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Prostituted Women Crucial to Economic Growth

The following is an excerpt from The Industrial Vagina chapter 1, Feminists and the global sex industry: cheerleaders or critics, by Sheila Jeffreys.   There is no question that the prostitution of women has played a significant role in the development of many national economies and continues to do so. What is in question is whether … Continue reading Prostituted Women Crucial to Economic Growth

Tepco workers begin year-long operation to remove spent Fukushima fuel rods

By Justin McCurry and Simon Tisdall / The Guardian Workers have begun the delicate task of removing spent fuel rods from a damaged reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, more than two-and-a-half years after the facility suffered a triple meltdown. The operation to remove more than 1,331 used fuel assemblies, and 202 unused … Continue reading Tepco workers begin year-long operation to remove spent Fukushima fuel rods

Sea Shepherd crew intercepts Japanese whaling ship

By Agence France-Presse Anti-whaling activist group Sea Shepherd said Wednesday it had intercepted the Japanese fleet in its annual Southern Ocean hunt “before a single harpoon has been fired”. Sea Shepherd claims to have saved the lives of 4,000 whales over the past eight whaling seasons with ever-greater campaigns of harassment against the Japanese harpoon … Continue reading Sea Shepherd crew intercepts Japanese whaling ship

An estimated 170,000 people gather in Tokyo to protest nuclear restart

By Common Dreams Over 100,000 protesters took to the streets in central Tokyo on Monday to protest the country’s return to nuclear power. The demonstration was one of the largest if of its kind since Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda announced that the country would restart its reactors last month. Protest organizers estimated the crowd at … Continue reading An estimated 170,000 people gather in Tokyo to protest nuclear restart

Thousands of people celebrate in Japan after last nuclear plant goes offline

By the Associated Press Thousands of Japanese marched to celebrate the switching off of the last of their nation’s 50 nuclear reactors on Saturday, waving banners shaped as giant fish that have become a potent anti-nuclear symbol. Japan will be without electricity from nuclear power for the first time in four decades when the reactor … Continue reading Thousands of people celebrate in Japan after last nuclear plant goes offline

Scientists double estimates of Fukushima cesium discharge to 40 quadrillion becquerels

By Akiko Okazaki / The Asahi Shimbun A mind-boggling 40,000 trillion becquerels of radioactive cesium, or twice the amount previously thought, may have spewed from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant after the March 11 disaster, scientists say. Michio Aoyama, a senior researcher at the Meteorological Research Institute, released the finding at a … Continue reading Scientists double estimates of Fukushima cesium discharge to 40 quadrillion becquerels

Thousands demonstrate against nuclear power in Tokyo

By Agence France-Presse Thousands demonstrated in Tokyo on Saturday against nuclear power generation, 11 months after a massive earthquake and tsunami sparked reactor meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Kenzaburo Oe, the 1994 Nobel prize winner for literature, told a central rally at Yoyogi Park, “Radioactive waste from nuclear power plants will be borne … Continue reading Thousands demonstrate against nuclear power in Tokyo