TEN YEARS AGO TODAY – When Megan Rice, Greg Boertje-Obed, and Michael Walli were arrested deep inside the maxium security area of the Y-12 Nuclear Weapons Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, in the early morning hours of July 28, 2012, they made national and international news. The story the media told was of an audacious, […]
OREPA’s giant puppets completed the inaugural Knoxville Juneteenth parade and found a shady spot on a hot day for the group picture! Thanks to Kevin Collins, we had two new marchers — John Lewis and Fannie Lou Hamer!
Vladimir Putin’s missile-rattling has put the nuclear threat back on the public agenda. In response, many in the political world are arguing that it is time to double-down on nuclear weapons. The mainstream media has rediscovered nuclear weapons, but their coverage rarely if every mentions the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. We* hope […]
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has an eerie resonance; it was almost two decades ago that another superpower brazenly invaded the sovereign territory of a state on a pretense to devastating effect, deposing its leader and destroying its government, plunging the country into political, economic, and social chaos that persists even today. One small difference. […]
Can irony be delicious and poisonous at the same time? Six months after the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by US atomic bombs, in January 1946, President Truman appointed a committee that including David Lilienthal of the Tennessee Valley Authority and Robert Oppenheimer, architect of the Manhattan Project, to plan for the atomic future. In […]