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  • New Nightmare Scenarios

    National Journal examines the nuclear industry's vulnerability to terrorism. The report quotes nuclear power's critics who say that "a terrorist attack on the one of the nation's 103 commercial reactors might trigger a meltdown within minutes." However, industry officials call such fears exaggerated. The story predicts that the increasing demand for electricity and the good safety record of the nuclear industry will bring need for new nuclear plants after the immediate threat of terrorist strikes has eased.
  • Risky Business: The last unit at Chernobyl was shut down in December 2000. But Russia has opened three more reactors just like it.

    The Bulletin reports that a Western-backed development bank has agreed to help fund the completion of two Soviet-designed reactors in Ukraine that are similar to the reactor at Chernobyl that "spewed radioactive contaminants over a significant portion of Europe" in 1986. Wesolowsky writes that the West has a "Jekyl-and-Hyde nature" when it comes to nuclear safety in former communist states. "At times, the West works to shut down the most dangerous of Soviet-designed reactors." At other times, it helps fund the construction of reactors like those being built in Ukraine, he writes. "In fact, little has changed on the nuclear power landscape over the past decade. Apart from Chernobyl, not a single reactor of any type has been taken out of service in Eastern Europe. Four new reactors have gone on-line there since 1992. Russia has added three more 'RBMK' reactors - the same model found in Chernobyl - to its nuclear stable. Even today, 50 percent of Russia's nuclear power is generated by RBMK reactors."
  • Of Human Bondage

    NBC News Dateline investigates a "startling and disturbing new criminal trend: the buying and selling of women for sexual slavery in developed countries like the United States." The story "follows the trail of women from rural Ukraine to the Czech Republic and finally to brothels in the United States," and identifies "entire communities and villages where brothels were stocked with enslaved girls as young as 14 years old." The story "profiles a handful of the estimated 2 million women who are illegally trafficked out of their home countries ..." "The report visits bogus employment offices and documents exactly how recruiters entice young, educated women with false promises of lucrative jobs abroad."
  • Comrades in Crime

    This investigative report examines computer companies in Cleveland, many of which are owned by recent immigrants from the former Soviet Union. "There is also reason to believe that these companies have links to Russian organized crime groups." The companies are engaged in "a criminal pattern of fraud, intimidation and theft."
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    World Watch looks at Chernobyl, the worst industrial accident ever to befall humanity. The disaster has left a wound that has not healed with time. Now, the nuclear power industry appears to be wearing out its welcome on the planet--and opening the door wider to renewables. (May/June 1996)
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    The story is a first hand account of one couple's attempts to adopt a foreign baby through Today's Adoption Agency. It uncovers corrupt practices including taking money from couples for children from countries closed to foreign adoption and alleged baby selling.
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    The Nation finds a connection between atmospheric nuclear testing of the 1950s and 1960s and the rise in immune deficiency diseases such as AIDS, chronic fatigue, toxic shock, and tugerculosis; the Chernobyl nuclear accident in the Ukraine further illustrates the threat nuclear power poses to human health, March 15, 1993. # Gould Russia Soviet Union DNA