Fukushima disaster commemorated in Britain

This video is called Children Of The Tsunami: The Heartbreaking Stories Of Fukushima‘s Survivors.

By Luke James in Britain:

World marks Fukushima anniversary

Tuesday 11th March 2014

Ministers urged to learn the lessons of Japanese nuclear disaster

Anti-nuclear campaigners told Con-Dem ministers yesterday to learn the lessons of the Fukushima disaster “before it’s too late” for Britain.

Activists issued the demand before the third anniversary today of the incident which has left 160,000 Japanese people refugees in their own country.

Tens of thousands of people have rallied in Japan urging their government not to make the same mistakes again.

More than 15,000 people lost their lives in the immediate aftermath of an earthquake and tsunami that swept away homes along Japan’s coast.

And the radiation released by the wrecked Fukushima plant has left the surrounding area empty.

Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament leader Kate Hudson warned a meeting in Parliament yesterday that it presents a “stark lesson” for Britain.

“Just because the UK doesn’t experience earthquakes or tsunamis doesn’t mean we’re safe from the kind of catastrophe which occurred in Japan,” she told the Morning Star before the lobby.

“The Fukushima Daiichi plant suffered three meltdowns ultimately because power was lost to the cooling systems.

“That can happen anywhere and for a multitude of reasons, from a targeted attack, to technical malfunctions, to natural disasters causing power failures and structural damage – as recent flooding in the UK has made all too clear.”

Ms Hudson pointed out that recent flooding and earthquakes were near the proposed site of the new Hinkley C reactor.

She accused government ministers of making nuclear the “foundation” of their energy policy despite the risks and “exorbitant” cost.

“Nuclear power has shown itself to be a dangerous and expensive form of energy – we should learn the lessons of Fukushima before it’s too late.”

But campaigners will continue a week of action this evening with a candle-lit vigil outside the Japanese embassy in London to show solidarity with families still suffering the effects of the disaster.

Japanese Against Nuclear UK spokesman Shigeo Kobayashi said it would also send a message to Japanese PM Shinzo Abe to stop his bid to restart nuclear reactors.

He said: “Quite a majority of Japanese people here are against restarting mothballed nuclear power plants.

“But the Abe government is trying to mix the energy source and open them up again.

“All these nuclear power plants in Japan are coming to the end of their life and any similar nuclear accident would be a complete tragedy – the end of Japan.”

The Ghost cities of Fukushima — 60 Minutes: here.

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Turkish teenager killed by regime teargas

Turkish boy Berkin Elvan when he was still alive

Not only in Greece lack of democracy. Just more to the east as well.

From Zaman daily in Turkey:

Shot with tear gas canister during Gezi protests, 15-year-old Elvan dies

11 March 2014 /İSTANBUL

Berkin Elvan, 15, who was shot with a tear gas canister during last summer’s Gezi Park protests, has died after a nine-month battle for his health.

Berkin was on his way to buy bread on the evening of June 16 when he was hit at close range with a tear gas canister fired by riot police in İstanbul‘s Okmeydanı neighborhood. Berkin has been in intensive care unit at İstanbul’s Okmeydanı Hospital for over 269 days. In a Sunday press release, Elvan family’s lawyer said that Berkin weight is 16 kilograms and his body’s resistance and brain functions are significantly compromised. …

Berkin’s family announced his death on Tuesday morning at 7 a.m. on Twitter.

“We lost our Berkin at 7 a.m. this morning. May he rest in peace.” the message said.

His death raises the number of people killed in the protests to at least eight, including a police officer.

The protests were sparked by a police crackdown on protesters objecting to the razing of a central İstanbul park and quickly turned into nationwide protests demanding more democratic freedoms. Police say some 3 million people took part in demonstrations from May to September.

Police, protesters clash outside hospital

On Tuesday morning, when the news of Elvin’s death broke out, people gathered outside the hospital where Elvin died. Meanwhile, police vehicles arrived outside the hospital, prompting a reaction by the group. …

Republican People’s Party (CHP) Melda Onur told Hürriyet daily that people were silently keeping vigil outside the hospital and people only reacted when the riot police arrived. She criticized the police for not avoiding to fire tear gas near the hospital, which she claimed also affected the inside of the hospital. She claimed that the riot police intervened “without any restraint.”

One man, believed to be in his 20s, was injured in the head when a tear gas canister hit his head. Hürriyet daily published his photo with blood on his head.

Crowd swelling outside forensic medicine

Meanwhile, dozens of people had started to gather outside Institute of Forensic Medicine in İstanbul’s Yeni Bosna neighborhood as Elvin was being brought to the institute for an autopsy.

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British nuclear weapons radiation leak scandal

This video is called Trident poisons Scotland – Nuclear leaksFaslane – a 2009 clip.

By Rory MacKinnon in Britain:

Trident leak sees radiation levels soar to new high

Monday 10th March 2014

Trident‘s leaking nuclear reactor saw radiation levels in the area soar to more than 10 times the regular rate, furious campaigners revealed yesterday.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond stoked anger north of the border last week when he notified MPs of the nuclear weapons programme’s malfunctioning reactor – more than two years after engineers first discovered radiation spilling out into the reactor’s coolant in January of 2012.

The Tory warmonger had assured MPs in the House of Commons that there had been “no measurable change in the radiation discharge.

“This water is contained within the sealed reactor circuit and I can reassure the house there has been no detectable radiation leak from that sealed circuit,” he said.

But records held by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency revealed that the programme’s release of radioactive gases over that period increased in intensity by more than 1,000 per cent, from 0.19 gigabecquerels of radiation in 2011 to 2.16 Gbq in 2012.

Friends of the Earth Scotland director Dr Richard Dixon said the minister had “very serious questions to answer,” with the affair demonstrating “arrogant disregard” for safety regulators and the public.

“He categorically stated that no radioactivity was released to the environment, we now know that this is definitely not true.

“It is hard to see how anyone can take assurances about nuclear safety from the MoD seriously when it clearly thinks it is fine to just keep quiet about the embarrassing bits,” he said.

Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament co-ordinator John Ainslie said: “The only safe way forward is for all nuclear submarines and nuclear weapons to be removed from Scotland.”

A ministry spokeswoman did not dispute the spike in radiation levels but told reporters the figures represented “a planned and deliberate gaseous discharge.”

The ageing fleet docked in Scotland’s Faslane naval base is due for a £65 billion replacement scheme by 2016 to remain functional. But anti-war and anti-austerity movements have pressed Westminster to abandon the project, while the Scottish National Party has vowed to eject the fleet in the case of a vote for independence in September’s referendum.

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Greek Golden Dawn nazi doctor convicted

This video is called Dr. Josef Mengele, the angel of death 1/6.

From daily Haaretz in Israel:

Greek court convicts doctor who posted ‘Jews not Welcome’ sign

Costas Kastaniotis, a neurologist from Thessaloniki, received a 16-month suspended jail sentence for inciting racial hatred.


Mar. 9, 2014 | 7:08 PM

A Greek doctor who posted a “Jews Not Welcome” sign outside his office was convicted and given a 16-month suspended jail sentence for inciting racial hatred.

Costas Kastaniotis, 57, a neurologist from Thessaloniki, also was convicted of illegally possessing weapons on Friday in a court in the northern Greece city. He was fined $3,500.

Kastaniotis has appealed the sentence.

The doctor has denied posting the sign, which was written in German. However, police discovered pamphlets in his office linking him to the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party, which is known for its Nazi swastika-like flag and Holocaust-denying leadership.

Police also found three daggers and 12 knives at his home, as well as pills without prescriptions. Two of the daggers were engraved with Nazi symbols.

The Jewish community of Thessaloniki was an important center of Sephardic Jewry for 450 years following the expulsion from Spain. It had a pre-World War II Jewish population of 55,000; now about 1,000 Jews live there.

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Bahraini minor shot, jailed without charges and medical care

This video says about itself:

Maryam Al Khawaja on Bahrain‘s “inconvenient revolution”

22 Feb 2014

On the anniversary of the third year of protests in Bahrain, Maryam Al Khawaja, a Bahraini human rights activist, discusses the continuing stalemate with the pro-democracy movement, the conditions of a purported 3,000 political prisoners, including her own family members, and the geopolitical realities of the what she calls the inconvenient revolution. Video and interview by Multimedia Journalist Preethi Nallu with The Atlantic Post.

From the Bahrain Center for Human Rights:

9 March, 2014

Bahrain: Urgent Appeal: Minor Shot by Police detained without Charges and Without Access to Adequate Medical Care

The Bahrain Center for Human Rights is seriously concerned about the health and well being of Sadeq Jaffar AlAsfoor, 17 year-old, who has been in detention since the 8th of January 2014. AlAsfoor, who was shot at time of arrest, reported that he is experiencing pain in his stomach to the extent that he is unable to eat, but his condition is being ignored by the authorities.

On Wednesday, 08 January 2014, AlAsfoor was visiting a released prisoner in the village of Markh, Bahrain with three others. Witnesses reported that they heard the authorities open fire with live ammunition on the four young men as they left. All four of them were subjected to enforced disappearance, with one of the victims, Fadhel Abbas, reported dead 18 days after the incident (read BCHR report on http://bahrainrights.org/en/node/6727).

Following this incident, AlAsfoor was subjected to enforced disappearance for over 15 days, and his family were not certain if their son was alive, despite making inquiries at the public prosecution and the police station. His father was told that there are no criminal cases lodged against Sadiq in the police electronic system.

His family was finally allowed to briefly see him at the prisoner’s clinic of the Ministry of the Interior, on Friday January 24, 2014. The visit took place with security presence and with restrictions on their talk limited to his medical condition. Sadeq AlAsfoor’s family was made aware that he was injured in his kidneys, stomach, and back. It was not clear how many bullets were removed from his body.

On 20 February 2014, AlAsfoor received detention order of 37 days in custody pending investigation. He was moved on the same day to the Dry Docks prison despite his injury and need for proper medical care. The lawyer appointed by the family in this case has not been able to contact Alasfoor to date or to get concurrent information on his charges.

AlAsfoor’s family visited him on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at the Dry Docks prison and they reported that he appeared fatigued. He complained to his family about bad prison conditions.

On the 05th of March 2014, AlAsfoor contacted his family via telephone and informed them that he is experiencing severe stomach pain. AlAsfoor stated that he requested to be transferred to the hospital, but was informed that he was put on a wait list. He reported that the pain was so intense that he is unable to eat. He added that he was having difficulty walking because of problems with his leg, and that on a previous visit to the prison clinic, the doctor ignored AlAsfoor’s reports of stomach pain.

The BCHR is seriously concerned about the health and well being of Sadeq Jafar AlAsfoor, who is detained without any clear charges, particularly considering the reports of lack of medical care in prisons that has led to deaths in custody the last being Jaffar AlDurazi who passed away last month.

Based on the above, the BCHR calls on the United States, the United Kingdom, the United Nations and all other close allies and relevant institutions to apply pressure on the Government of Bahrain to:

Immediately and unconditionally release Sadiq AlAsfoor along with all other prisoners who are held on politically motivated charges because of the ongoing popular protests for freedom and democracy.

Immediately allow access to adequate medical treatment for all prisoners, political and not political, as stated in Article (22) of the “Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners: “Sick prisoners who require specialist treatment shall be transferred to specialized institutions or to civil hospitals. Where hospital facilities are provided in an institution, their equipment, furnishings and pharmaceutical supplies shall be proper for the medical care and treatment of sick prisoners, and there shall be a staff of suitable trained officers.”

As the world celebrates the International Women’s Day on March 8th, the Bahraini women are subjected to various forms of persecution and oppression and that has not stopped since February 14, 2011. Early 2014, Asma Hussein passed away after witnessing a terrifying home raid by the security forces, making the number of female martyrs to around 31 since 2011: here.

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