Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission Press Conference

Unabridged recording of the press conference held 24 July 2015 by the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission. Commissioner Kevin Scarce discussed his recent international visits then took questions from the press gang and the Commission’s Adelaide office on Grenfell Street.

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Submission to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission

I begin my submission to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission by posting an article which I wrote for the Australian Medical Student Journal, which outlines in some detail the medical implications of the whole nuclear fuel chain.

The impact of the nuclear crisis on global health

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 … [ to read the full text of this article, click on this link: http://www.helencaldicott.com/the-impact-of-the-nuclear-crisis-on-global-health/. The link will open in a new tab or window. Close it to return to this page ]

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Iran Deal Exposes Anti-Russia Motive for US Missile Defense - Activist

Spiritual leader of Iran Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei

Sputnik News, 16.07.15

Prominent global anti-nuclear campaigner Dr. Helen Caldicott claims that the nuclear deal reached between Iran and the P5 + 1 nations removes the key US argument for deploying ballistic missile defense systems in Europe.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The nuclear deal reached between Iran and the P5 + 1 nations removes the key US argument for deploying ballistic missile defense systems in Europe, prominent global anti-nuclear campaigner Dr. Helen Caldicott told Sputnik.

“The vacuous and fallacious rationale for deploying US missile defense systems [across Europe] now falls in a shattering heap,” Caldicott said.

Caldicott was founding president of Physicians for Social Responsibility, the co-winner of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize. The Smithsonian Institution has named her one of the most influential women of the 20th century.

Caldicott said the Europe-wide deployment of advanced US... read more

Call for Sanity on Sixtieth Anniversary of the Russell-Einstein Manifesto

By Emanuel Pastreich, Foreign Policy in Focus, July 9, 2015

It was exactly 60 years ago that Bertrand Russell and Albert Einstein gathered together with a group of leading intellectuals in London to draft and sign a manifesto in which they denounced the dangerous drive toward war between the world’s Communist and anti-Communist factions. The signers of this manifesto included leading Nobel Prize winners such as Hideki Yukawa and Linus Pauling.

They were blunt, equating the drive for war and reckless talk of the use of nuclear weapons sweeping the United States and the Soviet Union at the time, as endangering all of humanity. The manifesto argued that advancements in technology, specifically the invention of the... read more

WILPF Australia Peacewomen Awards

By Janette McLeod, WILPF Australia, 29 June 2015

The centenary celebrations of WILPF in Australia at the end of May were enhanced considerably by the presence of our Secretary General Madeleine Rees. The celebrations, held in Australia’s capital Canberra, included a public conference, centenary Australian Peacewomen celebration, a historical exhibition and the Section’s triennial conference.

Madeleine arrived early in the country, travelling firstly to Brisbane where she spoke at the University of Queensland on The dream and the reality: are our international institutions fit for purpose? (Although the real purpose of her visit was to cuddle a koala.)

The Peacewomen celebrations honoured four prominent women:

  • Helen Caldicott – physician, author and anti-nuclear advocate; founder of several associations dedicated to opposing the use of nuclear power, depleted uranium munitions, nuclear... read more

Pope Francis Calls Nuclear Power Plants a Modern-Day Tower of Babel

In an audience with Japanese Bishops, Pope Francis had criticized nuclear power by comparing it with the Tower of Babel, as reported by Takeo Okada, the Archbishop of Tokyo. When human beings attempted to reach heaven they triggered their own destruction. “Human beings should not break the natural laws set by God,” the Pope said. (Mainichi Shinbun March 22, 2015; Asahi Shinbun March 25, 2015)

This is probably the first clear-cut criticism of the “civil use” of nuclear power issued by the Vatican. The Pope expressed his conviction during an ad limina meeting with the Japanese bishops on March 20. “The destruction of nature is a result from human beings claiming domination (over the earth).” With these statements the Pope referred to the TEPCO-nuclear disaster... read more

The Myth of the Peaceful Atom

Debunking the Misinformation Peddled by the Nuclear Industry and its Supporters

by Jim Green, Nuclear Monitor #804, 28 May 2015

The greatest risks associated with the nuclear fuel cycle are weapons proliferation and related risks such as military strikes on nuclear plants. The nuclear industry and its supporters have developed an elaborate set of tactics and myths to trivialize the proliferation risks.

1. Ignore the proliferation problem.

Often, nuclear proponents simply ignore the proliferation problem. For example, academics Barry Brook and Corey Bradshaw, writing in the Conservation Biology journal last year, rank power sources according to seven criteria: greenhouse emissions, cost, dispatchability, land use, safety, solid waste, and radiotoxic waste.[1] Nuclear weapons proliferation is excluded from the analysis.

2. Define the problem out of existence.

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