2021-07-02: News Headlines

Sharmila Devi (2021-07-03). [World Report] North Korean health at risk due to border closures. thelancet.com Most links to North Korea have been cut for 18 months, severely limiting imports of food and vital medicines. Sharmila Devi reports.

Hana A Mansour, Eugenie Bitar, Youssef Fares, Assad A Makdessi, Antoine Maalouf, Mahmoud El Ghoul, Mohamad A Mansour, Antoine Chami, Michel Khalil, Alex Jalkh, Daniel Cherfan, Jawad Fares, Fadlo R Khuri, Ahmad M Mansour, Beirut Port Ammonium Nitrate Explosion Consortium (2021-07-03). [Correspondence] The Beirut Port explosion: injury trends from a mass survey of emergency admissions. thelancet.com On Aug 4, 2020, 1807 h, one of the most powerful non-nuclear explosions in history rocked Beirut, the capital city of Lebanon, with a population of 2 million. The Beirut Port ammonium nitrate explosion (BPANE) happened when a fire set off 2700 tons of ammonium nitrate, which had been stored inside the port for 6 years. Soon after the explosion, we surveyed all patient admissions to emergency departments to analyse the pattern of injuries caused by the explosion.

Tom Engelhardt (2021-07-02). An All-American Horror Story: How we Sacrificed our Health on the Altar of useless Nuclear Arsenals. juancole.com ( Tomdispatch.com ) — Yes, once upon a time I regularly absorbed science fiction and imagined futures of wonder, but mainly of horror. What else could you think, if you read H.G. Wells's War of the Worlds under the covers by flashlight while your parents thought you were asleep? Of course, that novel was a …

Staff (2021-07-02). 'No state cover-up': French government refuses to apologize over Pacific nuclear test radiation levels. rt.com France's junior defense minister Genevieve Darrieussecq has denied her country engaged in a "state cover-up" to conceal the extent of the impact of nuclear tests conducted by the country in the Pacific between 1966 and 1996. | Speaking following the conclusion of a two-day roundtable meeting, Darrieussecq declared that "there was no state cover-up," rejecting allegations France sought to conceal the extent of the fallout from the nuclear tests, and ruling out any official apology. | The event had been arranged by France's President Emmanuel Macron to confront the legacy of the 193 nuclear tests at Moruroa and…

Staff (2021-07-02). 'No state cover-up': French government refuses to apologize over Pacific nuclear test radiation levels. rt.com France's junior defense minister Genevieve Darrieussecq has denied her country engaged in a "state cover-up" to conceal the extent of the impact of nuclear tests conducted by the country in the Pacific between 1966 and 1996. | Speaking following the conclusion of a two-day roundtable meeting, Darrieussecq declared that "there was no state cover-up," rejecting allegations France sought to conceal the extent of the fallout from the nuclear tests, and ruling out any official apology. | The event had been arranged by France's President Emmanuel Macron to confront the legacy of the 193 nuclear tests at Moruroa and…

David Krieger (2021-07-02). Haiku on War and Peace. counterpunch.org Haiku On War And Peace 8: 15 a.m. August 6, 1945 — frozen in time Sadako Peace Day — we gather to remember the innocent children Nuclear arrogance wreaked havoc in the Pacific — remembering Vietnam — we both chose not to fight there why kill peasants? Lieutenant Calley slaughtered peasants at My Lai — that's

David Cronin (2021-07-02). "Sad" EU officials happy to boost cooperation with Israel. electronicintifada.net Nuclear research among topics being explored.

ecns.cn (2021-07-02). China confirms IAEA invitation over Japan's nuclear wastewater disposal. ecns.cn The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief has sent a letter inviting Chinese experts to participate in a working group pertaining to Japan's disposal of nuclear wastewater, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Friday.

Labor Video Project (2021-07-02). On 100th Anniversary Of CCP, Namibian Rossing Miners Call On Xi-Jinping To Rehire Miners. indybay.org On the anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party, the nine fired union leaders of the Mineworkers Union Of Namibia Rossing Branch mine called on CCP Chair Xi-Jinping to order their rehiring at Chinese state owned Chinese National Nuclear Corporation owned mine at Rossing…

John Laforge (2021-07-02). Uproar Over Japan's Decision to Disperse Radioactive Fukushima Waste Water. counterpunch.org Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's Cabinet on April 13 "gave permission" to Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) to release over 1.25 million metric tons (1.38 million US tons) of Fukushima's radioactive wastewater into the Pacific Ocean. Harsh rejection of the decision was immediate and widespread, coming from Russia, China, North and South Korea, the Philippines,

Tom Engelhardt (2021-07-02). The End of the World Is Closer Than It Seems. thenation.com The End of the World Is Closer Than It Seems…

Mel Gurtov (2021-07-02). Saving the US-Iran Nuclear Agreement. counterpunch.org Despite the best efforts of the Israeli government under Benjamin Netanyahu to disrupt the nuclear talks with Iran by attacking Iran's nuclear computer network, the news out of Geneva is that a new agreement is close to being signed. It has been a very rough road to get there—a road worth recalling because among that

ecns.cn (2021-06-30). Chinese envoy urges U.S. to return to Iran deal with no preconditions. ecns.cn Geng Shuang, China's deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, on Wednesday urged the United States to return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known commonly as the Iran nuclear deal or Iran deal.

Labor Video Project (2021-07-01). On 100th Anniversary Of CCP, Namibian Rossing Miners Call On Xi-Jinping To Rehire Miners. indybay.org On the anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party, the nine fired union leaders of the Mineworkers Union Of Namibia Rossing Branch mine called on CCP Chair Xi-Jinping to order their rehiring at Chinese state owned Chinese National Nuclear Corporation owned mine at Rossing…

Simon Butler (2021-07-01). Green Left Show #14: Why nuclear is not a climate solution. greenleft.org.au Simon Butler answers the "left" argument that progressives should support nuclear power as a climate solution.

Rick Rozoff (2021-07-01). Alexander I, Joseph Stalin, Vladimir Putin: war is impossibile. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Another world war impossible at this moment, Kremlin spokesman believes A major war is currently impossible because of the nuclear parity, Kremlins spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in an interview Thursday, answering a question on a potential world war with the use of nuclear weapons. "Can a war happen? Putin said it clearly [during the Direct …

_____ (2021-07-01). Nuclear Weapons: An All-American Horror Story. commondreams.org "We are now on a clear path to enshrining a constitutional right to anonymous spending in our democracy, and securing an upper hand for dark-money influence in perpetuity."

_____ (2021-07-01). 'Because They're Complicit': Nearly Every House Republican Votes Against Jan. 6 Panel. commondreams.org Three-quarters of a century of nuclear follies—and that's just where to begin.

Tom Engelhardt (2021-07-01). An All-American Horror Story. zcomm.org Three-Quarters of a Century of Nuclear Follies — And That's Just Where to Begin…

William Hartung — Mandy Smithburger (2021-07-01). America's Nearly $1.3 Trillion National Security Budget Isn't Making Us Any Safer. counterpunch.org President Biden's first Pentagon budget, released late last month, is staggering by any reasonable standard. At more than $750 billion for the Defense Department and related work on nuclear weapons at the Department of Energy, it represents one of the highest levels of spending since World War II — far higher than the peaks of

Tom Engelhardt (2021-07-01). Tomgram: Engelhardt, Living on a Sci-Fi Planet. warisacrime.org This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. An All-American Horror Story Three-Quarters of a Century of Nuclear Follies — And That's Just Where to Begin By Tom Engelhardt Yes, once upon a time I regularly absorbed science fiction and imagined futures of wonder, but mainly …

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