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Nuclear-weapons treaty the right way forward

February 27, 2021 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Biden’s Nuclear Opportunity  https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/19/opinion/letters/biden-iran-nuclear.html

February 20, 2021 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Press freedom hangs on the fate of Julian Assange

Sabine von Törne   14 Feb 21,  What happens to Wikileaks founder and publisher #JulianAssange who remains unlawfully imprisoned at High Security Prison Belmarsh for exposing US war crimes and corruption of powerful elites matters to all of us.
Yesterday, on 12th of February 2021, the Biden administration submitted an appeal against Magistrate Baraitser’s decision to refuse extradition to the U.S. on humanitarian grounds.
This struggle is far from over. #TheWorldIsWatching with our eyes on #London. We must speak up for Julian’s human rights, for press freedom, free speech, the public’s right to know what those who govern us are up to in our name and thereby for the most basic principles of democracy. Keep fighting. We can win this. #FreeJulianAssange

February 15, 2021 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

ICAN urges all countries to sign the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty

Nuclear Weapons control urged   https://www.hometownsource.com/union_times/free/nuclear-weapons-control-urged/article_36176f9c-672f-11eb-837b-2b2135bf9b99.html Helen Loing, Princeton , 5 Feb 21,

On January 22, 2021, the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) became international law. More than 50 nations have already ratified this treaty, but the U.S. has not. It is my strong feeling that the new administration should make nuclear arms control and non-proliferation top priorities.

I would urge you to contact your congressional representative, Tom Emmer (202-225-2331) or Pete Stauber (202-225-6211), and our two senators, Amy Klobuchar (202-224-3244) and Tina Smith (202-224-5641), to sign the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear weapons pledge (ICAN) to work for the ratification of the TPNW in the U.S.

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear weapons was the recipient of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize and is urging all lawmakers, in all countries, to support it. I hope you will, too.

 

February 5, 2021 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Nuclear Care Partners is helping former Pantex workers

Nuclear Care Partners is helping former Pantex workers  https://www.myhighplains.com/news/today-in-amarillo/nuclear-care-partners-is-helping-former-pantex-workers/  Feb 4, 2021

February 5, 2021 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Who’s next? Experts worry about East Asia and the Middle East getting nuclear weapons

Who’s next?  Nuclear proliferation is not fast, but it is frightening

Experts worry about East Asia and the Middle East,

In march 1963 President John Kennedy lamented his failure to negotiate a ban on nuclear tests. “Personally,” he warned, “I am haunted by the feeling that by 1970, unless we are successful, there may be ten nuclear powers instead of four—and by 1975, 15 or 20.”

Kennedy was wrong. While many countries explored the idea of nuclear weapons from the 1950s to the 1990s, comparatively few took the next step of actually trying to develop the ability to build them (see chart). Of those few some stopped because the country itself dissolved (Yugoslavia), some because of changes to domestic politics (Brazil), some because of pressure from allies (South Korea) and some through force of arms (Iraq)….. (subscribers only)  https://www.economist.com/briefing/2021/01/30/nuclear-proliferation-is-not-fast-but-it-is-frightening

January 29, 2021 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Peace and jusrice groups applaud the coming into force of UN Nuclear Weapons Ban

January 26, 2021 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Praise from United Nations, Pope Francis for nuclear ban treaty coming into force

Daily Mail 22nd Jan 2021,  The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons took effect Friday — but the milestone is marred by the lack of signatures from the world’s major
nuclear powers. Despite the missing participants, the occasion was marked
by praise from the United Nations and even Pope Francis.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-9175029/UN-pope-hail-launch-anti-nuclear-treaty.html

January 23, 2021 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons – a major step towards a safe world

Greenpeace 22nd Jan 2021, Nuclear arms are the most destructive, indiscriminate and monstrous weapons  ever produced – but today, we can all celebrate a major milestone in the
long march towards peace: the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
(TPNW) is now part of international law!

https://www.greenpeace.org/international/story/46233/nuclear-weapons-illegal-treaty/

January 23, 2021 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

A paranoid president and 7,000 plutonium warheads.

David Lowry’s Blog 10th Jan 2021, A paranoid president and 7,000 plutonium warheads. Of all the issues raised by the Trump boycott of the inauguration of Joe Biden as President on 20 January, the issue of how the codes that control the launch of US nuclear weapons is the most pressing and terrifying. Here are several articles addressing this problem: Here’s what happens to the ‘nuclear football’ if  Trump skips Biden’s inauguration.

http://drdavidlowry.blogspot.com/2021/01/a-paranoid-president-and-7000-plutonium.html

January 18, 2021 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Lebanon’s Hezbollah chief says nuclear button with “crazy fool” Trump

Lebanon’s Hezbollah chief says nuclear button with “crazy fool” Trump,  https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-crisis-hezbollah/lebanons-hezbollah-chief-says-nuclear-button-with-crazy-fool-trump-idUSKBN29D2OQ BEIRUT (Reuters) 8 Jan 21, – Lebanon’s Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Friday recent events in the U.S. would have global repercussions and prayed that God protect the world until Jan. 20 when President elect Joe Biden is inaugurated.“The nuclear button is in the hands of a crazy fool called Trump,” Nasrallah said in a televised address.

“God protect the world from what he can do.”

Reporting By Maha El Dahan and Laila Bassam

January 9, 2021 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Nuclear in France: why bother? This technology is on the way out.

Nuclear in France: why bother?  Les Echos, The energy produced from the atom is much less competitive than that from wind turbines and solar panels, assures Julien Tchernia, ekWateur president. So let’s stop supporting a sector that no longer keeps its economic promises, he writes.

By Julien Tchernia (president and co-founder of ekWateur)  Jan 7, 2021  An article or post published on renewable energy always gives rise to a series of derogatory comments from nuclear advocates. Even if the content does not mention or refer to nuclear, its aficionados take to the pen to denigrate renewable modes of production and make the article of their favorite mode of production.
Why do they feel so threatened? Isn’t the risk of this mode of production disappearing rather linked to the complexity and costs of building and producing new nuclear power plants? Hasn’t the time come to fully embrace the shift to renewable energy?……..  (subscribers onlyhttps://www.lesechos.fr/idees-debats/cercle/opinion-nucleaire-en-france-pourquoi-senteter-1278907?fbclid=IwAR2pH8FJBJeoUq4eXD4VUjoHtCvwldQAYueBHFcTY6yh0WsXfjQkiRTPDNQ

January 9, 2021 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Opinion: Trump has made nuclear disaster much more likely: don’t expect much better from Biden.

Rex Newman, 6 Jan 21, Trump did not just leave a hawkish nuke weapons problem. The evil, dumb son of a bitch was going to start testing nuclear weapons again. Tactical nukes. All treaties abrogated. Exploding nuclear bombs to stop hurricanes. He was aiming to use tactical nukes. Space wars. He has made a nuclear accident, a hundred times more likely. He has done it by deregulatings nuke reactors supervision so stupidly and capriciously post Fukushima. By not setting up programs to make reactors infratrucure more safe, since fukushima.

Especially in the face of increased earhquake and hurricane activity. San louis obisbo. S carolina for earthquakes. 23 coastal reactors for hurricanes.

The nuclear reactor corruption in ohio, three reactors with holes in their heads ready to blow kept open w ratepayers subaidizing them. Came from the disgusting repuklikans and trump.

The second plutonium pit factory. One man nuclear obliteration of the world. 3 more nuke catastrophes inl woolsey brunswick. Hawkish is a terrible euphemistic understatement for trumps nuke policies though i have heard it before. Probly one or more of the 94 shitty old nuclear complexes will blow w nuclear waste fuel fires.  20 pounds of hi level nuke waste from a nuclear reactor, w cs137 plutonium st90 co60 in it will kill a person in 20 minutes who is 15 ft from it. The reactors make tons of that shit every year. 100 billions of a gram of any of that shit especially polonium and cesium will murder a person. A diver i knew was exposed to an open box of iridium used to check ship hulls. 100 grams of the shit destroyed half the divers body and killed his diver mate, 50 feet under water.

Dont expect so much better from biden as he reappoints victoria nuland ,who put the neonazis in power in ukraine. There will be onw or two nuke catastrophes in the usa and ukraine the media cant hide like inl brunswig and woolsey. The economy will continue to go to shit. There will be an uprising against biden. Hopefully a bunch of trump nazis will be wiped out.

Nuclear waste to be dumped in landfills nothing done about hanford or los alamos or san onofre at san diego tens of thousands of tons of the worst hilevel nuke waste possible store above ground in flimsy cannisters in new mexico texas az idaho, wash, san onofre that will exlode catch fire and poison the usa. Americium241 as poisonous as plutonium cheap smoke detectors full of that shit poisoning ladfills across the usa. Depleted uranium everywhere. Dozens of nuclear meltdowns. The artic is full of millions of tons of nuclear waste from old american russian french and uk nuke subs. From reactors dumped into the sea.
90 thousand acres of nuclear waste and nuc reactor garbage and nuke fallout from two meltdowns burned into the air at the idaho national lab fire. 70 years with 60 reactors and thousands of tons of the worst radioactive crap possible burned.into the air, in 2018 under trumps watch.

January 7, 2021 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Small Nuclear Reactor market “buoyant” ? – methinks the nuclear lobby doth protest too much.

January 7, 2021 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Exceedingly high radiation levels found inside Fukushima’s crippled reactor buildings

Asahi Shimbun 30th Dec 2020, Exceedingly high radiation levels found inside crippled reactor buildings
at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant were labeled by nuclear regulators as an “extremely serious” challenge to the shutdown process and overall decommissioning of the site.

The Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) said a huge amount of radioactive materials apparently had attached to shield
plugs of the containment vessels in the No. 2 and No. 3 reactors. Radiation levels were estimated at 10 sieverts per hour, a lethal dose for anyone who spends even an hour in the vicinity, according to experts.

The finding would make it exceptionally difficult for workers to move the shield plugs, raising the prospect that the plan to decommission the reactors will have to be reassessed.

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14071742?s=09

January 2, 2021 Posted by | general | Leave a comment