Rio Tinto Director ‘Atomic Anne’ Lauvergeon in trouble


Lauvergeon,AnneThe future of Rio Tinto director ‘Atomic Anne’ Lauvergeon is under a cloud, The Age, May 16, 2016 Peter Ker Resources reporter  The future of Rio Tinto director Anne Lauvergeon is under a cloud after French prosecutors starting investigating her conduct while chief executive of energy giant Areva almost a decade ago.

French prosectors spent Friday questioning Ms Lauvergeon over whether she deliberately filed misleading accounts for Areva in 2007.

The investigations centre on Areva’s disastrous takeover of London listed company Uramin in 2007, and the disclosure of multi-billion dollar impairments several years later.

London newspaper the Financial Times reported over the weekend that French prosecutors had confirmed that Ms Lauvergeon was being investigated for “publication of inaccurate accounts” during her time at Areva.

The 56-year-old Ms Lauvergeon, who is known as “Atomic Anne” in France, has served as a non-executive director of Rio since 2014.

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Some parts of tourism industry trying to conceal the plight of the Great Barrier Reef


coral bleachingGreat Barrier Reef tourism operators refuse media and politicians access to bleached reefs, Guardian, Joshua Robertson, 28 April 16Several major operators refuse to take Greens’ senators to bleached reefs as a backdrop for policy announcements, fearing potential impact on tourism.  North Queensland tourism operators are routinely refusing to take media and politicians to see coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef for fear the attention will trigger a collapse in visitor numbers, it has been claimed.

Several major operators with the backing of industry heavyweightsrefused to ferry Greens senators Richard di Natale and Larissa Waters to reefs off Cairns, the backdrop for their election campaign announcement on reef policy on Thursday.

They were just the latest in a string of operators denying media requests to help them obtain pictures and footage and report on what scientists say is the worst bleaching event in the…

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World bank assesses huge risks of climate change


World-BankClimate change puts 1.3bn people and $158tn at risk, says World Bank Guardian, Larry Elliott, Economics editor, 
Organisation urges better city planning and defensive measures to defend against rapid rise in climate change-linked disasters The global community is badly prepared for a rapid increase in climate change-related natural disasters that by 2050 will put 1.3 billion people at risk, according to the World Bank.

Urging better planning of cities before it was too late, a report published on Monday from a Bank-run body that focuses on disaster mitigation, said assets worth $158tn – double the total annual output of the global economy – would be in jeopardy by 2050 without preventative action.

The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery said total damages from disasters had ballooned in recent decades but warned that worse could be in store as a result of a combination of global…

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South Australia – “base load” power from wind and solar – Giles Parkinson


Parkinson-Report-Wind and solar become new “base load” power for South Australia [good graphs] By Giles Parkinson on 16 May 2016

It has only been a week since the closure of South Australia’s last coal-fired generator, but already a new pattern is emerging that points the way to a new energy system, away from “baseload” built around coal, gas or nuclear, to a new system built around wind and solar and other renewables…..

This is expected to be the pattern of the future, as energy systems with high renewable energy penetration rely first on variable energy providers such as wind and solar, and then on “flexible” or “dispatchable” energy from the likes of gas, but ultimately hydro, solar towers with storage, and emerging technologies such as geothermal and ocean energy and battery and other energy storage.

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Jeremy Scahill Outlines How Obama Made Assassination Formal US Policy

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“All Americans should be outraged at the idea that when we’re killing large numbers of people in Muslim countries around the world without knowing who they are, that we somehow are not going to pay a price later?”

By | Mint Press News  

American journalist Jeremy Scahill listens to a question during a panel following the screening of the "Dirty Wars" documentary at the Rio Film Festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Published in partnership with Shadowproof.

Editor’s Note

On May 5, I interviewed The Intercept’s Jeremy Scahill about the new book released this week, “The Assassination Complex.” It has a foreword from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and an afterword by The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald. The book collects the organization’s journalistic work based on the “Drone Papers,” which were provided to the media organization by a whistleblower, who disclosed top secret documents on the government’s expansion of assassination policy in warfare on, and away from, declared battlefields.

Scahill spoke with me for a little over 40 minutes. It was part of…

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“MSG-Treated” Lab Rats are Obese Rats

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The FDA has set no limits on how much of it [MSG] can be added to food. They claim it’s safe to eat in any amount. But how can they claim it’s safe when there are hundreds of scientific studies with titles like these:

”The monosodium glutamate (MSG) obese rat as a model for the study of exercise in obesity.” Gobatto CA, Mello MA, Souza CT, Ribeiro IA. Res Commun Mol Pathol Pharmacol. 2002.

”Adrenalectomy abolishes the food-induced hypothalamic serotonin release in both normal and monosodium glutamate-obese rats.” Guimaraes RB, Telles MM, Coelho VB, Mori C, Nascimento CM, Ribeiro. Brain Res Bull. 2002 Aug.

”Obesity induced by neonatal monosodium glutamate treatment in spontaneously hypertensive rats: An animal model of multiple risk factors.” Iwase M, Yamamoto M, Iino K, Apparatchik K, Maraschinos N, Seminarians Fujishima Hyper tens Res. 1998 Mar.

”Hypothalamic lesion induced by injection of monosodium glutamate in…

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Those Who Wage Peace Can’t Count on the Mainstream Media for Support

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And the race goes on. So does the war, but you’d never know that the one had anything to do with the other.

ROBERT C. KOEHLER for Buzzflash at  May 12, 2016

 2016.12.5 BF Koehler(Photo: mrami)

Even when the mainstream media trouble themselves to acknowledge that the primary season remains open on the Democratic side, that Bernie Sanders — and his millions of supporters — are still in the race, the Bernie revolution is never portrayed as addressing foreign policy and the still-failing, still-catastrophic war on terror.

Yet the war is there, shredding the national economy as it shreds much of the Middle East and, indeed, the whole planet.

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Noam Chomsky, in his…

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Nuclear waste dumping is a NATIONAL issue in Canada: why not in Australia?


Opposition to the project, though, has swelled. More than 180 county boards, city councils and other local elected bodies near the Great Lakes in both countries have passed proclamations urging a veto of the plan.


Plan to store nuclear waste near Great Lakes proves radioactive, WP   By Steve Friess May 16 KINCARDINE, Ontario — If there was an off-key moment during the otherwise flawlessly executed trip to the U.S. Capitol this spring by the new Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, it might have come when he was cornered by Rep. Debbie Dingell.

“We never want to see nuclear waste in the Great Lakes,” the freshman Democrat from Michigan sternly told Trudeau during a visit to the office of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

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May 18 Energy News



¶ UK building society Nationwide will buy the electricity generated at Baywa’s 45-MW Vine Farm solar park under a fixed-price power purchase agreement for 15 years. The Vine Farm facility, located south of Cambridge, generates enough power for about 11,500 households. [reNews]

BayWa solar park in England. BayWa solar park in England.

¶ Mahachai Green Power Co, a Thai-German joint venture, and DPCleanTech Group, a biomass energy provider, have announced the completion of the first high temperature high-pressure biomass power plant, which converts all forms of coconut waste into energy. [Bioenergy Insight Magazine]

¶ Wind turbine markets, which had been at $32.2 billion in 2011, are anticipated to reach $96.7 billion by 2018. Growth is expected to be worldwide and a result of marked improvements in the technology. In places where wind turbines are installed, they can reduce transmission requirements. [NewsMaker]

Vestas wind turbines in Austria. Photo by Kwerdenker. CC BY-SA 3.o unported. Wikimedia Commons. Wikimedia Commons. Vestas wind turbines in Austria. Photo by…

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6.7M Quake on the Coast of Ecuador, Mount Etna Erupts in Italy

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Same area as other big ones —

Ecuador hit by 6.7 earthquake; president says no damage

“A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Ecuador’s coast overnight in the same zone where a 7.8 tremor killed more than 650 people last month. . . .
. . . .President Rafael Correa said the epicenter was the fishing village of Mompiche on the Pacific coast, and only some “small damages” had been caused.”

USGS Report with map

No tsunami warning

New eruption starts at Mount Etna, Italy

Other volcanoes rumbling – headlines from The Watchers

4 DAYS AGO: Earthquake Alert Issued by Nukepro for Japan and Other Places

Updates will go here if the other show drops ….

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America’s Legacy Will Be Its Downfall: Empire Always Comes Home

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Amidst the constant propaganda and dehumanizing method of reporting “news” in the West, both the humanity and the wishes of the Syrian people are lost completely.

By Brandon Turbeville Global Research May 06, 2016 Activist Post 5 May 2016


Remember, it’s supposed to come right back here because that which the U.S. has created and maybe, perhaps, even the very reason for being that America was set up to do, is almost accomplished. Once it’s accomplished, they’ll be doing the same thing back home. You’ll SUBMERGE into the world system you helped create. Alan

As Western media outlets and the U.S. State Department attempt to gin up public sentiment surrounding alleged bombings of alleged hospitals that…

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9/11 Widow Terry Strada Fights To Release 28 Pages.


By Jerry Alatalo

aaa-40Alphabet Stating the “28 Pages” classified by the George W. Bush administration after September 11, 2001 for reasons of “national security” are “the tip of the iceberg” as to what actually occurred on 9/11, Terry Strada, whose husband perished that historic day, is still pushing – and waiting – for President Barack Obama to declassify the information. Her cause, joined by the many other surviving family members and an increasing number of people in America and around the Earth, is absolutely clear, legitimate and morally correct.

While it has become incontrovertible over the nearly 15 years since the massively consequential events of that day to men and women who’ve only modestly researched the story that there are serious unanswered questions remaining unresolved, one has to feel a special empathy for the family of those who perished. It’s hard to imagine the extreme levels of personal frustration, psychological and…

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Canada Tar Sands Zone Emptied Because of Giant Uranium Find?

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Clinton Foundation uranium connection

ITEM:New York TimesWorkers Evacuated From Alberta Oil Camps Due to Wildfire

Clinton Foundation Torch Alberta For Massive Uranium Deposits


ALBERTA FIRE/URANIUM Connection/Clinton Foundation?

The Rush for Alberta’s Uranium
At the bottom of a coulee on a wind-swept ranch near Whiskey Gap, two drillers manning a portable rig at the back end of a tractor pull a core sample from the ground….

New Uranium Mining Projects – Canada | Alberta Projects

See – Canada Tar Sands Zone on Fire

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May 17 Energy News


Science and Technology:

¶ Earth experienced the warmest April on record, keeping 2016 on track to be the hottest year yet and by the biggest margin ever. New data released by NASA put this April’s land and sea temperatures at 1.11 degrees Celsius warmer than average April temperatures between 1951 to 1980. [CNN]

Coral bleaching, Great Barrier Reef Coral bleaching, Great Barrier Reef

¶ The Ford Motor Company announced that it will use foam and plastic parts sourced from reclaimed carbon dioxide. Ford plans to transition its seating and underhood foam and plastic parts to materials made with reclaimed carbon dioxide, following a test period. [CleanTechnica]


¶ Around 12,000 people have been urged to leave Canada’s oil sands camps near the fire-hit town of Fort McMurray as a resurgent wildfire heads towards them. The vast fire now covers 930 square miles. It had moved away from the city but recently…

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Snowball in Hell: This Year’s Arctic Temps

Climate Denial Crock of the Week


On April 11, a dramatic early spike in melting of snow and ice at the surface of Greenland’s ice sheet prompted a Danish climate scientist to say that she and her colleagues were “incredulous.”

Now, there has been a second bout of unusual melting.

You can see both of them in the graph above from the National Snow and Ice Data Center, or NSIDC. It charts the percentage of the Greenland Ice Sheet experiencing surface melting. In both cases, the thaw exceeded 10 percent of the ice sheet’s area.

One more reason to support Dark Snow this year:

supportdarksnowNow is the time to support the 2016 Dark Snow Field campaign. More about that here.

When I noticed the second spike, I reached out by email to Ted Scambos, lead scientist for the NSIDC science team, to get his reaction to what has been happening in the Arctic lately. Here was his reply:

The Arctic…

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Did Japan learn its lessons from Fukushima quake and tsunami? One US expert suggests they did not — South China Morning Post

Japan Safety : Nuclear Energy Updates

” Lack of full-time, permanent, professional disaster management staff remain weaknesses. “

” A former US government expert on emergency management has questioned whether Japan is applying the lessons from the 2011 massive earthquake and tsunami in its northeast to its response to the recent temblors in Kumamoto Prefecture.

Leo Bosner, 69, who worked for the US Federal Emergency Management Agency for 29 years, is concerned that an integrated response may not have been in place in Japan for the quakes that jolted the south-western prefecture a month ago.

“I discovered many problems” when studying “Japan’s disastrous response” to the 2011 calamity and “I have not really heard of any major improvements,” he told Kyodo News in a recent interview. “So I am a little concerned that these problems may be continuing.”

“It is too early to make a definitive evaluation of the response to the Kumamoto disaster, but recent news…

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Radioactive material from Fukushima plant coming back to Japan in the Pacific — Fukushima Diary

Japan Safety : Nuclear Energy Updates

” Prof. [Michio] Aoyama from [the] Institute of Environmental Radioactivity of Fukushima University reported that the radioactive material discharged from Fukushima plant circulated in the Pacific to come back to Japan offshore.

He implemented seawater analysis at 71 points from 11. 2015 to 2. 2016. The analysis is partially completed to show radioactive material has spread to the South West offshore of Japan. 2 Bq/m3 of Cs-137 was detected in seawater from South West offshore of Kyushu. 1.83 Bq/m3 was detected even offshore of the west coast of Japan.

0.38 Bq/m3 of Cs-134 was also measured to prove this is from Fukushima accident.

It is assumed that the discharged Cs-134/137 travelled to the east in the Northern Pacific. It was carried to the South and West to come back to Japan by taking 2 ~ 3 years.

He comments it is possible that the density of radioactive material increases from now…

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Ban French State-Owned Areva-EDF in India After Scam in French Nuclear Industry Says Former Government Official

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France can’t even build one nuclear reactor at Flamanville in France, yet wishes to build a power station with 6 nuclear reactors at Jaitapur in western India. Since EDF is taking over Areva’s nuclear reactor business and they are both owned by the French State anyway, the ban needs to be for Areva AND EDF. The same EPR reactors are proposed by both. And, let’s make the ban worldwide!

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Blacklist Areva Corp in India: Former Secretary Writes After Scam in French Nuclear Industry
MAY 16, 2016
Open letter by Dr. EAS Sarma, Former Secretary in Power Ministry, Government of India, to the Department of Atomic Energy –

To: Dr. Sekhar Basu
 Dept of Atomic Energy (DAE)
 Govt of India
Shri K D Tripathi 
Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas (MPNG)
Govt of India

Dear Dr. Basu/ Tripathi,

Subject:- Substandard parts supplied by Areva company and…

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Dark Snow Project 2016 Field Campaign

Climate Denial Crock of the Week

Let me toot my horn a little.  Here’s why you need to support this year’s Dark Snow Project field campaign.  There’s a track record here that’s worth celebrating, and getting behind.

Florida’s Governor has made it against policy for state employees to use the words “climate change”.

You may have read that in the Washington Post, Miami Herald, or New York Times in spring of last year – but if you were a regular viewer of my video series “This is Not Cool”, you would have known about the blackout in the Sunshine State months ahead of the mainstream media, as I covered it in my piece on South Florida Sea Level rise the year before.

That’s not a fluke or a one-off, it’s been a consistent pattern.

For instance, a major discussion in the climate science community has been, not about whether climate change is happening, but rather –…

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Upcoming Anti War Events In California

UPCOMING EVENTS IN CALIFORNIA campaign coordinator David Swanson will speak about the latest developments in the telling and the debunking of lies about wars. He'll answer questions and sign copies of his new book, War Is A Lie: Second Edition. May 28, San Francisco, CA 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., David Swanson interviewed by … Continue reading Upcoming Anti War Events In California

Henry A. Giroux | Why Teachers Matter in Dark Times

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All the while the federal government uses billions of dollars to fuel one of the largest defense and intelligence budgets in the world. The death machine is overflowing with money while the public sector, social provisions and public goods are disappearing.

Why Teachers Matter in Dark Times“Public schools and higher education are ‘dangerous’ because they hold the potential to serve as laboratories for democracy,” writes Henry A. Giroux. (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout)

By Henry A. Giroux,| Op-Ed  May 10, 2016

Americans live in a historical moment that annihilates thought. Ignorance now provides a sense of community; the brain has migrated to the dark pit of the spectacle; the only discourse that matters is about business; poverty is now viewed as a technical problem; thought chases after an emotion that can obliterate it. The presumptive Republican Party presidential nominee, Donald Trump, declares he likes “the uneducated” — implying that it…

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Chris Hedges | Welcome to 1984

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The artifice of corporate totalitarianism has been exposed. The citizens, disgusted by the lies and manipulation, have turned on the political establishment. But the game is not over. Corporate power has within its arsenal potent forms of control. It will use them. As the pretense of democracy is unmasked, the naked fist of state repression takes its place. America is about—unless we act quickly—to get ugly.

By Chris Hedges  May 14, 2016

    Protester Bob Bowes, of Somerville, Mass., displays an American flag featuring corporate logos outside a meeting of U.S. elites in Boston. (Steven Senne / AP)

“Our political system is decaying,” said Ralph Nader when I reached him by phone in Washington, D.C. “It’s on the way to gangrene. It’s reaching a critical mass of citizen revolt.”

This moment in American history is what Antonio Gramsci called the “interregnum”—the period when a discredited regime is…

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May 16 Energy News


Science and Technology:

¶ An Innovate UK-funded industry group is working on a new generation of transparent solar panel technology that matches the costs and performance of standard high-performance glazing while delivering clean, renewable energy to the buildings in which they are installed. [Power Technology]

Polysolar glass PVs. Polysolar glass PVs.


¶ “US EIA Responds To CleanTechnica Letter/Criticism On Energy Forecasts” • Over 2 years ago, CleanTechnica readers wrote an open letter to the US Energy Information Administration regarding its incredibly far-off-mark energy forecasts. After two years, the EIA has responded. [CleanTechnica]

Twelve years without solar installations - EIAs improbable projection on the growth of solar PV The EIA projected twelve years without solar installations starting
in 2017. Historically, EIA projections have always been wrong.


¶ Shell, Europe’s largest oil company, established a new division to invest in renewable and low-carbon power. The move came days after experts at Chatham House warned international oil companies they must transform their business or face a…

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South Carolina does NOT want to be a global nuclear waste dump


antnuke-relevantNot only are tons of highly radioactive waste still stored at SRS, the federal government continues to ship nuclear material from foreign nations to the site

Don’t let SRS serve as nuclear dump site, Post & Courier, May 15 2016 Oscar-wastesThe U.S. Department of Energy made some serious promises to South Carolina when it needed a place to bring tons of highly radioactive plutonium back in 2002. And now the DOE wants to renege in nearly every way.

State officials are right to fight it all the way down the line.

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2016 Earth getting hotter. CO2 levels above 400 ppm


Confirmed: Southern hemisphere CO2 level rises above symbolic 400 ppm milestone, [Excellent pictures, graphs, diagrams]  The Age May 15, 2016 –Peter Hannam Environment Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald

NASA | A Year in the Life of Earth’s CO2

A significant marker of rising global greenhouse gas emissions has been passed, with a key monitoring site on Tasmania’s north-west tip recording atmospheric carbon-dioxide exceeding 400 parts per million for the first time.

As foreshadowed by Fairfax Media last week, a baseline reading at the Cape Grim station that exceeded the 400-ppm mark of the primary gas driving global warming was imminent.

As it turned out, “the unfortunate milestone” was reached on Tuesday May 10 at 8am, local time, said Peter Krummel, who heads the CSIRO team analysing data from the most important site in the southern hemisphere.

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As sea lelevls rise fast, CSIRO sacks world sea level expert !


Global sea-level expert John Church made to walk the plank by CSIRO, SMH  May 14, 2016 Peter Hannam “……Accelerating sea-level rises Dr Church’s achievements include developing sophisticated models linking sparse tidal gauge information around the world with satellite data to reveal how much sea levels are rising.

The current mission is retracing previous journeys along the 170 W longitude line to measure precisely how key parameters such as temperature, salinity and acidity are changing As Dr Church notes, including in a Nature paper published last month, sea-level increases are accelerating as a warming planet melts glaciers and swells oceans.

From increases of a few tenths of a millimetre annually in the 1000 years before about 1850, the rate jumped 1.7 mm on average in the 20th century. Since 1993, the rise has quickened to about 3 mm a year, he says.

Despite this trend, CSIRO will slash about half the climate staff – about 70…

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Barry Brook, Pinchy Lobster and Clive Palmer: Three ‘Outstanding Scientists/Intellectuals


Brook,-Barry-glowsJim Green, 19 Feb 16 Tas Uni academic Barry Brook’s university webpage says that in 2005 he was listed as one of the “2000 Outstanding Scientists of the 21st Century” by the International Biographical Centre (IBC). But the IBC is a zero-credibility money making operation.

The WA Government’s Dept of Commerce ‘ScamNet’ website states: “The material promoting the International Biographical Centre creates a false impression about the credentials of the organisation. It also wrongly implies that the receiver of the letter has been picked through a special research process considering their work and qualifications.”

If there was any doubt about the IBC’s illegitimacy, one of Brook’s academic colleagues nominated a squeaky toy lobster and Prof. Lobster was accepted for inclusion as one of the ‘2000 Outstanding Scientists of the 21st Century’. And the IBC has accepted a nomination for Clive Palmer to be listed as one of the ‘2000 Outstanding…

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Glenn Greenwald | Banned in Israel: An Interview With BDS Co-Founder Omar Barghouti

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 BDS Co-Founder Omar Barghouti Banned by Israel From Traveling, Threatened With Worse

DESPITE HAVING LIVED in Israel for 22 years with no criminal record of any kind, Omar Barghouti (above) was this week denied the right to traveloutside the country. As one of the pioneers of the increasingly powerful movement to impose boycotts, sanctions and divestment measures (BDS) on Israel, Barghouti, an articulate, English-speaking activist, has frequently traveled around the world advocating his position. The Israeli government’s refusal to allow him to travel is obviously intended to suppress his speech and activism. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was one of the world leaders who traveled last year to Paris to participate in that city’s “free speech rally.”

As the husband of a Palestinian citizen of Israel, Barghouti holds a visa of permanent residency in the country, but nonetheless needs official permission to travel outside of Israel…

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A study in a prominent medical journal concludes errors by doctors and hospitals kill over 250,000 people a year in the US

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Disturbing information here regarding the goings on within the medical profession. My own contacts within the nursing profession, experiences of friends and family, and recent revelations like those in this article have lead me to believe we need to exercise extreme vigilance concerning our loved ones’ treatment within our medical system. I recall errors in my elderly parents’ medications, errors by Doctors, hospitals and pharmacies. Then also of concern is the Liverpool Care Pathway introduced in the UK and presumably no longer practiced, however I’ve seen evidence of it here in NZ. Nil by mouth to dying patients. No liquids. And often with neither the knowledge nor consent of the family….



“A study published in the prominent medical journal BMJ concluded that errors by doctors and hospitals kill more than 250,000 people a year in the U.S.  That’s more than strokes, respiratory disease, and Alzheimer’s.

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Noam Chomsky: American Power Under Challenge and The Costs of Violence| Masters of Mankind (Parts 1, 2)

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Tomgram: Noam Chomsky, The Challenges of 2016 and
What Principles Rule the World?

American Power Under Challenge
Masters of Mankind (Part 1)

By Noam Chomsky   Tom Dispatch  May 8, 2016

Read Tom Engelhart’s introduction here.

[This piece, the first of two parts, is excerpted from Noam Chomsky’s new book, Who Rules the World?(Metropolitan Books). ]

When we ask “Who rules the world?” we commonly adopt the standard convention that the actors in world affairs are states, primarily the great powers, and we consider their decisions and the relations among them. That is not wrong. But we would do well to keep in mind that this level of abstraction can also be highly misleading.

States of course have complex internal structures, and the choices and decisions of the political leadership are heavily influenced by internal concentrations of power, while the general population is often marginalized. That…

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Uranium U.’s Jay Cullen Looking at Every Sand Grain in the Sea That is Unaffected by Fukushima Radiation


A Cumbrian Nuclear Safety Group Urge a United Nations
Investigation into Moorside. 

Moorside in the village of Beckermet is the site name given to  
proposed new nuclear build in Cumbria. Billed as "the biggest
nuclear development in Europe, " which happens to be
right next to the Sellafield reprocessing plant and
plutonium stockpiles.

Radiation Free Lakeland have written to the United Nations following the findings that the Hinkley new nuclear build underway in Somerset is in violation of the European Transboundary Environmental Impact Convention (Espoo Convention).

The Cumbrian group question the UN saying: if Hinkley is in breach of the Espoo Convention then surely continued reprocessing at Sellafield and the plan for new build is too? Spokesperson Marianne Birkby says: "the one thing we are told that you do not do with a nuclear dump is disturb it, and yet that is exactly what…

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