Archive | July 8, 2012

The Nightmare that is Fukushima!

The Nightmare that is Fukushima!

If anyone knows anything about Haitians since the January 2010 earthquake, one will be aware of the length to which their voices have been silenced from the rest of the world, in order to prevent the rest of the world from knowing what has really been going on. The same applies to Japan’s Fukkushima, since their devastating earthquake, and tsunami of March 2011. The reason on the surface may seem to differ, but the outcome is the same.

All global organizations, particularly the U.N. play their role in the crime of silencing a people making their lives seem insignificant. When former U.S. president, Woodrow  Wilson made his speech at the inaguration of  what was to become the U.N., the League of Nations he said:

“There has been no greater advance than this, gentlemen. If you look back upon the history of the world you will see how helpless peoples have too often been a prey to powers that had no conscience in the matter. It has been one of the many distressing revelations of recent years that the great power which has just been, happily, defeated put intolerable burdens and injustices upon the helpless people of some of the colonies which it annexed to itself; that its interest was rather their extermination than their development; that the desire was to possess their land for European purposes, and not to enjoy their confidence in order that mankind might be lifted in these places to the next higher level.”

Far from that desired shift, the world powers today continue to exploit, burden, and allow barbaric acts to continue. This is no commendation for what is an unethical pursuit towards global governance.

As corporate media continues to play their role in silencing the people of Afghanistan, Haiti, Libya, Somalia, and Syria, so too do they silence the people of Fukushima.  If one really wants to know the truth, without difficulty one will discover that 100s of thousands of Japanese have been protesting over a period of time, and even more so now as Japan restarts its nuclear reactors with intolerable radiation levels are present.

When consciousness awakes within a journalist, the truth is heavy as it has been for investigative journalist Kouta Kinoshita.  From an onsite coverage on 1999 Tokaimura nuclear accident, he fell prey to radiation exposure, and his ire was raised with Fukushima.  Rather than focus on his own needs, Kinoshita tried to raise public awareness to the dangers of radiation exposure. He called for evacuation from Tokyo and Kanto of children, pregnant women, women able to have children has authorities continue to deny the level of contamination. They manipulate findings on radiation levels according to journalist Takashi Uesugi by removing the top soil, washing the area, and then using a geiger counter.

Results for Setagaya, Tokyo


  • Cs-134      = 255.7 Bq/kg
  • Cs-137      = 290.2 Bq/kg
  • Total      = 545.9 Bq/kg

House dust

  • Cs-134      = 662.57 Bq/kg
  • Cs-137      = 771.81 Bq/kg
  • Total      = 1,434.38 Bq/kg

Results for Tama, Tokyo


  • Cs-134      = 88.1 Bq/kg
  • Cs-137      = 122.3 Bq/kg
  • Total      = 210.4 Bq/kg

House dust

  • Cs-134      = 808 Bq/kg
  • Cs-137      = 922 Bq/kg
  • Total      = 1,730 Bq/kg

The wall of silence is maintained according to Uesugi by:

  • Politicians who lose their offices are often offered a job with the energy company Tepco (responsible  for the Daiichi plant, Fukushima)
  • whoever criticizes it is  shunned out of the system

the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the World Health Organization play down the effects of radiation exposure.


The U.S. has a policy when it comes to “inventions” that their should be a civil use, which allows for civil acceptance of their “inventions” like weapons of mass destruction, and the mobile… yes the mobile/cell phone, which operates on dangerous levels of micro-wave as in oven!

From wanting people to go out on the streets to not, because of the health risk involved from the debris, materials being incinerated, and the lack of contingency plans. Accused of spreading baseless rumors, and caring the people, Kinoshita finds himself with the task of receiving health reports from the people, becuase many doctors do not want to listen even though the children evacuated for Tokyo and Kanto have been diagnosed withthyroid cysts and/or nodules.  Struggling to find a constructive way to reveal these health findings with the agreement of the parents, a Japanese magazine reported:

  • 7-year old girl had 8 millimeter nodule on her thyroid [Blood tests determined ‘benign’]
  • Her 2-year-old sister also had 2 millimeter nodule
  • Doctor who examined them said “I’ve never seen anything like this”
  • 2 children and 9 adults were tested in Sapporo, and thyroid cancer was suspected
  • Adult woman has been confirmed to have thyroid cancer
  • Japanese researchers [say] “it is impossible for children under the age of 6 to have nodules 5 millimeters or larger”
  • But the doctor who examined them in Sapporo, Hokkaido says, “Whatever they say, this is the result”
  • In the case of Chernobyl, it took 4 years till the cases of thyroid cancer started to appear. The doctor in Sapporo is shocked by the quick onset

This report did not help matters, and was referred to as sensationalism.

In August 2011, Dr Yuko Yanagisawa, a physician at Funabashi Futawa Hospital, Chiba Prefecture (200km from Fukushima) told Al Jazeera:

“We have begun to see increased nosebleeds, stubborn cases of diarrhoea, and flu-like symptoms in children.”

Yanaggisawa went on to say:

“We are encountering new situations we cannot explain with the body of knowledge we have relied upon up until now.”

“The situation at the Daiichi Nuclear facility in Fukushima has not yet been fully stabilised, and we can’t yet see an end in sight, […] Because the nuclear material has not yet been encapsulated, radiation continues to stream into the environment.”

“Now the Japanese government is underestimating the effects of low dosage and/or internal exposures and not raising the evacuation level even to the same level adopted in Chernobyl […] People’s lives are at stake, especially the lives of children, and it is obvious that the government is not placing top priority on the people’s lives in their measures.”

“Incidence of cancer will undoubtedly increase […] In the case of children, thyroid cancer and leukemia can start to appear after several years. In the case of adults, the incidence of various types of cancer will increase over the course of several decades.”

However, there are other doctors who are aware of scale like Dr. Shintaro Kikuchi. Kikuchi a pediatrician in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture made this call for help in April 2012 on Vimeo, which has since been removed!

Dr. Kikuchi: From this April, we work for children and their parents…

At first we worked for care of children’s minds.

We need help for all of children, for example physical body, care of body, care of mind or anything about children.

Children living in Fukushima, they couldn’t play outside, exposure of radiation.

They couldn’t run, they couldn’t jump… so I make a very wide indoor playground… about 100,000 people come in 3 months.

Naoko Endo: … All the people care about radiation all the time. They always worry about sand, especially outside. Because much radiation always leaking out.

Dr. Kikuchi: We need help from outside Japan because Japanese people don’t think the situation for children is getting worse and worse.

We are now in very bad condition. Especially for children.

So please give us help.

The video was placed on Googles’ Youtube, and has also been removed!

By early 2012, medical check-ups by the Minami-Soma Municipal Hospital using Whole Body Counters found of the 527 children checked in and after September:

  • 268, or 51% have internal exposure to cesium-137.
  • Evidence of high-level exposure to gamma rays was detected in the clothes of some children

If one was a participant of the 150,000 strong protest as of June 29, 2012 (downplayed by the media to 20,000 – 45,000) that is well organized, allows right of way for pedestrians, and leaves no rubbish behind,  how would one feel on hearing one’s Prime Minister (Mr. Noda) comment to the press:

“They’re making lots of noise.”


“Doctor Near Tokyo Attributes Symptoms to Radiation Exposure: We Have Begun to See Increased Nosebleeds, Stubborn Cases of Diarrhea, and Flu-Like Symptoms in Children”

“Japanese journalist’s Call for Evacuating Children from Tokyo Causing Controversy.”

“Journalist finds Tokyo indoor dust contaminated with cesium at 1,730 Bq/kg — Scientist: Dust with Fukushima fallout is the source of human radiation exposure (VIDEO)”

“Magazine Scandal: Serious Abnormalities Found in Evacuees; Sapporo Doctor Shocked By Quick Onset of Suspected Thyroid Cancers — Such Rapid Growth Was Impossible In Children Before 3/11, says report”

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Oh Bashir, the Sudanese Stand Up to Be Counted*

Oh Bashir, the Sudanese Stand Up to Be Counted*


By Sokari Ekine

The renewed Sudan uprising whose genesis can be traced back to December 2010 is now nearly two weeks old. The latest protests began when a small group of women students from the University of Khartoum held a demonstration in response to increases in transport and food prices.

Women of Sudan have been involved in previous protests such as those which took place in September 2010 and March 2011. In both cases women were protesting against violence against women.

The protests have now moved to include other universities and the general public calling for regime change in Sudan. The protests come at a time of economic crisis for Sudan. Years of fighting wars in western and southern regions- Darfur, Southern Kordofan and the Blue Nile. In the east, a 2006 peace deal signed with the Eastern Front remains precarious and the dispute with South Sudan over oil, pipelines and land remain. The picture is a beleaguered Khartoum government which in addition to wars and insurgency on it’s borders is now having to fight an internal uprising with it’s own people.

The government has predictably responded with tear gas, beatings and arrests and has particularly targeted bloggers and foreign journalists. Usamah Mohammed, Karima Fath Al-Rahman, and a prominent activist Magdi Akasha of the youth movement, have all been arrested.

Egyptian correspondent for the Bloomberg News, Salma Elwardany was detained for five hours and later deported. Maha El-Sanosi was taken from her house in the middle of the night together with her phone and laptop. She was later released but has to report to the NISS. Mohamed Hassan Alim was also taken from his house and remains in custody.

As to why the protests are taking place at this time, Sudanese Thinker and blogger, Amir Ahmad Nasr writes:

“As the fear barrier crumbles, Sudanese have a chance to topple Bashir and his National Congress Party (NCP) cronies — and to build a better future for their country. It is important to understand why Sudanese would risk their lives to oppose Bashir. The narratives peddled by some commentators about the country’s recent conflicts — that they are between “Arabs versus Africans,” or “Muslims versus Christians” — are not only unhelpful, they are wrong. These characterizations have neither benefited the international community nor the diverse citizens of Sudan — including the Arabs and Afro-Arabs of the North who felt alienated by it, and who have also been violently oppressed for decades.”

Nasar, like other many other Sudanese bloggers and tweeters, insists the present protests are different from those in the past as they include the wider population and are taking place beyond the capital, Khartoum. Moze Ali points out that the protests are different because now people are calling for regime change rather than just opposition to the government’s austerity measures.
“The common misconception is that the protests are against the austerity plan, they’re not. The protesters are calling for the fall of the regime. They might have been sparked by the austerity plan, but they have been ongoing for 10 days now and it doesn’t seem that they will stop any time soon. The students, and citizens who eventually joined, want regime change for very simple and understandable reasons. The education and health systems in Sudan are virtually nonexistent. There’s no infrastructure, no legal system, no economic plan of any sort, and last but not least, no freedom of expression. For all intents and purposes, Sudan is a failed state; statistically, socially, economically, financially, and any everything else.”

Yousif Elmahdi is defiant as the protests slow down:

“So things have calmed down recently, so what? This only ends when we say it does, and that’s with the regime gone. Nothing less…”

Referring to the planned mass protests on 30 June he writes that this needs to be huge and there is no turning back now. In an earlier piece he addresses the question: “Sudan, Are We a Failed Nation?” The short answer is yes…

“Sudan is a failed state. Its social, political, and economic shortcomings render it third on Foreign Policy’s index. Basic freedoms are minimal; women are oppressed and activists, journalists and politicians arrested under a complicit rule of law. Poverty, estimated at 46.5% overall and 57.6% in rural areas, grows more acute. Sudan’s Human Development Index is lowest of all MENA countries – 169 of 187 overall. With conflicts in every corner of the country, the South may not be the last to secede. Corruption is so pervasive (sixth worst Corruption Perception Index) that Sudan would be a middle-income country had it implemented an amnesty similar to that announced in South Sudan. Instead, we remain stratified in the event horizon of an economic meltdown.”

He comments on the failures of previous uprisings which he attributes to a “helplessness” and a “fear induced passiveness often confused with apathy”.

In this situation, the Sudanese like people in other parts of the continent for example Nigeria, achieving change is too daunting and so we settle for less. Stumbling and mumbling along with the status quo until a time comes when this is no longer possible. Every time there is an uprising whether it’s Sudan, Nigeria or Cameroon people become less fearful and more determined and are able to sustain opposition for longer periods of time. This may not be THE uprising that will remove Omar Bashir but it is one on a continuum, a defining moment in the struggle that will eventually see him go the way of his neighbours to the north.


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