On February 13, 1960 (exactly 61 years ago today), the French conducted their first nuclear test at Reggane in south west Algeria. The first underground test, on May 1, 1962, code-named Beryl, resulted in radioactive vapour escaping through fissure in a rock. Its ill-effects are still felt by the people of Algeria. France has refused to apologize and has also not released archival material about this test as well as others clearly reflecting ill-intent | Mohamed Boukreta Continue reading
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On 4 August, 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate stored at Beirut’s port blew up, obliterating the city’s main commercial hub and damaging large swathes of the Lebanese capital. The blast, the most destructive in the country’s troubled history, killed more than 170 people, and wounded more than 6,000. A mushroom cloud was formed by the explosion, similar to that of the Halifax Explosion of 1917 and the U.S. nuclear bombing of Hiroshima in 1945. Like other geopolitical events, this immediately became fodder for fairy tale, anti-scientific conspiracy theories, inventions and tendentious speculation. The central question is not the technical determination of the cause of the explosion, which will be determined by the Lebanese, but one of political and social responsibility. One effect if not the aim of these diversions from the question of responsibility is to disarm the people of Lebanon from soberly analyzing the disaster and taking action to rebuild Beirut and renew the nation on a new and democratic basis, free of foreign dictate.
We are posting an article by Intibah Kadi, who exposes one such invention from the U.S. disinformation site misleadingly called “Veterans Today”. This site has nothing to do with American rank-and-file veterans who take just stands against U.S. wars. It is part of the information war between the US-NATO bloc and Russia, even as it has links to websites within Russia. Politically, VT diverts and disinforms about U.S. imperialism with the trope about the Israelization of America. This is at a time when the U.S. is accusing the Russian government of using alt right and alt left websites in the information war, allegations which are being circulated by media themselves financed by the Canadian government such as the Globe and Mail (See here and here.) Continue reading
According to a report issued by the Institute for Science and International Security, Israel has amassed between 400 to 915 Kg of fissile material since 1963. Amir Oren, Haaretz
The nuclear reactor near Dimona | AFP
Israel produced 660 Kg of plutonium in its nuclear reactor in Dimona, and used it to make 115 nuclear warheads, which it holds in its arsenal today, a study by the Washington D.C.-based Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) published Friday alleges. Continue reading