Jordanian’s Nuclear Meltdown Resembles a Soap Opera

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Jordan’s parliament voted last week to shelve the nation’s nuclear power program due to doubts over project financing.  The action stopped this divisive project viewed by some as a solution to the country’s dependence on imported energy, and by others as a reckless use of resources with unacceptable risks. The vote suspended construction of Jordan’s first […]

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Basel Burgan: A Force Behind Jordan’s Anti-Nuke Movement

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Our interview with activist Basel Burgan, a leading figure against nuclear proliferation for energy, in Jordan.  The Jordan Times reports that energy officials have expanded their search for a nuclear reactor site in Mafraq despite growing resistance from city residents and anti-nuclear supporters throughout the Kingdom.  It’s also the final phase of vendor selection for […]

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Jordanians Hold Vigil for Fukushima

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On the first anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Greenpeace volunteers gathered in Amman to hold a vigil The event was organised to show solidarity with those who have suffered due to the Fukushima incident and all those who have been placed in danger due to the use of nuclear power. Greenpeace Jordan, which has […]

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Jordan’s First Nuclear Reactor: No-Go without Parliamentary Pre-approval

Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) Chairman Khaled Toukan champions a peaceful nuclear power program, despite opposition from environmentalists and Parliamentary MPs.The Chairman spoke earlier this month in a Lower House session, in reply to MP Mahmoud Kharabsheh’s claim that kick-off of a national nuclear program excluded proper assessment of feasibility and environmental impacts. MP Kharabsheh, a nuclear skeptic, […]

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Sun Salutations! Germany’s Siemens Pulls Out of Nuclear Energy

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Siemens CEO Peter Loscher on nuclear energy: “This chapter is closed for us” German industrial giant Siemens, already a leader in developing renewable energy projects and sustainable future residential communities has announced that it will phase out its participation in building equipment for nuclear power plants. The announcement was reported in Germany’s Der Spiegel, with […]

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Jordan Pushes On With Its Nuclear Plans

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Jordan is now months away from announcing the company they have selected to construct the country’s first nuclear reactor Despite growing protests against the country’s nuclear plans from residents and environmentalists, the Jordanian government is pressing on with its nuclear programme. According to the local press, the government is expected to announce the name of […]

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Jordanians Step Up Nuclear Protests

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Anti-nuclear campaigners in Jordan have staged another protest against the nation’s plans to build a nuclear reactor Around a month ago, Jordanians held a protest in Amman against the government’s plans to build a nuclear station which they remarked posed more risks than potential positive impacts. Now, they have stepped up their protests with support […]

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As Japan Nuclear Plants Meltdown, Israel To Build “Safe” One in the Desert

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Fukushima Daiichi reactors in Japan before and after the tsunami. Is this worthwhile for Israel or other Middle East countries? Japan’s damaged nuclear facilities are reaching even more critical radiation leakage levels, and the country’s population is becoming more concerned about the effect of radiation their own environment as well as that outside Japan. Despite […]

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Mosque in Turkey Goes Solar

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Another mosque has taken up the battle against climate change and gone Eco- this time in Turkey When a nuclear plant was proposed for the Turkish village of Buyukeceli, the residents decided to demonstrate their resistance not through protest and petitions but by highlighting the viability of renewable energy. Using the support of Greenpeace, they […]

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Who’s Going Nuclear in the Middle East?

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A handy chart to plot which Middle East countries are going nuclear. Ever since oil was discovered in the Middle East around 1950 it has gas been the driving force behind the region’s transformation. But as of late a new focus has emerged based on both an ever increasing demands for electricity but also a […]

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Israel Seeks to Build Nuclear Power Plants With Arab Neighbors

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A pan-Middle East nuclear power plan? Arabs and Israelis working together? While Israel continues to maintain a policy of ambiguity regarding its military nuclear capability, it is making no secret about its plans to pursue a nuclear option to meet its energy needs. The minister of infrastructure, Uzi Landau, officially announced today that Israel seeks […]

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Kawar and Italian Solar Energy Plan "Shams Ma'an" Solar Plant for South Jordan

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A solar project established in Jordan. New financing and a partnership with Italian company aims to solar up southern Jordan. Image via Arabcrunch. With no massive oil reserves like neighbouring Saudi, Jordan is one of the poorer countries in the Middle East, relying on USAID and other foreign support to keep its economy intact. But […]

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Is Israel Coming out of The Nuclear Closet by Planning Nuclear Power Station?

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Cleaner Than Coal? We Doubt it. But Israel mulls nuclear power. It’s not just Abu Dhabi looking to build a nuclear power plant for generating electricity. According to the business newspaper Globes, Israel is considering building a nuclear power plant of its own in the Negev desert region. Instead of looking to cleaner energy sources, […]

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Jordan Explores The Nuclear Option, Despite Alternative Plans For "Clean" Fuel On The Go

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 Jordan, a country with both an acute energy and water scarcity problem, is on the verge of building its first nuclear power plant, in a barren desert region in the eastern part of the country. According to a recent article in Ynet News, the plant will be built by Russia’s Rosatom Nuclear Corporation, and follows […]

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