Japan’s Deadly New ‘Fukushima Fascism’

Common Dreams

New secrecy law may make Japan’s democracy a relic of its pre-Fukushima past.

by Harvey Wasserman

Spelling it out: People opposed to the state secrets bill hold a protest banner at a rally in Tokyo's Yurakucho district. (Photo: KYODO)
Spelling it out: People opposed to the state secrets bill hold a protest banner at a rally in Tokyo’s Yurakucho district. (Photo: KYODO)

Fukushima continues to spew out radiation. The quantities seem to be rising, as do the impacts.

The site has been infiltrated by organized crime.

There are horrifying signs of ecological disaster in the Pacific and human health impacts in the U.S.

But within Japan, a new State Secrets Act makes such talk punishable by up to ten years in prison.
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South Sudan govt in control after ‘attempted coup’, says Kiir

Mail and Guardian

South Sudan President Salva Kiir has told reporters that the government’s in full control of a security situation in Juba following an attempted coup.

ssudFighting apparently broke out in Juba between rival factions in South Sudan’s armed forces, said a security source. (Africa 3.0)
South Sudan’s president said on Monday he defeated a coup attempt by a political rival following a night of fighting in the capital Juba.

“This was an attempted coup,” President Salva Kiir told reporters.

He also said in a statement that the “government is in full control of the security situation in Juba. The attackers fled and your forces are pursuing them.” Continue reading South Sudan govt in control after ‘attempted coup’, says Kiir

Pope says he is not a Marxist, but defends criticism of capitalism

The Guardian

Pope Francis says trickle-down economics do not help the poor, in a wide-ranging interview with Italian daily La Stampa

Pope Francis has defended his criticism of capitalism, urging more attention be given to the poor. Photograph: Claudio Peri/EPA
Pope Francis has defended his criticism of capitalism, urging more attention be given to the poor. Photograph: Claudio Peri/EPA

Pope Francis has rejected accusations from rightwing Americans that his teaching is Marxist, defending his criticisms of the capitalist system and urging more attention be given to the poor in a wide-ranging interview.

In remarks to the Italian daily La Stampa, the Argentinian pontiff said the views he had espoused in his first apostolic exhortation last month – which the rightwing US radio host Rush Limbaugh attacked as “dramatically, embarrassingly, puzzlingly wrong” – were simply those of the church’s social doctrine. Limbaugh described the pope’s economics as “pure Marxism”. Continue reading Pope says he is not a Marxist, but defends criticism of capitalism

UN Warns of Toxic E-Waste Surge Ahead of Holiday

Common Dreams

Discarded devices illegally dumped on poorer nations

Lauren McCauley

env4A bigger flatscreen TV, the latest tablet or mobile phone, and the newest, most impressive video game console are sure to be popular presents this holiday season.

As many consumers use this annual gift exchange as a time to upgrade their electronic devices, a new UN report warns that, as society has trended towards a ‘throw away’ culture with electronics’ lifespan increasingly shortening, these discarded devices have fueled an explosion in toxic e-waste. Continue reading UN Warns of Toxic E-Waste Surge Ahead of Holiday