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Australia’s Prime Minister took part in defaming Australian citizen, Julian Assange

AUDIO Wikileaks’ Julian Assange in ‘David and Goliath’ battle: mother – ABC Melbourne – Australian Broadcasting Corporation – Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 25 Feb 2011, A British judge has ruled that Julian Assange must be extradited to Sweden to face sex crime allegations.Julian Assanges lawyers have already announced that they will appeal the decision.His mother, Christine Assange, says that her son is in a ‘David and Goliath situation’.She says that Prime Minister Julia Gillard is ‘complicit in defamation’ of Julian Assange.Christine Assange talks to Jon Faine on 774 ABC Wikileaks’ Julian Assange in ‘David and Goliath’ battle: mother – ABC Melbourne – Australian Broadcasting Corporation

February 25, 2011 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Julian Assange will appeal against extradition to Sweden

JULIAN ASSANGE: Why is it that I am subject – a non-profit, free speech activist – to a $360,000 bail? Why is it that I am kept under electronic house arrest when I have not even been charged in any country?

Wikileaks founder to appeal extradition decision, ABC  25/02/2011 TONY EASTLEY: A London court has ordered that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should be sent from the UK to Sweden to face allegations of sexual assault.His defence lawyers have argued the former computer hacker won’t get a fair trial in a country where they say he’s regarded as “public enemy number one”.Mr Assange has already flagged he’ll appeal against the British ruling. Continue reading

February 25, 2011 Posted by | civil liberties, UK, Wikileaks | Leave a comment

Nuclear industry survives only with corporate welfare

The report finds that taxpayers have subsidized the nuclear fuel cycle through every stage from mining to long-term storage of radioactive waste. It identified a total of 30 different subsidies that when combined have repeatedly exceeded the average market price of any power produced.

Scientists: Nuclear power isn’t viable without corporate welfare, SmartPlanet,  By David Worthington | Feb 23, 2011 Nuclear power was supposed to be too cheap to meter, but a science-based nonprofit that advocates for environmental and public health issues has published a new report that casts doubt that it was ever really economically viable. Continue reading

February 25, 2011 Posted by | business and costs, USA | Leave a comment

Even a ‘limited’ nuclear war would bring immediate global climate change

Increased levels of UV radiation from the sun could persist for years, possibly with a drastic impact on humans and the environment, even thousands of miles from the area of the nuclear conflict.

“A regional nuclear exchange of 100 15-kiloton weapons … would produce unprecedented low-ozone columns over populated areas in conjunction with the coldest surface temperatures experienced in the last 1,000 years, and would likely result in a global nuclear famine,”

Limited Nuclear War Could Deplete Ozone Layer, Increasing Radiation, NTI: Global Security Newswire , By Chris Schneidmiller, 25 Feb 2011, WASHINGTON — A nuclear conflict involving as few as 100 weapons could produce long-term damage to the ozone layer, enabling higher than “extreme” levels of ultraviolet radiation to reach the Earth’s surface, new research indicates (see GSN, March 16, 2010). Continue reading

February 25, 2011 Posted by | 2 WORLD, climate change, weapons and war | Leave a comment

North Carolina voters don’t want to pay up in advance for nuclear construction

Poll: N.C. voters oppose utility law change – by John Downey, Charlotte Business Journal, February 24, 2011 A new poll says 70 percent of voters in North Carolina oppose a proposed change in state law that would make it easier for utility companies to charge customers for the cost of nuclear plant construction, Continue reading

February 25, 2011 Posted by | opposition to nuclear, USA | Leave a comment

To really promote clean energy, put a tax on carbon

UCS is urging Congress to take devise a more holistic clean energy policy by placing a tax on carbon.

Scientists: Nuclear power isn’t viable without corporate welfare, SmartPlanet,  By David Worthington | Feb 23, 2011“……..Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)  is cautioning that taxpayers will be footing the bill if the nuclear industry ever defaults on its loans. The total amount of loan guarantees paid by the federal government will be $58.5 billion if Congress consents to the President’s proposal. Continue reading

February 25, 2011 Posted by | business and costs, USA | Leave a comment

Arrest of bomber suspect, with nuclear plants on his list

files included information about hydroelectric dams, nuclear power plants,

Saudi bomb suspect eyed home of President Bush, dams, nuclear plants CSMonitor.com, By Warren Richey,   February 24, 2011 Washington, Federal officials on Thursday announced the arrest of a Saudi citizen who was attending a community college in Texas while allegedly plotting to conduct a bombing campaign within the United States. Continue reading

February 25, 2011 Posted by | safety, USA | Leave a comment

Germany’s tax on nuclear resulting in debt for utility

RWE Will Exceed Net Debt to Ebitda Target on German Nuclear Tax, Bloomberg, By Nicholas Comfort – Feb 24, 2011 RWE,  Gernmany’s second-largest utility, said a tax on nuclear reactors means the company won’t be able to keep net debt to three times or less adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization………RWE Will Exceed Net Debt to Ebitda Target on German Nuclear Tax – Bloomberg

February 25, 2011 Posted by | business and costs, Germany | Leave a comment

Doctor sanctioned for botched radiation treatments

NRC sanctions Pa. doc in flawed cancer treatments, San Jose Mercury News, The Associated Press  02/24/2011 PHILADELPHIA—The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has sanctioned a doctor who performed nearly 100 botched prostate cancer procedures at Philadelphia’s VA Medical Center…..The commission found Kao took part in 91 procedures in which veterans received incorrect doses from radioactive seeds implanted in the prostate to kill cancer cells…… NRC sanctions Pa. doc in flawed cancer treatments – San Jose Mercury News

February 25, 2011 Posted by | health | Leave a comment

Fast breeder nuclear reactor trains for Russia?

Russia designs nuclear train2011- BarentsObserver Thomas Nilsen 24 Feb 2011, Sounds like a chapter in a science fiction book? Well,it’s not. Rosatom and Russian Railways are seriously developing a nuclear powered train.Vice-president of Russian Railways (RZhD) Valentin Gapanovich says they will present the layout of the train by the end of this year. The train will consist of 11 wagons.The engine of the train will be a small fast breeder reactor, and in its initial stage, the train will be a scientific exhibition complex.The design is made by Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation, Rosatom…….Russia designs nuclear train – BarentsObserver

February 25, 2011 Posted by | reprocessing, Russia, technology | Leave a comment

Syria might have had a nuclear power project in the past

Suspected Nuclear Facility Sighted in Syria, NTI: Global Security Newswire, Feb. 24, 2011 A site near the Syrian capital of Damascus has gained attention among Western intelligence services as a possible one-time host to undisclosed atomic activities in the Middle Eastern nation, Reuters reported. Continue reading

February 25, 2011 Posted by | politics international, Syria | Leave a comment

Middle East revolutions ushering in a new chapter for renewable energy?

Initiatives such as Desertec offer a possibility for how the international community might start a new energy chapter with the Middle East, one that provides a renewable energy source, creates jobs, and increases potable water.

Renewable Energy and the Middle East Revolutions, corporate social responsibility – Forbes. Feb. 22 2011 by Avril David As protesters across the Middle East continue their fight for democracy and liberation, speculators have drawn attention to the inevitable impact of this instability and change on the oil and gas sector, in oil price spikes. Looking at these two trends—calls for democratic empowerment and spiking oil prices—it seems that we could be nearing the time for seriously putting the renewable energy discussion (and renewable energy partnerships) back on the table. Continue reading

February 25, 2011 Posted by | MIDDLE EAST, renewable | Leave a comment