remembering Hiroshima/Nagasaki

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Photograph of the Hiroshima Cenotaph.

August 6 is the date of the incineration of Hiroshima; Nagasaki was A-bombed on August 9, 1945.

The Hiroshima blast and fireball instantly killed at least 100,000 people; many others died of wounds and radiation effects in the aftermath.

The US is the only nation to have dropped atomic bombs, perpetrating the largest indiscriminate slaughter of civilians in the history of warfare.

The bombings made it clear that the obliteration of human civilization was now technically possible; the resulting nuclear arms race created arsenals capable of destroying the human race and obliterating its history as well as its future.

Those arsenals ‘deter’ nuclear attack, but have of course hardly discouraged mass bombings of civilians; we have witnessed just this month the killing of hundreds of children in Gaza.  

This week, on Culture of Protest, a collection of songs, from around the world,  that try to capture meanings of Hiroshima for its victims and for ourselves. Many focus on the killing of children.

culture of protest thurs 8/7/14 6pm pdt kcsb 91.9fm