News Updates from CLG
12 September 2015
Previous edition: Academics Who Criticize War on Terror Are ‘Lawful Targets,’ West Point Professor Says
Fukushima leaks hundreds of tons of radioactive water after Typhoon Etau busts drainage system | 11 Sept 2015 | Flooding from Typhoon Etau has caused new leaks of contaminated radiation-tainted water to flow from the Fukushima nuclear power station into the ocean. The incident came after a rush of water overwhelmed the site’s drainage pumps. Tokyo Electric Power CO. (TEPCO) informed the public today that hundreds of tons of radioactive water had leaked from the facility, but maintained that the incident posed no risk to the environment. [?!?]
Tropical storm causes a river to burst its banks in Japan, flushing radiation water from Fukushima into the sea | 10 Sept 2015 | More than 100,000 people have been evacuated and thousands of properties destroyed, after rare torrential rains saw a major river burst its banks north of Tokyo in Japan on Thursday. A further 800,000 people across eastern Japan have been advised to evacuate after officials issued pre-dawn warnings of unusually harsh rainfall to 5 million people. Dramatic footage shows people being plucked from their homes minutes before a tsunami-like wall of muddy water gushing from the Kinugawa river in Joso, carry their houses downstream. The huge rains also exacerbated a contaminated radioactive water problem at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant as it overwhelmed the site’s drainage pumps, sending radiation-tainted water into the ocean.
82 waste bags with radioactive materials from Fukushima washed away by typhoon floods | 11 Sept 2015 | At least 82 bags filled with contaminated radioactive material from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant have been swept away by flood water as typhoon Etau hit Japan, officials said. TEPCO said rainwater from the nuclear plant has been leaking into the Pacific. Flooding caused by Tropical Typhoon Etau has swept at least 82 bags suspected to contain radioactive grass and other contaminated materials that had been collected at the site of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant (NPP). Though the Environment Ministry went on to say that most of the bags had been recovered undamaged, local media reported that only 30 of the bags had been found.
Nuclear ‘regulators’ drop cancer risk study | 08 Sept 2015 | Federal nuclear energy regulators [sic] have decided to end a study they had started to determine the risks of cancer near nuclear power plants. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), which had hired the National Academy of Sciences to conduct the study, said Tuesday that it determined that the cost and time of the second phase of its research would be too high given the agency’s budget restraints.
French court confirms Monsanto guilty of chemical poisoning | 10 Sept 2015 | A French court upheld on Thursday a 2012 ruling in which Monsanto was found guilty of chemical poisoning of a French farmer, who says he suffered neurological problems after inhaling the U.S. company’s Lasso weedkiller. The decision by an appeal court in Lyon, southeast France, confirmed the initial judgment, the first such case heard in court in France, that ruled Monsanto was “responsible” for the intoxication and ordered the company to “fully compensate” grain grower Paul Francois. Monsanto’s lawyer said the U.S. biotech company [eco-terrorists] would take the case to France’s highest appeal court.
WikiLeaks’ Assange: ‘US empire’ planned to overthrow Syrian govt years before uprising | 09 Sept 2015 | WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has opened up about his new book, ‘The WikiLeaks Files,’ speaking about the ‘US empire’ and telling RT’s ‘Going Underground’ program that Washington had plans to overthrow Syria’s government long before the 2011 uprising began. Speaking to RT, Assange referred to the chapter on Syria, which goes back to 2006. In that chapter is a cable from US Ambassador William Roebuck, who was stationed in Damascus, which apparently discusses a plan for the overthrow of the Assad government in Syria.
Russian troops join combat in Syria: sources | 10 Sept 2015 | Russian forces have begun participating in military operations in Syria in support of government troops, three Lebanese sources familiar with the political and military situation there said on Wednesday. The sources, speaking on condition they not be identified, gave the most forthright account yet from the region of what the United States fears is a deepening Russian military role in Syria’s civil war the illegal US war on the Assad government, though one of the Lebanese sources said the number of Russians involved so far was small. US officials said Russia sent two tank landing ships and additional cargo aircraft to Syria in the past day or so and deployed a small number of naval infantry forces.
U.S. to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees: White House | 10 Sept 2015 | President Barack Obama has directed his administration to prepare to take in at least 10,000 Syrian refugees over the next year, the White House said on Thursday. It is the first specific commitment the United States has made toward increasing its acceptance of refugees from the war-torn country. Since the start of the [US-engendered] Syrian civil war in 2011, the United States has taken in 1,500 refugees, with 300 more expected to be cleared by October.
9/11: A Conspiracy Theory | 11 Sept 2011 | Everything you ever wanted to know about the 9/11 conspiracy theory in under 5 minutes. [VIDEO.] TRANSCRIPT: On the morning of September 11, 2001, 19 men armed with boxcutters directed by a man
Tory plan to scrap the Human Rights Act confirmed in Parliament | 08 Sept 2015 | The Government will publish its plans to replace the Human Rights Act in the autumn of this year, ministers have confirmed. Asked in the House of Commons when the detailed plan for the Government’s “British Bill of Rights” would be made public, Dominic Raab said it would be available soon. Mr Raab said the bill would give the UK Supreme Court supremacy over the European Court of Human Rights and give “a greater respect for the legislative role for honourable members in this place” – referring to MPs. It is not clear whether giving the UK Supreme Court supremacy over the European Court of Human Rights is compatible with membership of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Kentucky clerk Kim Davis released from jail after judge lifts contempt ruling | 08 Sept 2015 | A Kentucky county clerk emerged from jail on Tuesday, six days after a federal judge put her behind bars for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, as her attorneys reasserted their argument that licenses issued in her absence are “not valid”. With tears in her eyes, and having taken to the stage to the tune of Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger, Kim Davis thanked a crowd for their support. In an order issued Tuesday, US federal judge David Bunning, who remanded Davis to US marshals during a high-profile hearing last week, ordered the Rowan County clerk released from jail on the condition she doesn’t interfere with efforts by her deputies to issue marriage licenses.
9/11 search dog honored with dream birthday bash | 10 Sept 2015 | As the 14th anniversary of Sept.11 approaches, one known surviving search dog who worked at Ground Zero after the terrorist attacks was honored in New York City with a Sweet 16 bash. In human years, Bretagne (pronounced Brittany) is now more than 100 years old. She is being honored for aiding efforts in finding people trapped under the rubble of the World Trade Center, and comforting officers and firefighters during her first deployment as a search-and-rescue dog in 2001.
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