher, Morning Star Zen Center

Blessing – Dr. Hameed Naseem, leader in the Ahmadiyya Islamic Community, Faculty Advisor Al Islam

Mayor's Proclamation – Mayor Lioneld Jordan

Music – Still on the Hill – Flower song... Pete Seeger

Speaker – Religious perspective on war – "Christians speak softly and are uncertain about big sticks" – Rev. Clint Schnekloth, Lead Pastor, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Music – “I Come and Stand At Every Door,” Ellis Ralph, lyrics by Nazim Ikmet, melody by James Walter

Reading of Names – Naoto Sekiguchi and Karen Takemoto

Music – Naoto Sekiguchi, Koto

Speaker - Political Perspective – “What Have We Learned?” Bill Williams,

Closing Readings – Dr. Barbara Taylor

Closing Music – Still on the Hill – Peace on Earth Chant

Noam Chomsky, In Hiroshima’s Shadow

The US/SU Confrontation at Cuba

Op-Ed, NationofChange, August 3, 2012: The events of October 1962 are widely hailed as Kennedy’s finest hour. READ




A video program will mark the anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Thursday, August 9.

This gathering will be held at the Ashton Community Room, 2215 Cedar Springs, Dallas 75201. Light refreshment will be available at 6:30 pm, the videos begin at 7:00 pm.

Rita Calvert, former exececutive director of the Dallas Peace Center, will present an edited clip by Fumiko Amano, and "Scarred Lands & Wounded Lives," a documentary on the human and environmental costs of nuclear war.

The Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were bombed in 1945, the first use of atomic bombs in war.

The Dallas Buddhist Center (Soka Gakkai International) and the Nuclear Free World Committee of the Dallas Peace Center will host a Hiroshima memorial service August 5th. The observance will take place at 3 pm at the Buddhist center, 2600 N. Stemmons, Dallas TX 75207 at Market Center.

The atomic bombing of the city of Hiroshima occurred August 6, 1945, marking the world's first use of the weapon in war. It was followed on August 9 by the use of the first plutonium bomb on the city of Nagasaki.

The ceremony will include presentations by speakers from the Dallas Buddhist Center and the Nuclear Free World committee, video, and a memorial service honoring the lives lost in the bombing and subsequent nuclear events.


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No Choice But War: The United States Embargo Against Japan and the Eruption of War in the Pacific by Roland H Worth, Jr.

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In July 1941 the United States, after a decade of worsening economic relations, announced a total embargo against Japan. The embargo had actually begun in 1940 with a so-called moral embargo under which U.S. exports of planes and war material to Japan were barred. In early 1941 Washington squeezed the Tokyo government further by unofficially tightening exports of petroleum. By December 1941, over 90 percent of Japans oil supply was cut off, as was nearly 70 percent of its overall trade. From contemporary source documents, this is a detailed look at the U.S.-led embargo and how it contributed to Japans decision to attack Pearl Harbor and declare war on the United States. [Dick: Worth makes a well-documented case that WWII in the Pacific was an imperial conflict between the US and its Western allies and Japan. Villains on both sides in what became a racist “war without mercy.”]

Lawrence Wittner, Confronting the Bomb: A Short History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement

Stanford University Press, 2009

by marshall poe on September 11, 2009

Lawrence Wittner

In 1983, when I was in college, I participated in something called a “Die-In.” A group of us set up crosses on the commons and threw ourselves on the ground as if we were dead. The idea, such as it was, was to suggest that nuclear weapons were bad and should be done away with. Quite honestly, I didn’t really think it would work (to put it mildly). But as Larry Wittner shows in his compelling Confronting the Bomb: A Short History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement (Stanford, 2009), I was wrong, or at least partially wrong. Larry demonstrates that the nuclear disarmament movement had an impact on government policy. Politicians, not just here in the US but also in unlikely places like the USSR, actually listened to the protesters. But they sensed that a lot of people–like Einstein and me–were very uncomfortable with mutually assured destruction and wanted something done about it. Ronald Reagan listened. And so did Mikhail Gorbachev. After reading Larry’s book, I’m thinking I may organize another “Die-In.”

The Unforgettable Fire - Pictures Drawn by Atomic Bomb Survivors, Edited by Japan Broadcasting Corporation, 1981, Pantheon Books, New York, 116 pages, offset, perfect bound.

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From the back cover: "The art in this book was a response to a request broadcast on a morning television program in Japan for drawings from atomic bomb survivors. The results were immediate. The television station was inundated with drawings. So powerful were the survivors' desires to share their memories that they turned to whatever materials were at hand – pencils, crayons, watercolors, Magic Markers, colored pencils, India ink – and drew on the backs of calendars, advertisements, bills, or even the paper used to cover Japanese sliding doors. Some drew on the backs of children's scribbled papers, probably those of their grandchildren."

With Hiroshima Eyes : atomic war, nuclear extortion, and moral imagination / Joseph Gerson

Author(s): Gerson, Joseph

Subjects: Nuclear weapons--Moral and ethical aspects--United States

Published: Philadelphia, PA : New Society Publishers : American Friends Service Committee, c1995

Table of Contents: Publisher's Note



Memories and Meanings 1

The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Playing the Master Card 25

The Cuban Missile Crisis: For Reasons of Prestige and Power 61

Vietnam: Failures of Nuclear Diplomacy 93

The Middle East: Nuclear Extortion and "The Prize" 127

Approaching the Twenty-First Century: The Continuing Imperative of Nuclear Weapons Abolition 169

About the Author 186

Selected Bibliography 187

Index 191

Contents 2010 Newsletter

3 Nuclear Weapons Abolition Organizations

Peace Action, NAPF, WAND

Zinn, The Bomb

Mayors for Peace

Dick, Appeal to President Obama

Dick, Reading Names

Karen Takemoto’s Statement

2 Letters Preparing for 2010 Remembrance

Dick, Joe Neal

Contents of 2011 Newsletter

News Release for August Remembrance of Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the Victims of Air War Everywhere

Film: Grave of the Fireflies

Why we Remember the Destruction of Kobe

Film: White Light, Black Rain

Why We Remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Cindy Sheehan: A Day of Infamy

Top 10 Songs Against Nuclear War

National Park?

New Books:

Atomic Tragedy: Henry L. Stimson….

Rizzuto, Hiroshima in the Morning

Film: Hiroshima


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