Fukushima Radiation Levels ’18 Times Higher’ Than Thought

By: Monday September 2, 2013 8:53 am

The nuclear crisis that just won’t end has taken a dangerous turn as Japanese authorities admit radiation levels around Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant are 18 times higher than previously thought. The Fukushima nuclear crisis is becoming a case study in mismanagement as both the meltdown and continual confusion are a result of failures of communication. Radiation [...]

Japan Admits Radioactive Water At Fukushima Plant Is An ‘Emergency’

By: Monday August 5, 2013 9:28 am

Japan’s Nuclear Regulatory Authority has admitted, despite earlier obfuscations, that it can no longer contain radioactive waste from the troubled Fukushima nuclear power plant. Radioactive water is seeping into the ocean and providers and regulators can only come up with temporary solutions to the contamination problem. Highly radioactive water seeping into the ocean from Japan’s [...]

Obama Administration Denies Imminent Bilateral Talks With Iran

By: Sunday October 21, 2012 8:12 am

The White House is denying a report in the New York Times claiming that they will conduct one-on-one talks with Iran over their nuclear program. The bilateral negotiations, the fruit of a secret back-channel process according to the Times, would not occur until after the Presidential election, at the Iranian’s request, so they can have [...]

As Sanctions Take Effect, Iranian Economy Starts to Collapse, Fueling Unrest

By: Wednesday October 3, 2012 9:42 am

Reports indicate fresh clashes with riot police inside Tehran, Iran today, but they do not have necessarily the same rationale as the Arab uprising. These stem from the collapse of the Iranian currency, a direct result of international sanctions on the Islamic Republic over their nuclear program. Clashes erupted in the center of the Iranian [...]

Tensions Mount With New Provocations in Iran

By: Monday September 17, 2012 11:38 am

When you talk about tail risk for the US economy, sweeping away the European crisis and the fiscal cliff, perhaps the biggest potential comes from an oil price shock. Combined with any fiscal tightening, that could easily snap the US into recession. And the biggest threat of this stems not from the protests outside US [...]

Netanyahu Stirs Controversy With Remarks on Iran and “Red Lines”

By: Wednesday September 12, 2012 9:40 am

In addition to the tragic situation in Libya, another international incident simmered last night, on the subject of Israel and Iran. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a speech claiming that the US had “no moral right” to intervene in a potential Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, unless they too set a “red line” [...]

Report: Israeli Defense Minister Now Opposes Attack on Iran

By: Friday September 7, 2012 7:40 am

A startling report in Israeli paper Haaretz claims that Defense Minister Ehud Barak has now flipped and opposes a strike on Iranian nuclear sites, after supporting the project as recently as a couple months ago. There are suggestions in the piece that pressure from American generals has moved him in that direction: Word is that [...]

Iran and the West Quietly Resume Negotiations on Nuclear Program

By: Thursday July 5, 2012 8:55 am

Since the beginning of the Iranian oil embargo imposed by the EU July 1, the press reports have sought to increase tensions between Iran and the West rather than reduce them. Witness today’s story about Iran disguising its oil tankers to get around the embargo, proving their duplicity and desperation. Or witness the highlighting of [...]

Iran Nuclear Negotiations End, With No Timetable for the Future

By: Wednesday June 20, 2012 7:36 am

With significant factions on both sides rooting for failure in the Iranian nuclear talks, it should come as no surprise that they came up short after wrapping up last night. A U.S. administration official said that after so many hours of tough exchanges, the parties need to talk to each other, parse what had been [...]

Iran Nuclear Talks Begin in Moscow, With Little Hope for Progress

By: Monday June 18, 2012 9:01 am

A new round of talks on the Iranian nuclear program opened in Moscow today, and Iran has already made an opening bid: Three hours after the talks began, a report on state-controlled Iranian television said that Iran would not consider curtailing the enrichment of uranium to 20 percent — a key goal for international mediators [...]

IAEA Pulls Back on Iran Nuclear Inspection Breakthrough

By: Tuesday June 5, 2012 1:35 pm

After a couple weeks of hope, there are more troubling signs about the future of negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. It appeared that the IAEA had struck a deal with Iran for future inspections of previously uninspected sites. Now, IAEA chief Yukiya Amano has announced new talks, as well as a revelation about satellite images [...]

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