by Yasuo Akai
I thank Jayda Fogel for her revision and critical advice.
Democracy is born in learning.
People are now occupying public squares in Greece, Spain, the UK, the US, and of course, in Arab countries. In Europe these protesters are called (or call themselves) “indignant” to signify their feelings of surprised anger for an action they have deemed wrong or unjust. In this vein, the Spanish protesters call themselves “los indignados.” They are indignant because they are losing their jobs, homes, pensions, social securities, public services, and educational programs, because of a debacle outside of their responsibility. These innocent consumers, workers, students, and jobseekers, are blamed by the authorities and corporate media for an economic crisis that was actually caused by the irresponsible monetary policy of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)—a financial mafia whose practices threaten these people’s sovereignty. Now, because the taxpayer’s money is being spent to bail out those most responsible for the economic damage, the successful revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt have inspired these people to take to the streets. Read more…
Click here to see additional photos of our No Nuke Solidarity demo on April 10th.
We just received these from Feral Sage.
Many, many thanks to Yasuo Akai for the following translation of Kenji Higuchi’s lecture!
Kenji Higuchi, The Truth of the Fukushima 50
This lecture was given on May 3, 2011, at the All Freeter’s Union, in Tokyo
Hello everyone. Let’s stop all the nuclear power plants. Now we have the momentum to do this. If we fail, Japan will be over. I mean it — this country will be finished.
The nuclear industry has been crushing workers for 40 years. We all must think of those 500,000 workers who have been exposed to radiation.
By the way, I disapprove of this crook, Naoto Kan. I say it again: he is a crook, who serves only this powerful nuclear industry, being at the mercy of it. We must not call him a politician, let alone a prime minister — I can not help but say this anyway.
I am a commercially unsuccessful photographer who has been shooting environmental destruction in Japan for 48 or so years and who now has ended up witnessing the Fukushima nuclear disaster. I thought this would inevitably occur. It was rather unfathomable for me that this kind of accident had not occurred at any of those more than 50 reactors for more than 40 years. I could not stress this more: this Fukushima accident — as well as the 1999 criticality accident at the Tokai Nuclear Fuel Plant — was inevitable, and also man-made. The industry’s irresponsibility caused those accidents. Japan’s nuclear power policy was introduced by what I would call an irresponsible regime from the beginning. We should rather take it for granted that such a regime should cause severe accidents.
First of all, let me rant about the current situation. Read more…
Shinzo Kimura, who collected roadside samples and made a radioactive fallout contamination map of Fukushima prefecture, will give a talk in Iwaki on 19th (1am EST, 2pm JST ). The talk will be broadcasted live on USTREAM.
NHK ETV Special “Creating a Radioactive Fallout Contamination Map”;
NHK ETV特集「ネットワ―クで作る放射能汚染地図～福島原発事故から2ヶ月～」は、上記 1/7 ～ 7/7 で観ることができます。1時間半番組が全７分割されています。まだの方はぜひどうぞ。
We want to translate those parts some of you might like to see subtitled. We have a lot of projects underway, but we hope to do it as soon as we are able. (Holler if you’re interested.)