The mushroom clouds over Hiroshima and Nagasaki marked the end of the road chosen by young officers of Japan’s Kwantung Army in the 1930s. The current chaos and fear at post-quake and tsunami Fukushima Daiichi are the end of the road chosen by senior Japanese bureaucrats and their corporate and political collaborators in the 1950s, and reinforced since. Their legacy is today’s nuclear Japan. Hiroshima and Nagasaki were human-made disasters; Fukushima was a natural disaster, though human factors worsened it. Japan’s Hiroshima syndrome of fear and loathing for all things nuclear meant that cooperation with the US over strategy for a nuclear war had to be kept secret, in mitsuyaku or “secret treaties” of the 1960s and 1970s that have only become public in the past two years. The commitment to nuclear energy also had to be concealed, never submitted to electoral scrutiny, handled through manipulation (extensive advertising campaigns), cover-ups (especially of … [Read more...] about Japan’s nuclear future may now be in the past
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If you read the media coverage of the presentation given to the United Nations General Assembly on 17 September by the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, you could be forgiven for picturing him pounding his shoe on the podium, old Soviet-style, and yelling “We will bury you!” Press reports on this speech in the United States described him as “threatening”, “aggressive” and “unyielding”. Dafna Linzer of the Washington Post went so far as to claim that he had said that Americans “brought the devastation of Hurricane Katrina upon themselves” (1). Why was his speech presented in this way? The usual pundits who dominate US newspaper column inches and television talk shows would reply that Iran is not to be trusted because it ran a clandestine nuclear enrichment programme, dramatically exposed in 2002. Like previous assertions on Iraqi weapons, this claim has been conveniently stripped of significant nuances, and has … [Read more...] about Iran needs nuclear energy, not weapons
The building of the construction base of the Paks-2 Nuclear Power Plant begun on 20 June by the engineering division of Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom. “From the point of view of the long-term competitiveness of the Hungarian economy, it is extremely important that Hungarian enterprises and the population be provided with cheap electricity from domestic sources,” Minister without portfolio Responsible for the Planning, Construction and Commissioning of the Two New Units at th... This story is part of New Europe's Premium content. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In from the ↑ Top of the Page ↑ Login … [Read more...] about Construction of Hungary’s Paks-2 nuclear plant base begins
“We are not going to buy electricity from the Belarusian nuclear power plant, but do not want to politicise the issue of construction of this station,” said the Polish Ambassador to Belarus on 27 December 2017. If asked, a few Western diplomats would say the same. On the one hand, many Western politicians see Lithuania’s crusade against the Belarusian nuclear power plant (NPP) as politicised and even panicked. But on the other hand, perhaps thanks to Lithuania’s position, any cooperation (except on security issues) between Belarus and the West in the atomic sphere have become less feasible. Therefore, while Lithuania loses the conflict diplomatically, Belarus is not a winner either. It seems that Lithuanian politicians compete over who can deliver the sharpest criticism of Belarus’s first NPP, which is under construction in Astraviec in northwest Belarus near the border with Lithuania. In 2017, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė in her talk … [Read more...] about Will the West join Lithuania’s crusade against Belarus NPP?
United Kingdom European Union membership referendum “ Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union? ” LocationUnited Kingdom (pop. 65.648m) and Gibraltar (pop. 0.030m)Date23 June 2016 Results Votes % Leave 17,410,742 51.89% Remain 16,141,241 48.11% Valid votes 33,551,983 99.92% Invalid or blank votes 25,359 0.08% Total votes 33,577,342 100.00% Registered voters/turnout 46,500,001 72.21% Results by voting areas Leave Remain On the map, the darker shades for a colour indicate a larger margin. The results for Northern Ireland are by parliamentary constituency. The electorate of 46.5m represents 70.8% of the population.The United Kingdom European Union membership referendum, also known as the EU referendum and the Brexit referendum, took place on 23 June 2016 in the United Kingdom (UK) and Gibraltar to ask the electorate if the country should remain a member of, … [Read more...] about 2016 United Kingdom European Union membership referendum