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Trump’s tough talk may derail his North Korea nuclear talks

Nine months ago the very idea that Pr*sident Donald Trump and the supreme leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un would be sitting down at a summit seemed ludicrous. The two men were regularly engaged in chest-thumping, trading insults via Twitter and state media, and Pyongyang was testing increasingly sophisticated ballistic missiles, including an ICBM with […]

May 8th

John Oliver explains the Iran Nuclear Agreement

President Trump is expected to dump the Iran Nuclear Agreement in an announcement set for 2 pm EST today. He’s been dissing it for years as “a terrible deal”, “a disaster”, and “the worst deal ever”. He actually had an opportunity to walk away from it last year, but cooler heads prevailed; those cooler heads […]

May 8th

Killing the Iran Nuclear Agreement plays into the hands of the hardliners

With National Security Adviser John Bolton shrieking bomb bomb bomb in one of Donald Trump’s ears and (now) Secretary of State Mike Pompeo screaming bomb bomb bomb in his other ear, the pr*sident’s determination to greatly change or ax the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement provides an added reason to fret. Because if the United States does withdraw, already-high tensions are certain to […]

April 30th

Mike Pompeo is bad news for the Iran Nuclear Agreement (and the world)

One of the first diplomatic matters Mike Pompeo will be dealing with is the Iran nuclear agreement, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). And given both his and his boss’s stances on that subject, the possibility that the multilateral agreement will soon be an historical footnote is quite possible. By Meteor Blades […]

April 29th

Berlin Uranium Film Festival: Art vs the Apocalypse

White block letters flash in over a stark black background. “You can’t smell it. You can’t see it. But if Tschernobyl” — a gray industrial landscape of towers and high walled enclosures appears. “Fukushima. You can hear it.” A Geiger counter eerily, constantly clicks in the background. “This is uranium.” A disembodied hand wrapped in a […]

December 27th

COP23: At Bonn climate change summit, Trump will push fossil fuel and nukes. No surprise there…

You would think it would be better not to show up at all next week in Europe for the 195-nation COP23 climate-change conference rather than to come promoting the burning of fossil fuels. But that’s exactly what the Trump regime plans to do at the latest session of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bonn, Germany. By Meteor Blades “It’s embarrassing,” […]

November 6th

Radioactive material accumulating on beaches near Fukushima

Radioactive material from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant disaster is accumulating in the sands and brackish groundwater beneath beaches up to 60 miles away from the nuclear power plant itself, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on October 2. The study is the first to identify accumulations of […]

November 5th

TEPCO fined measly $4.4 million for Fukushima nuclear disaster

As a result of a class action lawsuit brought against Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) and the government of Japan — the largest such class action lawsuit to date that relates to the 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima — a district court in the prefecture has ruled that both TEPCO and the government are liable for damages […]

October 16th

A brief note on Trump’s counterproductive Iran nuclear manoever

Trump’s refusal to recertify the nuclear agreement with Iran does exactly the opposite of what Trump and Sen. Tom Bomb-bomb-bomb Cotton pretend. It does not weaken any chances of Iran building a Bomb, something the leaders there have said for more than a decade that they are not pursuing. It does the opposite. By Meteor Blades While […]

October 14th

Sen. Cotton: Dump iran nuclear deal, if the mullahs don’t bend, US should bomb, bomb, bomb

As widely reported this week and analyzed here, Pr*sident Trump appears determined to decertify the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement next week. That deal—formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—curtails Tehran’s nuclear development program in exchange for lifting sanctions. By Meteor Blades Congress requires the executive branch to review and certify every 90 days that […]

October 8th

UK has plans for mini nuclear reactors. Or do they?

It was reported last week in The Telegraph that ministers in the UK were “ready” to approve the rapid development and testing of a fleet of “mini nuclear reactors” — to be used as baseload capacity and meant to make up for older soon-to-be-decommissioned nuclear facilities. By James Ayre Is there any truth to this assertion? What about the […]

September 23rd