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Arafat’s remains to be exhumed for radiation checks

“A murder inquiry was launched by French prosecutors in August after an investigation by al Jazeera TV, working with scientists at the Institute of Radiation Physics at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland, found “significant” traces of polonium-210 present in samples taken from Arafat’s personal effects, including his trademark keffiyeh headdress.”


Palestinian authorities to carry out tests this week after polonium found on former leader’s clothes By Dalia Nammari in Ramallah

A man cleans a portrait of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat

THE remains of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is due to be exhumed on Tuesday, to enable foreign experts to take samples as part of a probe into his death.

Arafat died in November 2004, a month after falling ill, and Palestinian officials have insisted he was poisoned by Israel. Israel has vehemently denied killing him.

The detection of traces of a lethal radioactive substance in biological stains on Arafat’s clothing earlier this year sparked a new investigation.

Former Palestinian intelligence chief Tawfik Tirawi, who heads the committee investigating Arafat’s death, said yesterday that Swiss, French and Russian experts would take samples from Arafat’s remains on Tuesday. He said Arafat would be reburied the same day with military honours but the ceremony would be closed to the public.

Arafat, who led the Palestine Liberation Organisation for 35 years and became the first president of the Palestinian Authority in 1996, fell violently ill at his compound in October 2004.

Two weeks later he was flown to a French military hospital in Paris, where he died on 11 November 2004, aged 75.

His widow, Suha, objected to a post-mortem examination at the time, but later appealed to the Palestinian Authority to permit the exhumation “to reveal the truth”.

In 2005, the New York Times obtained a copy of Arafat’s medical records, which it said showed he died of a massive haemorrhagic stroke that resulted from a bleeding disorder caused by an unknown infection.

Independent experts who reviewed the records told the paper it was highly unlikely that he had died of Aids or had been poisoned.

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November 25, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

76% Of Children In Nihonmatsu Radiation Monitoring Over 1mSv/year

November 25th, 2012

Some data has been released about the external radiation monitoring program going on in Fukushima. These programs involved issuing glass badges to school children then periodically handing them in for testing. This does not record the children’s internal radiation doses from what they breathe in, eat or drink. Those levels are in addition to what is recorded by the badges.

What the new round of testing found is that 76% of school children in Nihonmatsu are above the government goal of 1 mSv/year with just their external radiation exposure. The government goal is based on the ICRP guidelines but many consider the ICRP levels to be too high. Some actually saw their levels go up compared to their 2011 levels. One researcher assumed this is due to children being allowed outside more now than before.

As the disaster evolves people are still struggling to understand how and where the radiation contamination will show up to continue to try to mitigate people’s risk. Nihonmatsu City is about 45km from Fukushima Daiichi.

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November 25, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

USA -30 Years of Breast Screening: 1.3 Million Wrongly Treated

Sayer Ji

NOVEMBER 25, 2012

The breast cancer industry’s holy grail (that mammography is the primary weapon in the war against breast cancer) has been disproved. In fact, mammography appears to have CREATED 1.3 million cases of breast cancer in the U.S. population that were not there.

A disturbing new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine is bringing mainstream attention to the possibility that mammography has caused far more harm than good in the millions of women who have employed it over the past 30 years as their primary strategy in the fight against breast cancer.[i]

Titled “Effect of Three Decades of Screening Mammography on Breast-Cancer Incidence,” researchers estimated that among women younger than 40 years of age, breast cancer was overdiagnosed, i.e. “tumors were detected on screening that would never have led to clinical symptoms,” in 1.3 million U.S. womenover the past 30 years. In 2008, alone, “breast cancer was overdiagnosed in more than 70,000 women; this accounted for 31% of all breast cancers diagnosed.”

As we revealed in a previous article,[ii] the primary form of mammography-detected breast cancer is ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), also known as ‘stage zero’ or ‘non-invasive breast cancer.’ Unlike truly invasive cancer, which expands outward like the crab after which it was named (Greek:  Cancer = Crab), ductal carcinoma is in situ, i.e. situated, non-moving – an obvious contradiction in terms.

Also, DCIS presents without symptoms in the majority of women within which it is detected, and if left untreated will (usually) not progress to cause harm to women. Indeed, without x-ray diagnostic technologies, many if not most of the women diagnosed with it would never have known they had it in the first place. The journal Lancet Oncology, in fact, published a cohort study last year finding that even clinically verified “invasive” cancers appear to regress with time if left untreated:

[We] believe many invasive breast cancers detected by repeated mammography screening do not persist to be detected by screening at the end of 6 years, suggesting that the natural course of many of the screen-detected invasive breast cancers is to spontaneously regress.[iii]

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November 25, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Ayumi Kizenuka Discusses Her Contaminated Farm, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and the Plight of Her Fellow Farmers in Fukushima -VIDEO

“Which governmental agency is doing the tests (..of the produce)?”

“It is not the government, it is unfortunate that the government is not wiling to test all the products in Japan. The testing started as a voluntry move by the farmers…”

So, if the farmer volunteers information that is incorrect the goverment will allow that product to be sold?

“yes, if it is declared under the government limits..”

(EnviroNews USA) –

Video on link – Duration 23 mins

Amongst a lively group of keen Fukushima followers who attended a symposium at UC Berkely’s Institute of East Asian Studies, a brave organic Japanese tea farmer by the name of Ayumi Kizenuka spoke about the confusing post 3-11 agricultural climate currently affecting Japan’s widely contaminated farmlands.

According to Kizenuka, the situation is so uncertain that most farmers remain in the dark as to the levels of deadly radioactive pollution plaguing their crops and soil.  Apparently, the local and national governments have been virtually invisible in their lackluster attempts to regulate and test farmlands for nuclear contamination since the disaster’s inception.  Many of the region’s tea and rice growers, particularly those like Ayumi, who have dedicated themselves to sustainable horticultural practices, are doing their best to test their own crops for radiation.  However, plenty of others desperately continue to harvest agricultural products from locations much CLOSER to the site of the nuclear catastrophe, without ANY sort of testing or regulatory oversight.

Ms. Kizenuka also spoke without reserve about how the situation has become so grim for farmers that there has been a noteworthy pandemic of suicides within the agricultural community. While Japan continues to export crops of questionable safety, such as the recent shipments of radioactive peaches that were busted in Thailand, the government fails to engage in any real measures of monitoring and enforcement, leaving Japanese farmers in a situation of “SELF-REGULATION”.

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November 25, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment


Radioactive Japan: Commercial-Use Skim Milk Powder Found with 23 Bq/kg of Radioactive Cesium


The data, photos and the graph are from Security Tokyo, with express permission to reprint.

Item: skim milk power in 1kg bag, commercial use
Manufacturer: Zenrakuren (all-Japan federation of dairy industry)
Manufactured in: Kita Fukuoka Factory in Iwate Prefecture

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November 25, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Underhand planning by Indian Government to dump nuclear wastes in Kolar Gold Mnes

Kolar should not become nuclear dumpyard: Activists–Kolar-should-not-become-nuclear-dumpyard-Activists-,   Chennai, Nov 23 (IANS) People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) Friday said dumping spent nuclear fuel in Kolar gold mines could lead to disastrous health consequences.

“When all the national roads transport deadly nuclear cargo to Kolar (Kolar gold mines), millions and millions of our people in Karnataka, Andhra (Pradesh) and Tamil Nadu will be exposed to all kinds of threats and dangers. Nuclear waste management is much more expensive and dangerous than nuclear power plants and even most developed
countries such as the United States and Germany are not able to handle the waste effectively,” PMANE said in a statement.

“The Indian government should not go against the anti?nuclear trend of the world to promote the interests of the United States, Russia and France and expose the people of our country to nuclear dangers in Kudankulam, or Kolar or anywhere else,” the statement said. According to the PMANE, the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) had not shared any basic information on storing the spent fuel of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) at Kolar in Karnataka.

“The ad?hoc nature of the DAE’s decision?making and the short shrift given to science and public opinion are so glaring and, in fact, very disturbing,” PMANE said.

November 25, 2012 Posted by | India, secrets,lies and civil liberties, wastes | Leave a comment

At Kolar Gold Fields, first cyanide dumps made people sick – now nuclear wastes

Locals petrified of nuclear radiation in Karnataka By K RANGANATH, TNN | Nov 23, 2012 Having put their misfortunes behind them, residents of Kolar Gold Fields are now staring at the proposition of nuclear radiation in their neighbourhood.

The Union government’s unforeseen decision to dump nuclear waste in the now-defunct gold mines has come as a bolt from the blue. “We’ve had enough. Just as we thought it’s all over, this is a rude shock for us. Why does this country treat us like second-class citizens?” asked senior advocate P Raghavan, reflecting the town’s anger.

For residents, the downslide started with the closure of the Bharat Gold Mines Limited (BGML) in April 2000. The once buzzing township , given the name of ‘Little England’ , largely because of the presence of many Anglo-Indians , turned completely lifeless.

The township, with its population of 1.2 lakh, which till then depended on BGML for survival, found it hard to adapt to the harsh new reality.

The closure affected every aspect of life and the physical environment too. The local economy shrunk, and people started migrating to neighbouring cities in search of jobs. Former workers say they had no alternative means of earning a livelihood.

But this was just the beginning. The deadly silicosis disease struck the town, making the people’s lives even more miserable. The gold mining process at KGF generated about 32 million tonnes of tailings called cyanide dumps. Years of inhaling the gold dust aggravated the silicosis ailment among the former workers and their families living close to the site.

Since 2005, the disease, it is said, killed over 100 people in this town, the highest incidence reported in the state.

With their own lives a shambles, workers hoped their children, armed with an education they themselves did not get, would build new lives. They now see that dream being shattered, under the threat of nuclear waste dumping.

November 25, 2012 Posted by | India, opposition to nuclear | Leave a comment

Fukushima had 3 nuclear meltdowns

Michio Kaku: 3 meltdowns in Fukushima, but uranium actually totally liquified… 1st time in history — “Reactor actually melted totally” (VIDEO)  November 22nd, 2012

Coast to Coast AM with George Noory, November 20, 2012: Previously Kaku has stated that one Fukushima reactor had “liquified   Professor Michio Kaku, City College of New York:
We had three simultaneous core meltdowns in Fukushima, but the uranium actually liquified — liquified — we’ve never seen a totally liquified core before.

First time in history.

But the Fukushima reactor actually melted totally.

Michio Kaku: American theoretical physicist, the Henry Semat Professor of Theoretical Physics in the City College of New York of City University of New York, a co-founder of string field theory […] Kaku graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University in 1968 and was first in his physics class. He attended the Berkeley Radiation Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley and received a Ph.D. in 1972.
Listen to the broadcast here

November 25, 2012 Posted by | Fukushima 2012 | Leave a comment

Desperate uranium mining companies squabble as price falls

Did rivals try to scupper BHP’s uranium sale to Cameco?Mining.comFrik Els | November 23, 2012 The West Australian reports rumours have been circulating in the state’s mining community that Rio Tinto (NYSE:RIO) and Paladin Energy
(TSX:PDN) attempted to sabotage BHP Billiton’s (LON:BHP) $448 million sale of uranium property Yeelirrie to Canada’s Cameco (TSX:CCO)….. The paper said Rio denied the rumours while none of the other parties commented, and that the deal is likely to be OK’d in any event.

Spot uranium prices have been drifting towards the $40 per pound level this year – well below the $66.50 prior to Fukushima disaster in Japan and down from historic high levels above $130 in 2007.

Last year nuclear power consumption declined 4.3%, the largest drop-off on record, said BP in its annual study of global energy use. Japan cut back nuclear power by 44.3%, and Germany reduced nuclear consumption by 23.2%.

November 25, 2012 Posted by | AUSTRALIA, business and costs | Leave a comment

UK govt pretends that nuclear power and “clean coal” are “RENEWABLE” energy

UPDATE 1-UK energy deal triples renewable subsidy by 2020, 
* Increase to 7.6 bln stg a year in real terms
* To spur 40 bln stg of private investment, create jobs
* Renewables to provide 30 pct of energy mix by 2020
By Oleg Vukmanovic and Karolin Schaps LONDON, Nov 23 (Reuters) – British government support for low-carbon electricity generation will triple by 2020 after the energy and finance ministries reached a deal to end months of wrangling over costly reforms.

The move is expected to boost the share of renewables in Britain’s energy mix to 30 percent by 2020, outpacing European Union targets of 20 percent, while creating tens of thousands of new jobs. Under the agreed Levy Control Framework, spending on renewable power generation will increase to 7.6 billion pounds ($12.12 billion) a year in real terms by 2020, from the current 2.35 billion pounds, to reduce dependence on gas.

The renewable spending plans will be funded through further rises in household energy bills which are increasingly unaffordable for many consumers….

The spending increase will also help to support new nuclear power and the commercial use of untested carbon capture and storage technologies, the government said…..

November 25, 2012 Posted by | spinbuster, UK | Leave a comment

Still time for a diplomacy solution to nuclear power problem in Ira

Window for nuclear diplomacy on Iran is now open but not for long, guardian UK Julian Borger, 23 Nov 12 IAEA inspectors say Iran may soon speed up its uranium enrichment, making the search for a deal even more urgent Having delivered its latest quarterly report on Iran’s nuclear programme to its board, the nuclear safeguards department of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) gave a technical briefing on Wednesday to an audience of ambassadors in Vienna about the same material but with some pictures to make the whole thing clearer. At such briefings, ambassadors can also ask questions to sound out the head of safeguards, Herman Nackaerts, on his impressions.

On this occasion, the main message western ambassadors came away with was that Iran appears to be just days away from starting feeding uranium hexafluoride gas into four new cascades of centrifuges at its underground enrichment site at Fordow. Continue reading

November 25, 2012 Posted by | Iran, politics international | Leave a comment

Cumbrian angst over nuclear waste disposal plan

HUNDREDS TURN OUT TO MARYPORT NUCLEAR DUMP MEETING, 23 November 2012 People in West Cumbria have 10 weeks to influence a key decision on whether the area should look to host an underground nuclear waste dump.

That was the message from Aspatria councillor Bill Finlay at a public meeting attended by more than 250 people on Wednesday. The meeting at Maryport’s Wave Centre was organised by campaign group Solway Plain Against Nuclear Dump (Spand).

It heard from geologists Professor David Smythe and Professor Stuart Haszeldine about the potential consequences of building an underground repository. Continue reading

November 25, 2012 Posted by | UK, wastes | Leave a comment

Anti nuclear protestors arrested at Hinkley Point, UK

Arrests after anti-nuclear protest at Hinkley Point ITV, 23 Nov 2012 Four people have been arrested after protesters blockaded access to the nuclear site at Hinkley Point in
Bridgwater this morning

Ten protesters paraded a banner saying “Nuclear Power – not worth the risk” and attempted to block access to staff to prevent further ground clearance work at the site.

If EDF, the energy company behind the plan, gets the go ahead to build it, the plant could be open by 2020.

We want the destruction of land at the proposed Hinkley C site to stop. EDF still don’t have planning permission for the new nuclear plant, the governments energy policy is in tatters. With Centrica pulling out and the long awaited Electricity Reform Act delayed, there is not even enough investment to finish the project. If the tories fix the electricity price for nuclear so that the project can go ahead it will leave a radioactive waste dump here for hundreds of years. – ZOE SMITH, PROTESTER….

November 25, 2012 Posted by | opposition to nuclear, UK | Leave a comment

Call for General Electric to remove uranium processing facility from populated area

“The question is, is this the right kind of operation that should be in the middle of people’s backyards?”

Councillor asks uranium plant to shut down Facility on Lansdowne has been quietly processing nuclear fuel for decades Toronto NOW, 23 Nov 12 By BEN SPURR Amid mounting concerns from his west downtown community, a city councillor is asking controversial uranium plant on Lansdowne Ave. to pack up and move out of his ward.

 In a motion that will go before council next week, Councillor Cesar Palacio is requesting that the city work with General Electric-Hitachi on a five-year plan to phase out the production of nuclear fuel pellets at the company’s Davenport Village facility. Continue reading

November 25, 2012 Posted by | Canada, opposition to nuclear, Uranium | Leave a comment

More mistakes found in Japan’s nuclear regulator’s radiation forecasts

Yet again, data errors discovered in radiation forecast maps, Asahi Shimbun  By JIN NISHIKAWA/ Staff Writer, 24 Nov 12 Additional errors were found on the Nuclear Regulation Authority’s maps forecasting the spread of radioactive substances from a serious nuclear accident, but the industry watchdog said these mistakes would not affect evacuation plans. Continue reading

November 25, 2012 Posted by | general | Leave a comment