Friday, 13 May 2011

Franz J. T. Lee: The Gaddafi Paradigm: Our dim chance of survival against World Fascism

The Gaddafi Paradigm: Our dim chance of survival against World Fascism

By Franz J. T. Lee

For global workers movements to become radical is firmly and decisively, with clear emancipatory principles, to grasp any historical problem at its roots. For example, it is to tackle the current global fascism at its very radix, that is, at its transgenetic roots, and to eradicate it together with all the economic, political, social, military and alienating conditions which have brought it about. Because capitalism exists, it is tangible, man made and planetary. Hence, organized workers creative power, that is, its 'superation' (transcendence) could annihilate it globally, not only in Libya or Venezuela, but everywhere.

Independent of different appearance forms, the very existence of past varieties of national fascism, or 'national socialism' ... in individual States like Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Greece and elsewhere ... and of present global fascism, which is being spearheaded nationally and internationally by the 'Empire', by the USA, its allies and military wing, NATO, is the scientific verification that a dramatic class struggle is raging on a planetary level. In the past two centuries, as a dialectical rule, violent, repressive regimes, including fascism, were preceded by huge workers class struggles which were suppressed brutally. Although these proletarian battles failed, they did change the correlation of the contending class forces; the uprisings of the workers, supported by some middle class sectors,  scared the hell out of the bourgeoisie, everywhere its political reaction was the launching of fascist terrorism by State order. 

The question is: why did scores of promising global proletarian revolts and revolutions fail or stagnate and were eventually nipped in the bud by capitalist, imperialist fascism?

The answer is very simple: Most of them were heroic, do merit our honor and solidarity, but they were not radical enough, were not radically anti-capitalist, in a few words, they were not modern Marxist emancipatory movements. They did not (perhaps could not) transcend the closed capitalist world order. Surely, much has been said and criticized with reference to this tragic state of affairs which has now become a gigantic global problem of possible human existence on planet Earth. Currently Venezuela and Libya, soon Syria and Pakistan, will have to try to get out of this fascist maelstrom, whirlpool of international fascist terror.

As a brief commentary, we will just highlight some of the errors committed by  the Libyan leadership vis-a-vis world fascism in Africa. However, much is also valid for other 'failed societies' which form 'the axis of evil' and which merit 'full spectrum dominance' and 'military humanism'.

At the moment, it is the unfortunate turn of Palestine, Libya and Bahrain, but other countries like Syria, Zimbabwe or Pakistan will soon follow. South Africa, whose some 50 million inhabitants have experienced decades of fascism, of apartheid, is now a trustworthy ally ally of United States imperialism in Africa. However, it should learn from the Libyan catastrophe.

Now, concerning global fascism, what did Colonel Gaddafi and his government under-estimate?

President Muammar Gaddafi of Libya is learning the hard way to understand what is capitalism, socialism, globalization, fascism and emancipation.

* One should not betray one's revolutionary daydreams of youth by declaring them as 'juvenile sins'. Currently Colonel Gaddafi is the longest-governing leader in the Arab and African worlds; he rules Libya since  the age of 27, when he and his comrades got rid of the repressive King Idris I in a bloodless coup. One thing is clear now: Gaddafi lives and dies an important lesson: the Gaddafi Paradidm: no matter what may be the case, as an emancipator, one always has to give his very life in defense of his people, of his comrades-in-arms.

In the sixties of the 20th century, on the waves of the African anti-colonial revolutions, Gaddafi launched his Green Revolution. This occurred during the epoch of African national liberation, of the development from African nationalism, to Pan-Africanism, to African Socialism.

* In spite of the heroic efforts of Kwame Nkrumah, the then president of Ghana, in the praxical, theoretical and military fields, the above three forces got stuck in ideological lip service, in so-called anti-imperialism, which was severed from true anti-capitalism, as dialectical negation, as scientific, philosophic socialism, as emancipatory Marxism. The Organization of African Unity lost the idea that unity must be based on principles and degenerated into the current toothless African Union. 

* Like in the rest of Africa, in all her revolutions, also in Libya anti-imperialism, in realityy, pro-capitalism was and still is devouring the social emancipatory fruits of bloody class struggles. In fact, cum grano salis, today all African States, except the five, including Libya, which refused to accept the Africom of NATO, are on the track of globalization, of the Second Conquest, the final Scramble for Africa, of global fascism.  

 * Among the grievous errors of the government of Libya are the following: if you are swimming on an ocean of oil and fresh water, you must know that no matter how you try to escape in the end the Orwellian bloody NATO army boots will come for you: hence prepare yourself with the coming gigantic class struggle;

*President Gaddafi, alone never ever you have the slightest chance of victory if you collaborate with corporate imperialism. Also, Colonel, in principle, we cannot sign Hitler - Stalin Pacts of 1939, secret ´gentlemen agreements' with your powerful class enemy, we should not run across Europe to hunt for fair weather friendships, to organize 'peace talks' and senseless 'dialogues'. Those 'friends' are just waiting for the right moment to nail you and your family on the cross of 'terrorism', of drug-dealing, trafficking of human organs and massacring your people.

* The capitalist world order only allow change from within, it is a jail, a closed system. Within we could carry out rainbow revolutions, white, red and green ones. Revolution, the invincible arm of the power elites, is the guarantee that anti-capitalism can never realize itself, we have to come up with better ideas than ideology or revolution.

* Comrade Ghaddafi, to err is human, thus, in the name of the invaluable contributions that you have made for the sake of African emancipation, please remember that one does not kill the poisonous African black mamba serpent with its own venom, there are very effective ways to accomplish such a democratic mission. Also, if you are not one second, one millimeter ahead of your class enemies, then your chance of survival is infinitesimal.

Summing up, we live in the age of global fascism. All over, we could see, could sense and experience its mortal pangs and fangs. Big Brother states: You are free to criticize me, but never try to do it. Freedom is Slavery. Peace is War. Lies are Truths. All over Friend-Enemy relations, anti-Marxism, anti-Communism. Scape-Goats, workers fiendish regimes, lawlessness, elimination of habeas corpus, the rule of law, etc. pave the highway towards the total, totalitarian, authoritarian Corporeal and Mental Holocaust, to Barbarism.

Capitalism has a Janus-head; under 'normal' peaceful conditions, with relative economic stability, a low level of workers' struggles, in times of boom and bonanza, it is called Democracy. On the other hand, in times of severe economic crises, great depression, political upheaval, social unrest and violent class struggle, capitalism becomes savage, shows its true fascist snarl, its war mongrel face. Its functions are the destruction of the labor movement, of workers trade unions, of the 'left organizations, of Marxists. Furthermore, as a mass movement fascism controls the workers ideologically , conditioning them with aggressive political propaganda, slogans, racism and 'friend-enemy' and 'scape-goat' relations. It also introduces the 'Fuehrer' principle, the messianic great leader, the idea of a 'chosen people', a belief in a Herrenvolk, a master race and other machinations of  mass psychology.The main functions of fascism are the defense and preservation of the bourgeois, capitalist, economic relations, of private property of the means of production. It is a huge campaign to save the dominant global system at all costs. Fascism tries to save the imperialist system from total collapse. Only when we know the above could we begin to eradicate fascism for ever, but time and space are running out -- our dim chances of survival are diminishing at the speed of scalar waves.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

On the Danger of a Killer Earthquake in the Japanese ArchipelagThe Nuclear Disaster That Could Destroy Japan ... and the World

On the Danger of a Killer Earthquake in the Japanese ArchipelagThe Nuclear Disaster That Could Destroy Japan ... and the World

Translated by Doug Lummis
The nuclear power plants in Japan are ageing rapidly; like cyborgs, they are barely kept in operation by a continuous replacement of parts.  And now that Japan has entered a period of earthquake activity and a major accident could happen at any time, the people live in constant state of anxiety.
Seismologists and geologists agree that, after some fifty years of seismic inactivity, with the 1995 Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake (Southern Hyogo Prefecture Earthquake), the country has entered a period of seismic activity.  In 2004, the Chuetsu Earthquake hit Niigata Prefecture, doing damage to the village of Yamakoshi.  Three years later, in 2007, the Chuetsu Offshore Earthquake severely damaged the nuclear reactors at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa.  In 2008, there was an earthquake in Iwate and Miyagi Prefectures, causing a whole mountain to disappear completely.  Then in 2009 the Hamaoka nuclear plant was put in a state of emergency by the Suruga Bay Earthquake.  And now, in 2011, we have the 3/11 earthquake offshore from the northeast coast.  But the period of seismic activity is expected to continue for decades. From the perspective of seismology, a space of 10 or 15 years is but a moment in time.
Because the Pacific Plate, the largest of the plates that envelop the earth, is in motion, I had predicted that there would be major earthquakes all over the world.
And as I had feared, after the Suruga Bay Earthquake of August 2009 came as a triple shock, it was followed in September and October by earthquakes off Samoa, Sumatra, and Vanuatu, of magnitudes between 7.6 and 8.2. That means three to eleven times the force of the Southern Hyogo Prefecture Earthquake. 
nuke map
All of these quakes occurred around the Pacific Plate as the center, and each was located at the boundary of either that plate or a plate under its influence.  Then in the following year, 2010, in January there came the Haiti Earthquake, at the boundary of the Caribbean Plate, pushed by the Pacific and Coco Plates, then in February the huge 8.8 magnitude earthquake offshore from Chile.  I was praying that this world scale series of earthquakes would come to an end, but the movement of the Pacific Plate shows no sign of stopping, and led in 2011 to the 3/11 Earthquake in northeastern Japan and the subsequent meltdown at the Fukushima
There are large seismic faults, capable of producing earthquakes at the 7 or 8 magnitude level, near each of Japan’s nuclear plants, including the reprocessing plant at Rokkasho. It is hard to believe that there is any nuclear plant that would not be damaged by a magnitude 8 earthquake.
A representative case is the Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant itself, where it has become clear that the fault under the sea nearby also extends inland.  The Rokkasho plant, where the nuclear waste (death ash) from all the nuclear plants in Japan is collected, is located on land under which the Pacific Plate and the North American Plate meet.  That is, the plate that is the greatest danger to the Rokkasho plant, is now in motion deep beneath Japan.
The Rokkasho plant was originally built with the very low earthquake resistance factor of 375 gals. (Translator’s note:  The gal, or galileo, is a unit used to measure peak ground acceleration during earthquakes.  Unlike the scales measuring an earthquake’s general intensity, it measures actual ground motion in particular locations.)  Today its resistance factor has been raised to only 450 gals, despite the fact that recently in Japan earthquakes registering over 2000 gals have been occurring one after another.  Worse, the Shimokita Peninsula is an extremely fragile geologic formation that was at the bottom of the sea as recently as the sea rise of the Jomon period (the Flandrian Transgression) 5000 years ago; if an earthquake occurred there it could be completely destroyed.
The Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant is where expended nuclear fuel from all of Japan’s nuclear power plants is collected, and then reprocessed so as to separate out the plutonium, the uranium, and the remaining highly radioactive liquid waste.  In short, it is the most dangerous factory in the world.
At the Rokkasho plant, 240 cubic meters of radioactive liquid waste are now stored.  A failure to take care of this properly could lead to a nuclear catastrophe surpassing the meltdown of a reactor.  This liquid waste continuously generates heat, and must be constantly cooled.  But if an earthquake were to damage the cooling pipes or cut off the electricity, the liquid would begin to boil.  According to an analysis prepared by the German nuclear industry, an explosion of this facility could expose persons within a 100 kilometer radius from the plant to radiation 10 to 100 times the lethal level, which presumably means instant death.
On April 7, just one month after the 3/11 earthquake in northeastern Japan, there was a large aftershock.  At the Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant the electricity was shut off.  The pool containing nuclear fuel and the radioactive liquid waste were (barely) cooled down by the emergency generators, meaning that Japan was brought to the brink of destruction.  But the Japanese media, as usual, paid this almost no notice.
The Hamaoka Nuclear Plant is located at Shizuoka City, on Suruga Bay.  Despite predictions of a magnitude 8 earthquake on Suruga Bay, it has continued in operation.  If you look at the illustration showing the configuration of the plates beneath the Pacific Ocean, you will see that there is a point at which the Philippine Sea Plate, the huge Pacific Plate, the North American Plate, and the Eurasian Plate all meet; directly over that point is the Japanese Archipelago.  And the very center of the area where these four plates press together is Shizuoka.
Large scale earthquakes in the eastern and southern seas have occurred regularly at intervals of between 100 and 250 years.  Today in 2011, 157 years have passed since the Great Ansei Earthquake of 1854, so we are in a period when the next big one could come at any time.  And the predicted center of this expected major earthquake is – though this is hard to believe – exactly under the location of the Hamaoka Nuclear Plant.  And sonar readings at the site indicate that from thirty years back the Eurasian plate has been bending, which means that it is in a condition where it can be expected eventually to spring back.
Hirose Takashi has written a whole shelf full of books, mostly on the nuclear power industry and the military-industrial complex.  Probably his best known book is  Nuclear Power Plants for Tokyo in which he took the logic of the nuke promoters to its logical conclusion: if you are so sure that they're safe, why not build them in the center of the city, instead of hundreds of miles away where you lose hhome alf the electricity in the wires?
Douglas Lummis is a political scientist living in Okinawa and the author of Radical Democracy. Lummis can be reached at


The African 'Star Wars'* - *It is the Pentagon's Africom versus China's web of investments - the ultimate prize: Africa's natural resources.* By: Pepe Escobar

The African 'Star Wars'* - *It is the Pentagon's Africom versus China's web of investments - the ultimate prize: Africa's natural resources.* 

By: Pepe Escobar

As Africa increasingly turns to China for economic investment and guidance, 
Africom seeks to reverse China's geostrategic foothold on Africa

 >From energy wars to water wars, the 21st century will be determined by a 
fierce battle for the world's remaining natural resources. The chessboard is 
global. The stakes are tremendous. Most battles will be invisible. All will be 

In resource-rich Africa, a complex subplot of the New Great Game in Eurasia is 
already in effect. It's all about three major intertwined developments:

1) The coming of age of the African Union (AU) in the early 2000s.

2) China's investment offencive in Africa throughout the 2000s.

3) The onset of the Pentagon's African Command (Africom) in 2007.

Beijing clearly sees that the Anglo-French-American bombing of Libya – apart 
from its myriad geopolitical implications – has risked billions of dollars in 
Chinese investments, not to mention forcing the (smooth) evacuation of more than 
35,000 Chinese working across the country.

And crucially, depending on the outcome – as in renegotiated energy contracts by 
a pliable, pro-Western government – it may also seriously jeopardise Chinese oil 
imports (3 per cent of total Chinese imports in 2010).

No wonder the China Military, a People's Liberation Army (PLA) newspaper, as 
well as sectors in academia, are now openly arguing that China needs to drop 
Deng Xiaoping's "low-profile" policy and bet on a sprawling armed forces to 
defend its strategic interests worldwide (these assets already total over $1.2 

Now compare it with a close examination of Africom's strategy, which reveals as 
the proverbial hidden agenda the energy angle and a determined push to isolate 
China from northern Africa.

One report titled "China's New Security Strategy in Africa" actually betrays the 
Pentagon's fear of the PLA eventually sending troops to Africa to protect 
Chinese interests.

It won't happen in Libya. It's not about to happen in Sudan. But further on down 
the road, all bets are off.

Meddle is our middle name

The Pentagon has in fact been meddling in Africa's affairs for more than half a 
century. According to a 2010 US Congressional Research Service study, this 
happened no less than 46 times before the current Libya civil war.

Among other exploits, the Pentagon invested in a botched large-scale invasion of 
Somalia and backed the infamous, genocide-related Rwanda regime.

The Bill Clinton administration raised hell in Liberia, Gabon, Congo and Sierra 
Leone, bombed Sudan, and sent "advisers" to Ethiopia to back dodgy clients 
grabbing a piece of Somalia (by the way, Somalia has been at war for 20 years).

The September 2002 National Security Strategy (NSS), conceived by the Bush 
administration, is explicit; Africa is a "strategic priority in fighting terrorism".

Yet, the never-say-die "war on terror" is a sideshow in the Pentagon's vast 
militarisation agenda, which favours client regimes, setting up military bases, 
and training of mercenaries – "cooperative partnerships" in Pentagon newspeak.

Africom has some sort of military "partnership" – bilateral agreements – with 
most of Africa's 53 countries, not to mention fuzzy multilateral schemes such as 
West African Standby Force and Africa Partnership Station.

American warships have dropped by virtually every African nation except for 
those bordering the Mediterranean.

The exceptions: Ivory Coast, Sudan, Eritrea and Libya. Ivory Coast is now in the 
bag. So is South Sudan. Libya may be next. The only ones left to be incorporated 
to Africom will be Eritrea and Zimbabwe.

Africom's reputation has not been exactly sterling – as the Tunisian and 
Egyptian chapters of the great 2011 Arab Revolt caught it totally by surprise. 
These "partners", after all, were essential for surveillance of the southern 
Mediterranean and the Red Sea.

Libya for its part presented juicy possibilities: an easily demonised dictator; 
a pliable post-Gaddafi puppet regime; a crucial military base for Africom; loads 
of excellent cheap oil; and the possibility of throwing China out of Libya.

Under the Obama administration, Africom thus started its first African war. In 
the words of its commander, General Carter Ham, "we completed a complex, 
short-notice, operational mission in Libya and… transferred that mission to NATO."

And that leads us to the next step. Africom will share all its African "assets" 
with NATO. Africom and NATO are in fact one – the Pentagon is a many-headed 
hydra after all.

Beijing for its part sees right through it; the Mediterranean as a NATO lake 
(neocolonialism is back especially, via France and Britain); Africa militarised 
by Africom; and Chinese interests at high risk.

The lure of ChinAfrica

One of the last crucial stages of globalisation - what we may call "ChinAfrica" 
– established itself almost in silence and invisibility, at least for Western eyes.

In the past decade, Africa became China's new Far West. The epic tale of masses 
of Chinese workers and entrepreneurs discovering big empty virgin spaces, and 
wild mixed emotions from exoticism to rejection, racism to outright adventure, 
grips anyone's imagination.

Individual Chinese have pierced the collective unconscious of Africa, they have 
made Africans dream – while China the great power proved it could conjure 
miracles far away from its shores.

For Africa, this "opposites attract" syndrome was a great boost after the 1960s 
decolonisation – and the horrid mess that followed it.

China repaved roads and railroads, built dams in Congo, Sudan and Ethiopia, 
equipped the whole of Africa with fibre optics, opened hospitals and orphanages, 
and – just before Tahrir Square – was about to aid Egypt to relaunch its 
civilian nuclear programme.

The white man in Africa has been, most of the time, arrogant and condescending. 
The Chinese, humble, courageous, efficient and discreet.

China will soon become Africa's largest trading partner – ahead of France and 
the UK – and its top source of foreign investment. It's telling that the best 
the West could come up with to counteract this geopolitical earthquake was to go 
the militarised way.

The external Chinese model of trade, aid and investment – not to mention the 
internal Chinese model of large-scale, state-led investments in infrastructure – 
made Africa forget about the West while boosting the strategic importance of 
Africa in the global economy.

Why would an African government rely on the ideology-based "adjustments" of IMF 
and the World Bank when China attaches no political conditions and respects 
sovereignty – for Beijing, the most important principle of international law? On 
top of it, China carries no colonial historical baggage in Africa.

Essentially, large swathes of Africa have rejected the West's trademark shock 
therapy, and embraced China.

Western elites, predictably, were not amused. Beijing now clearly sees that in 
the wider context of the New Great Game in Eurasia, the Pentagon has now 
positioned itself to conduct a remixed Cold War with China all across Africa – 
using every trick in the book from obscure "partnerships" to engineered chaos.

The leadership in Beijing is silently observing the waters. For the moment, the 
Little Helmsman Deng's "crossing the river while feeling the stones" holds.

The Pentagon better wise up. The best Beijing may offer is to help Africa to 
fulfil its destiny. In the eyes of Africans themselves, that certainly beats any 

Pepe Escobar is the roving correspondent for Asia Times ( His 
latest book is Obama Does Globalistan (Nimble Books, 2009). He may be reached at

The views expressed in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily 
reflect Al Jazeera's editorial policy.



As radioactive fallout skyrockets, NaturalNews advises readers to consider precautionary doses of iodine, bentonite clay and zeolites

As radioactive fallout skyrockets, NaturalNews advises readers to consider precautionary doses of iodine, bentonite clay and zeolites

Monday, April 25, 2011
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of (See all articles...)

(NaturalNews) Based on the accumulation of information from multiple sources, it 
is now clear that the true scope of the Fukushima disaster has been greatly 
downplayed by both the Japanese and U.S. governments. NaturalNews is now urging 
its readers to begin taking regular, safe doses of three things: Natural iodine 
sources (seaweed or otherwise), bentonite clay (for internal use) and zeolites 
(any brand).

Naturally, be sure to check with a qualified nutritionist or natural medicine 
practitioner when taking supplements. Those on thyroid medications, in 
particular, should seek professional advice before consuming supplementary 
iodine from any source.

Bentonite clay is, of course, completely safe for internal use (yes, you can eat 
it) when used as directed. It is a cleansing substance that can bind with 
various radioactive isotopes and carry them out of your body. Zeolites are also 
extremely good at attracting both heavy metals and some radioactive isotopes 
which are also carried out of your body.

Radiation emissions are far higher than official reports
The reason for this action notice is due to the increasing realization that 
radiation emissions from Fukushima are far higher than what we are being told. 
Although I have analyzed reports from multiple sources on this, perhaps the best 
citizen blogger explaining this right now is found at

This blogger is Japanese, and he reads the local Japanese news sources to get a 
lot of information about Fukushima before the translators screw it up (or 
distort it).

His latest post reveals that Fukushima is releasing 154 terabequerels of 
radiation per day. This is an order of magnitude higher than what the official 
Japanese sources were saying just a few weeks ago.

Another great blogger on Fukushima is Lucas Whitefield Hixson, who published an 
analysis of the photos that seems to indicate Reactor No. 3 already suffered a 
massive core containment breach from the very first explosion:

If true, this would mean that TEPCO has been lying to us from day one about the 
true extend of the reactor core containment vessel breach.

Why world governments won't tell you the truth
I have good reason to believe we may very well be witnessing an event that has 
already vastly exceeded the Chernobyl disaster in its total release of radiation 
into the environment. Yet the admission of that fact is so politically unviable 
that no government dare admit utter the words. Instead, it is much more 
politically expedient to simply imagine there is no radiation (it's invisible, 
after all), and hope no one notices the huge increases in cancer rates in the 
coming years.

Such is the cowardice is modern-day political leaders. To avoid causing a panic, 
they would rather people keep eating radioactive fish and drinking radioactive 
milk. Somewhere in Washington, a group of nuclear experts must be sitting around 
a table with the President, asking, "So when are we going to tell them about all 
this?" The answer is, of course, "Never."

After all, any increase in cancer can always be blamed on sunbathing, or tanning 
salons, or whatever convenient target the medical community is currently trying 
to discredit. (Heck, they could probably find a way to say that vitamin D causes 

This Fukushima fallout could even be a whole new profit center for the cancer 
industry which has long been in the business of irradiation women's breasts with 
mammography machines anyway. Cancer industry corporations must be drooling over 
the profit prospects that will emerge from the global radiation exposure under 
way right now.

Most people will take no precautions
The upshot of all this is that the masses may be suffering from very risky doses 
of radioactive fallout right now, with no precautions whatsoever being taken to 
protect themselves. After all, President Obama stood in front of his podium and 
told the American people there was nothing to worry about. He said no one needed 
to prepare, and this was followed up with yet more official urgings to avoiding 
taking potassium iodide. (

The game is apparently on. What game is that? The game of culling the human 
population by eliminating from the human gene pool those individuals who are too 
brain dead to think for themselves. Cancer + infertility, after all, is a fairly 
effective way to remove someone's genetic code from the future of the 
population, and what better than a massive, global radiation dump to sort out 
the brainwashed masses from those who actually take their genetic future seriously?

That's one theory behind all this, at least. Some say it's only a theory and 
nothing more. But when you look at what's really happening today with the mass 
intentional contamination and destruction of our planet -- the spread of GMOs, 
the fluoride poisoning of the water supply, the pesticide-induced honey bee 
population collapse, and so on -- you can't help but wonder if someone really is 
trying to kill off a very large segment of the human population. Fukushima 
either deliberately or coincidentally seems to play right into that agenda.

Or maybe that's all just paranoid conspiracy thinking, and the real explanation 
behind all this is just global government incompetence combined with 
pathological national leaders who have no compassion whatsoever for the lives 
and health of their own citizens. Either explanation is sufficiently bizarre 
enough to make intelligent people at least start asking questions... and 
hopefully to start taking some precautions against radiation fallout (hence the 
iodine, clay and zeolites). Bentonite clay, after all, doesn't cost much. Losing 
the genetic integrity of your sperm production, on the other hand, is a real 

Then again, maybe all of this is just a bunch of hooey. If you believe the 
"scientific" community, the government figures are always accurate. There's no 
cover-up. The situation is completely under control. The radiation levels are 
miniscule. There was no meltdown. Go on about your business and stop worrying.

Just eat your imported fish, go get your CT scans at the hospital and take your 
antidepressants. Buy your slave-labor brand-name sports gear at the local mall, 
and be sure to slather yourself in perfumes, petroleum-based skin lotions and 
sunscreen (to protect yourself from cancer, of course).

And then, a few years down the road, if you find your DNA has mutated beyond 
your ability to reproduce in the future, don't worry: You can always trade a 
year's salary for some hormone injections at the local infertility clinic, 
right? Infertility clinics, by the way, are really great at increasing the 
survival rate of fetuses with birth defects which would otherwise normally be 
aborted by the mother's own body (

*How Fukushima could create a real Spider Man!
So even if the next generation of children in America are born mostly to 
irradiated, genetically-mutated parents, thanks to the "miracle" of modern 
infertility science we can probably manage to keep a fair number of them alive 
long enough for them to become the new generation of post-Fukushima X-Men with 
special mutant powers that can save our world from evil villains. Fukushima 
might also irradiate some spiders that could bite a few geeky teenage boys and 
magically transform them into acrobatic "spider men" who magically attain 
advanced hand-to-hand combat skills without ever having practiced them. What 
could be bad about that?

In fact, the entire Marvel universe of comic book characters might yet 
materialize out of the smoke and (radioactive) dust of Fukushima. So, you see, 
Fukushima is actually the solution to all our problems, not the source of any 

And if you think none of this could really happen because I'm quoting characters 
from comic books, just remember this: The Japanese government is reading you 
lines from a fairy tale and hoping you buy into it just the same.

Learn more:



Saturday, 23 April 2011

Anti-nuclear advocate Helen Caldicott talks about the Fukushima nuclear

(Video) Australian physician, author, and anti-nuclear advocate Helen Caldicott talks about the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe


Hola Alba, estimada amiga,

gracias por intentar una respuesta en Aporrea. No importa que no te la hayan 
publicado. Lamentablemente, en algún momento hasta personas tan ciegas y 
dogmáticas como Brito van a tener que aterrizar en la realidad. Las pocas 
informaciones no censuradas que nos llegan sobre Japón son verdaderamente 
horribles. Si manejas un poquito de inglés, vaya a nuestro blog: y lea la última entrada (la que aparece arriba en 
la página y vea también el video. Ahí habla una veterana activista contra la 
energía nuclear, Helen Caldicott, y nos da una idea de la espantosa magnitud de 
lo que pasa en Fukushima y sus nefastas consequencias para la vida en todo el 

Un abrazo y saludos cordiales,
Franz J. T. Lee y Jutta Schmitt

(Video) Australian physician, author, and anti-nuclear advocate Helen Caldicott talks about the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe and what we can expect. It ain’t pretty.



Helen Caldicott

The single most articulate and passionate advocate of citizen action to remedy 
the nuclear and environmental crises, Dr Helen Caldicott, has devoted the last 
38 years to an international campaign to educate the public about the medical 
hazards of the nuclear age and the necessary changes in human behavior to stop 
environmental destruction.

Born in Melbourne, Australia in 1938, Dr Caldicott received her medical degree 
from the University of Adelaide Medical School 
 in 1961. She founded the Cystic Fibrosis 
Clinic at the Adelaide Children's Hospital  in 1975 
and subsequently was an instructor in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School 
 and on the staff of the Children's Hospital 
Medical Center , Boston, Mass., until 1980 when 
she resigned to work full time on the prevention of nuclear war.

In 1971, Dr Caldicott played a major role in Australia's opposition to French 
atmospheric nuclear testing in the Pacific; in 1975 she worked with the 
Australian trade unions to educate their members about the medical dangers of 
the nuclear fuel cycle, with particular reference to uranium mining.

While living in the United States from 1977 to 1986, she co-founded the 
Physicians for Social Responsibility , an 
organization of 23,000 doctors committed to educating their colleagues about the 
dangers of nuclear power, nuclear weapons and nuclear war. On trips abroad she 
helped start similar medical organizations in many other countries. The 
international umbrella group (International Physicians for the Prevention of 
Nuclear War ) won the Nobel Peace Prize 
1985. She also founded the Women's Action for Nuclear Disarmament 
 (WAND) in the US in 1980.

Returning to Australia in 1987, Dr Caldicott ran for Federal Parliament 
 as an independent. Defeating Charles Blunt, leader of 
the National Party, through preferential voting she ultimately lost the election 
by 600 votes out of 70,000 cast.

She moved back to the United States in 1995, lecturing at the New School for 
Social Research  on the Media, Global Politics 
and the Environment, hosting a weekly radio talk show on WBAI (Pacifica) 
, and becoming the Founding President of the STAR 
(Standing for Truth About Radiation) Foundation .

Dr Caldicott has received many prizes and awards for her work, including the 
Lannan Foundation's 2003 Prize for Cultural Freedom  
and 21 honorary doctoral degrees, and she was personally nominated for the Nobel 
Peace Prize by Linus Pauling  - 
himself a Nobel Laureate. The Smithsonian Institute  has 
named Dr Caldicott as one of the most influential women of the 20th Century. She 
has written for numerous publications and has authored seven books 
, Nuclear Madness 
, Missile Envy, *If You Love This 
Planet: A Plan to Heal the Earth* (1992, W.W. Norton ) 
and *A Desperate Passion: An Autobiography* (1996, W.W. Norton 
; published as *A Passionate Life* in Australia by 
Random House ), *The New Nuclear Danger: George 
Bush’s Military Industrial Complex* (2001, The New Press 
 in the US, UK and UK; Scribe Publishing 
 in Australia and New Zealand; Lemniscaat 
Publishers  in The Netherlands; and Hugendubel Verlag 
 in Germany), *Nuclear Power is Not the 
Answer* (2006, The New Press  in the US, UK and UK; 
Melbourne University Press  in Australia) and 
War In Heaven  (March 2007). Dr. 
Caldicott’s most recent book is the revised and updated If You Love This Planet 
 (March 2009).

She also has been the subject of several films, including *Eight Minutes to 
Midnight*, nominated for an Academy Award  in 
1981, *If You Love This Planet*, which won the Academy Award 
 for best documentary in 1982, and *Helen’s 
War: portrait of a dissident*, recipient of the Australian Film Institute Awards 
 for Best Direction (Documentary) 
2004, and the Sydney Film Festival 
Award for Best Documentary in 2004.

Dr Caldicott currently divides her time between Australia and the US where she 
lectures widely. She founded the US-based *Nuclear Policy Research Institute* 
(NPRI), which evolved into Beyond Nuclear , of 
which Dr Caldicott is Founding President. Beyond Nuclear aims to educate and 
activate the public about the connections between nuclear power and nuclear 
weapons and the need to abandon both to safeguard our future.

Dr Caldicott can be heard discussing urgent planetary survival issues on her 
weekly radio show If You Love This Planet 
, and is the Founder and Spokesperson 
for People for a Nuclear-Free Australia , established to 
represent the millions of Australians who uphold the strong belief that there 
should be no uranium mining, nuclear power plants or foreign nuclear waste in 

Dr Caldicott is also a member of the International Scientific Advisory Board 
advising José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Prime Minister of Spain.



Helen Caldicott Talks About the Horror of Fukushima 
April 23, 2011

Australian physician, author, and anti-nuclear advocate Helen Caldicott talks 
about the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe and what we can expect. It ain’t pretty.



Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Japan leader urges no panic in nuclear crisis

Japan leader urges no panic in nuclear crisis

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– Tue Apr 12, 6:17 am ET

TOKYO – Japan's prime minister is urging the public not to panic after the government boosted the severity level of the crisis at a tsunami-damaged nuclear plant to the highest rating — on par with the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan urged people in a televised address to focus on recovering from the country's disasters.

Kan said: "Right now, the situation of the nuclear reactors at the Fukushima plant has been stabilizing step by step. The amount of radiation leaks is on the decline," he said. "But we are not at the stage yet where we can let our guards down."

Japanese regulators said they raised the rating from 5 to 7 — the highest level on an international scale — after new assessments of radiation leaks from the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant.;_ylt=AuN64yd1WPCbcG_L26L8SK.s0NUE;_