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Greenpeace targeted for surveillance

Spy Cables: Greenpeace Among Intelligence Targets” http://www.sej.org/headlines/spy-cables-greenpeace-among-intelligence-targets

“Secret documents leaked to Al Jazeera reveal a routine practice among intelligence agencies to seek the cooperation of their peers in other countries to curb political dissent.

The Spy Cables reveal a torrent of politicised requests to South Africa’s State Security Agency (SSA) for information on “rogue NGOs”, politicians and exiled groups from intelligence agencies around the world – many of them declined as inappropriate by the South Africans. They include … an application from South Korea for a “specific security assessment” of Greenpeace Director Kumi Naidoo, a South African citizen.”

Rahul Radhakrishnan and Will Jordan report for Aljazeera February 24, 2015.

SEE ALSO:

“Spy Cables: Greenpeace’s Kumi Naidoo Targeted by Intelligence Agencies as ‘Security’ Threat” (Democracy Now!)

March 1, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Hype about Fukushima nuclear disaster “recovery” is wearing thin

Veneer Peels Off Fukushima Disaster, Simply Info February 26th, 2015 The carefully crafted veneer of recovery from the Fukushima nuclear disaster by the government is peeling in many ways. Protesters who have been camped out in front of the METI agency office since 2011 were told by a court to pay about $240,000 for their protest. The encampment has been a thorn in the side of the agency who was without a way to disperse the group of protesters and no interest in hearing their grievances……..

Little mentioned in the Japanese press as  UK’s Prince William is touring select parts of Japan, is the protest of nuclear evacuees. Many accuse the tour as a stunt by PM Abe to try to create PR to help his effort to restart nuclear reactors in Japan. The tour appears to be a series of carefully crafted photo ops for the government while ignoring the reality for many in the region……….http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/?p=14507

March 1, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Podcast: Nuclear Radiation and Geo-engineering: Two Threats to Life on Earth

Podcast:  Nuclear Radiation and Geo-engineering: Two Threats to Life on Earth http://www.geoengineeringwatch.org/nuclear-radiation-and-geo-engineering-two-threats-to-life-on-earth/

January 18, 2015 We have the risk of another Fukushima at any given nuclear power plant that’s past its prime, which is all of them in the United States.” —Mimi German

I believe mathematically it’s inarguable that the greatest single all-out assault on the biosphere is global climate engineering.” —Dane Wigington

LISTEN TO THE SHOW :

Clear and Present Danger 

We’ve heard about Anthropogenic (human-generated) Climate Change, and less frequently the threat of a nuclear war between rival super powers as the biggest threats facing humanity and life on this planet.

There are however less talked about dangers which are just as pressing and demanding of attention. Seldom are these perils confronted in any serious way.

The first of these, that will be explored in this week’s Global Research News Hour radio programme, is the threat posed by nuclear radiation from the nuclear industry…….

March 1, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Temporary shutdown of Iran’s Bushehr nuclear plant

Iran shuts down Bushehr nuclear plant Iran says it has shut down its Bushehr nuclear power plant based on a previously arranged schedule., 1 Mar 15 

The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) has been quoted by IRNA state news agency as announcing that Bushehr plant will remain shut down for two months.

AEOI has announced that this is meant to refuel the 1,000-megawatts power plant and prepare it to satisfy Iran’s electricity consumption for the peak period of next summer. …..http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/03/01/399735/Iran-shuts-down-Bushehr-nuclear-plant

March 1, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

TEPCO concealed radioactive leak for nearly a year

Busted! Fukushima Operator Concealed Radioactive Leak for Nearly a Year  Sputnik News 26 Feb 15 Tokyo Electric Power Co., TEPCO, has been slammed by fishermen, for knowingly allowing radioactive substances to flow freely into the sea for ten months.

 Operators of the tsunami-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant admitted that a drainage ditch allowed highly-contaminated water to flow into the sea, and that the leak was first detected back in May 2014.

Fishermen were shocked to hear such confession, voicing disappointment in the company that has been criticized for the cleanup of the Fukushima disaster that happened four years ago.

“I don’t understand why you (TEPCO) kept silent about the leakage even though you knew about it. Fishery operators are absolutely shocked,” Masakazu Yabuki, chief of the Iwaki fisheries cooperative said……http://sputniknews.com/asia/20150226/1018799566.html

 

February 28, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Palisades Nuclear Plant violated radiation safety rules

Palisades Nuclear Plant to receive increased NRC oversight after radiation-expsoure violations MLive.com, By Emily Monacelli | emonacel@mlive.com COVERT TOWNSHIP, MI Palisades Nuclear Plant will receive increase oversight by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission following investigation that determined plan officials failed to accurately calculate radiation doses to workers during an activity in 2014.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued a white finding of low-to-moderate safety significance Friday for the Covert Township plant operated by Entergy Nuclear Operations Inc.

NRC inspectors reviewed the plant’s methodology for calculating radiation doses to workers who were replacing control rod drive housings during a refueling outage in 2014. The inspectors determined that the methodology did not meet NRC requirements and inaccurately calculated the radiation dosages…….http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2015/02/palisades_1.html

February 28, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Optimism in Iran about nuclear deal

Iranians More Hopeful for Nuclear Deal, Gallup,  by Jihad Fakhreddine and Travis Owen 27 Feb 15  WASHINGTON, D.C. — As negotiations continue between Iran and six major global powers about the future of the country’s nuclear program, Iranians have more hope than they did in 2013 that both sides will eventually reach an agreement. When asked about their hopes for talks between Iran and the European Union, which was initially in the foreground of negotiations, 70% of Iranians are at least somewhat hopeful that an agreement will be reached, up from 58% in 2013……..http://www.gallup.com/poll/181748/iranians-hopeful-nuclear-deal.aspx

February 28, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Dr Helen Caldicott on The Medical Implications of the Nuclear Age – 27 February

Caldicott,-Helen-4The Medical Implications of the Nuclear Age http://www.helencaldicott.com/medical-implications-nuclear-age/ by    January 22, 2015 The Department of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is hosting a seminar and book signing by Dr Caldicott on Friday February 27 2015.

1:30 P.M. – Alampi Room
Marine Sciences Bldg., 71 Dudley Road, New Brunswick, NJ
Refreshments served at 1:15 pm

Host: Prof. Alan Robock, robock@envsci.rutgers.edu, 848-932-5751
Website: Environmental Sciences Seminarshttp://www.envsci.rutgers.edu/info/seminar/seminar.shtml

“The medical dangers of the nuclear fuel chain begin at uranium mining and end with either a massive nuclear power plant meltdown, a nuclear war or the many diseases and mutations in animals, plants and humans that will arise from the inevitable leakage of radioactive waste and the subsequent pollution of food chains for virtually infinity. I will walk people through this highly complex issue so that they have a deeper understanding of the genetic and carcinogenic dangers of the nuclear age.”

CRISIS WITHOUT END and NUCLEAR POWER IS NOT THE ANSWER will be available for sale and signing after the talk.

February 27, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Expanding nuclear power is simply unaffordable

nuclear-costs3We Can’t Afford to Expand Nuclear Power http://www.usnews.com/debate-club/should-nuclear-power-be-expanded/we-cant-afford-to-expand-nuclear-power By  We haven’t expanded our nuclear fleet in the past 40 years because the daunting financial costs and massive risks make it unaffordable and unsuitable to meet America’s future energy needs. Despite the successful efforts of nuclear company lobbyists to secure generous public subsidies, only one new facility—in Georgia—is under construction in the U.S. Efficiency measures, as well as cleaner and safer technologies—such as wind and solar power—are competing and winning against nuclear power. And that’s a great thing if you care about sustainable, healthy communities.

In recent years, industry-driven legislative efforts—most notably the sweep of incentives for nuclear power in the 2005 Energy Policy Act—have been implemented to jump-start the nuclear industry, but even that mountain of money and regulatory rollbacks can’t do the impossible: build a nuclear power plant affordably, safely, or timely and find a solution to the thousands of tons of highly radioactive waste. From loan guarantees to charging ratepayers up front for the cost of construction, to liability protections from Fukushima-style accidents, the industry has been unable to bring a new reactor online. Why? Because even with all this taxpayer help, it’s still too costly.
Photovoltaic solar this year will break the dollar-per-watt barrier, ushering in a rooftop revolution of cheap, clean, and consumer-owned energy. In addition to turning our buildings into power stations, investing in making our structures more energy-efficient remains the most cost-effective energy investment. Energy-efficiency programs can displace 23 percent of projected demand and provide a huge return for consumers. Charging taxpayers billions of dollars to bring a new reactor online wipes out any incentives to invest in these programs and suppresses local renewable projects that could bring green jobs and advance U.S. leadership in clean energy technology.

Perhaps the most compelling reason new reactors should not be built is that we can’t handle the ones we’ve got. Our existing fleet of reactors is plagued with a host of issues, including tritium leaks, overconsumption of water in drought-stricken areas, outdated evacuation plans for growing populations, inadequate decommission funds, a rapidly retiring professional labor force, and mounting stockpiles of radioactive waste.

Instead of looking to a failed technology of the past, we should be investing in modern, clean technologies that don’t saddle our future with insurmountable issues.

February 27, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Former Japanese PM Naoto Kan speaks out about Fukushima nuclear disaster

Former Japanese PM Naoto Kan: ‘Fukushima radically changed my perspective’, DW 26 Feb 15 How has the Fukushima disaster changed Japan? Former PM Naoto Kan talks to DW about the influence of the nuclear industry lobby while criticizing the current government for its push to restart the idled nuclear reactors……

In an exclusive DW interview, Naoto Kan talks about his views on government plans to restart nuclear reactors, what Japan can learn from Germany’s nuclear phase-out, and why Japan has no choice but to invest in alternative sources of energy………

“I am against restarting Japan’s nuclear reactors. On the one hand, the exact causes of the nuclear meltdown in Fukushima and its far-reaching implications have not been well understood. On the other hand, the resumption of nuclear energy increases the danger of another accident in the country.

At present, no nuclear energy is being produced in Japan, but we are still generating enough power to meet our needs. Although we are currently relying on oil and natural gas for electricity generation, a shift to renewable energy sources such as solar and wind could happen in the long run.

The number of commercial energy producers who want to generate alternative energy has risen enormously, since I brought forward a law on renewable energy and ensured fixed feed-in-tariffs in the wake of the Fukushima disaster. I am therefore convinced that in ten years, Japan can produce as much electricity with renewable sources as it had generated with nuclear power plants prior to the Fukushima incident…….

the [nuclear] industry has not been willing to give up its existing privileges and profit margins. It therefore tries to influence politicians and the media by organizing campaigns in favor of nuclear energy……..

Claims by the nuclear power lobbyists that atomic energy is cheaper than oil or natural gas are simply false. This has already been acknowledged by many experts. As soon as you take into account potential compensation claims and the costs of permanently disposing of the nuclear waste, you will find that it is more expensive than oil or natural gas………

Former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan is currently a member of Japan’s House of Representatives for the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ).

The interview was conducted by Gabriel Domínguez.   http://www.dw.de/former-japanese-pm-naoto-kan-fukushima-radically-changed-my-perspective/a-18275921

February 27, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

“Land of Hope” and “Infant ” depict aspects of Fukushima, raise questions about the future

Although Land of Hope and Infant depict only some of the aspects experienced amid the unfolding ‘Fukushima’ nuclear disaster, these artistic works reflect not only what was or is, but also what is to be. They elicit the future as it speaks to us in the present. The question is, are we listening?
Conflicting ImmunitiesPriorities of Life and Sovereign amid the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear DisasterAdam BroinowskiCollege of Asia and the PacificAustralian National University [About | Email]

Volume 14, Issue 3 (Article 13 in 2014). First published in ejcjs on 23 December 2014.

 Abstract

Through an analysis of two artistic works, a fiction film titled Kibō no Kuni (Land of Hope) (script/direction Sono Shion 2012), and a theatre performance titled Infant by Gekidan Kaitaisha (2013), this paper explores the increasing visibility of the structures of power which support the communities affected by the March 11, 2011, earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster in northeastern Japan. The paper suggests that there has been an attempt to resolve the contradictions between biological and political/economic forms of immunity that have emerged by asserting the necessity of national/military forms of immunity as mechanisms to minimise short-term economic hardship, but which may have dire long-term consequences…….. Continue reading

February 25, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Geneva nuclear talks between USA and Iran – arouse the ire of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

diplomacy-not-bombsFlag-USAflag-IranU.S., Iran Hold Nuclear Talks in Geneva Discussions come amid criticism from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu WSJ, By LAURENCE NORMAN Feb. 22, 2015 GENEVA—U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Geneva on Sunday to hold fresh nuclear talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stepped up criticism of the diplomacy, saying it was “astonishing” that talks were continuing over what would be a “dangerous” deal.

Mr. Netanyahu’s comments are the latest salvo in growing tensions between his government and the Obama administration over the Iranian nuclear talks. They come ahead of Israeli elections next month and the prime minister’s visit to Washington to addressCongress at the request of Republican leaders.

U.S. and Iranian officials have been meeting in this lakeside Swiss city since Friday as they try to agree at least the outline of a final nuclear agreement by late March. The self-imposed deadline for a comprehensive accord is June 30……..http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-iran-prepare-for-nuclear-talks-in-geneva-1424615118

February 23, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Watts Bar Nuclear Plant Shut Down Over Condenser Issue

Watts Bar Nuclear Plant Shut Down Over Condenser Issue, By: Kelsey Bagwell, 22 Feb 15

Operators at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant have shut down the reactor over a problem in the non-nuclear part of the power plant.  http://www.newschannel9.com/news/top-stories/stories/watts-bar-nuclear-plant-shut-down-over-condenser-issue-15411.shtml

February 23, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

India to get huge increase in renewable energy – Tripathy

Massive increase expected in renewable energy production, Tripathy , THE HINDU. ANIL KUMAR SASTRY The Union government expects the share of renewable energy, presently at 6.9 per cent of the total production in the country, to grow to at least 15 per cent in the next five years, said Upendra Tripathy, Secretary to Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy on Friday.

As many as 293 companies have promised to produce 2,66,000 MW renewable energy at the recently concluded RE-Invest, global investors’ meet on renewable energy in Delhi, Mr. Tripathy told presspersons here. This translates into an increase of more than seven-fold from the current production of 34,000 MW…….http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/massive-increase-expected-in-renewable-energy-production-tripathy/article6916367.ece

February 21, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

California court and regulators reject clean energy, choose gas to replace San Onofre nuclear power

Natural gas replacing nuclear power for San Diego, San Diego.com By Morgan Lee   FEB. 19, 2015 Accusations that the state of California failed to consider clean energy options in replacing power once supplied by the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station are falling on deaf ears, as utility regulators and the state’s top court rejects appeals from local and national environmental groups.The complaints are centered around power supplies to the San Diego area, which once relied on San Onofre for 20 percent of its electricity, and two gas-fired power plants that have been embraced as early substitutes.

San Onofre was retired in 2013 because of a botched replacement generator project. Environmentalists warn that new investments in natural gas plants will undermine California’s aggressive goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions linked to global warming.

One of the successor plants, the Pio Pico Energy Center southeast of San Diego in Otay Mesa, is slated for construction starting March 9 after the California Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge by environmental groups. Opponents contend the plant, capable of powering nearly 200,000 homes at a time, is not needed to meet San Diego’s energy needs.

………SDG&E is seeking authorization for the Carlsbad Energy Center at the same time it evaluates the new bids. The overlapping quests for a new energy source in the San Diego area are the peculiar outcome of a race by grid operators to find an appropriate replacement for nuclear power. State law requires consideration of clean energy solutions, like solar power and conservation schemes that reduce peak electricity demands, before new fossil fuel burning power plants are commissioned…….http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2015/feb/19/natural-gas-replaces-nuclear/

February 20, 2015 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

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