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Japan's online nuclear reactors to be halted

Ohi nuclear plant
© UnknownOhi nuclear plant
The only 2 nuclear reactors online in Japan will soon be shut down for regular inspections. That means all nuclear power generators in the country will be offline for the first time in about 14 months.

Due to the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in 2011, all of Japan's nuclear reactors were offline at one point in the past 2 years.

But last year, Kansai Electric Power Company, the operator of the Ohi nuclear power plant on the Sea of Japan, restarted the facility's Number 3 and Number 4 reactors.

The 2 are the only reactors currently online in Japan.

On Monday afternoon, Kansai Electric began lowering the power output of the Number 3 reactor for regular inspections. The reactor will come to a halt on Tuesday morning.

The plant operator also plans to halt the Number 4 reactor for a regular check on September 15th.

To gain approval for the restart of their offline reactors, Ohi and 5 other nuclear plants are undergoing assessments by the Nuclear Regulation Authority.


The last chance to stop the NDAA

© Mr. Fish
I and my fellow plaintiffs have begun the third and final round of our battle to get the courts to strike down a section of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that permits the military to seize U.S. citizens, strip them of due process and hold them indefinitely in military facilities. Carl Mayer and Bruce Afran, the lawyers who with me in January 2012 brought a lawsuit against President Barack Obama (Hedges v. Obama), are about to file papers asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear our appeal of a 2013 ruling on the act's Section 1021.

"First the terrorism-industrial complex assured Americans that they were only spying on foreigners, not U.S. citizens," Mayer said to me recently. "Then they assured us that they were only spying on phone calls, not electronic communications. Then they assured us that they were not spying on American journalists. And now both [major political] parties and the Obama administration have assured us that they will not detain journalists, citizens and activists. Well, they detained journalist Chris Hedges without a lawyer, they detained journalist Laura Poitras without due process and if allowed to stand this law will permit the military to target activists, journalists and citizens in an unprecedented assault on freedom in America."

Last year we won round one: U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest of the Southern District of New York declared Section 1021 unconstitutional. The Obama administration immediately appealed her ruling and asked a higher court to put the law back into effect until Obama's petition was heard. The appellate court agreed. The law went back on the books. I suspect it went back on the books because the administration is already using it, most likely holding U.S. citizens who are dual nationals in black sites in Afghanistan and the Middle East. If Judge Forrest's ruling were allowed to stand, the administration, if it is indeed holding U.S. citizens in military detention centers, would be in contempt of court.


Stocks of vital medicines hit zero as Egypt and Israel tighten Gaza siege

egypt gaza crossing
© Eyad Al Baba / APA imagesA Palestinian girl waits to cross into Egypt from the Gaza Strip, at the Rafah crossing, on 24 August 2013
The Egyptian army began demolishing homes along the country's border with the Gaza Strip today, an Israeli-style tactic carried out under the pretext of creating a "buffer zone" to "reduce weapons smuggling and illegal crossings by militants."

In fact, Egypt is tightening its side of the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip, deepening the economic and medical crisis faced by the territory's almost 1.7 million Palestinian residents.

The dramatic effects of the tightening siege are revealed in the July monthly humanitarian report, published on 23 August by the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Meanwhile, the UN reports that Israel more doubled its number of violent attacks on Gaza fishermen in the first half of this year.

Arrow Down

God visited me, says Swazi king

Swaziland's King Mswati III
© Associated PressSwaziland's King Mswati III.
Manzini - Swaziland's absolute monarch, King Mswati III, said he was visited by God at the weekend and this resulted in unseasonal electrical storms in the country - and a new name for the country's controversial political system.

"The lightning was flashing even though it was (a time of year) when there is usually no clouds or rain," Mswati said when he opened a trade fair in Manzini on Saturday.

He said the storm was sent by God to accompany his vision.

The South African Weather Service interpreted it differently, reporting that a cold front from South Africa to the north colliding with warm air from the Mozambique Channel had created thunderstorm conditions in Swaziland.

"As I was wondering at this (weather), I saw the new name of the Swazi government," Mswati told a rapturous audience.


Another infringment of human rights: mosques declared terrorism organizations by NYPD

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© Agence France Presse/Stan HondaA New York Police Department portable observation post outside the Imam Al-Khoei Islamic Center in the Queens borough of New York
The New York Police Department (NYPD) has secretly label entire mosques as terrorism organisations, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday.

The label has allowed the department to spy on imams and record sermons without having specific evidence of criminal activities.

This means that anyone attending the prayer service is part of organisation and can potentially be investigated and go under surveillance.

As per confidential police documents and interviews, NYPD has initiated more than a dozen "terrorism enterprise investigations" into mosques following the terror attacks on World Trade Centers (WTC) in New York.


People Power: British govt. urged to learn lessons from past invasions

Anti-war protest
© UnknownPeace activists in the US, UK and several other countries have been marching against a military intervention in Syria -
A big protest gathering has been in London to highlight huge popular opposition to Britain's military intervention in Syria.

Protesters chanted slogans against war and urged the government to learn lessons from the experiences of lies and deception circulated to justify the illegal invasion of Iraq in 2003.

The overwhelming majority of the population who attended Saturday's protest voiced strong opposition to an invasion of Syria based on U.S.-led attempts to proclaim the popular government of President Bashar al Assad in Syria of using chemical weapons against its own people in Ghouta.

Various speakers from the Stop the War Coalition (STWC) hailed the British parliament's vote against an invasion of Syria as a "victory".

STWC convenor Lindsey German, lauded the vote saying "it was a victory in parliament. It was a vote that the politicians should have had the guts to hold 10 years ago and they didn't."

German described STWC's objective as to remind British imperialism of its national interests.

"We've said for some years that one of our aims as a movement should be to break Britain from following the US in every step of its foreign policy," she said. "This week we made that possible".

Comment: It is clear that the average man in the street is able to see through the lies.


How will you deal with $10 a gallon gas?

Obama And Gas Prices
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The Dear Leader has Decided to pause - briefly - for a perfunctory congressional approval before triggering what could be TEOTWAWKI - the end of the world as we know it - by lobbing bombs at Syria. Which will likely result in Syria (and perhaps Iran, allied with Syria) lobbing bombs at Israel, the proxy poodle (or is it the reverse?) of the United State ("s" left of in the interests of accuracy). Whereupon the entire region - then the world - may well go up in flames. At least, until it runs out of oil.

It is shit statue-carving crazy.

Yet, "we" - meaning, they - Dear Leader and his relative handful of minions who control the missiles, the ships and "the troops" - appear determined to pursue this course nonetheless. Despite the obvious implications - and in spite of the equally obvious horn o' plenty of reasons not to do it. Wait. Check that. There is a reason - several of them, actually. Just not the ones publicly stated. No one but a madman could entertain the idea of deliberately batting at a hornet's nest that one could just as easily walk around.

What goes on inside Syria may be tragic, but it's not our tragedy. We - that is, the Dear Leader, et al, - are neither wanted nor requested - and have about as much right to lob bombs at the Syrian government over its alleged abuse of its people as Syria has to lob bombs at America over its government's abuses of its people - none of them mere assertions based on iffy "intel" but admitted to, openly, by its government. For instance, rendition.

And torture as state policy. Indefinite detention. And that's only the recent stuff. Let's not forget who helped "Saddam" gas Iranians back in the '80s. Or helped violently depose the "democratically" elected leader of Iran - ushering in the Shah and his Savak. "We" are in no position to lecture anyone about "human rights." Much less bomb them over it.

Monkey Wrench

German Report: How Turkey Arms and Sends Wahhabi Jihadists into Syria

Will the "Coalition of the Willing" bomb jihadists into power in Syria?

Most Syrians are much more afraid of the anti-government jihadists than of any other force fighting on the ground. NATO member Turkey is mainly responsible for the growing number of al-Qaeda affiliated jihadists in Syria.

This report shows how Turkey allows jihadists from all over the world to use its land as a stonghold in order to fight the Syrian government. Turkey also arms the jihadists, provides them with medical treatment, and allows them to cross the Turkish-Syrian border freely without any restrictions.

Alarm Clock

Interview with Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad

The US has said it has evidence that the chemical nerve agent sarin was used in a deadly attack in Damascus last month.

When asked if the Syrian government had used chemical weapons, Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad told the BBC's Jeremy Bowen that they were used by Western-backed armed groups aka 'al-qaeda'.

He said that if there was an attack by the US, terrorism would flourish everywhere, and that US evidence for a CW attack by the Syrian government was the same as the 'evidence' for Saddam Hussein's WMDs.

Gold Coins

Pay day: Saudi Arabia signs off 1 billion dollars to France

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King Abdallah of Saudi Arabia wished to thank France for it's offensive position in Syria by ordering the signature of a state to state contract, Life Extension Sawari 1 (LEX), for over 1 billion dollars of worth.

The public firm ODAS (the consortium gathering the DCNS, Thales and MBDA) will upgrade four frigates of Al Medinah class and two supply tankers of Boraida class, in service since 1985-1986, at the time of the Sawari I contract.

This contract could be followed by an even juicier one : the sale of six multi-mission Fremm frigates.

However, LEX was signed before the French backtracking in the Syrian bombing and it isn't certain that the favours of the monarch will persist.

Alizée Ville