The Onagawa Nuclear Power Plant – a plant that cools by direct use of ocean water, not requiring a cooling tower. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
RussiaToday on Mar 13, 2011
Japan has declared an emergency alert at another nuclear power plant in the north-east of the country. Radiation levels of about 700 times higher than normal have reportedly been detected at the facility in Onagawa. Authorities are currently investigating their source. For more opinion on the threat of a nuclear crisis in Japan, RT talks to Harvey Wasserman, who’s written on the subject of a sustainable green-powered Earth.
by Kathleen Kirwin
March 13, 2011
AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA
Peace is not yours to give, Mr. President.
But hope is certainly yours to take away.
As I listened to a friend and colleague in Afghanistan a few days ago, the difference I discerned in his voice from previous conversations was visceral. That he unswervingly and joyfully dedicates his every thought, word and deed to advocating for peace in Afghanistan through peaceful means made his tone and tenor all the more heart-wrenching. Continue reading
Japan: Death toll expected to exceed 10,000
Northeastern Japan has been hit by a tsunami reaching 10 meters high in some areas that were caused by an earthquake measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale. The confirmed death toll has exceeded 900 with more than 10,000 missing and feared dead.
The official death toll is 688, with up to 300 bodies more waiting to be identified. More than 1,500 have been injured.
Officials in the Miyagi prefecture have declared that almost 10,000 residents missing in the town of Minamisanriku are feared dead.
watch via http://rt.com/
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Updated: Mar. 15, 2011 added transcript
UpTakeVideo on Mar 12, 2011
Representative Dennis Kucinich, (D- Ohio) attacks Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker for his trashing of workers’ rights. The Governor signed a bill that eliminated most collective bargaining rights for public employees. This “Speak Up For Workers’ Rights” rally happened after a massive protest at Wisconsin’s state capitol.
by Prof Michael Hudson and Prof Jeffrey Sommers
Global Research, March 12, 2011
Image by SEIU International via Flickr
On Wednesday evening, in a veritable Night of the Long Knives, Wisconsin’s integrity was brutally murdered on the floor of the state Capitol in Madison. On 9 March, integrity and trust built up over a century was obliterated as Wisconsin state senators quickly reversed course and cleaved its budget “repair bill” in half. Financial items require a quorum, thus, collective bargaining was split off from the budget repair bill and voted on separately so as to permit its being voted on now. Even so, this still broke the state’s open meeting law requiring 24 hours’ notice to ensure transparency. Instead, the Wisconsin senate Republicans pulled out this new legislation without advance notice and began voting, leaving only a stunned Democratic legislator, Peter Barca, to read the open meeting law out loud to prevent the senators from voting. The senate voted over his objections anyway.
by Finian Cunningham and Michael Jansen
crossposted from Irish Times
March 12, 2011
Saudi Arabia and Manama
A heavy police presence in the Saudi capital yesterday prevented rallies by activists inspired by democratic movements that have toppled veteran leaders in Tunisia and Egypt.
Police monitored traffic from helicopters and set up checkpoints, limiting access to the centre of Riyadh and searching vehicles near the central mosque ahead of weekly communal prayers. When protesters did not materialise, police withdrew from the streets.