NATO’s Urgent Challenges

The New York TimesBy THE EDITORIAL BOARD, SEPT. 2, 2014

More than anyone, President Vladimir Putin of Russia has set the agenda for NATO’s 65th summit meeting this week, which could well be the most consequential since the Cold War ended.

Early this year, the alliance was deep into one of its periodic assessments about the future as its role in Afghanistan was winding down. Now Mr. Putin, who has long been eager to see NATO weakened, has forced on it a new and urgent purpose by effectively invading Ukraine and demonstrating his utter disregard for the international system.

He seems to delight in taunting the West, including supposedly telling a European official that he could “take Kiev in two weeks,” according to a report in the Italian newspaper La Repubblica.

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Australia sleepwalks towards a dangerous nuclear future

Independent AustraliaAn informed democracy will behave in a responsible fashion, says Dr Helen Caldicott, however as we sleepwalk towards embracing nuclear energy, most Australians are not aware of the dangers and have forgotten the history.

THE Australian anti-nuclear movement started in Adelaide in 1971 when fallout from French atmospheric nuclear tests polluted Adelaide’s water supply.

People were warned that strontium 90 concentrating in milk would further concentrate in childrens’ teeth and bones and years later could cause leukemia or bone cancer.

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Small Modular Reactors

Huffington PostNow that the “nuclear renaissance” is dead following the Fukushima catastrophe, when one sixth of the world’s nuclear reactors closed, the nuclear corporations — Toshiba, Nu-Scale, Babcock and Wilcox, GE Hitachi, General Atomics, and the Tennessee Valley Authority — will not accept defeat.

Their new strategy is to develop small modular reactors (SMRs), allegedly free of the dangers inherent in large reactors: safety issues, high cost, proliferation risks and radioactive waste.

But these claims are fallacious, for the reasons outlined below.

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Fukushima Disaster Will Never End, Dr. Caldicott Warns

OpEdNewsby Sherwood Ross, OpEdNews

The Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown disaster “is not over and will never end,” warns Dr. Helen Caldicott, Nobel Peace Prize nominee and holder of 21 honorary doctorate degrees.

“Radioactive fallout which remains toxic for hundreds to thousands of years covers large areas of Japan and will never be ‘cleaned up,'” asserts Dr. Caldicott, a medical doctor who has been showered with honors and awards for her long-time campaign against the dangers of nuclear power production and nuclear war.

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Thorium

Huffington PostThere is an extraordinary push by certain individuals to extol the wonders of thorium-fueled nuclear reactors. In fact, so concerted is this push that some blame me for preventing the ongoing expansion of such technology. So here are the facts about thorium for those who are interested.

The U.S. tried for 50 years to create thorium reactors, without success. Four commercial thorium reactors were constructed, all of which failed. And because of the complexity of the problems enumerated below, thorium reactors are, by an order of magnitude, more expensive than uranium-fueled reactors.

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The impact of the nuclear crisis on global health

By Helen Caldicott, Volume 4, Issue 2 2014, Australian Medical Student Journal

1 May 2014

Due to my personal concerns regarding the ignorance of the world’s media and politicians about radiation biology after the dreadful accident at Fukushima in Japan, I organized a 2 day symposium at the NY Academy of Medicine on March 11 and 12, 2013, titled ‘The Medical and Ecological Consequences of Fukushima,’ which was addressed by some of the world’s leading scientists, epidemiologists, physicists and physicians who presented their latest data and findings on Fukushima. [1]

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Cancer Risk To Young Children Near Fukushima Daiichi Underestimated

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As the three year anniversary of the triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi just passed, our minds have been on the health of the Japanese people, in particular the children.

This week’s film is a reissue of a film we released last year featuring Ian Goddard and Fairewinds’ Arnie Gundersen discussing the risk of cancer in children in and around Fukushima prefecture.

The statistics are astounding especially for young girls.

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Speaking Schedule in Japan, March 2014

23 March 2013

  • Dr. Helen Caldicott
    March 6, 2014 (Thursday), 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
    Sakai Shimin Kaikan, Sakai City (in Osaka)
  • Dr. Helen Caldicott, together with Koide Hiroaki of Kyoto University
    March 8, 2014 (Saturday), 2 p.m. (Doors open at 1 p.m.)
    KBS Culture Hall, Kyoto
  • Dr Helen Caldicott
    March 13, 2014 (Thursday), 1:30 p.m. (Doors open at 1 p.m.)
    Seijo Hall, Tokyo

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