Nukes: You Can Never Turn Your Back

Nukes: You Can Never Turn Your Back

Nukes sure make Electrons flow; But they also Make us glow. Supporters of nuclear power and nuclear weapons enjoy a number of intrinsic advantages over their opponents. The first is money. Atoms make for high stakes gambling. Anyone who wins a contract for bombs or...

Unsafe at Any Reactor

The nuclear crisis at the Daiichi complex in Fukushima, Japan, has turned a spotlight on the severe dangers involved in storing spent nuclear fuel in pools. But the danger is not new. In 2003, I cowrote a report with a group of academics, nuclear industry executives,...
Safeguarding Spent Fuel Pools in the United States

Safeguarding Spent Fuel Pools in the United States

As this photograph shows, the spent fuel pools at Units 3 and 4 at the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex are exposed to the open sky and might be draining. The radioactive dose rates coming off the pools appear to be life-threatening. Lead-shielded...

Japan’s Nuclear Emergency: Media Briefing

Slideshow courtesy of Friends of The Earth. Click the links below for more on the press briefing: transcript (PDF); audio via Earthbeat; and still photos Experts Analyze Latest Developments in Japan The following experts provided analysis of the latest news coming out...
What About The Spent Fuel?

What About The Spent Fuel?

In this 2002 article for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Robert Alvarez warned about the dangers posed by the practice of indefinitely leaving spent fuel rods in nuclear reactors. Nine years later, as workers at the Fukushima Nuclear site in Japan attempt to...

Hamid Karzai Moves From Lightweight To Heavyweight In Afghan Politics

Key Points U.S. political intrigue and bombing campaigns played a major role in destabilizing Cambodia between 1969 and 1975. Between 1.5 and 2 million people were killed in the Khmer Rouge genocide from 1975-79. The extra-constitutional seizure of power by the second...

The Bush Administration & the Israeli-Palestinian Stalemate

Whether or not the shaky cease-fire in effect since the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States holds, the prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace remain dim. Current Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon rejects the previous Israeli government’s...

Bonn and Genoa: A Tale of Two Cities and Two Movements

In summer 2001, when the rising tide of “antiglobalization” protest finally rose to claim the life of a Genoa protester in July, the world’s media knew the drill. They focused on the G8, and in particular on the poses and pronouncements of Big Power...

The Failure of U.S. Policy Toward Iraq and Proposed Alternatives

Current U.S.-UN policy regarding Iraq has failed and has largely lost credibility. It is widely viewed internationally as reflecting U.S. (and, to a lesser degree, British) insistence on maintaining a punitive sanctions-based approach regardless of the humanitarian...

CIA: The Need for Reform

Melvin A. Goodman is professor of international security at the National War College and a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy. A former senior Soviet analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency, he is the author and coauthor of six books on Russian...

The Gulf War: 8 Myths

The United States-led war against Iraq commenced on January 16, 1991. On this the tenth anniversary of the Gulf War, the myths that justified the war continue to be widely circulated. It is important, particularly in the light of the ongoing conflict between the...

Rumsfeld Reconsidered: An Ideologue in Moderate’s Clothing

As the Senate Armed Services Committee begins hearings on the nomination of Donald Rumsfeld for Secretary of Defense, new information has emerged which casts doubt on his image as a solid, non-ideological manager who can bring the Pentagon into the 21st century. When...