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An East African country with Nuclear ...
Kampala, Uganda
By Colllins Hinamundi
02 Jan 2017

Events that have unfolded in the country in the last 5 years point to the Uganda government’s resolve to use its uranium with in the country instead of exporting it. When the former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited the country in 2010, he promised that Iran would help Uganda develop its nuclear energy programme, then early this year on the sidelines of a meeting he held with Rwanda’s president Paul kagame in Kampala, President yoweri Museveni revealed that the Government of Uganda is looking to nuclear energy to offset the power shortage in the country, then a week ago, the Government of Uganda signed a deal with the UN’s Atomic Energy watch Dog the International Atomic Energy Agency where the IAEA would help the country pursue civil nuclear capabilities, ranging from medical to energy. The deal was signed by Energy minister Irene Muloni according to the minister “The focus of the cooperation will be feasibility studies for nuclear power projects, uranium exploration and evaluation, cancer management, food and agriculture, water resources management and strengthening the national nuclear and radiation safety infrastructure.”
However Joshua Tuhumwire a former commissioner with the Department of Geology, survey and Mines says if Uganda is to ever have Nuclear energy, it will take about 20-50 more years and all this excitement around the issue is unnecessary.

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Chernobyl Safety Financial Challenges
Chernobyl
By gzhygalov
27 Feb 2015

REPORT EXAMPLE: Chernobyl Safety Financial Challenges. Work continues to make the Chernobyl site safe. But the conflict in eastern Ukraine has created new financial challenges for the Ukrainian authorities. Austerity measures were introduced due to the conflict in the east.

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North Korea in Color
north korea
By Ulrik Pedersen
01 Jun 2014

June, 2014
North Korea

While the grim side of life in North Korea has had plenty of exposure, photographer Ullrik Pedersen captured the colorful side of North Korea, offering a new image of one of the world's most restrictive states.

Although the DPRK officially describes itself as a Juche Korean-style socialist state where elections are held, it is widely considered a dictatorship. The country has been described as totalitarian, Stalinist state with an elaborate cult of personality around the Kim family. Juche, an ideology of self-reliance initiated by the country's first President Kim Il-sung, is the official state ideology. The means of production are owned by the state through state-run enterprises and collectivized farms, and most services such as healthcare, education, housing and food production are state funded or subsidized.

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Kudankulam, India
By Jyothy Karat
16 Apr 2013

Portrait of S Paramaartha Lingam (78), father of PMANE (People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy) leader S.P Udaykumar photographed at Udaykumar’s house in Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu. Meera Udaykumar, wife of S.P Udaykumar says that life is made difficult for the families of the leaders of the movement. Owing to more than 200 police cases levied on S.P Udaykumar and other leaders, they had been unable to travel out of Idinthakarai (for fear of being arrested), the epicenter of the anti-nuclear protests, for more than a year. Their families, meanwhile lived in small towns outside.

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Kudankulam, India
By Jyothy Karat
16 Apr 2013

M Pushparayan Victoria, convener of PMANE (People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy) is seen talking over the phone while the R.S Mugilan (environmental activist and PMANE’s legal advisor, seen on left) and the parish priest of the church at Koothankuli, a village near the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP), has lunch at the parish house. Pushparayan who has fought for coastal issues in Tamil Nadu for more than two decades was integral in mobilizing protests in the fishing villages near the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) owing to his popularity in the area as an ex-parish priest. He claims that his privacy is often breached by government agencies and his family had been harassed owing to his role as a leader in the anti-nuclear protests.

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Kudankulam, India
By Jyothy Karat
14 Apr 2013

A priest is seen working in the computer room of the Parish house in Idinthakarai. The epicenter of the protests against the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) is the Lourde Mary Church at Idinthakarai, 6km away from the power plant. The church and its priests have been vital in garnering support and popularity for the anti nuclear protests in this Christian-dominated fishing community. The parish is equipped with a robust internet connection and a functional computer which makes sure that the movement and its people are not forgotten in this fast paced world. Press releases complete with pictures and Facebook updates are dutifully sent out. PMANE (People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy) is headquartered here.

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Kudankulam, India
By Jyothy Karat
14 Apr 2013

Children look at the graffiti created by supporters of the anti-nuclear movement in Idinthakarai. Prominent figures from the scientific, human rights activists community, film makers etc., has expressed their support to the movement. One of them being Dr. A Gopalakrishnan, retired chief of Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB). The AERB is responsible for ensuring the safety and feasibility of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP).

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Kudankulam, India
By Jyothy Karat
14 Apr 2013

Detail of a boat docked at Idinthakarai, a village 6km away from the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP). The village took the center stage in the anti nuclear protests when PMANE (People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy) set up shop there in 2011.

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Kudankulam, India
By Jyothy Karat
14 Apr 2013

People pray on their knees at a grotto housing a replica of the Pieta at the Lourde Mary Church at Idinthakarai, 6km away from the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP). The epicenter of the protests against the power plant is the church and its priests have been vital in garnering support and popularity for the anti nuclear protests in this Christian-dominated fishing community.

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Kudankulam, India
By Jyothy Karat
14 Apr 2013

General view of a street in Idinthakarai, a village near the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP). The villages along the coast of the Gulf of Mannar, where the power plant is situated, has been protesting the commissioning of the plant owing to fears about its safety. There are (an estimated) one million people living within 30km radius of the power plant which is against the stipulated safety rules of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) of India. According to M Pushparayan, convenor of PMANE (People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy), the villagers have received little or no safety-training in the event of a disaster.

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Kudankulam, India
By Jyothy Karat
14 Apr 2013

Boats dock at the Idinthakarai village, 6km away from the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP). The village is the headquarters for People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE), the NGO that has been spearheading the anti-nuclear protests in the region. The fact that there is only one entry point to the village, which is closely guarded by the villagers, coupled with rumours about the villagers being armed with crude bombs, mean the police are reluctant to enter this zone. Thereby protecting the protestors from hostile government agencies. The flip side is that the leaders holed up here might never get a chance to leave.

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Kudankulam, India
By Jyothy Karat
14 Apr 2013

View of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) as seen from Idinthakarai village. The KKNPP had been mired in controversies since its inception in 1988. Although four nuclear reactors were commissioned in 2008 in addition to the two reactors commissioned earlier, currently only one reactor (Unit I, 1000MW capacity) is operational (since July 13, 2013) and Unit II is still under construction.

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Kudankulam, India
By Jyothy Karat
14 Apr 2013

A man walks along the beach in Idinthakarai. Seen in the background is the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP). The KKNPP had been mired in controversies since its inception in 1988. Although four nuclear reactors were commissioned in 2008 in addition to the two reactors commissioned earlier, currently only one reactor (Unit I, 1000MW capacity) is operational (since July 13, 2013) and Unit II is still under construction. While the state of Tamil Nadu is still suffering from an energy deficit of 34.1% in 2013, the villagers feel that the state and the country has alienated their interests and has ignored their safety concerns.

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Kudankulam, India
By Jyothy Karat
14 Apr 2013

Men make fishing nets by the beach in Idinthakarai village, 6km away from the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP). The fishermen fear that their livelihood would be hampered by the effluents released into the sea by the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant which could potentially destroy marine life.

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Kudankulam, India
By Jyothy Karat
14 Apr 2013

A religious sign is seen on the door of a fishermen’s shack in Idinthakarai. The epicenter of the protests against the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) is the Lourde Mary Church at Idinthakarai, 6km away from the power plant. The church and its priests have been vital in garnering support and popularity for the anti nuclear protests in this Christian-dominated fishing community.

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Kudankulam, India
By Jyothy Karat
13 Apr 2013

A local fisherman is seen resting on his rudimentary boat near Idinthakarai - a fishing village with a population of 12,000. The fishermen fear that their livelihood would be hampered by the effluents released into the sea by the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant which could potentially destroy marine life.

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Kudankulam, India
By Jyothy Karat
12 Mar 2013

People gather at Idinthakarai, 6km away from the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) to commemorate the 2nd anniversary of Fukushima disaster, March 11,2013. The anti-nuclear protests in the region has largely been peaceful and is led by the women. The movement is funded by the villagers themselves, for which the men has to go out to the sea for work every day. The women gather in front of the Lourde Mary Church at Idinthakarai daily, in silent protest. Organised protests erupted in the region in the wake of the Fukushima disaster in 2011. The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) has done little to assuage the fears of the local fishing communities of a similar disaster; while memories of the Tsunami hit in 2004 are still fresh in the minds of the locals.

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Kudankulam
By Jyothy Karat
11 Mar 2013

700 boats and around 5000 villagers lay seige at the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant on the occasion of 2nd anniversary of Fukushima disaster, March 11,2013, Koodankulam. Organised protests erupted in the region in the wake of the Fukushima disaster in 2011. The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) has done little to assuage the fears of the local fishing communities of a similar disaster; while memories of the Tsunami hit in 2004 are still fresh in the minds of the locals.

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Kudankulam,
By Jyothy Karat
11 Mar 2013

700 boats and around 5,000 villagers lay seige at the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant on the occasion of 2nd anniversary of Fukushima disaster, March 11,2013, Koodankulam. Organised protests erupted in the region in the wake of the Fukushima disaster in 2011. The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) has done little to assuage the fears of the local fishing communities of a similar disaster; while memories of the Tsunami hit in 2004 are still fresh in the minds of the locals.

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Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
10 Apr 2012

Cairo, Egypt | April 10, 2012

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti held talks with Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby on Tuesday, April 10, at the League headquarters in Cairo, where they discussed the obstacles of the Middle East peace process and the deteriorating situation in Syria.

Monti told reporters in a joint press conference after the meeting that his visit to Cairo concludes a tour in the region including Lebanon, Israel and the Palestinian territories, stressing that Italy supports the two-state solution for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Italian) – Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti:
"In all these visits I conveyed the Italian vision which is based on a strong belief in the necessity of finding a solution for the Palestinian issue and that the way for that is the two-state solution for the two peoples."

In addition to the Palestinian issue, the talks of Monti and Al-Araby focused on the situation in Syria where they shared views and concerns over the ongoing violence in the country, urging immediate ceasefire.

Monti also voiced his country's support for the mission of the UN-Arab League recent envoy to Syria Kofi Annan.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby:
"We started with talking about Palestine and what is going on there. HE Prime Minister talked about his meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah two days ago. We then moved to talk about the situation in Syria. We exchanged views on what's going on in Syria and that human conscience does not accept the violence and the killing taking place in Syria for more than a year. This must stop."

SOUNDBITE 3 (Italian) – Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti:
"Syria was the focus of our lengthy talk. There is complete agreement between our view and that of the Arab League. In addition, we express our full support of the mission of the special UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan."

The talks also dealt with the situations in Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Egypt, as well as the Iranian nuclear program.

Monti reaffirmed Italy's keenness on cementing the friendly ties with the Arab League, noting that the League's influence in the region grew remarkably in the wake of the Arab Spring events.

Monti arrived in Cairo Monday on a two-day visit and held talks with SCAF Leader Field Marshall Hussein Tantawi and Egypt's Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri.

It is the first time an Italian Prime Minister visits the Arab League in Cairo, Al-Araby told reporters.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: April 10, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: April 10, 2012
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1- Wide external shot, the Arab League headquarters in Cairo
2- Close up, logo of the Arab League
3- Various shots of the meeting of Arab League Chief Nabil al-Araby and Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti
4- Long shot, a joint press conference of Al-Araby and Monti
5- SOUNDBITE 1 (Italian) – Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti:
"In all these visits I conveyed the Italian vision which is based on a strong belief in the necessity of finding a solution for the Palestinian issue and that the way for that is the two-state solution for the two peoples." 6- Various shots of the press conference
7- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby:
"We started with talking about Palestine and what is going on there. HE Prime Minister talked about his meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah two days ago. We then moved to talk about the situation in Syria. We exchanged views on what's going on in Syria and that human conscience does not accept the violence and the killing taking place in Syria for more than a year. This must stop."
8- SOUNDBITE 3 (Italian) – Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti:
9- "Syria was the focus of our lengthy talk. There is complete agreement between our view and that of the Arab League. In addition, we express our full support of the mission of the special UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan."
10- Medium shot, two attending reporters during the press conference
11- Zoom out, Al-Araby and Monti leaving after the press conference
12- Medium shot, flags of Arab states at the the Arab League headquarters in Cairo
13- Wide external shot, the Arab League headquarters in Cairo