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Report: U.S. Regulators Hid Nuclear Risks, Doubts After Fukushima Meltdown

Japan is marking the third anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi crisis, when a massive 9.0-magnitude earthquake triggered a devastating tsunami on its northeast coast. The twin disasters resulted in an unprecedented triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station. Internal emails revealed by NBC News show in the days after the meltdown, regulators in the United States made a concerted effort ...

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Energies Clash in Tokyo Election

TOKYO, Feb 7 2014 (IPS) - Tokyo, one of the largest and most energy-guzzling cities in the world, is set to hold elections for a new governor Feb. 9. Analysts say it could prove crucial in stopping the Japanese government from restarting some nuclear reactors this year. It could also mean a big push for renewable energy. Professor Yurika Ayukawa, a climate change expert at the Chiba University of Commerce, ...

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Protesters Resist an ‘Indian Fukushima’

By Ranjit Devraj for IPS, Inter Press Service NEW DELHI, Feb 1 2014 (IPS) - Activists opposed to India’s plans to massively increase civilian nuclear power production are aghast that a plan for an Indo-Japanese nuclear cooperation deal is gaining pace even while Japan is struggling to cope with the fallout of the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was guest of hon ...

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Italy attaches great importance to relations with Iran: Former PM

Kourosh Ziabari – Tehran Times: Following the election of the moderate politician Hassan Rouhani as the Iranian President in the June 14, 2013 elections, the European countries have become more willing to interact with Iran on equal footings and based on mutual respect. In the recent months and following President Rouhani’s elections, several high-ranking European delegations and dignitaries have traveled t ...

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Fukushima: An Ongoing Warning to the World

Amy goodman for Democracy Now! TOKYO—“I write these facts as dispassionately as I can in the hope that they will act as a warning to the world,” wrote the journalist Wilfred Burchett from Hiroshima. His story, headlined, “The Atomic Plague” appeared in the London Daily Express on Sept. 5, 1945. Burchett violated the U.S. military blockade of Hiroshima, and was the first Western journalist to visit that deva ...

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The 4 Myths The Nuclear Industry Wants You to Believe

Arnie Gundersen from Fairewinds blows apart the myths that keep us tied to nuclear energy.  The story comes courtesy of the Fairewinds website: http://fairewinds.org/media/fairewinds-videos/4-myths-nuclear-industry-wants-believe What are the 4 myths the nuclear industry wants you to believe? In order to produce more nuclear electricity, the nuclear corporations and proponents need you to believe that nuclea ...

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The road ahead after breakthrough over Iran

By Jayantha Dhanapala* | IDN-InDepth NewsViewpoint KANDY, Sri Lanka (IDN) - Even cynics must admit that the time comes in international relations when long frozen situations suddenly thaw causing positive change for international peace and security. Examples of such “game-changers” are many but outstanding are (in chronological order): U.S. President Richard Nixon's 1972 visit to China; the 1978 Camp David ...

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Iran. Lavrov Reveals Amended Draft Circulated at “Last Moment”

WASHINGTON, Nov 15 2013 (IPS) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov revealed a crucial detail Thursday about last week’s nuclear talks with Iran in Geneva that explains much more clearly than previous reports why the meeting broke up without agreement. Lavrov said the United States circulated a draft that had been amended in response to French demands to other members of the six-power P5+1 for approval “ ...

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Iran did not block nuclear agreement: Deputy FM

A member of the Iranian delegation in nuclear talks with six world powers says Tehran did not block an agreement in last week’s negotiations in Geneva. “The Islamic Republic of Iran did not prevent a final deal in Geneva,” Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American Affairs Majid Takht-e Ravanchi said Friday. “We do not want to go into the details of the issues…, but it is clear who ultimately ...

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How many solar panels for £80bn+, UK’s new nuclear power plant price tag

'The British energy secretary, Ed Davey, has signed the first new nuclear contract with French state-backed utility firm EDF, admitting only a clairvoyant could know the true cost to the taxpayer of the 35-year contract because of the uncertainty of future energy prices. Energy academics said on Monday that the deal was a gamble, but estimated the cost would be at least £80bn over the life of the two new re ...

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