Fair Use Note

WARNING for European visitors: European Union laws require you to give European Union visitors information about cookies used on your blog. In many cases, these laws also require you to obtain consent. As a courtesy, we have added a notice on your blog to explain Google's use of certain Blogger and Google cookies, including use of Google Analytics and AdSense cookies. You are responsible for confirming this notice actually works for your blog, and that it displays. If you employ other cookies, for example by adding third party features, this notice may not work for you. Learn more about this notice and your responsibilities.

Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

14 June - The Politics of Enrichment

Image of worldwide nuclear weapons programs.Image of worldwide nuclear weapons programs. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Tokai Daini Nuclear Power Plant (02810451)Tokai Daini Nuclear Power Plant (02810451) (Photo credit: IAEA Imagebank)
This image was selected as a picture of the we...This image was selected as a picture of the week on the Malay Wikipedia for the 44th week, 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
"Man heckles Iranians demonstrating for K..."Man heckles Iranians demonstrating for Khomeini at police line in Washington, D.C." (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Iran Hostage Crisis student demonstration, Was...Iran Hostage Crisis student demonstration, Washington, D.C. Title devised by Library staff. Contact sheet folder caption: Iran students demonstrate. MST. U.S. News & World Report Magazine Photograph Collection. Contact sheet available for reference purposes. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Washington Post - BlogTalkRadioWashington Post - BlogTalkRadio (Photo credit: stevegarfield)
 Egypt's high court nullifies parliamentary elections; military may take over lawmaking

U.S. expands secret intelligence operations in Africa

Majia's Blog

It Ain't Fog! Tepco Emissions Massive Today

June 1
By 3:14 the plant was being obscured by the emissions.

IAEA "Training" in Tokai????

NHK: IAEA training program begins in Tokai village

TOKAI is one of the reactors that has suffered damage. It is also the location for reprocessing of plutonium and has been for many years

Thursday, June 14, 2012


While I was reading about the history of nuclear power I came across an article published in The World Today vol 6 (12) in 1950.

The article is titled "The Present Situation in Persia"

The lead sentences are of special interest:

"With the continuation of the cold war, it is not surprisign that the eyes of the world should occasionally be turned towards Persia. Geography and oil have made it inevitable that she should play a part in the relations of the Great Powers quite of proportion to her position in terms of military and economic power." (p. 529).

Majia here: Iran has been the subject of western machinations for over 100 years. The ongoing drum beat encouraging the US to wage war against Iran is hardly new and the Iranians (a.k.a. Persians) are very aware of that fact.

Walter Pincus has an excellent essay in the Washington Post dated June 11, which describes the history of US intervention in that country.

Majia Here: Walter Pincus reminds us of the US legacy of interference in Iran. That interference produced the "blow back" that occurred with the American hostage situation under Carter.
Pincus: Fine Print Iranians’ past with U.S. colors how they see standoff over nuclear program. The Washington Post

"...few Americans realize that the younger Bush was a latecomer to American attempts to control Iran’s government.
Recall the August 1953 military coup that overthrew the elected government of Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddeq, an event that led to the 25-year autocratic rule of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
That coup was largely the result of a joint covert operation run by the CIA and its British equivalent, MI6. Within the United States, the overthrow was hailed the end of a potential pro-communist regime; for Iranians it ended the country’s drive to assert sovereign control over its own resources, primarily oil. It also smothered the country’s nascent nationalist movement and restored to power a monarch reliant on the West.
The 1953 coup “changed the course of democracy [in Iran] and led to dictatorships,” Mousavian said Monday in a telephone interview. But even more present in the minds of today’s Iranians, according to Mousavian, was Washington’s bias in the 1980s toward Saddam Hussein’s Iraq after it invaded Iran.
... In 1976, President Gerald Ford signed a directive allowing the shah’s government in Tehran to buy and operate a U.S.-built reprocessing facility for extracting plutonium from used nuclear reactor fuel as part of a multibillion-dollar deal to purchase American nuclear power plants. After 1979, according to Mousavian, the Khomeini revolutionary government decided against many power plants and the enrichment facility. The Bushehr nuclear power plant, which was begun in 1975 with German help, was halted in 1979, but restarted with the Russians in 1995 despite U.S. objections...."
[end excerpt]
, Japanese media reported that  reactor at Tokai has leaked radioactive water and suffered a fire in Dec 2011 and Jan 2012

"Low-level radioactive water leaks at Tokai nuclear plant "The Mainichi Daily Newshttp://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20120320p2g00m0dm015000c.html
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- [excerpted] "Some 1.5 tons of low-level radioactive water leaked from a storage tank of a nuclear reactor in the process of decommissioning at Japan Atomic Power Co.'s plant in the village of Tokai, Ibaraki Prefecture, the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said Monday..."

Enenews: Fukushima Report Introduced by Top Official Hosono: “Other reactors are all in considerably severe condition” — 14 total; Dai-ni, Onagawa, Tokai — “Extreme situations, though not much has been broadcast” (VIDEO)

  Murata: "Lack of Ethics" True Cause for Fukushima ...
Mitsuhei Murata: Fukushima Plant "Not Under Control at All" By PanOrient News
08 June 12 http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/344-208/11818-mitsuhei-murata-fukushima-plant-qnot-under-control-at-allq

[excerpted] "The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant Number 4 reactor presents a security problem for the entire world, Mitsuhei Murata, Japan's former ambassador to Switzerland said.

Fukushima Daiichi plants are "not under control at all... and the situation with nuclear reactors in Japan is like vehicles being driven without a license," . . . 

Enhanced by Zemanta

No comments:

Post a Comment