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War and Fortress America: Dangerous Answers

Almost 70 years after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Joseph Gerson, AFSC's disarmament coordinator, answers questions about the legacy of the 1945 atomic bombings.   Originally posted at

Why do people each year commemorate the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

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Ukraine, NATO and the World At Turning Points

Presented at the Sarajevo Peace Event, June 7, 2014

Joseph GersonFriends,

It is a privilege to be joining and learning from you here in Sarajevo. I especially want to thank Reiner Braun of IALANA and IPB and the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung for this opportunity.

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Making Trouble - and Alternatives - in Asia

Civil society statement to the UN high-level meeting on nuclear disarmament

Joseph GersonDelivered by Joseph Gerson of the American Friends Service Committee on behalf of civil society

I want to begin by invoking the words of Yamaguchi Senji, one of the most seared and courageous Nagasaki A-bomb survivors, who passed away this summer. Speaking to the Second Special Session on Disarmament thirty-one years ago, he said:

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President Obama in Berlin: Why Not Ask for More?

Out of the Marathon Bombings – A Conversation of Boston Area Peace Activists

A group of Boston area peace activists met on Tuesday to share what we know about Monday's bombings and to discern how best to respond to the deadly attack against our community and against people from across the nation and around the world who came to Boston to participate and enjoy the Marathon.

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Statement in Response to U.S. Simulated Nuclear Attacks

On the Third DPRK Nuclear Explosive Test

U.S. Working Group for Peace & Demilitarization in Asia and the Pacific

Joseph GersonStatement in Response to Third DPRK Nuclear Explosive Test

1. We come from diverse backgrounds and hold a range of analyses (or perspectives) approaching the North Korean nuclear weapons test and the further militarization of Asia and the Pacific.

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John Kerry: "The Name of the Game is Different Now"

Washington's Asia-Pacific Pivot and Common Security Alternatives

Talk Delivered at People's Solidarity for Participatory Democracy, Seoul, Korea, November 11, 2012

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After NATO Actions: Activities against the War in Afghanistan

A talk delivered at Wege Zum Frieden in Afghanistan – Bonn, Germany, October 13-14, 2012

Joseph GersonI want to thank the conference organizers for the opportunity to participate in this uniquely important conference. It is a privilege to be joining you.

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Reinforcing Washington's Asia-Pacific Hegemony


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