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British Somalis feel compelled by MI5 to spy on own community

“When they say, ‘We gave this to you, we can take it away from you whenever we want,’ it sends a terrible signal. It shows Somalis they’ll never be part of the nation. You might have been born here, you might have been brought up here, but we can take it all away from you,”

Mon Jan 7, 2013 1:15PM GMT

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British spying agencies, MI5 in particular, are accused of putting pressure on British Somalis to spy on their own community in the UK, local media reported.


There is growing anger among many of Britain’s 400,000 Somalis about how they treated at Britain’s ports, many of them complaining that they are being pressured to spy on their fellows with Somali nationalities, the Independent reported.


Somali elders in London held a gathering before Christmas to discuss the issue of coercive spying, which many young Somalis are depressingly familiar with, said Mohammed Elmi, the head of Somali Diaspora UK.

“Out of the 33 boroughs represented, 17 said they had community members who felt pressured to spy,” Elmi stated.

“The community is very keen to cooperate with the UK government and security. What is unacceptable is any form of coercion or pressure,” he said.

Growing concerns about such tactics being used by the British spying apparatus were first revealed by the Independent in 2009, when it said in a report that security services had threatened five east African Muslim men with sanctions unless they accepted to work for them as informant.

“Three of the five were approached after returning from family holidays. One of the men, Mahdi Hashi, had his citizenship revoked late last year by the Home Office and was suddenly rendered from a jail in Djibouti to the United States – an incident which has caused consternation among many British Somalis,” according to the report.

Such stories of coercion may backfire on the intelligence-gathering community, the report says.

Jamal Osman, a British filmmaker from Somalia who has won awards for his reports from his war-torn homeland, says he has often been approached by security officials at airports. 

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Solidarity Party in Santa Fe to Support the Los Alamos National Laboratory 6! -Video

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6 January 2012

Published on Jan 6, 2013

Six activists — Janet Greenwald, Wind Euler, Summer Abbott, Cathie Sullivan, Pam Gilchrist, and Barbara Grothus — were arrested on August 6, 2012 when they blocked entrance to Los Alamos National Laboratory as part of the Nuke Free Now week of action. The LANL 6 are anti-nuclear, antiwar and environmental activists calling attention to the dangers and harm of obsolete nuclear weapons, as well as the devastating U.S. policy of ignoring the real national security threat of catastrophic climate change. They are charged with trespass, disobeying a police officer, and obstructing movement. Each defendant faces up to 6 months in jail. Their trial is taking place on Thursday, January 9 at the Los Alamos Municipal Court. 

The LANL 6 are seeking to redirect our resources from nuclear weapons and war to address the real national security threat of catastrophic climate change. They are out on recognizance bonds and intend to raise at trial the illegal, immoral, expensive, and damaging impact of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s and its archaic but deadly nuclear mission. On Sunday, January 6 in Santa Fe, a solidarity party and fundraiser was held for the LANL 6. As you can see in this hour-long video from the event, the turnout and speakers were awesome!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6G31wQ6R1JQ

7 January 2013

KOAT – Albuquerque Videos

State police officers have decided to stop directly monitoring shipments of nuclear waste that are heading toward the state’s isolation pilot plant in southern New Mexico.
They have money to imprison people but not for security? [Arclight]

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CEO of General Ellectric -” It’s really hard to justify Nuclear Power Plant. ”


This is purely economical announcement by the CEO Jeff Immelt of GE(General Electric) who once was a major prime contractor of Nuclear Power Plant.

“So I think some combination of gas, and either wind or solar … that’s where we see most countries around the world going.” (Jeff Immelt, current CEO of GE, Financial Times, July 30, 2012)

This is the global reality.

Immelt melted down Nuke Plant itself via Fukushima Accident.


Nuclear power is so expensive compared with other forms of energy that it has become “really hard” to justify, according to the chief executive of General Electric, one of the world’s largest suppliers of atomic equipment.
“It’s really a gas and wind world today,” said Jeff Immelt, referring to two sources of electricity he said most countries are shifting towards as natural gas becomes “permanently cheap”.

“When I talk to the guys who run the oil companies they say look, they’re finding more gas all the time. It’s just hard to justify nuclear, really hard. Gas is so cheap and at some point, really, economics rule,”

Mr Immelt told the Financial Times in an interview in London at the weekend. “So I think some combination of gas, and either wind or solar … that’s where we see most countries around the world going.”

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/60189878-d982-11e1-8529-00144feab49a.html#axzz2HHTay4nb

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Kitagawa Takashi on Facebook

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Coal mining’s radiation hazard should be recognised, too

radiation-warningThe nuclear lobby is out to convince us that ionising radiation is not harmful .

This is a lie.

However, if we are seriously concerned about ionising radiation, we need to recognise that it is  a serious threat from sources other than the nuclear industry, as well.

Two other serous sources of  ionising radiation are medical radiation, and mining operations, especially coal.

There is an argument for medical radiation. Used judicially, medical radiation is beneficial in diagnosis, treatment, and pain relief in illness.

There really is no longer an argument for coal mining, given it’s role in global warming. But also, attention should be paid to the menace of ionising radiation in coal ash. – Christina Macpherson 7 Jan 13

EPA agrees to look into town’s radiation concerns SF Gate,  January 6, 2013 TOWN OF PINES, Ind. (AP) — Federal environmental officials will investigate concerns about radiation levels in a northwestern Indiana community after residents and activists raised concern. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency notified local officials late last month that the EPA would study the levels in The Pines early this year, The Times reported (http://bit.ly/UmBcgA ).

Matthew Ohl, the EPA’s project remedial manager, said NIPSCO, Brown, Inc., Ddalt Cop. and Bulk Transport Corp. proposed sampling in “certain residential yards in the Town of Pines.” The study was requested by a local environmental panel, which heard a presentation in November by Paul Kysel and Larry Jensen of PINES, or People in Need of Environmental Safety.

Jensen, a former EPA employee, conducted his own study of radiation levels and concluded that levels in the town are elevated. The PINES group believes coal ash, which was used as fill in roads, could be the cause of elevated radiation levels. The Pines is home to a landfill operated by Brown Inc. and holds about 1 million tons of fly ash created by NIPSCO’s burning of coal in its power plants. The facility was cited in 2000 by the EPA for contaminating drinkingwater …..http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/EPA-agrees-to-look-into-town-s-radiation-concerns-4170911.php#ixzz2HJy2xPxC

January 7, 2013 Posted by | Canada, Christina's notes, environment | Leave a comment

Scary Nuclear Cover-ups in USA & Japan: Arnie Gundersen

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Published on Jan 6, 2013

Gundersen,-Arnie-1Podcast: January 6, 2013 – Happy New Year 2013
January 6, 2013
Thanks to our listeners and viewers, Fairewinds’ fundraiser was a success. Thank you to all our donors who helped us to reach our goal. It’s a new year, and 2013 has already kicked off a repeat of the same safety and engineering issues that plagued the nuclear industry in 2012. The two, eye opening nuclear safety issues we discuss in today’s Fairewinds’ Podcast are: a radiation scandal in Japan and a major safety problem in the US at Fort Calhoun. Arnie Gundersen alerts us to the fact that radiation exposure cover-ups did not occur only in Japan, and have occurred repeatedly in the US as well as in many other countries. Finally, we discuss Wall Street’s financial worries over US reactors.

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January 7, 2013 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

CHINA URGENTLY SEEKING NEW URANIUM RESOURCES DOMESTICALLY AND OVERSEAS

“…China produces around 1,000 tonnes of uranium a year. The World Nuclear Association has reported that China will be using 20,000 tonnes of uranium a year by 2020, about a third of the global output in 2009. The country will need to source the rest from the global market, which could set the market soaring, in order to shift away from coal as a fuel source…”

UNUUDUR.COM

21.12.2012 ]

China National Nuclear Corporation is to speed up overseas uranium mining exploration. The country’s leading nuclear energy developer is to focus on Australia, Africa and Central Asia, to meet its growing demand for raw material.

Formed in December 2011 in an effort to restructure its parent company, the state owned China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) is undergoing initial examination by the China Securities Regulatory Commission to obtain an approval for an Initial Public Offering (IPO).

The capital raised from the IPO on the Shanghai Stock Exchange is slated to be used in five nuclear plant programmes, while the total investment is expected to be around $27.76 billion, according to a report in the China Daily.

The company had received final approval from the Ministry of Environmental Protection to move forward with its IPO way back in August. The move indicates China’s long term ambitions for nuclear power. The company runs more than 40% of China’s nuclear sites.

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USA – look out for radioactive young bluefin tuna

text ionisingBluefin Tuna Off California Coast Tainted With Fukushima Radiation (But Scientists Say It’s Okay To Flag-USAEat) laist.com, 5 Jan 13, Scientists ran tests on bluefin tuna off the coast of California and found traces of radiation from last year’s Fukushima nuclear meltdown.

Scientists examined the muscle tissue of 15 Bluefin tuna who were swimming off the shores of San Diego in August 2011 and were stunned to find traces of caesium-134, according to BBC News. That radioactive element can be directly tied to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster a few months earlier.

Scientists say these fish were likely spawned in Japanese waters and picked up the pollution before heading to feeding grounds in the eastern Pacific ocean. “It’s a lesson to us in how interconnected eco-regions can be, even when they may be separated by thousands of miles,” Nicholas Fisher, a professor of marine sciences at Stony Brook University told BBC News. The study was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences….. tuna caught in coming months will be monitored for radiation levels, since younger fish might have spent more time in Japanese waters and received higher levels of contamination. http://laist.com/2013/01/05/bluefin_tuna_off_california_tainted.php

January 7, 2013 Posted by | oceans, USA | Leave a comment

Taiwanese mobilising against nuclear power

ballot-boxSmOut of concern over nuclear safety, the main opposition Democratic
Progressive Party has drafted a nuclear-free homeland bill, which is
being reviewed at the Legislative Yuan.

Under the draft bill, Taiwan must become nuclear-free by 2025.

antinuke-badgeCivic group planning anti-nuclear protest parade for Marchflag-Taiwan
http://focustaiwan.tw/ShowNews/WebNews_Detail.aspx?Type=aALL&ID=201301040035
(By Zoe Wei and Elizabeth Hsu)   Taipei, Jan. 4 (CNA) A Taipei-based
non-government environmental protection organization has decided to
hold an anti-nuclear demonstration parade in March in an attempt to
stop a controversial planned nuclear power plant from being given the
green light to begin commercial operations.

The planned parade is slated for March 9, two days before the second
anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster of 2011 in
Japan, a spokesman for the Green Citizens’ Action Alliance said
Friday. Continue reading

January 7, 2013 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

A call to action on climate change, before it is too late

An extremely wealthy and powerful fossil fuel industry is behind this political failure to act. Just like the tobacco industry before them, the fossil energy industry spends hundreds of millions of dollars on misinformation about climate change and lobbyists to fight against any action to reduce fossil fuel use.

climate-changeTime is short. There are just 24 months to 2015 when emissions need to begin to decline. There are no other options left but to march in the streets. The environmental organisation 350.org is organising one such march Feb. 17 in Washington D.C.Dozens more marches are absolutely essential. It is time to act. It is time to march.

Climate Inaction Is a Clear Failure of Democracy, By Stephen Leahy UXBRIDGE, Canada, Jan 4 2013 (IPS) – Around the world, 2012 was the year of extreme weather, when we unequivocally learned that the fossil fuel energy that powers our societies is destroying them. Accepting this reality is the biggest challenge of the brand new year. Continue reading

January 7, 2013 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Abuses, deceptions, cover-ups in the Fukushima clean-up operations

exclamation-Citizen journalism also brought to light that workers as young as 18 were sent to the Fukushima site without adequate training. Some reported that they were told to write resumes with fictitious work experience. The new citizen media site 8bit uploaded a video interview with a worker in September who had applied for a job entitled “backup logistics support,” but was actually dispatched to the stricken plant, and exposed to high doses of radiation. (Global Voices, Sept. 20)
liarBack in July, journalists and scientists who undertook to inspect the droids found that the immediate environs of the monitoring posts had been deliberately decontaminated so as to produce low readings. For instance, clean, non-radioactive soil was spread over the ground below the posts so the contamination below would not be registered
Radiation cover-up at Fukushima exposed , WW4 Report,    flag-japanby Bill Weinberg  01/06/2013 Contractors could be illegally dumping radioactive soil, vegetation and water into rivers and open areas near the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, Japan’s Environment Ministry admitted Jan. 4. The ministry said it will summon senior officials from companies contracted by the Fukushima Office for Environmental Restoration to answer questions on how they manage contaminated waste following claims of illegal dumping in the coastal town of Naraha, the evacuated village of Iitate, and the inland in the city of Tamura. Under a law passed in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, illegal dumping of contaminated substances may be punishable by up to five years in prison or a fine of up to ¥10 million. “It is very regrettable if that is true,” Fukushima Gov. Yuhei Sato said of the suspected dumping at his first news conference of 2013. (Kyodo, Jan. 5)

The charges came to light when a young worker for one of the contractors, Dai Nippon Construction, alerted the Environment Ministry after repeated complaints to management were apparently met with such replies as “Yeah, yeah, it’s OK. It can’t be helped.” The young man, who was recruited at a job placement center in Tokyo, even reported that contaminated vegetation was being dumped loose, rather than being collected in bags. (Asahi Shimbun, Jan. 4) Local residents also reported witnessing radioactive mud being dumped directly into Fukushima prefecture’s major river, the Abukuma. (Fukushima Diary, Jan. 5) Continue reading

January 7, 2013 Posted by | civil liberties, Fukushima 2013, Japan, secrets,lies and civil liberties | Leave a comment

India’s repression of anti nuclear protestors

civil-liberty-2sm politicians, scientists, and bureaucrats have made every effort to crush flag-indiaagitation against the potentially lucrative KKNPP.
“We, the poor, are at the receiving end of all false promises given by the authorities,”

policeman-with-truncheonpolice and intelligence agencies are stepping up their suppression of protestors.

269 persons have been arrested in connection with the agitation. Agitation leaders claim the number is much higher, with pending cases running into the thousands.

T. Peter, secretary of the National Fish Workers Forum, told IPS that many people have been taken into custody under the charge of sedition. He alleged that the establishment is trying to “sabotage” the protest movement and crush it with an iron fist.

Villagers Wail Against Nuclear Power, Independent European Daily Express,  January 6, 2013 .“…..The Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP), situated 24 kilometres from the world famous tourist town of Kanyakumari on the southern tip of the Indian peninsula, is likely to be commissioned this month.

Speaking to IPS, Mahalakshmi and dozens of women in Kudankulam, a village in the Tirunelveli district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, charged that the energy project would ruin their futures, homes and livelihoods. Continue reading

January 7, 2013 Posted by | civil liberties, India | Leave a comment

Staggering level of denial about the seriousness of the Fukushima nuclear calamity

Radiation cover-up at Fukushima exposed , WW4 Report,    by Bill Weinberg  01/06/2013– Over 150,000 evacuees remain in temporary housing, and many will probably never be able to return home. This includes people from the mandatory 20-kilometer-radius evaucaiton zone, and the voluntary 50-kilometer-radius evacuation zone that was finally declared a full six weeks after the start of the disaster. Officials say an area the size of the state of Connecticut will have to be deconraminted. The government has admitted that the most highly contaminated areas will likely never again be fit for human habitation, and like the town of Chernobyl, will remain desolate ghost-towns for decades to come. (NYT, Nov. 27; Asahi Shimbun, Oct. 2; CTV, March 11, 2012) Continue reading

January 7, 2013 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Costly expense of maintaining Philippines non-operational nuclear power plant

Nuclear plant gets funds By Amy R. Remo Philippine Daily Inquirer,
http://business.inquirer.net/101475/nuclear-plant-gets-funds January
6th, 2013 MANILA, Philippines—State-run National Power Corp. has
secured lawmakers’ nod to allocate P50 million this year for the
upkeep of the mothballed 630-megawatt Bataan Nuclear Power Plant
(BNPP).
In an interview with the Inquirer, Napocor president Froilan A.
Tampinco said that both houses of Congress as well as the Department
of Budget and Management (DBM) had agreed to reinstate the proposed
budget for the maintenance of the country’s first and only nuclear
facility.
Tampinco said that with sufficient explanation, Napocor was able to
convince Congress of the necessity of such an allocation for a
government asset that has remained idle for decades, yet one that the
Department of Energy said cannot be neglected.
The BNPP was built during the Marcos era by Westinghouse Electric at a
cost of $2.2 billion. It was mothballed in 1986 due to safety
concerns, even before it could begin operations.

January 7, 2013 Posted by | Philippines, politics | Leave a comment

China urgently seeking new uranium resources domestically and overseas

China, which is dependent on uranium imports to supply its growing nuclear power industry, is to speed up exploration for uranium mining options at home and abroad.

Author: Shivom Seth
Posted: Wednesday , 19 Dec 2012

MUMBAI (MINEWEB) –

China National Nuclear Corporation is to speed up overseas uranium mining exploration. The country’s leading nuclear energy developer is to focus on Australia, Africa and Central Asia, to meet its growing demand for raw material.

Formed in December 2011 in an effort to restructure its parent company, the state owned China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) is undergoing initial examination by the China Securities Regulatory Commission to obtain an approval for an Initial Public Offering (IPO).

The capital raised from the IPO on the Shanghai Stock Exchange is slated to be used in five nuclear plant programmes, while the total investment is expected to be around $27.76 billion, according to a report in the China Daily.

The company had received final approval from the Ministry of Environmental Protection to move forward with its IPO way back in August. The move indicates China’s long term ambitions for nuclear power. The company runs more than 40% of China’s nuclear sites.

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Thousands of anti nuclear protestors stopped by police, 2km from Jaitapur nuclear site

flag-indiaIndian protest movement spreads World Nuclear News, 03 January 2013
Mass public unease at nuclear power development has emerged at
Jaitapaur. Thousands of protestors were held by police today as they
attempted to surround the site of six planned reactors.

Groups representing villagers in the vicinity of the development in
western Maharastra state said they were angered by Nuclear Power
Corporation of India Ltd. (NPCIL’s) recent actions to move forward
with tenders towards the future power plant’s facilities. They said
tenders for a health clinic, fire station and security building showed
the national government had not given their concerns sufficient
attention and called for the project to be cancelled outright.

The march from surrounding towns to the plant attracted around 2000
people, according to a Business Standard report. Leaders had intended
to surround the 1000 hectare site and hand a letter to site managers,
but the crowd was stopped and held by police around two kilometres
from its destination…..

January 7, 2013 Posted by | India, opposition to nuclear | Leave a comment