The week in nuclear news

A bit of good news – Marc Jacobson: No miracle tech needed: How to switch to renewables now and lower costs doing it.In my newsletters and on my websites, there are a lot of articles critical of, indeed condemning, NATO and the USA.  There are also articles critical of Ukraine, and some revealing the Russian point of view.   This isn’t because I’m a Putin supporter. I’m not, and certainly don’t support his illegal invasion of Ukraine. I have publicised some atrocities by the Ukrainians –   but I don’t doubt that there have been some atrocities by the Russian side.

The pro-Ukraine, pro NATO/USA side is fulsomely covered by the mainstream media. My reason is simply that the mainstream media is blanketing us with a very biased coverage of the Ukraine war – we are being brainwashed to believe that Ukraine is winning this war,  – there’s no case for a negotiated settlement, and that the might of NATO/USA is the solution to this problem, and to pretty much every other problem on the planet. China is evil, but NATO will fix everything. The message is, as a notoriously corrupt Australian Premier used to answer questions , –   ” Don’t you worry about THAT” – (ie. ”don’t think. just cheer us on.”)

AUSTRALIA.

Oh, for a Prime Minister honest about Australia’s security! Mr Albanese goes to Madrid: Australia on the alliance path to Global Nato

 Nuclear.   Spinbusting the propaganda of SMR Nuclear Technology’s Tony Irwin as he spruiks for Small Nuclear Reactors for Australia.

ERA looks for funding options for cleaning up Ranger uranium mine.

Fast-tracking Australia toward nuclear subs. ( I like this one: it is appealingly silly ) AUKUS nuclear submarine plan to be revealed by March 2023.


Harsher anti-protest laws targeting environmentalists
 are putting greed before green
 .

Climate.    The Greens are our best hope for the urgent climate action we need. Labor to introduce legislation for climate targets and EV tax cuts in first week of parliament. Europe saw Morrison’s Australia as “handbrake” on global climate action, Albanese says.  Climate change poses ‘real and substantial’ threat to Torres Strait Islanders, Chris Bowen says

Tanya Plibersek declares environment ‘is back front and centre’ in Australia at UN ocean conference.

Gas Lies: as super profits ramp up so too does the fossil fuel propaganda war

Preparing for future crises

INTERNATIONAL

Assange’s wife sounds alarm over his treatment. Julian Assange files new appeal fighting extradition to US. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRNpsNCPXvA    Extradition of Julian Assange – a travesty of justice.

Atoms and Ashes—lessons from six of the world’s worst nuclear disasters. (this is a terrific article – covers every aspect about nuclear safety).         Is Nuclear Power Just Too Dangerous?

ABOUT NATO and WAR  NATO and a War Foretold . While Biden Gives Ukrainian Army “The Most Lethal Weapon,” War Profiteer BAE Systems Stock Soars.

Empire To Expand NATO In Response To War Caused By NATO Expansion.

NATO has completed its post-Cold War transformation from Europe’s guard dog into America’s attack dog.    If you want to be accepted as ”Western” – best to be white.      NATO to add Finland, Sweden, prepare Australia, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea .

NATO pressures Finland, Sweden to back “Türkiye’s” war against Kurds as price of admission.     Finland, Sweden join Turkey’s war against Kurds to get NATO pass.      New, aspiring NATO members must adhere to Anglo-American pieties, dogmas, articles of faith .         NATO summit: Pentagon to establish permanent military bases in Central, Eastern Europe.       Military social media campaigns promote the war in Ukraine, and attack any ”wrongthink” that dares criticise role of USA and NATO.


Nuclear warheads expected to increase
 in next 10 years.

Small modular nukes fall short on climate promises, new study suggests.

Lost in space: Astronauts struggle to regain bone density.

Gun Violence: A Public Health Crisis — IPPNW peace and health blog

Put women’s rights ‘front and centre’ of climate policies: Bachelet.

CLIMATE.  Greta Thunberg has warned that the world faces “total natural catastrophe” unless citizens take urgent action. World is not going to avoid 1.5C global warming ‘tipping point’, researchers warnThe Fossil Fuel Industry’s Expansion Plans Will Be the Death of Us! — Mother Jones


UN Ocean Conference ends with call for greater ambition and global commitment to address dire state of Ocean

UKRAINEBiden officials privately doubt that Ukraine can win back all of its territory . The IAEA Needs Access to Ukraine’s Nuclear Power Plant. Biden Can Help.   Ukraine says link restored to Zaporizhzhia nuclear station.   As West blames Moscow for ‘food crisis’, ships sail from Mariupol with Moscow’s help while Ukraine holds vessels in its ports. ‘Russian-speakers will be second-class citizens unless they give up their language’: A view on Ukraine’s future from Donbass.

EUROPEInternational groups mobilise to demand that the European Parliament end plan to greenwash nuclear power.

RUSSIA. Russia to Bolster Border With Nuclear Weapons, Missiles if Sweden, Finland Join NATO. Russia open to nuclear weapon talks

HUNGARYNATO Summit – Facing the New Reality – a view from Hungary

SWEDENWill Sweden throw the Kurds under a bus, in order to get Turkey to agree to Sweden joining NATO? Swedish and Finnish NATO deal with Turkey triggers fears over Kurdish deportations.

TURKEYNATO summit “great diplomatic success for Turkey,” escalation of war in Mideast.

SOUTH KOREANATO summit: South Korea joins NATO’s anti-China campaign.

UK. 

USA

MARSHALL ISLANDS. World’s most nuclear contaminated island left uninhabitable for 77 years.

JAPAN. Japan’s Nuclear Power Plants in 2022.  Britain to lift restrictions on food from Fukushima. Japan has approved restarts of 10 nuclear reactors, but only 4 actually in operation.   Disaster-hit Tohoku residents unimpressed by ‘recovery Olympics,’ survey shows.  New Chairman of All Fishermen’s Federation “firmly opposed” to discharge of treated water, The person who agreed to an interview at METI was… a retired counselor, not a minister.

FRANCE. Macron facing ‘Fukushima-style’ accident, as EDF reactor cracks force shutdown. Drought, and multiple problems in nuclear power plants add energy crisis to the climate crisis. Corrosion problem shutters half of France’s nuclear reactors. France to build nuclear reactors in Poland, and is supplying finance.

SOUTH AFRICANuclear energy is off the table, says Ramaphosa.

PAKISTAN. Pakistan Reaffirms Pledge To Nuclear Non-Proliferation Goals.

IRAN. ‘Effort and patience’ required to restore Iran nuclear agreement.

NORTH KOREA. North Korea warns of nuclear war risk as Japan, US and South Korea increase military ties.

CHINA. Amid Iran nuclear impasse, China calls out US for AUKUS ‘double standards‘.

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