September 2005
Nuclear's second wind

With growing consensus about the dangers posed by climate change and the need to curb our emissions of greenhouse gases, an increasingly vocal assortment of environmental, scientific, government and industry evangelists are preaching the gospel of nuclear salvation. Almost 20 years on from the Chernobyl disaster, the nuclear industry now appears to be recovering from the fallout of negative public opinion and is increasingly being seen as a 'green' solution to the world's intensifying energy demands. This issue of the NI seeks to unpack the arguments supporting a renewed interest in nuclear power and some of the enduring impacts of our quest to harness the power of the atom.

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2 Nuclear is the new black
Nuclear is becoming cool again, thanks to concerns over global warming. Adam Ma'anit thinks its all just a lot of hot air.

7 Liquid Sunshine
Paul-E Comeau looks back at some of the cultural impacts of the 'Atomic Age'.

8 Minority Report
Science is often heavily biased towards nuclear technology. Alice Cutler speaks to Dr Ian Fairlie about the impacts of government and industry influence. PLUS: Cancer rates near nuclear stations - blight or 'blip'?

10 Toxic Time Bomb
Tonnes of poorly contained radioactive waste threatens to become an ecological disaster in Central Asia. Gulnura Toralieva reports from Kyrgyzstan.

12 Nuclear Power - THE FACTS

14 Fusion Illusion
Proponents of new fusion technology promise it will deliver clean and limitless power to the masses. Peter Montague is having a case of déjà-vu.

16 A Fever of Forgetting
As we approach the 20-year anniversary of the world's worst nuclear accident at Chernobyl, Magnum photographer Paul Fusco meets the children born years later but still suffering from its terrible legacy.

18 Green & Black
Alex Kelly and Carla Deane find Aboriginal Australians leading the fight against the nuclear industry.

20 Renew yourself
Think renewables are no match for nuclear? Think again.

20 Action
No nukes is good nukes; find out how.

22 Currents
Victory for Paraguay's landless; women accused of witchcraft seek sanctuary; desperation over abortion in Colombia.
PLUS: Wordpower - the language of world leaders.
PLUS: Speechmarks and Seriously

25 Worldbeaters
Sullen, unresponsive and boring he may be, but Than Shwe is Burma's Number One, leader of one of the world's most brutal regimes. The banality of evil has rarely been more apparent.

26 Mixed Media

28 Southern Exposure
A boy carrying firewood home, captured by Kenyan photographer Carol Kaminju.

29 View from London
Kashmiri poet Murtaza Shibli works on the London Underground, where he thought he was safe from bombings and destruction'- until 7/7.

30 Essay - Blenheim and Bangalore
The relationship between English aristocrats and Impoverished Indian farmers is all too evident to Rebut Rae.

32 Big Bad World
Two faces of wanton murder, as seen by Polyp.
PLUS: NI Prize Crossword

33 Making Waves
Trade unionist Hassan Juma'a Awad stood up against Saddam and now he's standing up for oil workers against the occupation of Iraq and the privatization of Its oil.

34 Letters

36 Country Profile - Ukraine








<This month's article>
-Translation of "Nuclear is the new black" (NI p2-6)

<Reporting from Japan>
-Is there a future for nuclear power?
*Interview with Nishio Baku
(Co-director of Citizens' Nuclear Information Center)

<Country Profile>
-Translation of "Country Profile - Ukraine" (NI p36)


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