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Chernobyl Day – London Public Meeting with Exhibition on 27 April 2013

* Date & Time: Sat 27 April 2013, 2-4pm

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* Venue: Calthorpe Project, 258-274 Gray’s Inn Road, London, WC1X 8LH  Nearest tube: Kings Cross or Russel Sq



* Guest speaker: Ms Tamara Krasitskava, chairperson of Zemlyaki, Ukraine NGO in Kiev to represent those who had to collectively evacuate from Pripyat

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* With exhibitions of pictures drawn by children of Chernobyl evacuees, in order “not to forget” the disaster.

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April 25, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Secret Agent Turns Whistleblower | Interview with Amie Machon


Published on 25 Apr 2013

Abby Martin talks to former MI5 agent and Whistleblower, Amie Machon, about the her experience from the inside, the roll of intelligence in global affairs, and the impunity for government crimes.
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April 25, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Fukushima and Miyagi “less than one bequerel campaign for children” gets underway!

MIRMC Report 21 宮城県白石温麺(ウーメン)ベクレル調査
The less than one bequerel campaign has released a video as evidence of their work..

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April 25, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The US and Japan are trying to raise acceptable radiation exposure limits – Gundersen and Caldicott interview

24 April 2012

The US and Japan are trying to raise acceptable radiation exposure limits. “If you can’t decrease the water level, you elevate the bridge,” says paediatrician and author Dr. Helen Caldicott. On today’s podcast,

Arnie and Helen discuss the associated health risks of various types of radioactive releases, how regulators and the nuclear industry are downplaying those releases, and the current state of the Fukushima clean up. “The recovery of the site will go nowhere as long as Tokyo Electric is in charge,” says Arnie.

Audio on link 30 minutes

April 25, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

VIDEO Iraq and USA soldiers – victims of the depleted uranium horror

while our many soldiers’ DU-related health problems is terrible enough on its own, we’ve also left Iraq covered in radioactive munitions fragments that, by the very virtue of having exploded, are essentially impossible to clean up. That is a huge, if overlooked, legacy of the United States’ wars in Iraq: Not only does Iraq have to deal with the physical toll of a decade-plus of war, it’s also been left with a huge, and ongoing, health crisis.

see-this.wayVideo (skip the ad) America’s Terrible History of Depleted Uranium By Derek Mead 24 April 13, The United States has left its mark on Iraq in myriad ways in its two wars in the Persian Gulf, but one of the least-discussed is the effects of the US military’s use of depleted uranium (DU) munitions. DU is a munitions designer’s dream: projectiles using DU alloys are armor-piercing and incendiary, which means it’s ideal for obliterating and burning tanks and other armored vehicles. But its use has left the Gulf’s battlefields blanketed with radioactive material.

DU is byproduct of the production of the enriched uranium used in nuclear reactors, and as such has relatively low levels of radiation. But Gulf War soldiers were regularly exposed to it, not least when DU used in munitions converted into an aerosol form after explosions. That means that Gulf War soldiers may have been exposed without realizing it, and has long been blamed for contributing to Gulf War Syndrome, Continue reading

April 25, 2013 Posted by | depleted uranium, Iraq, Uranium | 1 Comment

Rotten nuclear colonialism – example, Paladin uranium in Malawi

Of the profits made, Paladin, for instance rakes in about 80% and has a paltry 1.5% for the Malawi nation

Paladin says in one breath it paid over U$5.6 million in taxes to the Malawi government, and in its other breath through its published annual report, indicates it paid about U$9.3 million in taxes.

the British silently stole our uranium and left when their projections did not add up to their whims, and now we have the Aussies who are refusing to deal fairly.

Killing Malawians through the rotten extractives deals: The case of Paladin’s uranium mining   Patricia Masinga, April 24, 2013   Malawi has in the few weeks been engaged by a plethora of stakeholders discussing strategies to revive, or more on the ground, reclaim the benefits that Malawians are been milked of by the so-called extractive industry multi-national corporations.

They call themselves investors, and government believes that the Malawi Development Goals (MDGs – who cares if it’s the second phase) will be boosted, particularly that mining alone through Kayerekera of Paladin Energy Limited group of companies (trading as Paladin (Africa) Ltd in Malawi?) could provide a large economic base.

But that is all a fat lie. Paladin and many other foreign multinational mining countries are least interested to contributing to the Malawi economic growth. They are here to milk the country – exploiting all that it has rich in minerals and dump us when the time is right even poorer.

Imagine, to screw Malawians of their rightful economic gains, the company, incorporated in Australia first listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) on March 29, 1994 under code ‘PDN’, and quickly changed its name from Paladin Resources NL to Paladin Resources Ltd in 2000 and listed under the Toronto Stock Exchnage (TSX) in Canada April 29, 2005, and again changed its name to Paladin Energy Ltd in November 2007 and listed on the Namibian Stock Exchnage on February 2008.

By such trends, one is compeled to question the motive,  Continue reading

April 25, 2013 Posted by | AUSTRALIA, Malawi, secrets,lies and civil liberties | Leave a comment

China’s slower, more expensive, nuclear energy plan

China moves cautiously ahead on nuclear energy, China Daily Mail,  BY MICHAEL B. CALYN ⋅ APRIL 25, 2013⋅ “…....Based on the new plan, China will only approve a few new reactor construction projects before 2016. China now expects to grow its total nuclear capacity to 58 GWe by 2020, rather than the more than 80 GWe previously expected.

The government resumed approval of new nuclear power projects in December 2012, just as the new plan was issued. Several inland nuclear power projects where significant preparation work had already begun will be suspended, with some of their equipment likely transferred to coastal sites. Continue reading

April 25, 2013 Posted by | China, politics | Leave a comment

Shunichi Yamashita’s 311 Speech at the NCRP Meeting

….Dr. Yamashita advised the children could play outside as much as they wanted because it was safe while ionising radiation level was still very high.   He initiated unnecessary exposure to lots of citizens including children…..

……One of my acquaintances evacuated to Mie prefecture, where I live, from Fukushima prefecture.  She was telling me that she witnessed that 5 out of 7 pregnant women in the hospital she was working, experienced abortion, because of their babies were deformed and had Down’s syndrome…..

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Published by Mia June

Shunichi Yamashita was in the United States on March 11, 2013, giving a keynote address at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements.
The original English transcript is published below for those interested in knowing what Prof. Yamashita said.  The image of each slide is followed by what he said about it.

Video for Prof. Yamashita’s lecture at the March 11 NCRP annual meeting:

PowerPoint slides:
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“Slide 28:  Japanese government immediately ordered the evacuation and sheltering.   According to this slide, March 11, March 12, March 15, going to 3km, then 10km, from 10km to 20km even though they didnt want to, so the limit was set to 20 km.   

Between 20-30 km where indoor, house evacuated was recommended on March 15.  Then we received a massive fallout ejection from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

Slide 30:
This nuclear reactor accident is not a horrific disaster.  It’s just an industrial crisis with environmental damages.  The government ordered evacuation and sheltering worked sufficiently.  Therefore the dose exposed for the population were dramatically decreased after evacuations.“ 

Evacuation of the residents living within 10km radius of the crippled plant wasn’t finished before the 1st explosion at 3:36pm.

About 300 residents were left still in Futaba-machi according to ex Futaba Mayor Idogawa who was helping the residents to evacuate from the town at the time of the 1st explosion at reactor 1.

Furthermore the recent reports revealed that a very high dose of ionising radiation was measured before the evacuation on 12th of March  2011:  1570uSv/h measured at Kamihatori-ku, Futaba-machi, 5.6 km from the crippled nuclear plant at 3pm.

567uSv/h-625uSv/h was measured within a 5-km radius of the Daiichi Nuclear Plant soon after the accident.  Even hours before venting in the morning, they said that a high dose of ionising radiation had spread to residential areas.

It was in the afternoon on 15/3/11 that all the residents from local homes and hospitals were evacuated out of the 20km area radius of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, although an evacuation order was announced at 6.25pm on 12/3/11.

After the explosions, lots of citizens (adults and children) queued up outside for a long time to get water, being exposed to ionising radiation.

Dr. Yamashita advised the children could play outside as much as they wanted because it was safe while ionising radiation level was still very high.   He initiated unnecessary exposure to lots of citizens, including children.

“Slide 66:  And even pregnant women are very much concerned.  But very fortunately, in Japan, there are neither any increase of miscarriage nor artificial abortions.  It’s very good news.  There is no obvious increased prevalence rate of congenital malformations.  So we need to announce and explain this data.”

In Japan all pregnant women receive an ultrasound exam to check if the baby is normal or not.  If they find it’s abnormal, it’s usually suggested that they have an abortion, which is acceptable under the Eugenic Protection Act (which went into effect in 1948, three years after the Hiroshima/Nagasaki bombs, then changed its name to the Maternal Protection act in 1996), and the numbers of deformed unborn babies have never been made public, which is very convenient for those who support nuclear power.

Here is some reports on miscarries on Japanese blogs….

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April 25, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

China definitely keeping “no first nuclear strike” policy

. The original Chinese text is unambiguous and emphatic in its assertion that no first use has been “scrupulously” observed “from the start” and will continue to be “to the end” [始终恪守].

China Still Committed to No First Use of Nuclear Weapons project manager and senior analyst April 23, 2013

 On April 16, the Chinese Ministry of Defense released a white paper that mentioned Chinese nuclear weapons but did not contain familiar language expressing China’s declaratory policy, particularly that China would never use nuclear weapons first, under any circumstances. This commitment to “no first use” has been a bedrock of Chinese nuclear weapons policy since the announcement was first made in 1964, immediately following China’s first nuclear weapons test.  All previous white papers issued by the Chinese Ministry of Defense contained the language.

James Acton suggests the omission indicates China may be abandoning its long-standing commitment to no first use. It doesn’t. Continue reading

April 25, 2013 Posted by | China, Reference, weapons and war | Leave a comment

The ruins of Chernobyl, in photos and video

see-this.way After the apocalypse: Haunting photographs show the sprawling ruins of Chernobyl 27 years after nuclear disaster

  • Photographer Hélène Veilleux was allowed into the Zone Of Alienation surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear plant
  • Her pictures show the desolate area covering 1,000 square miles that was evacuated after blast in April 1986
  • Schools, shops, fairgrounds, swimming pools and homes – all are slowly falling into ruins as zone returns to forest

By HARRIET ARKELL, 24 April 2013

Scores of abandoned gas masks covering a shop floor, rusted carriages of a motionless big wheel, neglected wallpaper falling off the wall of an empty family home…

These haunting images offer a rare glimpse into the life that stopped still in Chernobyl and neighbouring city Pripyat 27 years ago, when a test at a nuclear power reactor went wrong.

It was the worst nuclear disaster in history, and so dangerous was the fallout that the Ukrainian government evacuated 350,000 residents, creating an Exclusion Zone where time has stood still ever since.

Most people are barred from living in the zone, named the Alienation Zone, which covers an area of more than 1,000sq miles around the abandoned plant, to protect them from the effects of any lingering radiation.  A few residents refused to leave, and a handful of older residents have moved back to be close to family graves, but the area is mostly uninhabited and has now reverted to forests.

Tourists may obtain day passes, and workers who are rebuilding the damaged sarcophagus are allowed in for limited hours only each month.  Scientists the area will not be safe to live in for another 20,000 years.

Earlier this month, photographer Hélène Veilleux was allowed in, and spent four days photographing the irradiated ruins of the towns where hundreds of thousands of families once lived, worked and died.

These astonishing photographs document what she saw on her journey from Chernobyl to Pripyat.

April 25, 2013 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Nuclear Lobby’s big lie about “radiophobia”

liar-nuclear1“Fear of a Contaminated Homeland” becomes “Radio Phobia”  23 April 13, 

Translation: The witnesses to the world’s nuclear disasters, living in the affected lands, have a rational and experiential basis for fearing and not wanting the radiological contamination their homelands suffer.

This accurate awareness, experience and opinion is translated by nuclear industry and its authorities as an illness caused bygroundless fear. Love of health and homeland, the basis of the perception of homeland degradation, becomes not a sign of mourning for one’s nation, people and self, but a sign of weakness within the narrative of the nuclear industry. Hence “Radiophobia” as a term of abuse by nuclear authorities. These persons and organisations who claim authority to dictate safety in an attempt to shut up the patriots of the contaminated lands.

No farmer would want to plough cesium laced land, no consumer would want to eat the resulting food. Contaminated homelands mean no or little choice. The devaluing of the wants and needs of people lie at the basis of the nuclear industry narrative. The alleged imperative of nuclear industry demonstrates, by its defensive reactions, the priority of its own needs – to continue – over the valid needs of lands and populations who once hosted the industry.

The use of the term reveals more about nuclear authorities than it does about their victims.

It is self evident that nuclear authorities act to minimize the perception of contaminated homelands.

This is not homeland security; it is a manipulative lie.

Fewer and fewer people are able to believe the lie without dissonance.

The entire dynamic is not new. It has been repeated for decades.

April 25, 2013 Posted by | 2 WORLD, spinbuster | Leave a comment

Serious obstacles to any development of Small Modular Nuclear Reactors

Small-modular-reactor-dudThe Next Nuclear Reactor May Arrive Hauled by a Truck NYT By MATTHEW L. WALD  April 24, 2013 WASHINGTON “…….The Obama administration, with nuclear power aims that have received less attention than its alternative energy initiatives, began a five-year program to develop reactors in 2012, planning to spend $452 million.

The budget outlook for the final three years is uncertain, but the incoming energy secretary, Ernest J. Moniz, speaking at his confirmation hearing on April 9, said of small modular reactors: “I think that it’s a very promising direction that we need to pursue. It’s where the most innovation is going on in nuclear energy.”

But new approaches to nuclear power have been forecast far more often than they have been realized, and some worry that small modular reactors could fall into that category. Joyce L. Connery, an Energy Department nuclear expert assigned to the National Security Council, remarked at a nuclear power conference in March, “I hope that soon we populate the world with S.M.R.’s as much as we populate the world with conferences about S.M.R.’s.”

The economics may still be challenging even if the price tag is smaller, she said. …. the environment for nuclear energy is not so great right now,” she told a gathering of several hundred experts organized by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Cheap natural gas in North America and global political fallout from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan are not helping, experts say.

And the regulatory structure is not so great for small reactors. Regulatory commission rules for control-room staff levels, emergency planning zones and security are all predicated on large, aboveground reactors. A small one built mostly underground might logically have smaller requirements, but a potential buyer would be reluctant to build one under the current regulatory regime, experts say.

Also, small reactors still face serious scrutiny for safety. David Lochbaum, a nuclear engineer at the Union of Concerned Scientists, said that the nice thing about reactors that existed only on paper was that the worst damage risk is paper cuts; their weaknesses do not become evident until the design or construction is further along…..

April 25, 2013 Posted by | technology, USA | Leave a comment

UK government looks like reneging on its promise of no subsidies for new nuclear

Will the public subsidise new nuclear?   A parliamentary committee has accused the government of failing to keep its promise not to subsidise new nuclear. But has the government been planning to renege on its promise all along?

Subsidising nuclear

The Environmental Audit Committee is calling on the government to be more open about the money it gives to the nuclear industry. A new report from the committee released today suggests the UK nuclear industry receives a £2.3 billion subsidy each year. Continue reading

April 25, 2013 Posted by | politics, UK | Leave a comment

North Korea’s nuclear test might be cause of radiation detected at Takasaki, Japan

Radiation detected in Japan may be from North Korea nuclear test April 24, 2013 POSSIBLE radioactive traces from a North Korean nuclear test in February have been detected for the first time, 1000km away in Japan.

The  Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) said it had detected isotopes “consistent with a nuclear fission event”, The Japan Times reports. “The ratio of the detected xenon isotopes (xenon-131m and xenon-133) is consistent with a nuclear fission event occurring more than 50 days before the detection,” the CTBTO said.

“This coincides very well” with the North Korea’s announced nuclear test on February 12.The detection at a monitoring station in Japan came 55 days after the explosion, The Japan Times reports.

The group said, however, that the discovery couldn’t help it answer the key question of whether Pyongyang used plutonium or uranium in the blast.

North Korea used plutonium in its 2006 and 2009 tests and any discovery that it used highly enriched uranium for its third test would mark a significant technological step for the impoverished and unpredictable regime…..

It is also possible that the so-called radionuclides were from a nuclear reactor or other atomic activity, and the CTBTO said it is currently examining the traces to see whether this is the case.

It ruled out however that the source was the crippled Fukushima No.1 nuclear plant.

The detection was made in Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, 1000 km from the North Korean test site. Lower levels were also picked up at Ussuriysk, Russia, one of several hundred sites worldwide reporting to the CTBTO.

April 25, 2013 Posted by | North Korea, weapons and war | Leave a comment

A new Iranian president may bring reconciliation with the West

Could former nuclear negotiator help bring Iran in from the cold? Gareth Smyth for Tehran Bureau 24 April 2013  Presidential candidate Hassan Rowhani may have the credentials to steer Iran to a diplomatic breakthrough Hassan Rowhani was considered an early frontrunner in the runup to the 2005 Iranian presidential election, before eventually deciding not to run.

The former nuclear negotiator’s entry into the 2013 election, then, carries a hint of deja vu. Leading the Iranian delegation in the 2003-05 nuclear talks with Europe, Rowhani took Iran the nearest it has come to a substantive diplomatic agreement with the west since the 1979 Islamic revolution.

Nearly a decade later, could a Rowhani presidency lead to a diplomatic breakthrough, easing Iran back from punitive sanctions and the possibility of US or Israeli attack?

It is a tall order. To win the election, he will need to convince voters he is a man of the future and not the past. And to reach international agreement over the nuclear programme, he will need to succeed where he previously failed in bringing together Iran’s Islamic leadership and western powers whose real goal – many in Iran believe – is to overthrow the Islamic republic.

Perhaps Rowhani has as good credentials as anyone for such a task. Essentially a pragmatic conservative, the 64-year-old cleric is an insider of the Islamic establishment……..

April 25, 2013 Posted by | general | Leave a comment