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February 25 2014

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Treasure Island cleanup exposes Navy’s mishandling of its nuclear pastin story title --

thebulletin.org - By Matt Smith, Katharine Mieszkowski - Feb. 25 (Investigative Report) - “It was proposed to remove the radium data from the risk assessment document. The group literally broke out into laughter at that and there was instantaneous agreement that they would do that and simply reference it and put the information in a separate document,” Taibi wrote. “It was stated then the document would not have to go to CDPH (California Department of Public Health).”

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February 21 2014

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More megatons to megawatts | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

thebulletin.org - By Dawn Stover - Feb. 21 (Opinion) - Some experts have argued that even if Moscow were amenable to extending the Megatons to Megawatts program under generous terms, doing so would be wrongheaded because the risks associated with transporting highly enriched uranium to and from Russian processing facilities outweigh the benefits. However, there’s no reason that the United States can’t safely turn more of its own weapons into fuel, a process that would not have to involve large, risky shipments over such long distances.

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January 15 2014

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Shock Doctrine in Japan: Shinzo Abe's Rightward Shift to Militarism, Secrecy in Fukushima's Wake

Democracy Now - By Amy Goodman - Jan. 15 (Special Report) - As head of the Liberal Democratic Party, Abe is known as a conservative hawk who has pushed nationalistic and pro-nuclear policies. In December, he visited the controversial Yasukuni war shrine, which honors Japanese soldiers who died in battle, including several war criminals who were tried by the International Military Tribunal after World War II. The visit sparked outrage from China and South Korea, who consider the shrine a symbol of Japanese militarism, and its refusal to atone for atrocities committed in the first half of the 20th century. We speak about Japan's increasingly pro-nuclear, nationalistic stance with Koichi Nakano, professor at Sophia University in Tokyo and director of the Institute of Global Concern.

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December 24 2013

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Find a permanent solution for Hanford nuclear waste

seattletimes.com - By Tom Carpenter - Dec. 24 (Opinion) - We are at a crisis with Hanford’s tank waste. Last year, the U.S. Department of Energy officially confirmed that the first of its double-shelled tanks, Tank AY-102, had failed. We have been relying on those tanks to take on waste from the failed single-shelled tanks. Hanford is now out of room in the double-shell tanks, meaning this waste has no place to go when it leaks, except into the river.

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October 31 2013

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Converting a civilian enrichment plant into a nuclear weapons material facility | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

thebulletin.org - By Ivanka Barzashka - Oct. 31 (Special Report) - Iran’s nuclear program—specifically its ongoing uranium enrichment—has long been the subject of much debate. Iran insists its enrichment is peaceful, but the international community worries that Iran could be seeking to acquire a nuclear weapon. But exactly how can a civilian enrichment plant be turned into one that produces nuclear weapons material?

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October 30 2013

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Ban the Bomb!

AlterNet - By Tad Daley - Oct. 30 (Opinion) - a very elaborate and carefully constructed Model Nuclear Weapons Convention—the product of dozens of scientists, lawyers, nuclear experts, and former government officials, and based in large measure upon the CWC—has been floating around the nuclear policy arena since 1997. Every year since, always completely unnoticed in the United States but widely recognized elsewhere, the UN General Assembly has passed a quite explicit resolution on the matter. It doesn’t just vaguely announce support for nuclear weapons abolition. Nor does it consign that goal, as President Obama did in Prague, to a date “perhaps not in my lifetime.” Instead, it calls for “commencing multilateral negotiations leading to an early conclusion of a nuclear weapons convention, prohibiting the development, production, testing, deployment, stockpiling, transfer, threat or use of nuclear weapons, and providing for their elimination.”

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October 29 2013

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China still key source of supplies for nuke & missile programs of Iran and North Korea

thebulletin.org - By Wyn Q. Bowen, Daniel Salisbury, Ian J. Stewart - Oct. 29 (Opinion) - China continues to be the key source of goods and technology for the prohibited nuclear and missile programs of Iran and North Korea, with some officials estimating that China is used as a transit route for up to 90 percent of goods destined for those programs. The alleged serial Chinese proliferator Li Fang Wei (aka Karl Lee) reportedly was able to earn more than $10 million from the sale of missile-related items to Iran after the United States indicted him in 2009 on more than 100 criminal counts of falsifying business records related to illicit trade with subsidiaries of an Iranian military agency

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October 25 2013

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Pentagon pushes for billions to refurbish nuclear bombs

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists - By Kingston Reif - Oct. 25 (News) - The case against the proposed B61 life extension is simple: It is unaffordable, unworkable, and unnecessary. In addition, it is premised on assumptions about demand for nuclear bombs that may no longer be valid 10 years from now, when the program is scheduled to be completed. It would be foolish to spend $11 billion on an overly ambitious overhaul, when the future of at least half the weapons is uncertain and more cost-effective alternatives are available.

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October 22 2013

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Does the UN's "Responsibility to Protect" Include Nuclear Disarmament?

thebulletin.org - By Kennette Benedict - Oct. 22 (Special Report) - In the 2000s a new idea emerged in global policy circles: that the international community has a responsibility to protect not just the sovereignty of nations, but individual lives around the world. United Nations documents codified the principal, stating that if a government was “manifestly failing” to protect its population from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, or crimes against humanity, the international community must be prepared to take action to guard civilians from harm.

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October 21 2013

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October 18 2013

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Siegfried Hecker on North Korea reactor restart

thebulletin.org - By Siegfried Hecker - Oct. 18 (Special Report) - The most likely technical scenario is that the North Koreans will operate the restarted 5-megawatt reactor for two years with a full load of 8,000 fuel rods, cool this spent fuel and extract roughly 10 to 12 kilograms of plutonium within three years from the fall of 2013. They can likely repeat this cycle multiple times since they previously told me they expect the reactor to function for several more decades. Hence, we can expect Pyongyang to gain one bomb’s worth of plutonium per year as long as it stays on this path.

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October 08 2013

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Unexpected dangers | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

thebulletin.org - By Pavel Podvig - Oct. 08 (Special Report) - In other respects, though, September 3 was far from ordinary. At 10:16 in the morning Moscow time, the Armavir radar detected two “ballistic objects” that originated in the Mediterranean Sea, roughly 100 kilometers (62 miles) north of Benghazi in Libya. The objects—apparently a missile body and a warhead that separated from it—were following a trajectory toward the Eastern shore of the Mediterranean.

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September 27 2013

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The Dangers of Nuclear Weapons in our Neighborhood

Pirate TV Seattle - By Glen Milner: - Sep. 27 (Speech) - (video)

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September 25 2013

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Transparency: The beginning of the end of nuclear weapons? | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

thebulletin.org - By Mkiguel Marin Bosch, Arend J. Meerburg, Paul Meyer, Zia Mian, Henrik Salander - Sep. 25 (Special Report) - Last but not least, transparency on holdings of nuclear weapons and fissile material is poor...It underscores, however, how very little non-nuclear weapon states know about the plans and capacities of those that possess nuclear weapons. Disadvantaged by this information gap, non-nuclear weapon states may understandably assume that the nuclear weapon states plan to retain their monopoly on ultra-violence for the foreseeable future. The logical conclusion, for a few countries at least, may be that they need to acquire their own nuclear weapons.

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September 17 2013

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Who profits from the nuclear weapons complex? | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

thebulletin.org - By Kennette Benedict - Sep. 17 (Opinion) - As reported in the Bulletin’s recent Nuclear Notebook, estimates of world nuclear arsenals stand at about 17,000 warheads, enough to destroy whole societies and render the Earth uninhabitable...Unfortunately the individuals, companies, and agencies whose livelihoods are tied to nuclear weapons programs will try to make sure that spending continues as usual.

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September 16 2013

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Global nuclear weapons inventories, 1945-2013 | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

thebulletin.org - By Hans M. Kristensen, Robert S. Norris - Sep. 16 (Special Report) - The authors calculate that some 125,000 nuclear warheads have been built since 1945, about 97 percent of them by the United States and the Soviet Union and Russia. The nine nations with nuclear weapons now possess more than 10,000 nuclear warheads in their military stockpiles, the authors estimate, with several thousand additional US and Russian retired warheads in storage, awaiting dismantlement. The nuclear stockpiles of China, as well as Pakistan, India, Israel, and North Korea, are minuscule in comparison with the US and Russian arsenals, but more difficult to estimate. Still, the authors believe that China’s nuclear weapons stockpile has surpassed Great Britain’s.

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August 25 2013

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War Crimes Are US

readersupportednews.org - By William Boardman - Aug. 25 (Opinion) - DU weapons are a low-intensity form of atomic warfare, absent nuclear explosions. The weapons penetrate, explode, and burn on contact. They leave radioactivity behind to kill civilians in much the same way as Robert Oppenheimer proposed, by spreading plutonium on enemies in World War II (a proposal that was apparently not implemented). But they do it with lower intensity.

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July 19 2013

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Existential threats, fast and slow | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

thebulletin.org - By Kennette Benedict - Jul. 19 (Opinion) - Today, climate scientists are in a position similar to that of the early atomic scientists. Just as the Manhattan Project participants could foresee the coming arms race, climate scientists today understand the consequences of deploying the technologies that defined the industrial age. They also know that action now to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will mitigate the worst consequences of climate change, just as the Manhattan Project scientists knew that early action to forestall a deadly arms race could prevent nuclear catastrophe.

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April 05 2013

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September 02 2012

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Winograd: Striking Iran could endanger the future of Israel - Jerusalem Post

Jerusalem Post - By J. Post Staff - Sep. 02 (Special Report) - HaaretzWinograd: Striking Iran could endanger the future of IsraelJerusalem PostFormer Supreme Court justice Eliyahu Winograd, who headed the committee which probed the failures of the 2006 Second Lebanon War, came out against a possible unilateral strike on Iran Sunday, saying that such an attack could "endanger the future of ...Winograd: Iran strike endangers Israel's futureYnetnewsall 18 news articles »

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