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The Politics of Protests and Tours

It was another case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Instead of taking her grand and illustrious fifteen-minute million-dollar tour in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, weeks after tens of thousands of Egyptians flooded the streets and shed their blood in toppling another U.S.-backed autocratic…

Helicopters dump water to cool reactor in Japan

ZAO, Japan (AP) — Helicopters are dumping water on a stricken reactor in northeastern Japan to cool overheated fuel rods inside the core. The crisis at several reactors of the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant were set off when last week’s earthquake and tsunami knocked out power needed for their cooling systems and ruined backup generators. Japanese…

Radiation very high at Japan’s Fukushima reactor, warns US Nuclear Regulatory Commission

THERE is no water left in the spent fuel pool of reactor 4 at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant, resulting in “extremely high” radiation levels, the chair of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission warned today. “In addition to the three reactors that were operating at the time of the incident, a fourth reactor is also right now…

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