UPDATE email from a No_Nukes_SK activist:
I heard about this from Dr. Michel Fernex, formerly with the WHO and who we were able to meet with, in Germany, last year.
In a DVD entitled “Nuclear Controversies” that we got from him, the issue of IAEA being able to control the information from WHO, related to nuclear issues. The DVD can be obtained, from Switzerland, although I cannot remember where from, and have lent the DVD out, so do not have the info handy. (I found it! Email
Andreoli, Emanuela & Tschertkoff, Wladmir. And there’s a PDF abstract of it, too.)
It is a very interesting situation, when the industry side has this much power over the health and environmental concerns around nuclear issues.
There’s been a bit of information coming out on the use of depleted uranium in the Middle East. This, as posted at Vive le Canada because I can’t find the original source:
Horror Of US Depleted Uranium In Iraq Threatens World
American Use Of DU is “A crime against humanity which may, in the eyes of historians, rank with the worst atrocities of all time.” US Iraq Military Vets “are on DU death row, waiting to die.”
By James Denver
“I’m horrified. The people out there – the Iraqis, the media and the troops – risk the most appalling ill health. And the radiation from depleted uranium can travel literally anywhere. It’s going to destroy the lives of thousands of children, all over the world. We all know how far radiation can travel. Radiation from Chernobyl reached Wales and in Britain you sometimes get red dust from the Sahara on your car.”
The speaker is not some alarmist doom-sayer. He is Dr. Chris Busby, the British radiation expert, Fellow of the University of Liverpool in the Faculty of Medicine and UK representative on the European Committee on Radiation Risk, talking about the best-kept secret of this war: the fact that, by illegally using hundreds of tons of depleted uranium (DU) against Iraq ~ Britain and America have gravely endangered not only the Iraqis but the whole world.
For these weapons have released deadly, carcinogenic and mutagenic, radioactive particles in such abundance that-whipped up by sandstorms and carried on trade winds – there is no corner of the globe they cannot penetrate-including Britain. For the wind has no boundaries and time is on their side: the radioactivity persists for over 4,500,000,000 years and can cause cancer, leukemia, brain damage, kidney failure, and extreme birth defects – killing millions of every age for centuries to come. A crime against humanity which may, in the eyes of historians, rank with the worst atrocities of all time.
Yet, officially, no crime has been committed. For this story is a dirty story in which the facts have been concealed from those who needed them most. It is also a story we need to know if the people of Iraq are to get the medical care they desperately need, and if our troops, returning from Iraq, are not to suffer as terribly as the veterans of other conflicts in which depleted uranium was used.
This is a powerful piece, well worth the read, if you can stomach it! According to Dr. Dale Dewar, a respect no-nukes activist in SK, health information about uranium and depleted uranium has been blocked by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) folks. Apparently, the World Health Organization (WHO) must clear all its nuke info with the IAEA before it can go out. It’s been covered a bit on the BBC, too.
UK and US forces have continued to use depleted uranium weapons despite warnings they pose a cancer risk, a BBC investigation has found.
Scientists have pointed to health statistics in Iraq, where the weapons were used in the 1991 and 2003 wars.
A report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2001 said they posed only a small contamination risk.
But a senior UN scientist said research showing how depleted uranium could cause cancer was withheld.
‘Risk from particles’
…Dr Keith Baverstock, who worked on the project, said research conducted by the US Department of Defense suggested otherwise.
He described a process known as genotoxicity, which begins when depleted uranium dust is inhaled.
“The particles that dissolve pose a risk – part radioactive – and part from the chemical toxicity in the lung,” he said.
Later, he said, the material enters the body and the blood stream, potentially affecting bone marrow, the lymphatic system and the kidneys.
The research was not included in the WHO report, and Dr Baverstock believes it was blocked.
According to Murray Dobbin, in the Georgia Strait there are definitely problems at IAEA.
In mid-September, it was revealed that the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN’s nuclear watchdog, wrote a letter attacking a U.S. House of Representatives committee report on Iran’s nuclear capability as “outrageous and dishonest”. According to the IAEA, the congressional report falsely stated that Iran is making weapons-grade uranium at a secret enrichment site. It also accused the IAEA of maintaining a policy “barring IAEA officials from telling the whole truth about the Iranian nuclear program”.
The question is, what are we, or the United Nations, going to do about it?