Nuclear Warfare

Hiroshima's pall

We may not know for some time how bad were the nuclear accident and the devastation of the tsunami on Japan, but it has been serious enough to make Japanese wonder: 'Why us?' Why us, when this super-organised society had taken such precautions against earthquakes and thei

Thursday, 24 March, 2011, 12:00am

Quotes of the week

Even the Communist Party supports Confucianism... Please throw bananas at whoever opposes Confucius

Tong Yun-kai, president of the Confucian Academy, in Legco to lobby lawmakers to support a subsequently defeated motion to promote the teachings of the ancient sage

16 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Doubts about China's rise dangerous for us all

The Communist Party places great store in the military parade at the heart of Thursday's anniversary celebrations of its coming to power. Fly-pasts by jet aircraft and columns of hardware and troops are intended to send out messages, domestically and overseas, of authority, strength and transparency. Speeches will back the spectacle with rhetoric.

29 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

China's might, and the maybes

When China's first large-scale military parade in years rolls through Beijing on Thursday, the world will be pondering what isn't on display.

29 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Ex-nuclear site marked for tourism

One of the mainland's former nuclear-weapons facilities will be developed into a site for 'red tourism'. The area, in Xinjiang's mountainous Heshuo county, was a centre for nuclear research and an army command centre during the 1960s.

2 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Slice of Life

From the South China Morning Post this week in: 1962

25 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Game theory anything but child's play in the hands of the Wizards of Armageddon

It's curious how the phrase 'dogs of war' usually refers to mercenaries when many intellectuals can easily fit the description.

22 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

When the clock strikes midnight

At 8.15am, on August 6 in Hiroshima, the sound of a bell plaintively blown by the wind tinkles through the screeching of cicadas as the silence begins for the victims of the world's first atomic bomb.

11 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Britain's chance to banish the bomb

On its submarines, Britain has 48 nuclear warheads, each one eight times as powerful as the nuclear bomb that obliterated Hiroshima. In other words, Prime Minister Tony Blair theoretically could order the almost instant incineration of 384 large cities around the world.

23 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Among the Dead Cities

philosophy of war

Among the Dead Cities

by A.C. Grayling

Bloomsbury, $290

9 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Blinded by Iran to the real nuclear threat

After spending three months in Baghdad more than a year ago, I asked who posed the bigger threat: the terrorists in the desolate apartment blocks close to my hotel or the North Koreans - brandishing nuclear warheads above the demilitarised zone that has divided the Korean peninsula since the Korean war.

14 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Doomsday scenario of our own making

American policy lacks an overall sense of urgency about the spread and possible use of nuclear weapons. In all probability, this lapse will, one day, lead to immense tragedy. The world has been sitting on a ticking time bomb for six decades.

4 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

No Hollywood ending for the man who saved the world

Stanislav Petrov, 64, seems much like any other Russian pensioner. He lives in a decrepit town just outside Moscow; he spends too much of his monthly US$180 pension on cigarettes and vodka; he walks in the park with his dog. But there is one thing that is different about Stanislav Petrov: he saved the world.

24 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

India sounds out US to test new 'boutique bomb'

A report says the country has developed a mini-nuke for use on the battlefield

Almost six years after India exploded a series of nuclear bombs under the Rajasthan desert, its defence scientists are said to have successfully developed 'mini-nukes' capable of use on the battlefield.

23 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Middle East anomaly?

The letter headlined 'Blind to the facts' (February 2), by David Bodoff, is way out of line in castigating and ridiculing Sunanda Datta-Ray's article on Israel and nuclear weapons.

9 Feb 2004 - 12:00am