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Uprising l KPFA July 23, 2014 - 8:00am
Interview with Eric Schlosser, author of Command and Control, on nuclear secrecy, safety, and accidents.
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The Cold War will never end until there is full nuclear disarmament, there's just too much money in it. For all Obama's promises and his prestigious peace prize he will allocate more money towards nuclear weapons "refurbishment" than Reagan. The nuclear weapons gravy train is the same as it ever was. If the people of this planet wish to survive and leave a world that is habitable for their children, the need to demand zero nuclear weapons, complete disarmament, is the only solution.
In the midst of a disasterous aftermath due to the failure of ordinary nuclear energy generation, Japan inexplicably moves forward with a multi billion dollar plutonium production facility at Rokkasho proposed to open in October. In 12 years this facility could produce more plutonium than the entire remaining US stockpile from the Cold War. This enormous plutonium proliferation risk would be burned in Fast Breeder Reactors, a concept so risky even the US abandoned it. In todays world, plagued by the threat of terrorisim, the idea that all it would take is a grapefruit size lump of plutonium (6.6lbs) to make a nuclear bomb with the explosive power 1 kiloton (1000tons) of TNT is chilling. Post Fukushima, does anyone, perhaps especially the Japanese people, feel comfortable with Japan having enough plutonium for 2600 nuclear weapons and how many dirty bombs? Not to mention the possibility of earthquakes, accidents and damage at fast breeder reactors.
Douglas Birch, R. Jeffrey Smith l Center for Public Integrity 10 March 2014
Ira Helfand, MD, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, PSR
Global Impacts of Limited Nuclear War
on Agriculture, Food Supplies, and Human Nutrition
Introduction to the Second Edition
In April of 2012 we released the report Nuclear Famine: A Billion People at Risk which examined the climatic and agri- cultural consequences of a limited, regional nuclear war. The report looked specifically at the declines in US maize and Chinese rice production that would result from the pre- dicted climate disruption and concluded that even a limited nuclear conflict would cause extensive famine, mainly in the developing world, and put more than one billion people at risk of starvation.
Since then new research by Lili Xia and Alan Robock has shown that the climate change caused by a limited nuclear war would affect Chinese maize production as severely as rice production and it would affect wheat production much more severely than rice output. Their new findings suggest that the original report may have seriously underestimated the consequences of a limited nuclear war. In addition to the one billion people in the developing world who would face possible starvation, 1.3 billion people in China would confront severe food insecurity. The prospect of a decade of wide- spread hunger and intense social and economic instability in the world’s largest country has immense implications for the entire global community, as does the possibility that the huge declines in Chinese wheat production will be matched by sim- ilar declines in other wheat producing countries.
This updated version of Nuclear Famine attempts to address these new concerns and better define the full extent of the worldwide catastrophe that will result from even a limited, regional nuclear war.
How the U.S. quietly turned a civilian atomic power site into a so-called bomb facility — and what it means for the global arms race
The production of nuclear weapons hides in plain sight all around the US (and around the world). Here, in South Carolina, employees of WesDyne (a subsidiary of Westinghouse) make an essential part of the tritium triggers used in nuclear bombs and missiles. Locals are clueless to the war chest (and its dangers) in their midst. Production at the plant has gone unreported even, in at least one case, "omitted entirely from a key report on the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile sent annually to international observers."
From the article: "For years, locals believed employees here worked solely on uranium fuel used in civilian nuclear power generation. But somewhere inside the 2-million-square foot complex, a small team of specialists, working on a federal contract for more than a decade, have quietly been assembling special stainless steel rods that are essential in the production of tritium, a radioactive isotope used in the trigger mechanisms for nuclear bombs and missiles. It’s the amount of tritium that’s released in the explosion of a nuclear weapon that determines the intensity of its devastating blast."
Human Rights Now l 18 April, 2013
For Immediate Release
10 years after the war, Innocent New Lives are Still Dying and Suffering In Iraq.
Human Rights NGO publish the Report of a Fact Finding Mission on Congenital Birth Defects in Fallujah, Iraq in 2013
This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Iraq War. After the war, particularly in the most recent few years, a deeply troubling rise in the numbers of birth defects has been reported by doctors in Iraq, leading to suspicions that environmental contamination from the war may be having a significant negative effect on the health of local people, and in particular infants and children. For instance in Fallujah, the city heavily attacked by the US twice in 2004, the data of Fallujah General Hospital shows that around 15% of babies of all births in Fallujah since 2003 have some congenital birth defect.
Human Rights Now (HRN), a Tokyo based international human rights NGO in consultative status with the UNEconomic and Social Council, conducted a fact-finding mission in Fallujah, Iraq in early 2013 to investigate thesituation of the reported increasing number of birth defects in Iraq.
Today, HRN published a report over 50 pages entitled "Innocent New Lives are Still Dying and Suffering in Iraq" on this investigation.
Detonating the "twenty-seventh American "subcritical experiment" since full-scale nuclear weapons tests were halted in 1992," the U.S. is showing little real commitment to disarmament at a time when they are loudly demanding it of others. Posturing about Iran's potential nuclear weapons program is high, Israel's actual nuclear weapons program is virtually ignored. The U.S. agenda on nuclear is the picture of hypocracy. To continue atomic testing after all the harm it has done shows that, rhetoric aside, the nuclear boys club in the U.S. political establishment isn't planning on giving up their deadly game of playing chicken with fate anytime soon.
RT.com l 8 December, 2012
MIA STEINLE l Project on Government Oversight 9 November, 2012
Government investigators have uncovered conflicts of interest among the contractors working on a multi-billion dollar effort to decontaminate and decommission two of the nation’s nuclear weapons sites.
Contractors at plants in Piketon, Ohio, and in Oak Ridge, Tenn., were overseeing work by subcontracting companies in which they hold a financial interest, according to a report from the Department of Energy (DOE) Inspector General.
According to federal and DOE regulations, this arrangement means the contractors are “unable to render impartial assistance or advice to the government,” and their “objectivity in performing the contract work is or might be otherwise impaired,” the report said.