The Avalanche – Snapshot 8 – Dec 7, ’17

“Fukushima Darkness – part 1 of a 2-part series” by Robert Hunziker

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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The radiation effects of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant triple meltdowns are felt worldwide, whether lodged in sea life or in humans, it cumulates over time. The impact is now slowly grinding away only to show its true colors at some unpredictable date in the future…

According to Japanese government and TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company) estimates, decommissioning is a decade-by-decade work-in-progress, most likely four decades at a cost of up to ¥21 trillion ($189B). However, that’s the simple part to understanding the Fukushima nuclear disaster story. The difficult painful part is largely hidden from pubic view via a highly restrictive harsh national secrecy law (Act on the Protection of Specially Designated Secrets, Act No. 108/2013), political pressure galore, and fear of exposing the truth about the inherent dangers of nuclear reactor meltdowns. Powerful vested interests want it concealed.

Following passage of the 2013 government secrecy act, which says that civil servants or others who “leak secrets” will face up to 10 years in prison, and those who “instigate leaks,” especially journalists, will be subject to a prison term of up to 5 years, Japan fell below Serbia and Botswana in the Reporters Without Borders 2014 World Press Freedom Index. The secrecy act, sharply criticized by the Japanese Federation of Bar Associations, is a shameless act of buttoned-up totalitarianism at the very moment when citizens need and, in fact, require transparency…

Meanwhile, the world nuclear industry has ambitious growth plans, 50-60 reactors currently under construction, mostly in Asia, with up to 400 more on drawing boards. Nuke advocates claim Fukushima is well along in the cleanup phase so not to worry as the Olympics are coming in a couple of years, including events held smack dab in the heart of Fukushima, where the agricultural economy will provide fresh foodstuff.

The Olympics are PM Abe’s major PR punch to prove to the world that all-is-well at the world’s most dangerous, and out of control, industrial accident site. And, yes, it is still out of control…

…Which prompts a question: What criteria did the International Olympic Committee (IOC) follow in selecting Japan for the 2020 Summer Olympics in the face of three 100% nuclear meltdowns totally out of control? On its face, it seems reckless…

Indeed, Japan is a totalitarian corporate state where corporate interests are protected from liability by layers of subcontractors and by vested interests of powerful political bodies and extremely harsh state secrecy laws. As such, it is believed that nuclear safety and health issues, including deaths, are under-reported and likely not reported at all in most cases.
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The scam perpetrated here by the professionals who make up the International Olympic Committee is horrendous. While all the scammers involved will profit from the Olympics in 2020, the athletes who they will ‘honor’, and the attendees (including, amazingly and presumably, many of the scammers themselves) at the games, will be sacrificed, given over to whatever ill effects may come from exposure to an environment that has experienced a nuclear meltdown at a nuclear plant that, as author Robert Hunzicker notes, is not at all under control.

“Fukushima Darkness – Part 2 of a 2-Part Series” by Robert Hunziker

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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The impact of Fukushima Daiichi’s nuclear meltdown extends far and wide, as the hemispheric ecosystem gets hit by tons of radioactive water. Additionally, surreptitiousness surrounds untold death and illness, yet it remains one of the least understood and deceitfully reported episodes of journalism in modern history.

At the same time as Japan passed its totalitarian secrecy act in December 2013, it passed an obstructive Cancer Registration Law, which made it illegal to share medical data or information on radiation-related issues, denying public access to medical records, with violators subject to fines of two million Yen or 5-10 years in prison, a pretty stiff penalty for peeking into medical records, giving the appearance of somebody running scared.

Furthermore, and more egregiously yet, a confidentiality agreement to control medical information about radiation exposure was signed in January 2014 by IAEA, UNSCEAR, and Fukushima Prefecture and Fukushima Medical University. Thereafter, all info of illness from radiation is reported to a central repository run by Fukushima Medical Centre and IAEA. In turn, the Fukushima Centre for Environmental Creation was created in 2015 to communicate “accurate information on radiation to the public and dispel anxiety.” Ahem!
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60 Minutes‘ Scott Pelley (11/19/17) introduces a report on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen–without mentioning the US role in the conflict.

“Ignoring Washington’s Role in Yemen Carnage, 60 Minutes Paints US as Savior” by Adam Johnson

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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In one of the most glaring, power-serving omissions in some time, CBS News’ 60 Minutes (11/19/17) took a deep dive into the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, and did not once mention the direct role the United States played in creating, perpetuating and prolonging a crisis that’s left over 10,000 civilians dead, 2 million displaced, and an estimated 1 million with cholera…

Meanwhile, Iran’s involvement in the conflict—which, even by the most paranoid estimates, is far less than the United States’—is placed front and center as one side of the “war.”
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Some would say that Iran’s involvement is actually zero.

CNN (11/14/17) does not bring up the US role in allowing people to be sold.

“Media Erase NATO Role in Bringing Slave Markets to Libya” by Ben Norton

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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CNN (11/14/17) published an explosive story in mid-November that offered a firsthand look at the slave trade in Libya. The media network obtained terrifying video that shows young African refugees being auctioned, “big strong boys for farm work,” sold for as little as $400.

The flashy CNN multimedia report included bonuses galore: two videos, two animated gifs, two photos and a chart. But something was missing: The 1,000-word story made no mention of NATO, or the 2011 war that destroyed Libya’s government, or Muammar Qadhafi, or any kind of historical and political context whatsoever…

While it is true that slavery and human trafficking happen in other countries, this widespread media narrative depoliticizes the problem in Libya, which has its roots in explicit political decisions made by governments and their leaders: namely, the choice to overthrow Libya’s stable government, turning the oil-rich North African nation into a failed state ruled by competing warlords and militias, some of which are involved in and profit from slavery and trafficking…

Corporate media reporting on Libya largely mirrors reporting on Yemen (FAIR.org, 11/20/17, 8/31/17, 2/27/17), Syria (FAIR.org, 4/7/17, 9/5/15) and beyond: The role of the US government and its allies in creating chaos abroad is minimized, if not outright ignored…

Looking back at Libya’s anti-Qadhafi rebels, both during and after the 2011 war, it is very clear that hardline anti-black racism was widespread in the NATO-backed opposition. A 2016 investigation by the British House of Common’s Foreign Affairs Committee (Salon, 9/16/16) acknowledged that “militant Islamist militias played a critical role in the rebellion from February 2011 onwards.” But many rebels were not just fundamentalist; they were also violently racist.
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“Assaults on Journalists in West Bank and Occupied Jerusalem” by Vanessa Beeley

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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The Journalist Support Committee condemned the Israeli occupation forces’ attacks on Palestinian journalists who were carrying out their professional duty in covering rallies and protests in the West Bank and Occupied Jerusalem, in rejection to the US decision in appointing Jerusalem as the capital of the occupation on Thursday, 7 December 2017.

The committee confirmed that the Israeli occupation forces attacked the journalists who were covering demonstrations in the area of Beit El, Ramallah, among the attacked journalists was the crew of Al-Manar TV and BBC journalist Iman Oraykat who was carrying out a live coverage of the marches when she suffered from suffocation and found it difficult to complete coverage due to the density of the gas bombs launched by the Israeli forces.

In addition, the Israeli forces restricted and prevented journalists from coverage, as was the case with Palestine TV’s cameraman, Alaa Haddad in Hebron, and Al-Ghad TV channel which was prevented from completing its coverage and ordered to move to another place in an attempt to conceal the truth from the world.
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“The World Responds To Trump’s Jerusalem Decision” by Geopolitics Alert

“A Loud Whoompfing Sound”

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