Fred Pearce’s book Fallout is a fascinating insight into a few of the disastrous episodes which took place during the hasty and ill-informed projects of the nuclear age, Dr Helen Caldicott says.
Dr Helen Caldicott
Paediatrician; President, Helen Caldicott Foundation
Go to https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/ockhamsrazor/the-nuclear-nation-fallout/11041808, where you can lsiten online or download the audio in mp3 format.
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By Linda Pentz Gunter, Beyond Nuclear International, 14 April 2019
Dr. Helen Caldicott: the anti-nuclear movement’s most fearless and indefatigable matriarch
I have nothing against Birkenstock sandals. Well, not much anyway. Nor tie-dye really. Nor, do I think, does Dr. Helen Caldicott. But there was a time — and maybe there still is — when she would advise any woman anti-nuclear activist venturing into verbal combat with the other side to “wear pearls and pantyhose.”
This was not an anti-feminist stance. Far from it. It was the sign of a smart tactician. Leave the Birkenstocks and the peace sign jewelry at home. Don’t give them what they want. Don’t let them stereotype you. Put on those pearls and then pummel ‘em!
Caldicott, probably the world’s most famous anti-nuclear... read more
I grew up on a steady diet of threat inflation. Before I was born, bomber and missile “gaps” had been falsely touted as showing the Soviet Union was ahead of the U.S. in developing nuclear-capable weaponry (the reverse was true). But those lies, which vastly exaggerated Soviet capabilities, perfectly served the needs of the military-industrial complex (hereafter, the Complex) in the USA. Another example of threat inflation, common when I was a kid, was the Domino Theory, the idea that, if South Vietnam fell to communism, the entire region of Southeast Asia would... read more
The eight year anniversary of the triple meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility passed mostly without comment in mainstream media circles. In spite of ongoing radiological contamination that will continue to spread and threaten human health for lifetimes to come, other stories dominate the international news cycle. The climate change conundrum, serious though it may be, seemingly crowds out all other clear and present environmental hazards.
As part of efforts to normalize this historic event and cover it up in its magnitude, the Japanese government has invested considerable financial, public relations and other resources into what they are billing the ‘Recovery Olympics‘ set to take place in a year’s time in Tokyo.
But Helen Caldicott warns that the dangers associated with Fukushima have not... read more
By Jo Case, Sydney Morning Herald, 5 April 2019
The Thinking Woman
Julienne van Loon
The Thinking Woman, the first work of non-fiction by acclaimed novelist Julienne van Loon (whose career began with a Vogel win for her first novel, Road Story, in 2004) is a knotty, charismatic exploration of the intersection between ideas and lived experience, through six central themes.
At the core of the book are van Loon’s conversations with seven internationally renowned female thinkers: Laura Kipnis on love, Siri Hustvedt on play, Nancy Holmstrom on work, Helen Caldicott and Julia Kristeva (the only thinker she doesn’t interview in person) on fear, Marina Warner on wonder, and Rosi Braidotti on friendship. These conversations, which are braided with van Loon’s... read more