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The Jehoshua Novels


Cumbrian nuclear dump ‘virtually certain’ to be eroded by rising sea levels

One million cubic metres of waste near Sellafield are housed at a site that was a mistake, admits Environment Agency

The Guardian, By Rob Edwards, April 20

Britain’s nuclear dump is virtually certain to be eroded by rising sea levels and to contaminate the Cumbrian coast with large amounts of radioactive waste, according to an [...]

CIA torture architect breaks silence to defend ‘enhanced interrogation’

The Guardian, By Jason Leopold, April 18

James Mitchell ‘highly skeptical’ of Senate report on CIA torture – ‘It was not illegal based on the law at the time’ – Mitchell said to have waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed – Interview: ‘I’m just a guy who got asked to do something for his country’

The psychologist [...]

What’s in the trash this Friday? –> US Delays Review of Contentious Keystone Pipeline

AP, By Josh Lederman & Dina Cappiello, April 18

Washington – The Obama administration is extending indefinitely its review of the Keystone XL pipeline, the State Department said Friday, likely punting the decision over the controversial oil pipeline past the midterm elections.

In a surprise announcement as Washington was winding down for Easter, the State [...]

Old-school coal is making a comeback

McClatchy, By Sean Cockerham, April 17

Washington — Coal, the former king of American energy, is making a comeback after being left for dead in favor of cleaner-burning natural gas.

For years coal has been losing market share as the American fracking boom created a flood of cheap and abundant natural gas. But natural gas [...]

The “Purple Wedding” of Geo-Politics

Sorry if you don’t watch Game of Thrones on Sunday nights, you might not get the title reference. Suffice it to say, without needing to give a spoiler alert, that there’s vengeance and there’s payback.

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CIA’s Pakistan drone strikes carried out by regular US air force personnel

Former drone operators claim in new documentary that CIA missions flown by USAF’s 17th Reconnaissance Squadron

The Guardian, By Chris Woods, April 14

A regular US air force unit based in the Nevada desert is responsible for flying the CIA’s drone strike programme in Pakistan, according to a new documentary to be released on Tuesday.

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Privilege: Buzzfeed Quiz

How privileged are you ? h/t Bob Morris

All reactions, complaints, confessions welcome.

Eight wisdoms from Arundhati Roy

Roy talks with great insight about: Capitalism, activism, Gandhi, non violence etc.

When Roy read from her essay, Listening to Grasshoppers, she said the problem with representative democracy is that there is “too much representation and not enough democracy.” She talked about how corporations have created structures that increase their decision-making power, leaving the rest [...]

IPCC report: ‘Climate change is happening and no one in the world is immune’

From food shortages to loss of species, the latest IPCC report paints a bleak picture for the planet.

The Independent, By Steve Connor, March 31

The negative effects of climate change are [...]

“Butter is back”

From a NYT op-ed by Mark Bittman, resident culinary gadfly:

Julia Child, goddess of fat, is beaming somewhere. Butter is back, and when you’re looking for a few chunks of pork for a stew, you can resume searching for the best pieces — the ones with the most fat. Eventually, your friends will stop glaring [...]

And Teabagger Heads Explode in 3….2….

The UN has issued yet another firm and fact-filled statement with respect to global warming:

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Monday Misogyny

Steph Harman : ““When I heard Julia Gillard’s parliamentary speech addressing misogyny, it struck me that behind the politics there was a lot of personal feeling being communicated,” writes composer Rob Davidson, in the description which accompanies this delicious treat. “I wanted to put a frame around this slice of time, to heighten my [...]

Al-Qa’ida’s Second Act…

The Full Five-Part Series Our foreign correspondent’s investigation into the Jihadi resurgence

The Independent, By Patrick Cockburn, March 21

Twelve and a half years after 9/11, al-Qa’ida-type organisations control an area the size of Britain in western Iraq and eastern Syria. Include Afghanistan, Libya and Somalia and the territory they rule is larger in size [...]

It may read like a Peter Sellers movie script, but it’s real….

Transdniestra: Russian or not, next?

Reuters: Russia says ‘no expansionist views’ despite warning Ukraine territory grab not the last. NATO commander speculates about threat to Transdniestria region

1. NATO’s top military commander U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove said on Sunday that Russia had a large force on Ukraine’s eastern border and he was worried [...]

Pope Francis names first members of child sex abuse commission

Archbishop of Boston Sean O’Malley and Irish campaigner Marie Collins in group of eight to set out tasks of commission.

AP, March 22

Pope Francis has named the initial members of a commission to advise him on sex abuse policy, including lay and religious experts, and an Irish woman assaulted as a child by a [...]