Highly radioactive water in Japan


This video is called High-level radiation in Fukushima water.

Japan: Further evidence emerged yesterday that the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex was leaking significant quantities of highly radioactive water into areas outside the reactor containment buildings. The water was seriously impeding efforts to bring the situation at the plant under control and threatening to further contaminate the surrounding environment: here.

Plutonium found in soil outside Japanese nuke plant: here.

Japan faces up to failure of its earthquake preparations: here.

Robots designed to deal with nuclear accidents await duty in Europe while Japan asks: Where are ours? Here.

Hugh Gusterson, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists: “As an anthropologist, I am always interested in what humans learn from their mistakes. Can humans change their behavior, thereby improving their chances of survival, not just through natural selection, but also through cultural learning? Or are we hardwired to repeat our mistakes over and over, like humanoid lemmings? More to the point, what lessons will we learn from the nuclear accident at Fukushima, an accident thought to be impossible just two weeks ago?” Here.

More Afghans killed


This video from the USA says about itself:

“You don’t go to war without being changed by it,” says Geoff Millard, former Chair of the Board of Iraq Veterans Against the War. From sky-high suicide rates for veterans at home to horrific stories of “kill teams” in Afghanistan, we’re hearing stories every day of the traumas that going to war inflicts on our young men and women.

The gruesome “kill team” photos released by Rolling Stone reveal that the murder of innocent civilians as part of the US occupation of Afghanistan was commonplace, widely known about, and celebrated: here.

A group of US soldiers accused of killing unarmed Afghan civilians in cold blood did not act in secret as the Pentagon has implied but rather in plain view of their combat unit, Rolling Stone magazine reported on Monday: here.

A NATO helicopter strike in the southern Afghanistan province of Helmand last Friday killed seven civilians, including three children. The atrocity is the latest in a series of recent US-led bombing operations that have inflicted mass civilian casualties: here.

Number of children born with deformities increasing in Afghanistan: here.

More Libyans die


This video from London, England, is called Lindsey German – Emergency Protest – Stop the Bombing of Libya Now! – Stop the War Coalition 20.03.11.

As delegates from 40 countries and international organizations gather in London today to coordinate the US-NATO war against Libya, carried out in the name of protecting civilians, the toll of Libyans killed and injured by US, British and French bombs and missiles continues to mount: here.

Italy’s Defense Minister Ignazio La Russa has announced an initial deployment of four Tornado bombers and four F-16s in coordination with the UN coalition led by France, the UK and US. In addition, Italian military bases and naval forces are being kept in full readiness as central operational points in the war on Libya and the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. Coinciding with the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Italian unity, this aggressive war also marks precisely the hundredth anniversary since Italy’s attack and colonization of Libya in 1911. This crime of Italian imperialism saw the first use of aerial bombs in history, against the Libyan people: here.

Stephen Zunes, Truthout: “The decision by the United States and its Western allies to intervene militarily against the Libyan regime of Muammar Qaddafi may have averted a massacre, but it is fraught with serious risks of eventually costing even more lives. Furthermore, it could undermine the remarkable and overwhelmingly nonviolent pro-democracy movements which have been sweeping the Arab world in recent months. As will be described below, had Libya’s popular uprising maintained its largely nonviolent discipline of its early days, there probably would not be the bloody stalemate and other dangers now emerging in the conflict”: here.

Contrary to the President’s Speech, Removal of Qaddafi Is the Military Objective. Robert Naiman, Truthout: “The most important content of presidential speeches is often what they don’t say. Here are some things that President Obama didn’t say about Libya in his speech last night. The president did not answer his critics who asked why he took America into war without authorization by Congress. This question was made sharper on Sunday when Jake Tapper of ABC asked Defense Secretary Gates, ‘Do you think Libya posed an actual or imminent threat to the United States?’” Here.

Justin Elliott has an important story on whether Obama will violate the arms embargo to arm Libyan rebels: here.

Latin America is still divided over the military intervention in Libya. But the nations that were initially opposed to it are gradually hardening their stance as the objective of the Western powers taking part in the air strikes authorised by the U.N. Security Council to protect civilians becomes less and less clear: here.

Britain: Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament general secretary Kate Hudson warned Foreign Secretary William Hague today that it should be the “Libyan people themselves who determine their future”: here.

Britain: Peace campaigners urged Prime Minister David Cameron to end his mad rush toward a bloodbath in Libya today: here.

Italian anarchists: Libya: The Grip of the Dictatorship, the Bombs of Imperialism: here.

Despite Obama’s promises, NATO may order ground troops into Libya: here.

USA: Secretary of State Clinton Says That US Will Not Intervene in Syria: here.

From the New York Times in the USA:

However, Qaddafi government officials did manage — after failing on several previous occasions, sometimes comically — to present in Mizda the first apparently credible evidence of civilian casualties as a result of the Western airstrikes. They showed foreign journalists a damaged and bloodied hospital room where a gap in the wall and missile fragments on the floor suggested the crash of a Katyusha rocket. A Western attack on a nearby weapons depot apparently sent rockets exploding into the sky, with one striking the hospital and destroying the room, which contained five beds.

LIBYA’S rebels have thanked France for its role in the Western-led military blitz against the Gaddafi regime but said “outside forces” could now leave the country, in a letter published overnight: here.