Fukushima Radiation Readings 18 Times Higher 01 Sep 2013 An operator at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan says radiation readings are 18 times higher than previously measured. The staff member said they had found highly radioactive water dripping from a pipe used to connect two coolant tanks and that it had been patched using tape. The discovery of the pipe came a day after Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said it found new radiation hotspots at four sites around coolant tanks, with one reading at 1,800 millisieverts per hour — a dose that would kill a human left exposed to it in four hours. Last week the plant operator admitted 300 tonnes of radioactive water had seeped out of one of the vast containers – one of around 1,000 on the site – before anyone had noticed.
Pentagon officials say strike won’t be hurt by delay — U.S. military will also likely target buildings. 31 Aug 1012 Pentagon officials said Saturday that U.S. intelligence capabilities allow the military to track any movement of Syrian targets, which means a missile attack against Syria will be effective despite President Obama’s decision to delay a strike until Congress gives its approval. Obama said Saturday that waiting would not weaken the U.S. ability to strike Syria if he gives the order. He said Syria’s (alleged) use of chemical weapons against its own people deserves a military response. If Syrian President Bashar Assad‘s forces try to hide its military assets, U.S. intelligence capabilities can find them, defense officials told USA TODAY.
Syrians in Ghouta Claim Saudi-Supplied Rebels Behind Chemical Attack 29 Aug 2013 As the machinery for a U.S.-led military intervention in Syria gathers pace following last week’s chemical weapons attack, the U.S. and its allies may be targeting the wrong culprit. From numerous interviews with doctors, Ghouta residents, ‘rebel’ fighters and their families, a different picture emerges. Many believe that certain rebels received chemical weapons via the Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, and were responsible for carrying out the dealing gas attack. “My son came to me two weeks ago asking what I thought the weapons were that he had been asked to carry,” said Abu Abdel-Moneim, the father of a rebel fighting to unseat Assad, who lives in Ghouta. Abdel-Moneim said his son and 12 other rebels were killed inside of a tunnel used to store weapons provided by a Saudi militant, known as Abu Ayesha, who was leading a fighting battalion. The father described the weapons as having a “tube-like structure” while others were like a “huge gas bottle.”
North Korea says called off envoy visit because of U.S. military drills 31 Aug 2013 North Korea said late on Saturday it withdrew an invitation for a U.S. envoy to visit the country to discuss the fate of a jailed American citizen because U.S. military drills on the peninsula made humanitarian dialogue impossible. Robert King, special envoy for North Korean human rights issues, was scheduled to go to Pyongyang last Friday on what the U.S. State Department called a “humanitarian mission” to secure the release of Kenneth Bae. The North’s Foreign Ministry said military drills last week by the United States and South Korea involving a B-52 bomber flight over the peninsula was “the most striking manifestation of the offensive and aggressive nature” of the exercise.
Smoke covers Yosemite Valley as fire becomes 4th-largest wildfire in California history 31 Aug 2013 The Rim Fire became the fourth-largest wildfire in the history of California as it continued its steady burn Saturday, as smoke from the blaze for the first time darkened the sky over the Yosemite Valley, forcing many holiday vacationers indoors. According to the statewide firefighting agency Cal Fire, 348 square miles have been scorched. By last measure, the fire that has burned an area the size of Dallas was 40 percent contained with the help of more than 5,000 firefighters from state, federal and local agencies.
- Syrians in Ghouta Claim Saudi-Supplied Rebels Behind Chemical Attack (bellaciao.org)
- EXCLUSIVE: Syrians In Ghouta Claim Saudi-Supplied Rebels Behind Chemical Attack (noliesradio.org)
- Syrians In Ghouta Claim Saudi-Supplied Rebels Behind Chemical Attack (thetruthseeker.co.uk)
- EXCLUSIVE: Witnesses Of Gas Attack Say Saudis Supplied Rebels With Chemical Weapons (mintpressnews.com)
- Syrians in Ghouta Claim Saudi-Supplied Rebels Behind Chemical Attack (intifada-palestine.com)
- US and NATO backed rebels admit responsibility for chemical attack in Syria (hangthebankers.com)
- Saudis Go On Full Alert As Putin War Threat Stuns Muslim World (eutimes.net)
- Disclosure: Rebels Admit Responsibility for Chemical Weapons Attack – an Accident (2012thebigpicture.wordpress.com)