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This post updated from 14 to 24 May, in inverted order. It is a continuation of: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/05/06/the-ongoing-saga-24-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/ and continue here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/05/25/the-ongoing-saga-26-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/

Saturday, 24 May 2014

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/05/24/more-wipp-pictures-22-may-2014-louder-than-words-about-the-perils-of-nuclear/
This post has been updated: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/05/03/radioactive-reindeer-nuclear-guinea-pigs-part-ix-of-a-series/
News: Birds are still singing so the end of the world has not occurred yet.
More detailed news will be posted later, in an Ongoing 26.

Friday, 23 May 2014

We have two reblogs: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/05/23/its-always-the-technology-that-lets-us-down-says-international-authority-on-nuclear-safety/ https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/05/23/the-beacons-sellafield-story-from-bomb-making-to-body-snatching/

Thursday, 22 May 2014

International Biodiversity Day

B. Potter Flopsy Rabbits 1
From the tale of the Flopsy Bunnies by Beatrix Potter, 1909

Nuclear endangers both biodiversity and ultimately all life
Drawing from Radiation Free Lakeland in Cumbria, UK, home to Beatrix Potter of Peter Rabbit fame, which is endangered by a proposed nuclear waste dump. See more info here about biodiversity day plus view a cartoon book about nuclear in Cumbria, UK https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/05/22/hot/ http://www.cbd.int/idb/

This post has been updated: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/05/03/radioactive-reindeer-nuclear-guinea-pigs-part-ix-of-a-series/
New post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/05/22/are-we-ruled-by-nuclear-cats/

The war on Mali: What you should know
Posted on January 15, 2013
by R. Teichmann http://news-beacon-ireland.info/?p=10061

Mali’s parlous state of mining exposed by recent coup
Published by MAC on 2012-04-11 Source: Reuters, IRIN, Northern Miner (2012-04-28) http://www.minesandcommunities.org/article.php?a=11619

Good Sense from the Vietnamese: Dispute Resolution via International Arbitration. Hopefully childish, militaristic leaders will learn from Vietnam’s civilized example!

Reuters News Feed Selection

U.S. judge rules lawsuit against ex-Bolivia leader can move forward
Posted:Wed, 21 May 2014 21:33:07 GMT
MIAMI (Reuters) – A Miami federal judge will allow a lawsuit to proceed against a former Bolivian president accused of overseeing a deadly military crackdown during 2003 street protests in the South American country
. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/8DMAgJaXaa0/story01.htm
Excerpt: “The suit alleges Sanchez de Lozada, a U.S.-educated mining magnate, ordered Bolivia security forces to “use deadly force to suppress popular protests against government policies.

Russian tycoon to fight $4.5 bln divorce for “10 more years”
Posted:Wed, 21 May 2014 12:28:32 -0400
GENEVA, May 21 (Reuters) – A Russian tycoon whose estranged wife wo a $4.5 billion divorce ruling this week, one of the costliest in history, will appeal against the judgment and the case will take another decade at least, his lawyer said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/un3a1aWHgaU/divorce-rybolovlev-idUSL6N0O74M220140521

Colombia oil, mining industries push for leaner regulations
Posted:Wed, 21 May 2014 10:05:37 -0400
BOGOTA, May 21 (Reuters) – Colombia’s oil and mining industries, hit by lower output and growing resistance to some key projects, are pleading for help from the next government to streamline slow and erratic regulations. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/LNxdbWWHQb8/colombia-election-economy-idUSL1N0O51B020140521

UPDATE 1-Guinea to sign investment agreement for Simandou iron ore project
Posted:Wed, 21 May 2014 08:55:41 -0400
KIGALI, May 21 (Reuters) – Guinea will sign an investment framework agreement for its multi-billion dollar Simandou iron ore project with partners Rio Tinto, International Finance Corporation and China’s Chinalco on May 26, the country’s mines minister said on Wednesday
“. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/eMknDE2n1VA/guinea-mining-simandou-idUSL6N0O73AP20140521

Exclusive: Vietnam PM says considering legal action against China over disputed waters
Posted:Wed, 21 May 2014 23:12:51 GMT
MANILA (Reuters) – Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said his government was considering various “defense options” against China, including legal action, following the deployment of a Chinese oil rig to disputed waters in the South China Sea. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/BSl7xNZPsZc/story01.htm

Tuareg separatists beat back Mali offensive in flashpoint town
Posted:Wed, 21 May 2014 21:26:49 GMT
BAMAKO (Reuters) – Tuareg separatists repulsed an attempt by Mali’s army to take control of their stronghold of Kidal and seized another northern town on Wednesday, setbacks that could potentially embarrass President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s government. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/XQ9TV5JcKLY/story01.htm

Russia says troops pulling back from Ukraine border
Posted:Wed, 21 May 2014 21:00:45 GMT
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia said on Wednesday that troops deployed for exercises near the Ukrainian border had dismantled equipment and were moving to train stations and airfields for return to their permanent bases, but the United States and NATO said they saw no clear signs of a pullout. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/kf4cGbrY9Ao/story01.htm

Sri Lanka blocks two more websites critical of government: rights group
Posted:Wed, 21 May 2014 18:05:32 GMT
COLOMBO (Reuters) – Sri Lanka blocked two more news websites critical of the government, media rights groups said on Wednesday, a move press groups see as intended to intimidate critics of President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s administration. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/sUyTyjpPeLI/story01.htm

Russia vows to retaliate against U.S. human rights sanctions
Posted:Wed, 21 May 2014 17:13:54 GMT
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia vowed on Wednesday to retaliate against what it called “unfounded” U.S. sanctions imposed a day earlier on 12 Russians for human rights abuses, including allegedly denying medical care to a whistleblowing lawyer who died in a Russian prison. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/iZfrttpHT7I/story01.htm

Twitter friendship blossoms for Asian nationalists Modi and Abe
Posted:Wed, 21 May 2014 16:31:05 GMT
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe follows only three people on Twitter: his outspoken wife, a scandal-tainted politician and India’s prime minister-in-waiting Narendra Modi
“. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/3rXqvpPYKLw/story01.htm

Update 1, Wednesday 21 May 2014

We forgot to update Radioactive Reindeer IX, but we have a new post https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/05/21/wipp-fiasco-may-19th-image-and-kitty-litter-thoughts/

Court blocks reopening of Nuclear Power Plant west of Tokyo.
Putin’s shot himself and Russia in the foot
. With less competition for his oil and gas and more options for China, he won’t get as good a deal as he might of, even if he gets a deal. Credit Suisse got what was likely only a slap on the wrist compared to tax monies lost and profits made. But, at least it got a slap. Nice Swiss were ashamed by Credit Suisse behaviour. Not Nice Swiss hate the USA even more, instead of feeling ashamed.

Reuters News Feed Selection

REFILE-Japan court rules against nuclear restart in rare ruling
Posted:Wed, 21 May 2014 07:38:33 GMT
(Clarifies from campaigner that ruling is rare court victory not first) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/5s8kCbCq6Pc/story01.htm

Russia says don’t jump to conclusions on China gas deal
Posted:Wed, 21 May 2014 06:48:46 GMT
MOSCOW, May 21 (Reuters) – Russia’s Gazprom told doubters on Wednesday not to jump to any conclusions over President Vladimir Putin’s failure so far to sign a long-awaited gas deal with China, saying all would become clear in due course. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/JynXVKnB3rg/story01.htm

Commodity trader Gunvor denies Russian report it up for sale
Posted:Wed, 21 May 2014 06:11:15 GMT
MOSCOW, May 21 (Reuters) – Commodity trading house Gunvor denied a Russian newspaper report on Wednesday that it was up for sale after its major shareholder Gennady Timchenko sold his stake in March just before the United States imposed sanctions on him over Ukraine. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/oEu810JveRo/story01.htm

UPDATE 5-Credit Suisse escapes worst as it pleads guilty to U.S. charges
Posted:Tue, 20 May 2014 02:36:50 -0400
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK/ZURICH, May 19 (Reuters) – Credit Suisse on Monday became the largest bank in 20 years to plead guilty to a U.S. criminal charge, and will pay a $2.5 billion fine to authorities… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/Fs2aGUVR_xA/creditsuisse-investigation-idUSL1N0O50RO20140520

INSIGHT-How Credit Suisse got a stiffer penalty than UBS
Posted:Tue, 20 May 2014 02:09:51 -0400
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, May 20 (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors first raised the specter of a criminal plea by Credit Suisse Group AG more than two years after starting an investigation into whether the… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/dGvXB-oApy4/creditsuisse-tax-fine-idUSL1N0O605820140520

Credit Suisse sees $1.6 bln Swiss franc after-tax charge from U.S. plea deal
Posted:Mon, 19 May 2014 19:20:47 -0400
ZURICH, May 19 (Reuters) – Credit Suisse expects to book an after-tax charge of 1.598 billion Swiss francs in the second quarter related to its settlement of a U.S. criminal charge that it conspired…
(Update 1 of our Reuters News Feed Selection end)

Wednesday 21 May 2014

The Radioactive Elephant in the Room

On all health issues the impact of radionuclides on health remains the elephant in the room, being ignored. Researchers look up and down and all around but almost never at the long known impacts of ionizing radiation/radionuclides on people, plants and animals. For instance, they will tell you that the BPA in your sardine cans is dangerous but not one peep about the plutonium in the sardines themselves. How do you explain that?

Huge fish die-offs in California and Minnesota. What’s happening?
Huge fish die-offs in the waters off California and in a lake in Minnesota may be caused by the same thing: lack of oxygen. But oxygen deprivation was brought on by different sources.
” By Staff, Associated Press / May 19, 2014 http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2014/0519/Huge-fish-die-offs-in-California-and-Minnesota.-What-s-happening

Thousands of sheep are dying in Australia. Allegedly because they ate poisonous plants. Although straight up it sounds like “mad cow”-scrapie, such neurological symptoms could be caused by many things. We have discussed at length in our Radioactive Reindeer series a possible relationship between radionuclides and scrapie. Radionuclides could make them more susceptible to anything.

Straight to Hell Boys, Straight to Hell

Regarding the first Reuters news title: May the people of Toshiba, their Utah contractor “Energy Solutions” with its “ALPS” system, AREVA aka French govt, and all of the other screw-ups doing nothing at Fukushima (but taking money and keeping qualified people from doing anything) go sit on the Fukushima Melted Corium and expedite their trip to hell. Straight to hell boys, straight to hell. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EnergySolutions Those who designed and operate WIPP can go join them.

Reuters News Feed Selection

Japan’s Fukushima operator begins groundwater release to ocean
Posted:Wed, 21 May 2014 05:00:06 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – The operator of Japan’s destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant began releasing groundwater that it said is within legal radiation safety limits into the Pacific Ocean on Wednesday, in a bid to manage huge amounts of radioactive water built up at the site.
Excerpt: “A water treatment facility known as the Advanced Liquid Processing System, designed to remove the most dangerous nuclides, was completely shut down again this week. The system has not been fully operational since it was installed nearly two years ago.

New Mexico orders nuclear waste dump to hasten safety measures
Posted:Wed, 21 May 2014 04:20:10 GMT
(Reuters) – A nuclear waste repository in New Mexico was ordered by the state on Tuesday to craft a plan to hasten the sealing off of underground vaults where drums of toxic, plutonium-tainted refuse from Los Alamos National Laboratory may have caused a radiation release. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/wMSLr6Hqnlg/story01.htm

As gas flows, Exxon’s $19 bln PNG plant still faces risks
Posted:Tue, 20 May 2014 17:00:02 -0400
SYDNEY May 21 (Reuters) – ExxonMobil’s $19 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Papua New Guinea, which is shipping its first cargo, is set to dramatically transform one of Asia-Pacific’s most unstable countries, for better or for worse. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/9G_r5uBWofU/papua-lng-exxon-mobil-idUSL3N0O123I20140520

UPDATE 2-Turkish miners stay off work after disaster, eight suspects held
Posted:Tue, 20 May 2014 12:26:00 -0400
* Cabinet to discuss changes to mining laws (Adds Erdogan, energy minister, quotes from miners) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/84SsM35slaQ/turkey-mine-idUSL6N0O61K320140520

UPDATE 1-S.Africa platinum firms, striking union to return to mediated talks
Posted:Tue, 20 May 2014 11:28:08 -0400
JOHANNESBURG, May 20 (Reuters) – The world’s top platinum producers and the AMCU union agreed on Tuesday to court-mediated wage talks aimed at ending the longest and costliest mining strike in South African history.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

New post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/05/20/wipp-heat-producing-event-evidence-of-damaged-drum/

Netherlands, UK, Germany sent German Nuclear Material to Siberia, Russia

While this is old news and they supposedly stopped doing it, the point is that they did it! This was done by Urenco which was owned in equal parts by the Governments of the Netherlands, UK, and Germany! Also, it points to the fact that Russia also lacks proper disposal of nuclear waste, so should not be making more! Nor should they import it from elsewhere.

First Germany sends radioactive sludge to Italy, then nuclear materials to Russia, and then recently burned low level rad waste in Tennessee, and now Germany is trying to dump high level nuclear waste on poor people in South Carolina, USA!

Can’t Germany keep its own damn waste instead of continuing to try to dump it on poor people elsewhere? Probably the standards in Germany are too high and they are evading the standards.

Urenco is owned in three equal parts by Ultra-Centrifuge Nederland NV (owned by the Government of the Netherlands), Uranit GmbH (owned equally by German energy companies E.ON and RWE) and Enrichment Holdings Ltd (owned by the Government of the United Kingdom and managed by the Shareholder Executive).[5] The company was set up in 1971 pursuant to the Treaty of Almelo, which restricts the sale of ownership stakes.[6][7] As of 2012, the owners are considering a potential sale.[8]” References and more at link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urenco_Group

Radioactive Waste: German Company Sent Nuclear Material for Open-Air Storage in Siberia
October 19, 2009 – 01:40 PM
The Western media reported last week on how the German company Urenco shipped nuclear material to Siberia, where the highly toxic waste was stored in containers in the open air. The company has stopped deliveries and will store the material with higher standards in Germany in the future
“. Article here: http://www.spiegel.de/international/spiegel/radioactive-waste-german-company-sent-nuclear-material-for-open-air-storage-in-siberia-a-655934.html

Good news is that Russia’s uranium enrichment firm, Tenex, will not get needed financing, since the Russian government has shown people it can’t be trusted.

Reuters News Feed Selection

EXCLUSIVE-Western banks may steer clear of Russian loans for a year
Posted:Mon, 19 May 2014 11:15:47 -0400
LONDON, May 19 (Reuters) – Most Western banks are shunning Russia’s syndicated loan market as a result of the Ukraine crisis and could stay away for a year or more, despite the potential loss of more than $45 billion in business
. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/HReJYF_9KGo/loans-russia-idUSL6N0O53WE20140519
Excerpt from article: “These include a $1 billion deal for petrochemicals company Sibur, and $500 million each in refinancing for potash producer Uralkali and uranium enrichment firm Tenex.

Slovak gas pipeline seen ready to supply Ukraine from September
Posted:Mon, 19 May 2014 16:30:03 GMT
BRATISLAVA, May 19 (Reuters) – A pipeline to transport gas to Ukraine via Slovakia should be ready for pumping at full capacity starting in September, the head of Slovakia’s pipeline operator said, which would help provide some gas if Russia cuts supplies. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/dI7rl_gAc8g/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Platinum firm Lonmin says “bleeding” from S.Africa strike
Posted:Mon, 19 May 2014 12:33:16 -0400
* Platinum producers have lost $1.8 bln in revenue (Adds CEO interview, details) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/VfnCFHuys6Q/lonmin-safrica-strike-idUSL6N0O53B220140519

China investigates corruption inspector for corruption
Posted:Mon, 19 May 2014 16:50:06 GMT
BEIJING, May 20 (Reuters) – China is investigating a corruption inspector for corruption, China’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said on Monday, as an anti-graft campaign intensifies. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/y_AeGEoRZcA/story01.htm

Focus on Russia-China gas deal as Putin visits Shanghai
Posted:Mon, 19 May 2014 18:00:00 GMT
SHANGHAI, May 20 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin hopes to sign a multi-billion dollar gas agreement with China during a two-day visit that kicks off on Tuesday, ending more than a decade of false starts and wrangling over a deal seen as vital to both sides. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ujxN9HT8BXc/story01.htm

Biden to attend fundraiser with Keystone XL opponent Steyer
Posted:Mon, 19 May 2014 22:25:10 GMT
WASHINGTON, May 19 (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will attend a Democratic fundraiser at the home of activist Tom Steyer, the billionaire former hedge fund manager who is spending millions to lobby against the Keystone XL pipeline, a Democratic official said on Monday.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Post updated: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/05/03/radioactive-reindeer-nuclear-guinea-pigs-part-ix-of-a-series/

Federal Court nixes approval of new nuclear reactors
Published on May 15, 2014 by Allie Kosela.

Toronto, May 15 2014 – Environmentalists are applauding a landmark Federal Court ruling that puts the brakes on building expensive and risky new nuclear reactors in Ontario“. Read article here: http://www.waterkeeper.ca/blog/2014/5/15/federal-court-nixes-approval-of-new-reactors Good news and amazing that Canada has apparently kept independent courts, given the huge power and importance of the uranium and non-uranium mining industry in Canada.

Regarding the Swiss vote against Fighter Jets: As we’ve already said, doing business with the bad guys, undermining international sanctions, means that Switzerland doesn’t need defense. Of course, banks won’t defend you against the random rogue high-jacker but, hey, if the Italian and French taxpayer lend you theirs in an emergency, why buy your own? If the Italians and French work after 5 pm why should the Swiss? Most of the wealthy French and Italians have defected to lower taxes in Switzerland and elsewhere. So, by all means the remaining poor taxpayers of France and Italy should protect Swiss air space with French and Italian fighter jets.

Reuters News Feed Selection

Putin orders Russian troops back to bases after drills near Ukraine
Posted:Mon, 19 May 2014 09:22:29 GMT
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered military forces to return to their permanent bases after drills in three regions bordering Ukraine, the Kremlin said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/vR_84tZzrFM/story01.htm

Balkans flooding threatens Serbia power plants, 37 dead
Posted:Sun, 18 May 2014 20:44:25 GMT
KOSTOLAC, Serbia/DOBOJ, Bosnia (Reuters) – Soldiers, police and villagers battled to protect power plants in Serbia from rising flood waters on Sunday as the death toll from the Balkan region’s worst rainfall in more than a century reached 37. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/7wICSoO5Qw4/story01.htm

Crimean Tatars commemorate Soviet deportation despite ban
Posted:Sun, 18 May 2014 18:13:03 GMT
SIMFEROPOL, Crimea (Reuters) – Defying a ban by their new Russian-backed rulers, thousands of Crimean Tatars gathered at a mosque on Sunday to commemorate the day 70 years ago the mass deportation of their families began under the orders of Soviet leader Josef Stalin. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/qDu2nL3agsk/story01.htm

Swiss voters reject world’s highest minimum wage, block fighter jets
Posted:Sun, 18 May 2014 19:15:31 GMT
ZURICH (Reuters) – Swiss voters on Sunday rejected proposals to introduce the world’s highest minimum wage and spend $3.5 billion buying new Gripen fighter jets from Saab.
Switzerland was embarrassed earlier this year when a hijacked Ethiopian Airlines plane heading for Geneva had to be escorted by French and Italian fighters because the incident occurred outside business hours.

Mali sends troops to retake town from Tuareg separatists
Posted:Sun, 18 May 2014 22:12:20 GMT
KIDAL, Mali (Reuters) – Mali sent in troops on Sunday to retake Kidal from Tuareg separatists after six government workers and two civilians were murdered, according to the United Nations, during an attack on the regional governor’s office. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/MApR8qyzMzg/story01.htm

Turkey keeps three suspects in custody in mine disaster probe
Posted:Mon, 19 May 2014 00:03:09 GMT
SOMA, Turkey (Reuters) – A Turkish court ordered three suspects to be kept in custody on Sunday on a provisional charge of “causing multiple deaths” in last week’s mine disaster, as the last of the 301 victims were buried. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/NejhoOR_Inw/story01.htm

Convicted rogue trader Kerviel arrested in southern France
Posted:Sun, 18 May 2014 23:57:06 GMT
MENTON, France (Reuters) – Convicted rogue trader Jerome Kerviel was arrested in southern France late on Sunday to serve a three-year jail sentence in a high-profile case he has depicted as one individual’s struggle against high finance.


19 May 2014
Putin Orders Troops Back To Bases After Drills Near Ukraine

19May 2014
Ukraine Election Officials Voice Concern Over Election

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Tsar Nicolas of Russia and George V of England
Tsar Nicholas II of Russia with his cousin, King George V of England, in Berlin; 1913

Their cousin Kaiser Wilhelm who they fought:
Kaiser Wilhelm Ii and Germany 1890 - 1914 HU68367

First cousins fought each other in World War I: “One can appreciate why Kaiser Wilhelm II, at the outbreak of war in 1914, exclaimed that ‘Nicky’ had ‘played him false’. For the rulers of the world’s three greatest nations – King George V of Great Britain and Tsar Nicholas II of Russia on the one hand, and the German Kaiser on the other – were not simply cousins, they were first cousins. If their grandmother Queen Victoria had still been alive, said the Kaiser, she would never have allowed them to go to war with each other.http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/britain_wwone/cousins_at_war_01.shtml
(This image recurs in my mind, especially because of the rumour that Putin is a descendant of two lines of Tsars, since there are no Putins before his father (there is more to this interesting tale, which would make him the Queen Elizabeth’s cousin, but difficult to find now that everyone is calling him Tsar). This may be about building Putin’s myth, for there are many reasons not to have surnames. Russia had serfdom until 1861 and serfs did not need surnames. Russia’s Rosneft is partners with UK based BP – formally British Petroleum. Certainly, trained as a spy, Putin is above all an actor and he has rolled himself in Tsarist robes, donning the mantle of protector of the Orthodox Faith. Now he styles himself as protector of Russian minorities everywhere. Due to the Imperial nature of the Russian Empire, the USSR, as well as exiles, this would be a lot of people).

Part (or all) of the cause of World War I was imperialism which is nothing but exploitive control, usually to obtain oil and gas or mining rights, trade routes, access to waterways, pipeline routes, agriculture, room for excess population,etc. What is going on in Ukraine (and elsewhere) today? Naked, blatant imperialism.

One thing for certain is that strategic waterways really must be international zones. Strips of land on both sides must really be international zones too. Rather than occupying whole countries, as in Haiti, the UN should simply occupy a narrow strip of land along the Windward Passage and elsewhere.

Note that for World War I “a resurgence of imperialism was an underlying causeBy the end of the war, four major imperial powers—the German, Russian, Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires—ceased to exist. The successor states of the former two lost substantial territory, while the latter two were dismantled. The map of Europe was redrawn, with several independent nations restored or created. The League of Nations formed with the aim of preventing any repetition of such an appalling conflict. This aim failed, with weakened states, renewed European nationalism and the German feeling of humiliation contributing to the rise of fascism and the conditions for World War II… Austria-Hungary precipitated the Bosnian crisis of 1908–1909 by officially annexing the former Ottoman territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which it had occupied since 1878. This angered the Kingdom of Serbia and its patron, the Pan-Slavic and Orthodox Russian Empire. Russian political manoeuvring in the region destabilised peace accords, which were already fracturing in what was known as “the powder keg of Europe“. (emphasis added) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_I

Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 4-Turkish mine disaster town under lockdown as death toll rises to 301
Posted:Sat, 17 May 2014 13:25:53 -0400
* Search for victims ends as two more miners’ bodies found http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/eRQecfWQinU/turkey-mine-idUSL6N0O303820140517

Russian minister says Rosneft stake sale possible in 2014-agency
Posted:Sat, 17 May 2014 14:34:04 GMT
MOSCOW, May 17 (Reuters) – Russia could reduce its stake in oil producer Rosneft this year, bringing forward a privatisation that had been scheduled for 2016, the economy minister was quoted as saying on Saturday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/z64eon4uWGQ/story01.htm

Russia-China gas deal “one digit” away – Gazprom
Posted:Sat, 17 May 2014 12:19:19 GMT
MOSCOW, May 17 (Reuters) – Russian state-run Gazprom said it was still “one digit” away from finalising a 30-year gas supply deal with Beijing which is expected to crown Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to China next week. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/b126IGReRn4/story01.htm

Gazprom head soothes Europe over gas supply via Ukraine
Posted:Sat, 17 May 2014 10:38:27 GMT
MOSCOW, May 17 (Reuters) – Russia’s Gazprom assured European customers it would continue to supply their gas, after its threat to halts supplies to transit nation Ukraine next month over non-payment
“. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/TjuhrVe_61U/story01.htm
(End of Reuters selection)

If Putin wouldn’t have imprisoned Greenpeace (drawing our attention to oil and gas and the Arctic) and then the problem of nuclear everything hadn’t come to the forefront, we would have reported more on El Salvador before. We have an almost complete article someplace.

Happy News:
The FMLN of El Salvador is trying to protect the environment and indigenous and other peoples by prohibiting mining.

FMLN candidate Sanchez Ceren commits to not exploit metal mining” Published on Monday, 24 February 2014 15:37
Environmental movement presented a set of proposals to the FMLN candidate asking for greater commitment on the issues.“, by Cristian Melendez, LA PRENSA GRAFICA Read article here: http://www.stopesmining.org/j25/index.php/salvadoran-mining-ban/288-fmln-candidate-sanchez-ceren-commits-not-to-exploit-metal-mining

In stark contrast, under Ortega and the FSLN, which were historically criticized for being abusive to indigenous peoples, Nicaragua is following the old Stalinist path of resource exploitation (as is Putin) and environmental destruction. In the 1980s, the FMLN of El Salvador and the FSLN of Nicaragua were considered politically kin popular revolts for national liberation (and the US invaded the region in bloody wars against them, calling them Russian proxies). The true colours of the two parties have now come forth, with the FMLN brightly shining for good and the exploitive Ortega as Putin’s buddy! Birds of a feather flock together.

Nicaragua’s Needs: Democracy, Development, Or Daniel Ortega?” by Rebecca Grenham 16 February 9, 2014 http://www.jhupolitik.org/?p=2214

Some people are getting their just deserts:
Barrick Gold Hit with Quebec Class Action – Follows Shareholder Suits in Ontario and US
Friday, May 16, 2014
Indigenous Diaguita representatives have been very public in their opposition to the proposed mine. “If shareholders had paid attention to the protests outside of Barrick’s AGM in recent years, and to the statements made by Diaguita leaders inside the AGM, they would have learned why there was such serious local opposition to the Pascua Lama project,” says Catherine Coumans of MiningWatch Canada. “Shareholders need to inform themselves about what is going on at Barrick’s projects globally. It is clearly not enough to rely on the company’s information – or lack thereof.

Trade Routes

But, here we go – the importance of trade routes. This is almost certainly why the US and others want to control Haiti and the US has Guantanamo in Cuba. The Windward Passage is critically important for trade. There should be neutral strips of land on either side.

Anyway, here it is. A Chinese businessman wants to dig a new canal in Nicaragua to compete with the Panama Canal. And, now Russia is in on the deal. It’s less clear, however, why Russia needs to have special canal access with all of its territory on the opposite side of the world.

Nicaragua Canal http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicaragua_Canal

Russian FM Says Navy Needs ‘Stations’ In Latin America” 17.05.2014 10:39
… that could provide repairs and maintenance to its ships. Lavrov said Russia’s navy ‘must have an opportunity to [sail] the [world’s oceans]’ and needs stations to provide ‘fuel, rest, and some minor repairs’ to ships. Lavrov visited Cuba, Nicaragua, Chile, and Peru from April 29 to May 1. He added that Russia is looking at plans to build a canal through Nicaragua that would connect the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and take business away from the Panama Canal. Lavrov said Russian companies could play a role in the construction of the canal.” Read the entire article here: http://www.rferl.org/search/?k=Nicaragua%20canal#article

Accidents and incidents, Nuclear issues, Russian Navy
Russia, Norway urge raising of dumped Soviet-era nuclear subs
MURMANSK – Two derelict Soviet-era nuclear submarines lying at the bottom of the Barents Sea present a real radiological risk to surrounding waters and could have a negative impact on the delicate ecosystems of Arctic Seas, leading Russian scientists and Russia’s Ministry for Emergency Services have said
“. Published on April 3, 2014 by Bellona Article here: http://bellona.org/news/nuclear-issues/2014-04-russia-norway-urge-raising-dumped-soviet-era-nuclear-subs

Saturday, 17 May 2014

This post has been updated: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/05/03/radioactive-reindeer-nuclear-guinea-pigs-part-ix-of-a-series/

The Current State of the World is Very New. Until 800 to 1,000 years have passed you can’t even start talking about something being old. Even that is but a drop in the bucket of time.

No Russia here. The Viking- Norse who formed the Russian state were still in Scandinavia (As were those who invaded the UK in 1066, etc.)
Europe 814
Europe in the 9th century. Roslagen is located in the northernmost tip of the pink area marked ‘Swedes and Goths“. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rus’_people

Baltic Tribes c 1200
Map by MapMaster via Wikimedia. Please click or go to link to see map references used. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Baltic_Tribes_c_1200.svg
(Note that the “Prussians” listed here are the “Old Prussians” which were an indigenous Baltic group, neither Slavic nor German, whose language was related to Lithuanian).

If there was ever any window of peace, here and there, in Europe it was between the Roman and Norman Empires. The recent troubles started when Viking thugs, deported from their homelands, cut off the hands of priests, who greeted them with the peace sign. Soon people paid them bribes to leave them alone. Many of us descend, in part, from these thugs, but they are at the root of modern empires, such as the UK and Russia. If you look at the areas where the mafia rules Italy and poisons its people with German radioactive waste, it is the areas conquered by these Viking Northmen, who because Norseman and then Normans. Where ever the Vikings-Normans went, they soon set up themselves up as lords of the land, generally with feudal states and the locals as serfs bound to the land. (They brought serfdom to central and southern Russia and serfdom was not abolished until 1861 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serfdom_in_Russia) They had no respect for life or peace. Obviously not all Norseman who migrated were bad, some would have been farmers and others political dissidents, but those who cut the priests’ hands off before robbing the monasteries were gangster thugs, banished from their Scandinavian homelands, and are the philosophical ancestors and often the genetic ancestors of all which is wrong in the world. Of course, this idea of banishing everyone and everything unwanted to someplace else, to elsewhere, is another major problem with the world. There is no “someplace else” left, whether for unwanted people or unwanted nuclear waste. Really, there never was “someplace else”, the world just has more people. The Queen of England counts them as her forbears, as did her cousins the Czars of Russia. Obama probably counts them as ancestors. Putin’s Norse genetics are clear as the nose on your face. But, the genetics doesn’t matter so much as that these Viking Norseman thugs are the take no prisoners, cut the hands off of the peacemakers, philosophical ancestors of the so-called west and of Russia. And, as you see, the Russian Empire is not really east, it is west, for the rulers had close ties to Scandinavia and the UK (and other European kingdoms) up until the Russia Revolution in 1917. That tale is even told in the Faberge eggs. Knowing little history, at the time, in my youth I was struck by the images of well-known Danish palaces on a Faberge egg.

Imperial Peter the Great Easter Egg, Year delivered 1903, celebrated 200 years of the founding of St. Petersburg, i.e. in 1703.

St. Petersburg was still inhabited by Finnic tribe of Ingrians in 1611, when Swedes arrived: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Petersburg
Saint Petersburg in Russia (special marker)

Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 4-Turkish police fire tear gas in town mourning dead miners
Posted:Fri, 16 May 2014 16:32:02 -0400
* Ruling party says mine inspected 11 times (Adds energy minister statement, updates toll) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/VYcc_dkMESU/turkey-mine-idUSL6N0O21U820140516

Ukrainian formin calls on West to impose tougher sanctions on Russia
Posted:Sat, 17 May 2014 00:00:01 GMT
BERLIN, May 17 (Reuters) – The West should impose tougher sanctions on Russia, which is waging a “hidden war” in eastern Ukraine, Ukraine’s acting Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsia said in an interview with German newspaper Die Welt. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/2fITSapFpMw/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-PetroChina overseas operations chief Bo Qiliang under investigation – company source
Posted:Fri, 16 May 2014 16:00:15 GMT
* Probe is part of nationwide anti-corruption campaign (Adds details, quotes and background) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/wsndPWkFFxQ/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Fire extinguished at Serbian coal-fired power plant
Posted:Fri, 16 May 2014 16:09:27 GMT
SARAJEVO, May 16 (Reuters) – Firefighters managed to put out a fire in Serbia’s Kolubara coal-fired power plant complex, utility Elektroprivreda Srbije (EPS) said on Friday, which flared while the plant was already closed due to floods and did not cause any injuries
“. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/58H8Q5KLP_o/story01.htm

Other News Selection

Radiation researchers denied access to naval waters
A study aimed to determine possible leakages of radioactivity from Russia’s nuclear waste dump in Andreeva Bay is stopped by the navy. ‘The missing samples make it impossible to conclude,’ says Salve Dahle with Akvaplan-niva
“, By Thomas Nilsen, April 30, 2014 http://barentsobserver.com/en/security/2014/04/radiation-researchers-denied-access-naval-waters-30-04

Dirty Little Nuclear Power Secret: Upkeep of Nuclear Weapons

This is the true goal of nuclear power, such as Russia’s ROSATOM. New plutonium to keep up nuclear weapons (triggers). If you are anti-nuclear you must be against all Nuclear Empires and most likely all Empires, since Empire building is militaristic by definition.

That’s the dirty little secret behind why countries with either nuclear weapons or aspirations for nuclear weapons continue to impose deadly, dangerous nuclear power upon their people. So, it’s a double, related threat. It is very sad for those of us who thought that the fall of the Berlin Wall meant the end of nuclear everything. Also interesting to see people praising Putin while hiding beneath their own country’s anti-ballistic shields, which protect them from him. Although Russia is a lovely country with more land area than any other and a low population density, we have seen no evidence of those praising Putin in the west, while protected from him, fleeing toward Russia. Strange thing isn’t it? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missile_defense_systems_by_country http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/US_missile_defense_complex_in_Poland

Ukraine: Russian simulation of nuclear strike fuels tensions East Ukraine referendum planned despite Putin’s call for a delay” The Associated Press Posted: May 08, 2014 6:18 AM ET Last Updated: May 08, 2014 2:12 PM ET http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/ukraine-russian-simulation-of-nuclear-strike-fuels-tensions-1.2635768

While there is new evidence that the French government is trying to bring its state owned nuclear Areva to heel – which also means that there is hope of converting Areva away from nuclear to alternatives, the Russian government continues to promote nuclear big time. Compare the following to the one nuclear power plant under construction in the US at Vogtle by Japanese Hitachi. From the following we deduce, that with the possible exception of Japan’s Prime Minister Abe, Russia’s President Putin is doing more to promote and spread dangerous nuclear energy than any other person on the planet. And, we are pretty certain that Putin wins on this hands down and no one utters a peep:

Russian government owned Rosatom says: “Development of the nuclear industry is seen as a top national priority. It is perceived to be a key sector of the Russian economy, essential for national energy security.” They are constructing or have constructed new nuclear plants Novovoronezh NPP-2, Leningrad NPP-2, Baltic NPP, and the world’s first floating Nuclear Power Plant, an additional fourth power unit at Beloyarsk NPP, and a new nuclear icebreaker flagship. ROSATOM, is now engaged in the construction of nuclear power plants in Kudankulam (India), Bushehr (Iran), Akkuyu (Turkey), Belarus and Tianwan (Jiangsu province, China). There is also the Paks II reactor in Hungary and probably others. Russia is the ONLY one with nuclear ice-breakers and floating nuclear power plants. Russia is a major exporter of nuclear energy and may be the top exporter.

According to this Federation of American Scientists blog, which reports, with concern, about the exercises in Russia and the “west”, President Putin commanded the nuclear strike exercises with the presidents of Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan by his side: http://blogs.fas.org/security/2014/05/nuke-exercises/

We have no idea what this press release says as the link would not load:
Successful end to US Strategic Command Exercise Global Lightning … http://www.stratcom. mil › News › 2014
3 hours ago – U.S. Strategic Command conducted its annual exercise Global Lightning 14 from May 12-16 in coordination with other combatant commands, …
http://www.stratcom. mil/n497

These seem to be more war exercises although it says nothing about nuclear. Oh…wait..there is the WIPP nuclear dump in New Mexico, but it’s not supposed to be a nuclear exercise! We include these news releases because it shows that these are conjoint exercises, contrary to the way things are generally portrayed:
Bold Quest’ Multinational Exercise Underway in New Mexico
By Nick Simeone American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, May 16, 2014 – The U.S. military and more than a dozen allied nations are conducting exercises in the New Mexico desert designed to test new technologies, improve interoperability, assess capabilities and leverage experiences gained in wartime.
Known as “Bold Quest,” the multiday, multinational event at the White Sands Missile Range involves all four military branches, the National Guard, U.S. Special Operations Command and participants or observers from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden and Britain. Led by the Joint Staff, the drill, in conjunction with one being carried out at White Sands by the Army, is intended to find ways to maximize resource sharing across a range of capabilities through simulated or actual events while identifying critical gaps and solutions. This is the 11th year of Bold Quest, which in the past has focused on operational needs in Iraq and Afghanistan
“. (Emphasis Added. The entire news release is here: http://www.defense. gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=122276

U.S. Announces More Exercises With East European Allies, Partners, By Jim Garamone, American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, May 8, 2014 – The United States has begun a new military exercise with Estonia amid no indication of a Russian troop pullback from its border with Ukraine. Pentagon Spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren announced today that Exercise Spring Storm began earlier this week. At the same time, he said there has been no change in the Russian posture along the country’s border with Ukraine, despite statements yesterday by President Vladimir Putin that Russian forces would pull back from the area.
Spring Storm is the latest exercise announced by the Pentagon since Russia annexed Crimea in March and is aimed at reassuring the region of NATO’s resolve. Warren called the exercise with the NATO ally ‘the first of three annual, multinational and bilateral exercises that will occur in the Baltic region,’ with U.S. Special operations forces training with their Estonian counterparts. Two more bilateral special operations exercises — Flaming Sword and Namejs — will be held over the next two months. More information about these exercises will become available later, Warren said. There are 41 personnel participating in Exercise Spring Storm, officials said. Exercise Flaming Sword will involve 140 personnel. U.S. special operations forces will also participate in a number of joint, combined exchange training events in five countries throughout the Baltic republics and Eastern Europe through the next two months. Eight countries are participating in this training — Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Finland, Norway, Sweden and the United States. The exchanges give American special operators valuable experience in the language and culture of the region and provide opportunity to hone their tactical skills with NATO allies, Warren said.
In the Black Sea, the USS Taylor, an Oliver Hazard-class destroyer, is visiting the Georgian port of Batumi today.
‘While in Georgia, Taylor will conduct training with the Georgian coast guard,’ Warren said
“. http://www.defense. gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=122216

This situation which ultimately puts the whole world in danger – people, animals, plants is:
Nuclear Russia, along with Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan
Nuclear (and non-Nuclear): Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Britain (UK), Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Finland, Norway, Sweden and the United States


To understand why there is such a large percentage of Russians in Crimea and elsewhere relates back to Stalin’s many deportations-forced population movements. Of course, this is what the UK-US did to the American Indians – slaughters and forced removals; UK-Canada and UK-Australia were also cruel to the indigenous peoples. The UK gov made a full-time job of deporting the unwanted natives on their own island and in Ireland for 100s of years – this included but was not limited to dissidents. They also deported French Canadians from Canada; the list is probably very long actually of UK’s deportations. But, this doesn’t make Stalin right; it doesn’t make Putin right either:
1944 Deportation Victim: ‘I Will Never Forgive Russia’,
Published 16 May 2014
Ali Aliyev was 14 years old when he and his family were forcibly put on a cattle train and moved out of Crimea. On May 18, 1944, the Soviet government deported more than 230,000 Crimean Tatars from their homeland as a form of collective punishment for alleged collaboration with the Nazis. Seventy years later, Aliyev recounts the horrors of deportation. (RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service)
http://www.rferl.org/media/video/25386982.html He states that there were no Nazi collaborationists amongst them.

Of course the whole concept of Muslim Crimean Tatars who lived in Crimea from the 1400s, or earlier, until their 1944 deportation by Russia, undermines the concept of a Russian Orthodox Crimea!

Crimean Leader Bans Public Rallies
May 17, 2014
The leader of Crimea has banned all public gatherings in the region, annexed by Russia in March from Ukraine, until June 6. Sergei Aksyonov cited violence in southeast Ukraine as the reason for his decision on May 16.

The Mejlis, the Crimean Tatars’ main representative body, had planned to hold a rally in regional capital Simferopol on May 18. That’s the date Soviet deportations of Tatar families began in 1944. Many of the 200,000 deportees died on their way into exile.

Refat Chubarov, chairman of the Mejlis, described the decree as an “inhuman act.”
Chubarov said the Mejlis would decide what action to take on May 17, but predicted many Tatars were likely to ignore the ban.

Russian President Vladimir Putin met representatives of the Crimean Tatars in Sochi, southern Russia, on May 17 and said Russia would improve their lives – but added that they must accept their future lay with Russia.” Read article here: http://www.rferl.org/content/crimea-tatars-rallies-stalin-/25388073.html

Friday, 16 May 2014

Reblogs: Finally, finally, finally, here are analyses by anti-nuclear people from on the ground in Russia and the Ukraine. NIRS has been a grassroots anti-nuclear organization for 36 years. That’s a pretty amazing track record: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/05/15/on-ukraine-russia-revolution-and-nukes/ https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/05/15/russia-cracks-down-on-civil-society/ The reblogs are from NIRS’s new blog, Greenworld, safeenergy.org. NIRS (nirs.org) was founded in 1978 to work with grassroots groups and individuals across the world for the speediest possible end to nuclear power.

For those that missed it, an excerpt from a Human Rights Watch news release:
“Update, May 6, 2014
On May 5, 2014, President Putin signed the new law on bloggers. The law will enter into force on August 1, 2014… A restrictive new law requires Russian bloggers with significant followings to register with the authorities and comply with the same regulations as media outlets…
‘This law demands that bloggers abide by the same restrictions as mass media without giving them the same protections and privileges,’ said Hugh Williamson, Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch. ‘This is another milestone in Russia’s relentless crackdown on free expression.’

According to the new law, bloggers registered in the ‘3,000 visitors’ category also need to provide their real surname, initials, and contact details on their websites or pages. If they fail to do this, Roskomnadzor may instruct providers or administrators of relevant sites to provide the names and contacts to the authorities. Under the new law, failure by bloggers to register with Roskomnadzor or to provide contact information is punishable by administrative fines – … ” Read the entire news release here: http://m.hrw.org/news/2014/04/24/russia-veto-law-restrict-online-freedom There is additional worrisome information at the site.

Especially those familiar with stories of the police in the former USSR or Nazi Germany bursting into homes, turning over bookshelves and putting the books back on shelves with the titles inwards, if at all, will find this frightening. Also, in both instances psychiatry was used to oppress and reprogram:
Last week Serebryanikov was summoned to a psychiatric examination and his and his parents’ flats were searched by the FSB.” See the article here: http://barentsobserver.com/en/society/2013/12/strong-political-support-blogger51-12-12 (“Strong political support to Blogger51“, By Trude Pettersen, December 12, 2013) Blogger 51 lives in Murmansk where the Greenpeace activists were imprisoned.

The latest WIPP public meeting was yesterday and may be found here: http://new.livestream.com/rrv/ (It says livestream but livestreams and stores videos)

About young children mining for uranium in Fukushima prefecture during World War II:
ISHIKAWA JOURNAL: Fukushima’s Long Link to a Dark Nuclear Past, By MARTIN FACKLER“, Published: September 5, 2011 http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/06/world/asia/06abomb.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Interesting short video interviewing people living in Eastern Ukraine on
Should Donetsk Stay in Ukraine?http://www.rferl.org/media/video/25385605.html

Final Summary for May 15
— U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has urged Russia not to interfere in the upcoming presidential poll in Ukraine, warning that Moscow risks more targeted economic sanctions.
— Acting Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov says security forces overnight destroyed two bases used by pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country, near Slovyansk and Kramatorsk.
— The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has welcomed the launch of Ukraine’s first national dialogue on constitutional reform and the crisis in the country’s east, saying the talks ‘allowed for constructive and engaged discussions and set the tone for the following editions to take place in the regions.’
— The prime ministers of four Central European countries, as well as NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, are scheduled to speak in Bratislava at a major security conference largely focused on dealing with security threats posed by the Ukraine-Russia crisis.
— Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says Moscow will resume energy talks with Ukraine if Kyiv repays part of its natural-gas debt. Medvedev said Russia could also consider revising the high price increase it put on gas sold to Ukraine, saying ‘it is possible.’
— The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) says Ukraine’s crisis is having a negative impact not only on the Ukrainian and Russian economies, but also across much of Eastern Europe and the Caucasus.

The French government tries to gain some control over its 86.5% owned Areva. They also wish to block foreign take over of their own energy sector companies, whereas majority French state owned EDF bought British energy: “British Energy was the UK’s largest electricity generation company by volume, before being taken over by Électricité de France (EDF) in 2009. British Energy operated eight former UK state-owned nuclear power stations and one coal fired power station.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Energy

Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 1-French state wants more say in Areva with new executive board
Posted:Thu, 15 May 2014 15:51:29 GMT
(Refiled to remove extraneous text characters in headline) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/CzU7boRVn7Q/story01.htm

Spill at Indian nuclear plant hurts six workers, no radiation leak
Posted:Wed, 14 May 2014 12:37:22 GMT
CHENNAI India (Reuters) – Six workers were injured when hot water spilled from a valve at Kudankulam nuclear power plant in India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu on Wednesday, a plant official said, adding there was no leak of radiation. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/1E1utfJs7kU/story01.htm

UPDATE 4-Mass funerals, mounting anger as Turkey mourns mine workers
Posted:Thu, 15 May 2014 15:03:11 -0400
* Mining community holds mass burials (Adds comment from Erdogan aide, updates toll)

Excerpt from article:
Furious residents heckled Erdogan on Wednesday as he toured the town, angry at what they see as the government’s cosiness with mining tycoons, its failure to ensure safety and a lack of information on the rescue effort.

UPDATE 7-Pipeline breaks, spills crude oil into Los Angeles neighborhood
Posted:Thu, 15 May 2014 19:38:42 GMT
LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK, May 15 (Reuters) – A malfunction at an oil pipeline pump station spewed crude as high as 40 feet over an industrial area of Los Angeles on Thursday, covering an open lot and the roof of a strip club beside it, and sickening people at a nearby medical building. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/l8KpQUSTTnc/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-London Metal Exchange gets permission to appeal warehouse ruling
Posted:Thu, 15 May 2014 09:12:28 -0400
* Judge: Grounds of appeal have “real prospect for success” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/8ypdlKrPMc8/lme-warehouse-idUSL6N0O12WB20140515

UPDATE 2-Ivanhoe warns of funding crunch at two mines in Congo
Posted:Thu, 15 May 2014 10:26:46 -0400
* To spend almost all working capital on South Africa mine http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/uXS23iuqjIs/ivanhoe-mines-mines-idUSL3N0O159W20140515

Voestalpine says Russian gas pipeline talks on track
Posted:Thu, 15 May 2014 10:05:42 -0400
BRUSSELS, May 15 (Reuters) – Austrian steel and technology group Voestalpine said talks with Moscow to supply steel for its planned South Stream Gas pipeline were on track, despite escalating tensions between Russia and the West. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/-DN4iyuCBgA/voestalpine-pipeline-russia-idUSL6N0O14VE20140515

UPDATE 2-Russia faces more sanctions if Ukraine vote disrupted- U.S. official
Posted:Thu, 15 May 2014 12:39:32 -0400
LONDON, May 15 (Reuters) – The United States and its European allies agreed on Thursday that Russia should face broader economic and industrial sanctions if the Kremlin meddled in Ukrainian elections later this month, a U.S. official said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/Y7OSrU-iNps/ukraine-crisis-sanctions-idUSL6N0O14HU20140515

UPDATE 1-China blames Vietnam, says won’t cede inch of disputed territory
Posted:Thu, 15 May 2014 20:27:29 GMT
WASHINGTON, May 15 (Reuters) – A top Chinese general on Thursday defended China’s deployment of an oil rig in the disputed South China Sea that has triggered deadly protests in Vietnam, saying Beijing can’t afford to “lose an inch” of territory. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/3mday-K4VNY/story01.htm

UPDATE 5-France grabs for power over Alstom future with new takeover law
Posted:Thu, 15 May 2014 18:53:09 GMT
* Decree allows block on foreign takeovers in some sectors http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Qx0Delz9UPE/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Algeria’s Bouteflika offers reforms to sceptical opposition
Posted:Thu, 15 May 2014 16:50:55 GMT
* Bouteflika’s frail health fuels transition concerns (Adds details, byline) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/8vFZN8f895s/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-OPEC downplays Russian rivalry in Asia as Kremlin looks east
Posted:Thu, 15 May 2014 16:48:51 GMT
MOSCOW, May 15 (Reuters) – Middle East crude producers played down the threat of a competitive battle with Russia over Asian markets at a Moscow energy conference on Thursday, even while Russian comments emphasized its push to the east. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/sQXP-662kls/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-EU energy chief: Progress in Ukraine gas row, more talks this month
Posted:Thu, 15 May 2014 16:37:34 GMT
* More ministerial talks expected between May 26 and May 31 http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/4fUqv0eM-Q4/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Central Europeans spur energy links, joint crisis management
Posted:Thu, 15 May 2014 13:58:16 GMT
(Adds agreement on crisis management planning, Polish, Hungarian PMs) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/fN6gCZllMpM/story01.htm

Ukraine crisis spurs East Mediterranean gas hopes
Posted:Thu, 15 May 2014 13:58:06 GMT
* EU energy ministers meeting in Athens debate energy security http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/JafKKFv99vo/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-U.S. appeals court denies request to delay conflict minerals rule
Posted:Wed, 14 May 2014 17:18:25 -0400
WASHINGTON, May 14 (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday denied a request by industry groups to delay the implementation of a new rule that requires companies to determine if their products may contain “conflict minerals” from a war-torn part of Africa. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/IUE_fn3d0As/court-sec-conflictminerals-idUSL1N0O021G20140514

Japan’s working poor left behind by Abenomics
Posted:Thu, 15 May 2014 00:14:25 GMT
TOKYO (Reuters) – Last Christmas Eve, Ririko Saito and her 11-year-old daughter gathered some plastic bottles, pots and a kettle and made several trips to a nearby park to get water. Their utility had just turned off the tap after months of unpaid bills. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/KuesnEGW2Ng/story01.htm

Brent holds above $110 on Ukraine supply disruption risks
Posted:Thu, 15 May 2014 04:19:40 GMT
* Total U.S. inventories rise as Cushing stocks drop – EIA http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/Onum-JZ01g0/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-White House urges dialogue, not intimidation in China rig dispute
Posted:Wed, 14 May 2014 23:00:30 GMT
WASHINGTON, May 14 (Reuters) – The White House said on Wednesday that a dispute between China and Vietnam that erupted within days of President Barack Obama’s visit to Asia to address regional tensions needs to be resolved with dialogue, not intimidation. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/mGThuF5K-rY/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-North Dakota crude does not need special handling -U.S. refiners
Posted:Wed, 14 May 2014 22:30:04 GMT
WASHINGTON, May 14 (Reuters) – Despite several fiery mishaps involving fuel produced in North Dakota’s Bakken energy patch, cargo from the region does not need special handling when it moves on the tracks, the leading voice for U.S. refiners said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/YCVySYNU_ug/story01.htm

Canada revamps pipeline safety rules ahead of new projects
Posted:Wed, 14 May 2014 22:30:00 GMT
VANCOUVER, May 14 (Reuters) – Canada unveiled new rules on Wednesday to enhance pipeline safety and spill response, ahead of the development of new projects proposed to carry crude from Alberta’s oil sands to coastal ports for export. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/uDn8vwVe2vc/story01.htm

UPDATE 6-Furious Turks heckle Erdogan after at least 274 die in mine disaster
Posted:Wed, 14 May 2014 22:09:38 GMT
* Turkey declares national mourning for three days (Adds Erdogan jostled, updates death toll) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/yQ4OgrD_Jzg/story01.htm

RPT-Fallen Australian tycoon Tinkler attempts comeback in coal
Posted:Wed, 14 May 2014 21:55:24 GMT
(Repeats story published late Wednesday; no changes to text) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/xMfXbVCG9EQ/story01.htm

Ukraine crisis spurs 93 pct surge in Q1 emerging market CDS trade
Posted:Wed, 14 May 2014 20:22:08 GMT
NEW YORK, May 14 (Reuters) – Emerging market credit default swap trading volumes surged 93 percent in the first quarter as investors scrambled to protect fixed-income portfolios because of the crisis unfolding between Ukraine and Russia. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/LEMRoBXqN08/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Canadian oil province, in Ukraine protest, won’t attend Russia conference
Posted:Wed, 14 May 2014 20:20:42 GMT
(Adds Suncor decision to forgo conference in final two paragraphs) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/3WQYNj6XOmg/story01.htm

Russia fund manager facing tough times, gets no help from Putin
Posted:Wed, 14 May 2014 20:13:35 GMT
BOSTON, May 14 (Reuters) – Voya Russia Fund manager Nathan Griffiths works from The Hague, but worries he could be trapped in Moscow. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/KxrGPgWT990/story01.htm

Brazil Senate opens inquiry into Petrobras mismanagement, bribes
Posted:Wed, 14 May 2014 20:03:17 GMT
BRASILIA, May 14 (Reuters) – Brazil’s Senate opened an inquiry on Wednesday into alleged corruption and mismanagement at state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA, a probe that could complicate President Dilma Rousseff’s bid for reelection in October. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/ukLpobQRtvY/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Citigroup fires 11 in fraud probe of Banamex unit
Posted:Wed, 14 May 2014 19:41:44 GMT
(Adds information about Medina-Mora, functions of some laid off executives, updates share price) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/OhryVzECvHs/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-U.S. positions forces in Sicily over Libya security fears
Posted:Wed, 14 May 2014 19:18:14 GMT
(Recasts with comments on Libya, details on Marines’ movement) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/XzzMMFR9m00/story01.htm

UPDATE 3-Six powers, Iran start work on drafting long-term nuclear deal
Posted:Wed, 14 May 2014 17:17:00 GMT
* Powers want Iran nuclear curbs, Tehran an end to sanctions http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/otBZ9JiWTrQ/story01.htm

Turkish police clash with mine disaster protesters in Istanbul
Posted:Wed, 14 May 2014 17:15:23 GMT
ISTANBUL, May 14 (Reuters) – Turkish police fired tear gas and water cannon on Wednesday to disperse a crowd of several thousand demonstrators who gathered in central Istanbul to protest over a mine disaster which killed at least 245 people. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/pFSPHh0O0GQ/story01.htm

Alberta, in protest over Ukraine, won’t attend Russia oil conference
Posted:Wed, 14 May 2014 17:13:53 GMT
CALGARY, Alberta, May 14 (Reuters) – Alberta, the Canadian province with the world’s third-largest crude reserve in its oil sands, said Wednesday it will not participate in a global oil conference in Moscow next month as a protest against Russia’s actions in Ukraine. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/SsEsFmSoBLM/story01.htm

UPDATE 2-Russia says open to talks if Ukraine pays off some gas debt
Posted:Wed, 14 May 2014 16:48:43 GMT
MOSCOW, May 14 (Reuters) – Russia will restart gas talks with Ukraine if its new leaders pay off at least part of its gas debt, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday, softening Moscow’s stance in a dispute that has raised fears of a new “gas war”. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/VeCqMTbh9ao/story01.htm

Ukraine holds talks to end crisis, rebels not invited
Posted:Wed, 14 May 2014 20:23:51 GMT
KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s interim leaders on Wednesday pushed a plan to allow the regions a greater say over their affairs, but the exclusion of separatists from round table talks cast doubt over whether the move could defuse the crisis. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/A5Y8G4sgI9A/story01.htm

US offers assistance to Turkey after mine disaster
Posted:Wed, 14 May 2014 16:43:12 GMT
WASHINGTON, May 14 (Reuters) – The United States offered assistance to the Turkish government on Wednesday after a mine disaster that killed at least 238 people. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/XPIQMkJMF0Q/story01.htm

Mine disaster casts spotlight on Turkey’s industry regulation
Posted:Wed, 14 May 2014 16:40:41 GMT
* Opposition sought mine accidents investigation last month http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/GR7v7Q1Wq-w/story01.htm

Exclusive: Israel’s David’s Sling will not win Polish missile tender – official
Posted:Thu, 15 May 2014 00:27:11 GMT
JERUSALEM/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Israel is poised to lose out on a deal valued at up to $13 billion to build a missile defense shield for Poland, an Israeli defense official said on Wednesday, citing lobbying by Washington on behalf of rival U.S. systems. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/JYtnAJeP0OQ/story01.htm

Benin president pardons alleged plotters after French mediation
Posted:Thu, 15 May 2014 00:11:55 GMT
COTONOU (Reuters) – Benin’s President Boni Yayi has publicly pardoned those accused of trying to poison him in an alleged 2012 coup attempt after the mediation of international figures, including the president of France. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/zfKvFbNLWiY/story01.htm

Thursday, 15 May 2014

This post has been updated: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2014/05/03/radioactive-reindeer-nuclear-guinea-pigs-part-ix-of-a-series/

Final Summary for May 14
— The Ukrainian government has launched roundtable talks in an effort to de-escalate the crisis in the country’s east amid a fresh report of a deadly separatist attack on government troops. The talks in Kyiv included government, parliamentary, and regional leaders, but notably no representative from the pro-Russian separatist movement.
— The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is forecasting that Ukraine will slump into a deep recession this year, while Russia’s economy will face stagnation.
— Seven Ukrainian soldiers were reportedly killed and at least seven others injured in an ambush by pro-Russian rebels outside the eastern city of Kramatorsk on May 13.
— At gas talks in Brussels, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk urged Moscow not to use gas as a “weapon” and said Kyiv would pay its overdue gas bills within 10 days if Gazprom abandoned its recently announced price hike.
*NOTE: Times are stated according to local time in Kyiv

Reuters News Feed Selection will be updated later.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Eurasian Geopolitical map by Edgar Fabiano, Ikeiul, via Wikimedia Commons http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_New_Great_Game
The following article is among the most interesting on the Ukrainian crisis and the problem of authoritarian kleptocracy:
Ukraine vs Russia: A mafia state’s cover-up?
The false ethno-linguistic discourse distracts from the real essence of the Ukrainian conflict.
” Last updated: 13 May 2014 10:02, by Leonid Ragozin (Leonid Ragozin is a freelance journalist based in Moscow.) http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2014/05/ukraine-vs-russia-mafia-state–2014512164523249486.html (Note that the link seems to revert to the homepage and you have to look for the article in a list to the lower right)

The subtitle that “false ethno-linguistic discourse distracts from the real essence of the Ukrainian conflict” is likely true. However, unlike the author, we believe that the “empire-colony” model is very helpful and very fitting. Imperialism is by definition kleptocracy or rule by thieves. What is the purpose of Imperialism-Empire Building but exploitation-theft? It is to exploit the people and the land in some way (and to conquer markets). And, it is clear that this is mostly what is at stake in the Ukraine for Russia, the US and Europe. In the Ukraine itself lives are at stake! If the world were not still oil and gas dependent; if all important international waterways (and nearby land) were international zones, it is highly unlikely that either the US or Europe or Russia would be interested in the Ukraine. And, of course, war-making is big business. The Ukrainian crisis is the Russian corporate state (with help from BP and others) facing off against a USA ruled by corporations. In Russia the state IS an international corporation, i.e. “state capitalism”. Europe appears a mixed bag of state as international corporation (e.g. Areva, EDF, Vattenfall, Statoil) and non-state corporations. The Fukushima disaster and illegal dumping of radioactive waste help to unveil the relationship between mafia and the state and especially between mafia and the nuclear state.

While beginning by talking about tourism, the following article also discusses real estate purchases by Russians. Although not discussed in the article, one must ask, just who in Russia has this type of money to buy property in Spain (or the UK or Switzerland)? Russian purchases have driven up real estate prices in London and Switzerland. Real estate in Switzerland is increasingly unaffordable for many Swiss, which is pretty amazing since the Swiss have among the highest incomes in the world. Part is a general housing shortage, but not all. Some in the Geneva area believe that Russians (and others) use luxury villas for money-laundering.
Why do EU sanctions on Russia lag the US? Check out Spain’s beaches. (+video)“, by Sara Miller Llana, Staff writer, CS Monitor, May 12, 2014
An important excerpt from the article:
If you are from southern Europe, you haven’t really interacted very much with Russia, with losing territories or having your countries invaded, … At the same time, those countries have been going through economic troubles, they are not interested in losing business with Russia.http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2014/0512/Why-do-EU-sanctions-on-Russia-lag-the-US-Check-out-Spain-s-beaches.-video
Similarly, we suspect that, among the general population of the world, that concern about the Ukraine increases with proximity to the Ukraine. Concern probably also increases with knowledge of history (e.g. 1956 Soviet invasion of Hungary). But, complacency is risky business. People were too complacent about Nazi Germany. And, whoever or whatever “created” the problems in the Ukraine doesn’t really matter. Nazi Germany was also created by various factors. But, this doesn’t mean that Hitler’s deeds were right. Putin’s deeds are likewise wrong. Recall what Nazi is short for – National Socialist.

Look at the National Socialist Program’s initial points and replace Germans with Russians and see how close to Putin you get. Putin even has unilaterally cancelled treaties of late. What did Putin call for in Ukraine? Whether or not he said the exact words, it can easily be summarized as “We demand the unification of all Russians in the Greater Russia on the basis of the people’s right to self-determination”. And what did the Nazis call for?
1. We demand the unification of all Germans in the Greater Germany on the basis of the people’s right to self-determination.
2. We demand equality of rights for the German people in respect to the other nations; abrogation of the peace treaties of Versailles and St. Germain.
We demand land and territory (colonies) for the sustenance of our people, and colonization for our surplus population.
3. Only a member of the race can be a citizen. A member of the race can only be one who is of German blood, without consideration of creed. Consequently no Jew can be a member of the race.
For the execution of all of this we demand the formation of a strong central power in the Reich. Unlimited authority of the central parliament over the whole Reich and its organizations in general.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister in Charge of the Defense Industry Threatens Romania in a Tweet

The following could be laughed off, if it were not for the Ukraine; if it were not for history:
Russian deputy PM sends bomber tweet after Romania airspace ban
Dmitry Rogozin reacts to being barred by saying that he will return in a military aircraft next time
“, Reuters, theguardian.com”, Saturday 10 May 2014 17.39 BST http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/10/russian-deputy-pm-bomber-tweet-romania-dmitry-rogozin

Look at Romania’s location:
Kremlin Tupolev Tu-160
Russian Bomber “Tupolev Tu 160” http://www.kremlin. ru via Wikimedia Commons

Dmitryi Olegovich Rogozin looks like a childish bully and he probably is, but unfortunately a potentially dangerous childish bully:
Dmitryi Olegovich Rogozin (Russian: Дми́трий Оле́гович Рого́зин; born 21 December 1963) is a Russian politician who has been Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, in charge of defense industry, since 2011.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dmitry_Rogozin

As of 2013, Russia became the number one arms supplier in the world, followed by the US, China and France: http://armstrade.sipri.org/armstrade/html/export_toplist.php

World map of countries by Global Militarization Index
World Map of Countries by Global Militarization Index“, by Jolly Janner, Wikimedia Commons http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_Global_Militarization_Index

Romania Wants Russia To Explain Official’s Threatening Remarks Wednesday, May 11, 2014, Romania
“Upon U.S. request, Romania has closed its air space for my plane,” he tweeted. “Ukraine doesn’t allow me to pass through again. Next time I’ll fly on board TU-160.

The Tupolev Tu-160 (Russian: Туполев Ту-160, NATO reporting name: Blackjack) is a supersonic, variable-sweep wing heavy strategic bomber designed by the Tupolev Design Bureau in the Soviet Union… Entering service in 1987, the Tu-160 was the last strategic bomber designed for the Soviet Union. 16 aircraft are in use with the Russian Air Force. A planned modernisation of 10 aircraft to Tu-160M standard has been announced.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tupolev_Tu-160

Romania’s Time Under The Russian Soviet Empire

What else is the “country’s resources were also drained…” but Imperialist Exploitation? How about the “forced labour camps … set up at lead mines“?

The early years of Communist rule in Romania were marked by repeated changes of course and by numerous arrests and imprisonments as factions contended for dominance. The country’s resources were also drained by the Soviet’s SovRom agreements, which facilitated shipping of Romanian goods to the Soviet Union at nominal prices. In all ministries there were Soviet ‘advisers’ who reported directly to Moscow and held the real decision-making powers. All walks of life were infiltrated by agents and informers of the secret police.

In 1948, the earlier agrarian reform was reversed, replaced by a move toward collective farming. This resulted in forced collectivization, since wealthier peasants generally did not want to give up their land voluntarily and had to be ‘convinced’ by beatings, intimidation, arrests and deportations.’
‘Harsh persecutions of any real or imagined enemies of the Communist government started with the Soviet occupation in 1945. Although the Romanian government regarded it as an ally against Nazi Germany, the Soviet army behaved as an occupation force and could arrest virtually anyone at will for perceived ‘fascist’ or ‘anti-Soviet’ activities.

Once the Communist government became more entrenched, the number of arrests increased. All strata of society were involved, but particularly targeted were the pre-war elites, such as intellectuals, clerics, teachers, former politicians (even if they had left-leaning views)and anybody who could potentially form the nucleus of anti-Communist resistance.

The existing prisons were filled with political prisoners, and a new system of forced labour camps and prisons was created, modeled after the Soviet Gulag. A decision to put into practice the century-old project for a Danube-Black Sea Canal served as a pretext for the erection of several labour camps, where numerous people died. Some of the most notorious prisons included Sighet, Gherla, Pitești and Aiud, and forced labour camps were set up at lead mines and in the Danube Delta.” (Emphasis Added) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socialist_Republic_of_Romania

From the RFERL live blog on the Crisis in the Ukraine:
21:56, May 12, 2014
More of today’s international condemnation of the eastern Ukrainian referendums and Moscow’s actions, this time European Council President Herman Van Rompuy at a news conference with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk following their meeting in Kyiv.

“European Union is firmly committed to Ukraine’s unity, sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity. We will not recognize the annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol, likewise we do not recognize the so-called referenda of yesterday. They are illegal, illegitimate, and not credible. They are a way to stir up division among Ukrainian communities.”

“Violence must stop. Rule of law must be ensured. Human rights must be protected and political demands must be pursued by political and not by armed means. The only elections we will recognize are the [Ukrainian] presidential elections on the 25th of May.http://www.rferl.org/contentlive/live-blog-crisis-ukraine/25359028.html#liveblog34364

Radio Free Europe or Russian News? Which do you believe? Recall that RT news is Russian government funded (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RT_(TV_network)), they just recently changed the meaning of the “R” – apparently as a cover – why else would they change it? They changed it to Ruptly. That in itself is strange. Radio Free Europe, Voice of America, BBC, etc. keep their respective names. The source is clear. Not so with RT news, which appears to want to hide who they are by becoming Ruptly. Why is that? They appear a propaganda success, as so many outside of Russia now adore Putin – and, people probably don’t even know that RT is a Russian state-owned propaganda tool.

Russia puts international space station on table over Ukraine sanctions Moscow says it will reject US request to prolong life of ISS beyond 2020 in retaliation for Washington’s sanctions” Reuters in Moscow, theguardian.com, Tuesday 13 May 2014 19.58 BST http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/13/russia-international-space-station-doubt-ukraine-sanctions

Reuters News Feed Selection

REFILE-UPDATE 1-Areva stock falls as auditor questions its business model
Tue May 13, 2014 10:28am EDT
* Auditor questions merit of Areva’s one-stop-shop model
* Report says hard to make money selling reactors today
* Areva suffers as EDF diversifies fuel purchases

Kitty litter eyed as possible culprit in New Mexico radiation leak
Posted:Wed, 14 May 2014 02:50:52 GMT
(Reuters) – Kitty litter used to absorb liquid in radioactive debris may have triggered a chemical reaction that caused a radiation leak at a below-ground U.S. nuclear waste storage site in New Mexico, a state environmental official said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/Y_QtjbJSoFk/story01.htm

Death toll in Turkish mine blast exceeds 200, many still trapped
Posted:Wed, 14 May 2014 06:17:04 GMT
SOMA, Turkey (Reuters) – Rescuers pulled more dead and injured from a coal mine in western Turkey on Wednesday more than 12 hours after an explosion, bringing the death toll to 201 in the nation’s worst mining disaster for decades. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/ytzgYdUiJvE/story01.htm

UPDATE 5-Coal mine collapse in West Virginia kills two miners
Posted:Tue, 13 May 2014 22:56:42 -0400
BECKLEY, W.Va., May 13 (Reuters) – The West Virginia coal mine where a collapse this week killed two workers had “chronic compliance issues” and received numerous citations from inspectors last year, federal authorities said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/1leexy70XwM/usa-westvirginia-collapse-idUSL1N0NZ0P620140514

UPDATE 1-Eight workers injured in South Korean copper plant explosion
Posted:Tue, 13 May 2014 11:09:03 -0400
SEOUL, May 13 (Reuters) – Eight workers were injured in an explosion on Tuesday at a copper smelter operated by metals group LS-Nikko in the South Korean city of Ulsan, the company said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/Po1cROIxgeI/copper-lsnikko-idUSL6N0NZ4L320140513

UPDATE 1-Western corporate bosses pull out of Russian economic forum
Posted:Tue, 13 May 2014 14:40:28 -0400
MOSCOW/LONDON, May 13 (Reuters) – Around a dozen chief executives and chairmen of major U.S. and European corporations have withdrawn from an economic conference in Russia as pressure between Moscow and the West grows over the crisis in Ukraine. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/kc7Ojqiqjzw/ukraine-crisis-forum-idUSL6N0NZ5Y320140513

UPDATE 4-Hundreds block roads in S.African platinum belt as strike breaks
Posted:Tue, 13 May 2014 13:40:56 -0400
* Lonmin prepares for May 14 return to work deadline (Adds march near Lonmin mine) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/X1b20VVhXVo/safrica-strike-idUSL6N0NZ1K120140513

UPDATE 1-Eight workers injured in South Korean copper plant explosion
Posted:Tue, 13 May 2014 11:09:03 -0400
SEOUL, May 13 (Reuters) – Eight workers were injured in an explosion on Tuesday at a copper smelter operated by metals group LS-Nikko in the South Korean city of Ulsan, the company said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/Po1cROIxgeI/copper-lsnikko-idUSL6N0NZ4L320140513

White House says no issue with Biden’s son, Ukraine gas company
Posted:Tue, 13 May 2014 22:28:06 GMT
WASHINGTON, May 13 (Reuters) – The White House on Tuesday brushed aside questions about whether the involvement of Vice President Joe Biden’s son in a Ukrainian natural gas company raised ethical issues at a time when the administration is promoting energy diversity in the country. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/7WuZ_y4T7BE/story01.htm

Pollution plagues China’s Baoding despite bid to clean up act
Posted:Tue, 13 May 2014 22:00:00 GMT
BAODING, China, May 14 (Reuters) – Seven years ago, the Chinese city of Baoding launched an ambitious “low-carbon” plan using renewables like solar power to light its streets and heat residential buildings, putting it at the forefront of the country’s battle to cut pollution. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/1vkErsbirqQ/story01.htm

U.S. solar experts say IRS tax proposal little help to big projects
Posted:Tue, 13 May 2014 21:16:44 GMT
WASHINGTON, May 13 (Reuters) – An attempt by the Obama administration to use tax breaks to boost solar energy businesses falls short of expectations among industry officials who were hoping to lure more investors for their projects, analysts and tax lawyers said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/0d7uAw68WZc/story01.htm

UPDATE 1-Ukraine tells Russia not to use natural gas as a “weapon”
Posted:Tue, 13 May 2014 15:29:40 GMT
* Accuses Russia of stealing billions of dollars of gas (Adds quotes, background)

Russia preparing for exporters to be paid in roubles – Finance Minister
Posted:Wed, 14 May 2014 06:30:03 GMT
KALININGRAD, Russia, May 14 (Reuters) – Russia is preparing a mechanism that will make it possible for the country’s exporters to be paid in roubles, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on Wednesday
“. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/9KKt7hGKZ2s/story01.htm

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