Part II of an n-part series
Headline 5 of the Democracy Now! 5 July show reports the following:
Japan: 45 Percent of Children Near Stricken Plant Exposed to Radiation
“Officials of the Japanese Nuclear Safety Commission say around 45 percent of children in the Fukushima region have experienced thyroid exposure to radiation following the nuclear reactor disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi facility. But officials said only trace amounts of radiation were detected. The survey was done in late March and does not reflect any exposure since then. Meanwhile, a new survey of soil at four locations in the city of Fukushima found that all four samples were contaminated with radioactive cesium at levels well above the legal limit. One sample was found to be 90 times the legal limit and higher than the limit for compulsory resettlement after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident.”
Such revelations come 6 weeks after the International Energy Agency (IEA) reported global capitalism to have released 30.6 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide in 2010–the highest annual total in human history, this under conditions of recession (i.e. decreased economic growth rates, that is value-production for the capitalists). A 4 July Guardian article cites “aid agencies” which suggest the conditions presently obtaining in the Horn of Africa–the region’s worst drought in 6 decades, a situation defined by the United Nations as being “pre-famine”–are largely the result of recent erratic and extreme weather, with the region’s torturously violent past and present contributing to the breadth of negation as well.