Karl Grossman calls out the "Big Lie" - the Fukushima cover-up

 Karl Grossman's article on Common Dreams reveals the cover-up at Fukushima. 

As the first anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster arrives, the cover-up involving nuclear power is more extensive than ever. The Big Lie was integral to the nuclear push from its start. Read more.


The man who stayed behind in his village near Fukushima to care for the animals


EDITORIAL: Nuclear-free society can be achieved much earlier

From the Asahi Shimbun: In our editorial published in July last year, we laid out a vision of a society without nuclear power generation. In that editorial, we said it would probably be possible for Japan to phase out nuclear power generation in 20 to 30 years.

However, given the fact that peak demand in August last year was fulfilled with only 12 to 16 reactors online, it now seems that vision could be realized far earlier.


Kevin Kamps discusses Tokyo's close call on Thom Hartmann

And see Kevin's longer explanation of the definition of what a becquerel is, here, to provide some idea of what the "mind-boggling" figure of 40 quadrillion becquerels means (the amount of radioactive Cesium isotopes alone, currently estimated to have been released by the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Catastrophe thus far).


Radiation precautions are not child's play in Fukushima Prefecture

A heartbreaking BBC News Asia video focuses on Ayaka, a young girl who lost her grandfather and home to the tsunami in Fukushima Prefecture on March 11, 2011, and whose life is now circumscribed by radiation precautions that limit her freedom to play outdoors. This, despite now living beyond the arbitrarily small 12.4 mile (20 km) "Dead Zone" around the destroyed Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Her father bought a Ukrainian radiation monitor on the internet, which he uses to check background levels before he lets Ayaka play on the parking lot for at most 30 minutes, only on weekends. She's not allowed to play on the grass, or near trees or surface water, because the radiation levels are higher there. Ayaka also wears a face mask on her way to school, and a personal radiation monitor to track her exposures. Ayaka reads from her diary entry from March 13, 2011, in which she expresses her fear of the invisible radioactivity around her. Writing helped her deal with her emotions -- she was afraid to express her fears directly to her father or grandmother.