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The week in nuclear news – to 18 June

Christina Macpherson’s websites & blogs

Nations with nuclear reactors are slowly waking up to the fact that mounting nuclear waste is a global emergency.   At the G20 meeting in Japan,  Japan proposed setting up an international framework for cooperative research into how to dispose of high-level radioactive waste from nuclear power plants. The first meeting on the framework is planned for October in France.

A bit of good news: First UK Supermarket Chain to Eliminate Plastic From Produce Will Save 1,300 Tons of Plastic From Landfill

Nuclear power is far from “emissions free”.

Escalating collapse of global insect populations.

Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, Journalism on trial, Scahill, Hedges, Pilger and more: the charges, the defense, what you can do.


FRANCE. Electricite de France (EDF) has financial woes, hopes to save itself by switching from nuclear to renewables?

JAPAN. Japan’s restarted nuclear reactors could be forced to shut down for safety measures to be implemented.

NORTH KOREA. Living with a nuclear North Korea: how to move beyond the impasse.

RUSSIA. Investigative journalism. How Russia’s nuclear industry co-opted religion.

KAZAKHSTAN. HBO’s Chernobyl Stokes Anti-Nuclear Mood in Kazakhstan .

UK. UK Labour’s energy policy means that nuclear energy could be prioritised over renewables.  Climate change denier makes big donations to Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt.

INDIA. VCK Chief Thol. Thirumavalavan opposes Nuclear fuel storage facility in Kudankulam plant.

UKRAINE. “Chernobyl” TV series – was drawn from the testimony of those who were there.  Chernobyl meltdown: the melted metal, with uranium and zirconium, formed radioactive lavaChernobyl ‘suicide divers‘ saved Europe from nuclear devastation.  Birth defects in the Chernobyl region.    “Chernobyl” TV series gets high rating, highly viewed in Russia and Ukraine. The clean-up of the Chernobyl nuclear wreck– the costs and international effort.  Holtec and Ukraine developing Small Modular Nuclear Reactors (dodgy underground devices)

IRAN. Iran to further scale back compliance with nuclear deal.  Japanese PM Shinzo Abe says Iran has ‘no intentions’ to make or use nuclear weapons.

LITHUANIA. Lithuanian Energy Institute scientists seriously working on nuclear decommissioning system.

June 17, 2019 - Posted by | Christina's notes


  1. Nancy Pelosi lobbying for Trump’s war with Iran.

    Nancy Pelosi
    · 13h
    Americans must have no illusions about the Iranian regime and must remain committed to holding Iran accountable for its dangerous activities in the region. But we must be strong, smart and strategic – not reckless and rash – in how to proceed. (link:

    The nuclear complexes in Iran are extremely hard to get at. Bolton, Pompeo, Abrams all lobbied to use small tactical Nukes against the complexes under George W Bush. Iran is well armed. Iran has a large experienced army.
    Iran is rich. Iran is mountainous, hard to attack. Iran has 80 million people. Many Educated.
    Trump has abrogated medium range missile treaties, to make smaller, tactical nuclear bombs. Where does one suppose those tactical nuclear bombs will go?

    Nancy Pelosi is on Trumps side against Iran, even though Trump can an ongoing war in Iran, to justify reelection and, be in power after 2020 as a power war president. A war president for 2020 like Bush was in 2004.

    Do not kid yurself Pelosi ain’t impeaching Trump, She is doing nothing to Trump . Trump will win again in 2020, if there is not a fullscale nuclead war before then.

    Comment by Doug | June 18, 2019 | Reply

  2. Arash Karami
    in response to unproven claim that Iran attacked a Japanese tanker in the Persian Gulf the US is going to bomb an Iranian nuclear facility.…
    10:56 AM – 17 Jun 2019
    U.N. officials: U.S. planning a ‘tactical assault’ in Iran
    The military action under consideration would be an aerial bombardment of an Iranian facility linked to its nuclear program, the officials further claimed.
    The Jerusalem Post The Jerusalem Post @Jerusalem_Post
    Andrey Baklitskiy Andrey Baklitskiy
    Jun 17
    Replying to @thekarami
    What could go wrong?
    View conversation ·
    Arash Karami Arash Karami
    Jun 17
    Replying to @baklitskiy
    it’ll be quick, no worries, little damage, just sending a message, that’s all
    View conversation ·
    Arash Karami Arash Karami
    Jun 17
    Replying to @thekarami
    this is a good time to ask US officials: what do you expect to achieve with military strikes on Iran? what if your goal is not achieved? what will happen if Iran responds? is this the first step toward war? how many casualties do you expect from this war? how much will it cost?
    View conversation ·
    Enter a topic, @name, or fullname

    Comment by Doug | June 18, 2019 | Reply

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