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Justice demanded for the ‘Atomic Marines’ of America’s botched Bikini Atoll nuclear test


 The ‘Atomic Marines’ of America’s botched Bikini Atoll nuclear test
demand justice. After being sworn to secrecy about their Cold War mission,
the men are now finally speaking out ahead of ‘Burning Sky’, a
documentary which premieres on PBS America on Wednesday 23 June.

As part of a series of top-secret nuclear tests codenamed Operation Castle, on 1 March
1954 the US military carried out a trial known as “Castle Bravo”,
detonating a 15-megaton hydrogen bomb on Bikini Atoll in the Marshall
Islands. Delivered to the West Pacific on the USS Curtiss by marines who
had taken an oath of secrecy, the device was 1,000 times more powerful than
the bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945 – and, due to an error in
calculation, two-and-a-half times more destructive than expected.

 iNews 23rd June 2021

 https://inews.co.uk/news/long-reads/the-atomic-marines-of-americas-botched-bikini-atoll-nuclear-test-demand-justice-1066321

June 24, 2021 Posted by | health, secrets,lies and civil liberties, USA, weapons and war | Leave a comment

The dangersof transporting nuclear weapons and other nuclear materials

Nuclear Transports**

 The UK & Ireland Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) today publishes a
detailed analysis considering the wide range and large number of transports
of nuclear materials around the UK and Europe, and from the UK to other
countries.

The report highlights nuclear transports are continuing to
increase and remain a concern from the perspective of an accident or
malicious incident taking place with one of them. Nuclear transport is of
particular concern to the NFLA as radioactive materials are at their most
vulnerable when they are being transported off site, as they are away from
dedicated safe storage facilities and are in an ‘uncontrolled’
environment where they face a greater level of risk.

The report considersin detail the following transports: The safety of nuclear weapon road
convoys – it considers recent reports by the Nuclear Information Service,
ICAN UK and Nukewatch Scotland. The future transport by road of vehicles
containing redundant submarine reactors from Rosyth and Devonport to
Capenhurst by road. The report highlights the sheer number of road
transports involving nuclear materials as well.

The transport by rail of spent nuclear fuel from existing and decommissioned reactors, with
particular focus on the rail transports of radioactive materials from
Dounreay to Sellafield. It also highlights learning points from recent
conventional rail transport accidents. The transport of radioactive
materials by sea around the British Isles and globally to fulfil
international contracts. The transport of highly enriched uranium materials
stored at Dounreay by air to a site in South Carolina, United States.

Thereis also reference to a historical list of accidents involving planes with
nuclear weapons.

 NFLA 22nd June 2021

June 24, 2021 Posted by | safety, UK | Leave a comment

UK government’s fantasy of a nuclear fusion energy plant at Bradwell

**Fusion** The announcement by the Government that Bradwell is on the long list of
fifteen possible sites for the UK’s prototype fusion energy plant has
come out of the blue. Chair of the Blackwater Against New Nuclear Group
(BANNG) Professor Andy Blowers, described the idea to develop fusion
(essentially the process that goes on inside the sun and in hydrogen bombs)
to produce electricity as ‘yet another nuclear fantasy, like the
philosopher’s stone full of golden promise but impossible to realise.


Bradwell is not a soft touch for such speculative and dangerous
experimentation’.The Government has committed £400M to the fusion
programme and the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) put out a call for
sites to host STEP (the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production), the
prototype fusion plant. The fifteen sites include the usual suspects –
Sellafield, North Wales, Dounreay – together with other nuclear sites,
former coal-fired power station sites and, at the end of the list, Bradwell
nominated by Belport Ltd., an entrepreneurial property and asset management
company.

 BANNG 22nd June 2021

https://www.banng.info/category/news/press-releases/

June 24, 2021 Posted by | technology, UK | Leave a comment

30,177 Global War on Terror veterans have died by suicide, compared to 7,057 who have died while deployed — limitless life

Sort of dispels that myth that war is natural. Leah Bolger President, World BEYOND War Past President, Veterans For Peace leah@worldbeyondwar.org worldbeyondwar.org          On Tue, Jun 22, 2021 at 5:45 PM Gar Smith wrote: Thanks, Don This shocking statistics in this article, prompted a thought: Has anyone proposed honoring all the “unknown soldiers” who […]

30,177 Global War on Terror veterans have died by suicide, compared to 7,057 who have died while deployed — limitless life

June 24, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Hersey helped Hiroshima survivors tell and preserve their stories — IPPNW peace and health blog

Hiroshima author John Hersey [This book review was originally published in IPPNW’s designated journal, Medicine, Conflict and Survival.] In 1946, John Hersey wrote a magazine article that changed the world. On the 75th anniversary of the events he described so vividly in Hiroshima, journalist Lesley M. M. Blume has given us Fallout, a timely reminder that Hersey’s courageous […]

Hersey helped Hiroshima survivors tell and preserve their stories — IPPNW peace and health blog

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