Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Nuclear Watchdog IAEA Confirms Partial Meltdown of Reactors 1 to 3

By NewsCore

The UN's nuclear watchdog the IAEA warned Japan's nuclear crisis was "very serious" Wednesday as Tokyo resorted to increasingly desperate measures to cool overheated reactors and fuel pools at the stricken Fukushima plant. Continue

Learning from Disaster? After Sendai

By Richard Falk

There is a lack of credibility based, especially, on a long record of false reassurances and cover ups by the Japanese nuclear industry, hiding and minimizing the effects of a 2007 earthquake in Japan, and actually lying about the extent of damage to a reactor at that time and on other occasions. Continue

The Real Risks to America's Security

By Dave Lindorff

It seems rather silly now, doesn't it, all the US concern about terrorism? Continue

Freed CIA Agent Flees Pakistan
Clashes In Pakistan As U.S. Buys CIA Mans Freedom


CIA contractor Raymond Davis was flown out of Pakistan on Wednesday after being acquitted of two murder charges. Davis was released earlier Wednesday after the United States paid $2.3 million in "blood money" to the victims' families, a lawyer for the families has said. Continue

In Search of Monsters


The Iraq war hawks urging intervention in Libya are confident that there’s no way Libya could ever be another Iraq. Of course, they never thought Iraq would be Iraq, either.

U.S. Military Diplomacy – From Wounded Knee to Afghanistan

By Larry Kerschner

A normal person does not want to kill and will avoid it at all costs. The military won't let you remain normal. It doesn't matter if you think you are smart enough not to get caught up in their lies. They will change you. Continue

Fake Democracy

By Noam Chomsky

Contours of Global Order: Domination, Stability, Security in a Changing World: The rise of Xenophobia in the West. Continue

US Sends Drones Over Mexico


The United States has begun sending unarmed drones deep into Mexico to gather intelligence about powerful drug cartels in order to assist local authorities. Continue

Bradley Manning's Father Speaks Out

By Ed Pilkington

'You've crossed a line. This is wrong,' says Brian Manning, comparing his son's treatment to those in Guantánamo. Continue

11 "Taliban militants" killed in Afghanistan: The operation took place Tuesday night in Washeer district of Helmand province, the provincial governor's office said in a statement Wednesday.
NATO Occupation Forces Kills Two Children In Afghanistan: The NATO-led force in Afghanistan said Wednesday it was investigating yet another air strike that had apparently gone wrong, this time killing two children, and had suspended one of its commanders and grounded a helicopter crew.
United States kills five people in Pakistan : At least five people were killed Wednesday when a suspected US unmanned aircraft fired three missiles into a car in Pakistan's tribal region along the Afghan border, intelligence officials said. An intelligence official who asked not to be named said that they were trying to determine the identities of those killed through local informers.
One killed in attack on Nato tankers : One person was killed when unknown gunmen opened fire at Nato tankers in Balochistan province’s Mastung area on Wednesday, DawnNews reported.
CIA agent Raymond Davis weeps after release, say reports: Davis started weeping after he was released from jail and seemed to be in a state of trauma, said sources.
At least 11 killed in Misrata, as UN calls for immediate Libya cease-fire: A statement read out by United Nations spokesman Martin Nesirky said Ban was "gravely concerned" about signs of a forthcoming government assault on the eastern city of Benghazi.
Libya unrest: Pro-Gaddafi forces close in on Benghazi: Government troops have re-taken Ras Lanuf, Brega and Ajdabiyah as they continue their advance east towards Beghazi
Gaddafi shells city, threatens rebel stronghold: - Muammar Gaddafi's forces bombarded Libya's third largest city with artillery fire and advanced on the rebel stronghold of Benghazi on Wednesday as diplomatic steps to prevent him quelling a revolt ran aground.
Two Benghazi tribes support Gaddafi-Libyan TV: Two major tribes in the rebel-held city of Benghazi told Libyan state television they supported Muammar Gaddafi, the television said on Wednesday.
Sarkozy election campaign was funded by Libya – Gaddafi son: In an interview with the Euronews TV channel, Saif al-Islam said the Libyan regime had details of bank transfers and was ready to make them public in a move designed to punish Sarkozy for throwing his weight behind the opposition forces in Libya.
6 killed as Bhrain forces overrun protest camp: Backed by tanks and helicopter gunships, army and riot police today cracked down on anti- government protesters driving them out from a landmark square in the heart of Bahrain Capital leaving six people dead in firing and clashes, witnesses and officials said.
Bahrain troops retake Pearl Square - in pictures: Soldiers and riot police stormed a landmark square in Bahrain's capital where anti-government protesters had set up a camp
Hundreds shot in Bahrain protest: reports: At least 200 people have been shot and wounded in a Shi'ite village south of the Bahraini capital, a medic says, as the king imposed a state of emergency after bringing in Saudi and Emirati troops to help quell anti-regime protests.
Al-Jazeera : Live Blog: Bahrain crackdown: The latest news, photos and videos from Bahrain, where security forces have attacked protesters camped out in Pearl Roundabout.
Three killed by Iraq bomb blast: Kirkuk city police spokesman Sarhat Qadir said the car was parked near a hospital and government office when it exploded at around 9am on Wednesday.
Israel kills three people in Gaza: Israeli warplanes fired two missiles at a security compound in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Wednesday, killing three Palestinians and wounding four, Palestinian medical officials said.
Abbas: I won't seek re-election in next Palestinian polls: On Tuesday, Gaza's prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh, had invited Abbas to visit following parallel rallies in Gaza and the West Bank urging the rival Palestinian leaderships to reunite. The next day, the Palestinian leader announced that he would be prepared to make the trip within the coming week.
Uruguay recognizes Palestinian state: Uruguay has made its recognition of a Palestinian state official on Tuesday, following the example of ten other South American countries including Brazil and Argentina, Uruguayan Foreign Minister Luis Almagro said.
Iran responds to weapons ship seizure: Israel is regime of lies: Iranian Major-General Ataollah Salehi slams Israeli claim that Iran is the source of Gaza-bound ship smuggling tons of weapons, Iranian news agency reports.
One dead, 200 wounded in Yemen anti-government protests: Doctor says protesters attacked by security forces and plainclothes police using tear gas, rubber bullets, live fire and bats.
Young Leaders of Egypt's Revolt Snub Clinton in Cairo: A coalition of six youth groups that emerged from Egypt’s revolution last month has refused to meet with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who arrived in Cairo earlier today, in protest of the United States’ strong support for former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak who was ousted by the uprising.
NUKE CRISIS ESCALATES: Radiation Levels Now "Extremely High" With No Water In Reactor 4: U.S. nuclear regulatory committee chief says radiation levels "extremely high," reactor 4 has no water. He also says a much large radius should be evacuated than Japan has called for.
US Energy Chief Says Partial Meltdown Has Occurred At Fukushima, Urges All Us Citizens Within 80 KM To Evacuate: We urge Japanese readers who have not already done so, to follow Chu's advice and to get the hell away from Dodge, and evacuate to a minimum 50 mile safe distance.
Nuclear Meltdown in Japan Could Make Major Impact in America: The nuclear meltdown in Japan has become a greater crisis by the day. With the potential meltdown now ruled as a level six, according to Reuters, preventing total disaster is getting harder.
Japan's Growing Nuclear Calamity Compounded By History of Neglecting Safety, Downplaying Accidents: Russian nuclear accident specialist Iouli Andreyev put the blame on corporations and United Nations' International Atomic Energy Agency, saying they had “willfully ignor[ed] lessons from the world's worst nuclear accident 25 years ago to protect the industry's expansion.
Dangers Of General Electric's Mark 1 Reactors Known For 40 Years : The New York Times reported this week that the Mark 1 nuclear reactors were developed in the 1960s by General Electric
GE Scientist Quit Over Troubled Reactor’s Design: Scientist Dale Bridenbaugh and two colleagues at General Electric quit their jobs in the 1970s to express their concern about the company’s Mark 1 nuclear reactor — the design of the troubled reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan.
'We're not afraid to die': Extraordinary courage of the Fukushima Fifty as they return to stricken power plant to fight nuclear disaster
Nuclear Disaster 'Will Have Political Impact as Great as 9/11': The nuclear disaster in Fukushima makes it hard to ignore the vulnurabilities of the technology. It could spell the end of nuclear power
'You can hear Bradley Manning coming because of the chains': US soldier Bradley Manning is being held in inhuman conditions in military prison, accused of passing secrets to WikiLeaks. Every other week his friend from Boston goes to visit him.
Bradley Manning's military doctors accused over treatment: WikiLeaks suspect treated cruelly, says rights group, which accuses psychiatrists of 'violating ethical duties'
Julian Assange tells students that the web is the greatest spying machine ever: The WikiLeaks founder says he also believes the internet is not a technology that favours freedom of speech
Man With 4th Amendment Written on Chest Sues Over Airport Arrest: A 21-year-old Virginia man who wrote an abbreviated version of the Fourth Amendment on his body and stripped to his shorts at an airport security screening area is demanding $250,000 in damages for being detained on a disorderly conduct charge.
Wholesale prices up 1.6 pct. on steep rise in food: Wholesale prices jumped last month by the most in nearly two years due to higher energy costs and the steepest rise in food prices in 36 years.
US housing construction plunges: – Construction of new homes in the United States plunged in February to near record lows and building permits hit bottom, official data showed Wednesday in a dismal report on the ailing housing market.

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