Good afternoon! Today marks the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. As such, we have an article on the survivors of the bombing. Additionally, there are articles on Saudi efforts to enrich uranium, two notable progressive wins in Missouri, and anger over the Lebanese government’s negligence concerning the ammonium nitrate that caused an explosion in Beirut. As always, these headlines come to us courtesy of Newseum:
The Japan Times, Published in Tokyo, Japan
The aging group of survivors of the Hiroshima atomic bombing that took place 75 years ago today are using their first-hand experience with the horrors of nuclear war to urge the world to take action. These survivors are frustrated that efforts to dismantle and contain the use of nuclear armaments have stalled and that the Japanese government is reluctant to ratify a treaty banning nuclear weapons.
The atomic bombing of Hiroshima, August 6, 1945
The New York Times, Published in New York, NY
A classified intelligence analysis discusses efforts by the Saudi Arabian government, with the aid of China, to produce nuclear fuel. The processed uranium could later be enriched into weapons-grade fuel, the analysis warned. The effort is still in its early stages and, if the Saudis are pursuing a nuclear weapons program, it would be years until it could produce a warhead.
The Washington Post, Published in Washington, D.C.
The progressive wing of the Democratic Party racked up another win this week as Black Lives Matter activist Cori Bush unseated 10-term incumbent and heir to a St. Louis dynasty, Congressman William Lacy Clay Jr. Additionally, progressives Pramila Jayapal and Rashida Tlaib held on to their seats despite primary challenges.
Outgoing Congressman William Lacy Clay Jr.
The Guardian, Published in London, UK
Lebonese citizens are outraged after learning that their government knew that the ammonium nitrate housed in Beirut’s port since 2014, and which was the cause of an explosion that has killed at least 157 people, posed a serious safety risk. Earlier this year, officials warned that the deposit could “blow up all of Beirut.” Frustration over government incompetence appears to have reached a tipping point as the explosion occurs in the midst of a financial crisis that has left half the country impoverished.
St. Louis Dispatch, Published in St. Louis, MO
A decade after the Affordable Care Act offered federal funds to states to expand their Medicaid programs, Missouri has finally voted to do so in a statewide referendum. Voting 53% to 47% in favor of expansion, the question remains as to how the Republican state government will roll it out next year. Missouri joins other red and purple states such as Virginia and Louisiana that have since relented on their erstwhile opposition to Medicaid expansion in the Trump era.
Hiroshima, courtesy of Wikimedia
William Lacy Clay Jr., courtesy of Wikimedia
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