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Ten Reasons Against Nuclear Power (Updated)

Is Nuclear Energy a Viable Option?

To answer the question posed by the title of this paper, the citizens and government of
any country considering the introduction of nuclear energy must address the following
issues:
• Environmental and health impacts.
• Economics and timescale read more

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New Book on Critical Care

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Course on Social Responsibility for Medical Students

Elective module for students in the International Medical University  “Radiation: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”

An MPSR initiative to encourage social responsibility among youth

During 27 Jan – 13 Feb., 2015, MPSR conducted an elective module for fifty three (53) medical, dental and read more

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Nayarit Report

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Fukushima Three Years On

The Fukushima nuclear disaster three years on

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by Tilman Ruff

Fukushima-Daiichi Unit 3 reactor in July 2013

Fukushima-Daiichi Unit 3 reactor in July 2013

The world’s most complex nuclear power plant disaster continues three years on, and will continue for many years hence. Uncontrolled flows of around read more

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Re: [ASEANcats] COMANGO – Malaysia – Move to Outlaw Human Rights Groups is an Assault on Freedom

Press Release

Declaration of unlawfulness of COMANGO is highly flawed and must be revoked

The Malaysian Bar questions the legitimacy of the announcement by the Ministry of Home Affairs that the Coalition of Malaysian Non-Governmental Organisations in the Universal Periodic Review (“COMANGO”) read more

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Concerning Custodial Deaths .

Press Statement: 18 July 2013

2013 Custodial Deaths List- Will this ever end?

SUARAM once again is publicizing the list of deaths under state custody for the year 2013.

Year Date Name Age Location
2013 14-Jan-13 Chang Chin Te 30 USJ8
2013 23-Jan-13 Sugumaran 39 Batu 14 Cheras
2013 01-Feb-13 Mohd.Ropi 43 Temerloh, Died at the Sultan Ahmad Shah    Hospital
2013 10-Mar-13 M.Ragu 47 Kampar
2013 17-Mar-13 UNKNOWN 55 Seri Alam Johor
2013 3-April-13 Muhammad   Kusyairi 25 Hospital Pulau Pinang
2013 21-May-13 Dharmendran 32 IPK KL
2013 27-May-13 Jamesh Ramesh 40 Penang
2013 01-Jun-13 Karunanithi 42 IPD Tampin
2013 8-Jun-2013 Nobuhiro Matshushita 33 USJ8
2013 4-July-2013 Cheong Fook Meng 53 Jalan Imbi
2013 16-July-2013 Chew Shiang Giap 26 Pusat   Pemulihan Akhlak Batu Gajah

Three people have now died in police custody on the same date, the 16 of July. The first two were Teoh Beng Hock and Gunasegaran read more

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Next Stop, a Ban on Nuclear Weapons?

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Next Stop, a Ban on Nuclear Weapons?

Tuesday, 26 March 2013 09:38 By Tim Wright, Truthout | Op-Ed

A quiet revolution took place in Oslo earlier this month. More than 120 governments, UN agencies, the International Committee of the Red Cross and civil society read more

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Oslo Conference on humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons.

From: John Loretz <jloretz@ippnw.org>
To: IPPNW Discussions on peace and health <ippnwforum@googlegroups.com>; IPPNW Board <ippnwboard@googlegroups.com>
Sent: Thursday, 14 March 2013 12:40 AM
Subject: [IPPNWFORUM] Success in Oslo!

What follows is an unavoidably long report on what happened in Oslo last week. I hope you’ll make time to read the whole thing, but here are the headlines: =&0=& =&1=& =&2=& =&1=& =&4=& So here are the details: Last week, ICAN and IPPNW participated in two extraordinarily successful conferences in Oslo on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons. That, in fact, was the title of the two-day intergovernmental conference hosted by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which was attended by 127 States, several UN agencies, the Red Cross Red Crescent movement, and a 50-person civil society delegation coordinated by ICAN. An ICAN-organized Civil Society Forum took place on the two days before the government conference, and drew 500 participants from 70 States, including about 40 of us from IPPNW. This was the first time that States had come together — inside or outside the UN — to focus entirely on the nature and consequences of nuclear weapons, and to consider them as an existential threat requiring collective action. While Norway carefully arranged the conference as a scientific meeting and did not want to raise expectations too quickly that the conference might lead to a process to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons, the State delegations lost little time in calling for just that as the only responsible course of action. We had hoped that this conference would redirect the discourse about nuclear weapons toward their catastrophic and unacceptable consequences, and away from the disingenuous arguments offered by the nuclear-weapon states. That hope was more than fulfilled. The one concrete outcome that we wanted from the conference — and that was only in a little doubt until near the end — was an offer from Mexico to host a followup conference as soon as possible — perhaps within this calendar year, or early in 2014. This offer came at the end of meeting, with a declaration that the momentum achieved in Oslo had to continue and that the humanitarian perspective on nuclear weapons required action from States, particularly the non-nuclear-weapon states. You have all heard that the P5 boycotted the conference. This was a deliberate decision that the US, the UK, and France took in consultation with each other, while Russia and China were happy to go along. India and Pakistan sent representatives to Oslo. Israel, of course, did not. This was inexcusable behavior on the part of the P5, but if the intent was to marginalize the conference and diminish its significance, the result was exactly the opposite. Foreign Minister Eide told the press before the conference began that the reasons given by the P5 for their absence (basically, that the conference was a “distraction” from their important step-by-step disarmament initiatives inside the NPT) were “not convincing.” With some strategic counsel from ICAN, most States at the conference easily came to understand that they would be in a stronger position to discuss the real issues and to set an agenda that could lead to meaningful progress without the predictable “distractions” from the P5. And that’s exactly what happened! The program of the conference, including the plenary presentations, many of the government statements and interventions, the Chair’s summary, and streaming video of all the sessions on both days, can be found on the conference website. Many of the same materials, and an excellent report on the conference, are at Reaching Critical Will. I won’t try to summarize all of that separately here, but I do want to highlight a few things of special interest to IPPNW: =&5=&, and continue to talk about the importance of the events in Oslo among your networks, including your social media networks. =&6=& Find out what they thought about the conference, what they plan to do with the information they acquired, and how they will feed back what they learned to national decision makers. Just as important, urge your country to attend the next conference in Mexico and to send a well prepared delegation ready to take practical next steps. =&7=& We’ll talk more over the coming months about how they can best prepare for this important follow-up conference. (The dates and exact location have not yet been announced. We’ll keep you informed as new information becomes available.) =&8=& The ICRC and the Red Cross Red Crescent movement played a prominent role in Oslo, and will undoubtedly do so again in Mexico. Nevertheless, only a few national RC societies took part. =&9=&at every level, and to help national societies promote the Oslo message as an outgrowth of the IFRC resolution. I’m bound to have left some things out, but I’ll leave it there for now. It’s a lot to absorb, but this is going to pretty much define our nuclear abolition work for the foreseeable future. Here are some additional links to Oslo resources and commentaries, compiled by Bea Fihn of Reaching Critical Will: =&10=& Alexander Harang http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexanderharang/sets/72157632893339424/ www.flickr.com/photos/alexanderharang/sets/72157632897194563/ Xante Hall https://www.dropbox.com/sh/bpw1gjszen0ts3d/WQfZY46EHK =&11=& ICAN’s video statement to the conference:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7t6BmRzDS0&feature=youtu.be ICAN’s promo video that was shown at the ICAN Civil Society Forum: http://youtu.be/ZjBd_GHvZ0Y ICAN Israel’s video about humanitarian consequences: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McGlK1_FBzY&feature=youtu.be =&1=& =&13=& http://www.icanw.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/oslo-pressrelease-ican.pdf http://www.article36.org/press-releases/uk-to-snub-discussions-on-humanitarian-consequences-of-nuclear-weapons/ http://www.article36.org/cat2-nuclear-weapons/historic-movement-begins-towards-ban-on-nuclear-weapons/ =&14=& http://peaceandhealthblog.com/ http://www.globalactionpw.org/?p=4046 http://www.4disarmament.org/2013/03/10/the-humanitarian-impact-of-nuclear-weapons/#more-811 http://www.nonukes.nl/en/news/ www.peaceportal.org/blogs http://www.disarmamentinsight.blogspot.ch/2013/03/humanitarian-success.html =&15=& http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/mar/04/nuclear-weapons-must-be-eradicated http://www.newsmill.se/artikel/2013/03/09/den-svenska-linjen-i-k-rnvapenfr-gan-svag-och-otydlig(swedish) http://www.opendemocracy.net/5050/rebecca-johnson/fetishists-of-nuclear-power-projection-have-had-their-day http://www.opendemocracy.net/5050/rebecca-johnson/banning-nuclear-weapons-this-time-lip-service-will-not-be-enough http://www.neopresse.com/gesellschaft/verbietet-die-bombe-ican-anti-atomwaffenbewegung-beschliest-massenproteste/ http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2013/02/211021.html?searchType=site&req_type=article&phrase=ruff http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=14754 Congratulations to everyone who participated and contributed to this big milestone on our path to a nuclear-weapons-free world. Let me (or any of the other IPPNW members of the ICAN steering group, i.e., Tilman Ruff, Bob Mtonga, Andi Nidecker, or Josefin Lind) know if you have any questions about what happened in Oslo, or want more information about where we go from here. John — John Loretz Program Director International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War 66-70 Union Square, Suite 204 Somerville, MA 02143 Tel: +617 440 1733, ext. 308 Fax: 617-440-1734 www.ippnw.org IPPNW Peace and Health Blog: www.peaceandhealthblog.com/ International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) www.icanw.org

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Report on Lynas environmental hazard

LAUNCH OF REPORT ON THE DESCRIPTION AND CRITICAL ENVIRONMENTAL EVALUATION OF THE LYNAS ADVANCED MATERIALS PLANT IN GEBENG, PAHANG

 

Ronald McCoy

 

 

Introduction

The Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) in Gebeng, Pahang, claims to be the world’s largest rare earth refinery project. Such read more

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