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CADU NEWS 12
- DU Horrors
to be Repeated In Iraq?
And It's not Just the Tank Ammunition
What You Can Do
- New Book Available
on Iraq - ' Targeting Iraq -sanctions and bombing in US Policy.'
Fire This Time - New Album Tells the Truth Behind the Gulf War
Study Finds Rising Incidence of Babies Borne with Down's Syndrome
UNEP to Study Environmental and Health Effects of DU in
Consortium Trying to Silence Louisiana Residents over DU
Wins DU Processing Contract
US Senator Admits DU used in Afghanistan?
US Bombs Vieques Again
Depleted uranium detected at Kandahar airfield
Plans afoot to store radioactive waste in Yucca Mountain
At DU Risk
Paris prosecutor's office opened a judicial inquiry into
Senate Agrees Extra Money for Paducah
Finds Half of Veterans with Gulf War Illness Tested positive for Depleted
While Another Study find Evidence of Enriched Uranium!
Working on DU in Veteran's Samples Forced to Leave Job
Incidence in Italian Military Personnel Involved in Operations in Bosnia
and in Kosovo
Paper On the Internal Effects of Low Level Radiation
of Soldiers who served in DU Wars More likely to Suffer Genetic Diseases.
Government May Finally Admit that Gulf War Illness Exists
to (Hopefully) Study Veteran's Illnesses
Levels of Radiation Found to be a Cancer Risk
Join CADU's Phone Co-op Affinity Scheme
Horrors to be Repeated In Iraq?
Government makes clear its determination to use DU.
As both the US and British Governments fix their sights on a new war with
Iraq there is increasing concern that the unresolved tragedies of the
1991 Gulf War will be repeated on an even larger scale than before. With
thousands of Gulf War Veterans still suffering from illnesses that the
British and American governments refuse to recognise as being caused by
their service in the Gulf and ever rising levels of cancers, leukemias,
and birth deformities in Iraq if ever there was a time to learn from past
mistakes it is now.
Britain to Use DU Weapons
CADU has been very alarmed to learn that Whitehall sources have made it
clear that British defence plans will be to provide "a large British
force supported by heavy armour" including the use of Challenger
II battle tanks. The Challenger II is the only current British frontline
tank and it uses almost exclusively the L27 depleted uranium kinetic energy
round. Although there also exists the L23 tungsten KE round their explosive
charges are now passing their use by date and it is considered obsolete.
The Challenger II tank has been the subject of much embarrassment to the
MOD recently when in an exercise in Oman last year more than half the
Challenger tanks broke down, mainly because their engine air-filters proved
inadequate in desert conditions
The ministry of defence has made no secret of the fact that they are planning
to continue using depleted uranium. This month, in response to a letter
from CADU addressed to Tony Blair and Geoff Hoon, the Ministry of Defence
wrote "DU will remain part of our arsenal for the foreseeable future
because we have a duty to provide our troops with the best available equipment
with which to protect themselves and succeed in conflict". Deeply
ironic we felt to talk of protecting our troops with DU weapons. Campaigners
may also be interested to note that this August Alvis acquired the manufacturing
of Challenger II tanks after buying Vickers' defence business from Rolls
Denial of DU Effects on Health
In the same letter the MOD claimed, "there is no scientific or medical
evidence to link DU with ill-health". This is clearly an untruth
since the Royal Society report out earlier this year, (see CADU News 10)
that the MOD also refers to in its reply, found that DU could cause fatal
kidney failure, respiratory damage and damage to DNA and reproductive
health. The Royal Society report also recommends that much further research
needs to be done.
Only this month a report by the Uranium Medical Research Centre in Washington
DC found that 11 years on over half the Gulf Veterans in the study tested
positive for DU. Another study, also out this month by German biochemist,
Professor Albrecht Schott, found that British veterans who fought in the
Gulf and Balkan wars (where DU was also used) had up to 14 times the usual
level of chromosome abnormalities as would be found in civilian populations.
Yet Britain is one of the few countries in NATO that still refuses to
recognise Gulf war Syndrome and compensate its soldiers. To expose more
soldiers to DU contamination without first establishing the cause of an
illness that has affected thousands of British Gulf Veterans nor provide
for their subsequent care is a gross dereliction of duty by the MOD.
Refusal To Take Responsbility for Past Actions
Moreover there has been a serious attempt by the allied forces that
attacked Iraq to follow up the consequences of their use of DU weapons
in 1991 on the Iraqi population. In winter 2001 lobbying by Washington
successfully caused the General Assembly of the United Nations to reject
a UN study on the effects of depleted uranium in Iraq. However reports
released this year from both UNEP and the Royal Society recommended that
areas contaminated by depleted uranium should be cordoned off and local
food and water supplies monitored for decades to come.
When a site in Cardiff, Wales, was found to be contaminated with depleted
uranium this July, soil was classified as low level radioactive waste
and transported to a radioactive waste disposal facility near Sellafield.
None of these protections have been afforded to Iraqi civilians. The MoD
argues in its reply to CADU that it is under "no legal obligation
to return to the region post-conflict to clear up any DU that remains."
However this was only a precedent that was set by the USA after precarious
legal argument, and certainly not a moral one, that can justify exposing
a civilian population for possibly generations to come with toxic and
If Britain is to go down this route then there must be an honest and widespread
public debate about this issue. We believe that the British Government
is using selective science and the protection of political and military
interests to suppress this debate.
CADU is profoundly opposed to any US and British attack on Iraq believing
that they have shown no factual basis to the assertion that Saddam Hussain
is a threat either to the West or to his neighbours at this time and that
an invasion of Iraq will add nothing to the proclaimed objectives of "the
war on terror". The War will only add to the suffering of the Iraqi
people, who have already borne the brunt of the harshest ever UN sanctions
for the past 11 years, destabilise the region and will clearly be illegal
under international law. We think the British Government's clear determination
to use DU weapons again in Iraqi despite the unresolved death and illness
of those contaminated first time around is completely immoral and irresponsible.
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And It's not Just the Tank Ammunition
Dai Williams, who produced a report on depleted uranium in Afghanistan
(available at http://www.eoslifework.co.uk/du2012.htm)
earlier this year has produced a second report "Hazards of Uranium
weapons in the proposed war on Iraq". In this he questions the highly
secret "dense metal" that is used in the new generation of hard
target guided bombs and cruise missiles that would form a major part of
the weaponry that would be used in any assault in Iraq.
America has made much of its new "bunker busting" bombs but
has refused to reveal what the composition of this dense metal which suggests
it is likely to be a uranium alloy. The only other suitably dense candidate
would be tungsten which would have neither the incendiary capability of
DU nor the surrounding controversy.
It has also been discovered that Lockheed Martin Corporation has submitted
US Patent applications on a "Shrouded Aerial Bomb" that clearly
refers to the penetrating body being "formed of depleted uranium".
If this these new hard penetrator missiles are found to contain depleted
uranium the levels of uranium contamination would be massively higher
than those released by the depleted uranium weapons used in the 1991 Gulf
War; from 300+ tons in 1991 to over 1300+ tons today. As William's argues
"the potential scale of human suffering and long term fatalities
These findings were also backed up by an article in the Guardian newspaper
that reported that when available dimensions and weights of these new
penetrator missiles were calculated they could only consist of depleted
uranium or tungsten and "DU is the military's usual choice."
If Uranium is used in large, explosive "hard target" warheads
(up to 1500 kg) it will create levels of radioactive contamination 100
times higher and more widespread than the depleted uranium anti-tank "penetrators"
used in the Gulf War. After bomb attacks in the Balkans in 1999 increased
levels of airborne Uranium dust were detected in Greece and Hungary. Any
warheads containing Uranium will cause permanent Alpha, Beta and Gamma
radiation hazards in target areas. They are radiological bombs - weapons
of indiscriminate effect in terms of the 1st Protocol additional to the
To view or download Dai William's report , including the information
on the patented DU bombs visit: http://www.eoslifework.co.uk/u23.htm
The Guardian article is available at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/story/0,3605,785897,00.html
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You Can Do
CADU is calling on all its supporters and campaigners against DU to
Tony Blair and Geoff Hoon demanding:
* That the British Government must make an absolute commitment that
depleted uranium weapons will not be used in any attack on Iraq.
* That Britain has a moral duty to protect present and future generations
of Iraqi civilians from exposure to DU and this includes monitoring
and decontamination of all areas previously contaminated.
* That for the protection of British soldiers the composition of the
mystery dense metal in the new generation of hard target bombs and
missiles must be publicly revealed, even if they belong to the US army.
Addresses: Mr Tony Blair
10 Downing Street
Mr Geoffrey Hoon
8 Station Street
We urge all our readers to write to their respective MPs or area representatives
asking that they oppose any attack on Iraq and ask their government to
agree to a ban on any weaponry containing DU.
Although this information is obviously strongly geared towards the UK
we urge all our readers abroad, particularly in The USA to follow the
same process with their respective governments.
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The STOP THE WAR Coalition is organising a
Don't Attack Iraq Day of Protest on October 31st. They can be contacted
PO Box 3739
London E5 8EJ
07951235915 or 02070532155/6
ARROW Pledge of Resistance
CADU has become one of the organisations officially backing the Arrow
Pledge of Resistance to any military action in Iraq and we would urge
our supporters to do the same. They can be contacted on:
162 Holloway Road
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New Book Available on Iraq - '
Targeting Iraq -sanctions and bombing in US Policy.'
by Geoff Simons
Published by Saqi Books
This recently published book has received excellent reviews:- 'a huge
contribution to exposing the great US crime against Iraq.' John Pilger.
'passionate, fact-packed, minutely researched, though-provoking.' Felicity
The book begins with a chronology of genocide and the chapter headings
indicate what a wide-ranging book this is:-Ch1. September 11 and how this
was used to accelerate the preparation for war on Iraq. Ch.2 1.6million
dead and counting. Effects of sanctions, Ch.3 Blocking essential supplies,
Ch.4 Crucial UN resolutions, Ch.5 Subverting the UN, Ch.6 The Israel Factor,
Ch.7 Towards an Arab consensus, Ch.8 The bombing campaign, Ch.9. Tightening
the sanctions (a critical analysis of smart sanctions), Ch.10 Compensation
or Theft? ( The oil-for-food programme)
CADU has copies of 'Targeting Iraq' for distribution- Please contact the
CADU office for more details
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The Fire This Time - New Album
Tells the Truth Behind the Gulf War
An extremely innovative and informative 2CD compilation is being released
on December 2nd by Hidden Art Recordings that utilizes music, narration
and samples to deconstruct the propaganda behind the Gulf War and illustrate
the devastating effect that sanctions have had on the civilian population
For further information visit: http://www.firethistime.org/
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Iraq Study Finds Rising Incidence
of Babies Borne with Down's Syndrome
An Iraqi doctor Tariq Al- Hilli has published a report entitled "Depleted
uranium and Down's syndrome in offspring of mothers younger than 35-years
old". In it Al-Hilli claims that among the 30 sampled patients with
Down's syndrome, 17 of them, or 56.6 percent, were infants of mothers
under the age of 35. The result indicated there was no significant statistical
association between advanced maternal age and birth of babies with the
This is the latest in a long series of reports that have pointed to an
increase in birth deformities in Iraq. There has never been any international
research to establish the causes and scale of these defects although Iraqi
doctors have claimed them to be on an alarming scale. In the report Al-Hilli
claims that there is an increasing incidence of congenital malformations
among those children who live in areas exposed to environmental contamination
by radioactive materials like depleted uranium.
Dr Al-Hilli said the sample was randomly selected from those patients
who went to the Saddam Central Teaching Hospital during January 1 to July
31, 2000. The study also included another 40 age-and-sex-matched children
who had no Down's syndrome as control cases, he said. Down's syndrome,
also called trisomy 21, is caused by the presence of an third chromosome.
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UNEP to Study Environmental and
Health Effects of DU in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
At the request of the government of, a team of experts from the United
Nations Environment Programme is investigating 12 sites in the country
that may have been targeted by depleted uranium ordnance (DU) during the
Bosnian conflict in 1994 and 1995.
The assessment mission is headed by Pekka Haavisto, the former Finnish
environment minister who has led war damage assessment teams in the Balkans,
and most recently in the Palestinian Territories.
"UNEP's aim is to determine whether the use of depleted uranium during
the conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina may pose health or environmental
risks - either now or in the future," said Haavisto.
"Previous studies of DU in Kosovo and Serbia recommended that governments
and civilians take precautionary action to avoid contact with DU,"
The team will take soil, water, air and vegetation samples at six sites
that have been identified by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
as having been struck by DU weapons. They will examine six other sites
that local residents believe may have also been targeted.
At the request of the local authorities, the medical sub-team, led by
an expert from the World Health Organization (WHO), will examine data
on cancer rates in the main urban centres of Sarajevo and Banja Luka.
They will also visit a local hospital in Bratunac to meet with the local
medical workers and with patients who may have been exposed to DU during
The mission is being funded by the governments of Italy and Switzerland.
The samples being collected will be analysed in detail for radioactivity
and toxicity in the Spiez Laboratory, in Italy's National Environmental
Protection Agency lab, and at Bristol University. The report is due to
be published in March 2003.
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European Consortium Trying to Silence
Louisiana Residents over DU
Louisiana Energy Services (LES) has asked the federal Nuclear Regulatory
Commission for a ruling that would bar the public from raising numerous
relevant issues in public hearings related to the licensing of a uranium
enrichment plant LES has proposed to build near Hartsville, Tennessee.
The ruling sought by LES, and described as "unique" by one knowledgeable
NRC staffer, would prohibit members of the public (including organizations
and local and state government bodies) from addressing such issues as
environmental justice, the financial qualifications of the LES consortium,
the disposition of the thousands of tons of radioactive/hazardous waste
the proposed plant would produce, the need for the plant, and others.
Not coincidentally, a citizens group in northern Louisiana, Citizens Against
Nuclear Trash, successfully stopped LES from building a similar plant
there in the 1990s by successfully raising these exact issues before an
NRC adjudicatory body.
Rather than clean up its act and play by the rules," said Michael
Mariotte, executive director of Nuclear Information and Resource Service
(NIRS), "LES is attempting to change the rules so that local people
cannot even raise the same type of issues that defeated its last effort
to build a dangerous, unnecessary, uneconomic nuclear facility. This smacks
of desperation before LES even has submitted a license application. How
could the NRC deny the opportunity for people to raise such fundamental
issues, when the NRC has not seen even one official word of LES' plans?"
LES is a consortium dominated by the European firm Urenco, which is itself
a consortium composed of British Nuclear Fuels, Ltd., the Dutch government,
and a number of German firms. Urenco operates three uranium enrichment
plants in Western Europe. Other, minority, members of the LES consortium
include three major nuclear power utilities-the Exelon Corporation, Duke
Power and the Entergy Corporation. Westinghouse Nuclear (a subsidiary
of British Nuclear Fuels) and Cameco (a Canadian uranium mining and processing
company) also are partners of LES.
For more information please contact:
Nuclear Information and Resource Service: tel 202.328.0002; fax: 202.462.2183;
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Areva Wins DU Processing Contract
A consortium led by the French nuclear energy group, Areva, has won a
contract in the United States to process stocks of depleted uranium originating
with military activities. Covering the period up to August 2010, the contract
will applying to the design, construction and operation of two uranium
oxide facilities, in Kentucky and Ohio.
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US Senator Admits DU used in
In response to persistent questions from a campaigner from 'the Nuclear
Resister' about the use of DU in guided weapons or bombs in Afghanistan,
US Senator Jon Kyl issued this response:
"To answer your specific question, none of the guided bombs that
the U.S. has dropped in Afghanistan used depleted uranium (DU). However,
I should note that the U.S. military has used DU-tipped shells against
armoured tanks and bunkers because DU's extremely high density (about
twice that of lead) makes it very potent as an anti-armour weapon."
The important question here is 'is Senator Kyl admitting that DU has been
used in Afghanistan in weapon forms that were previously known i.e. tanks
and planes?' This is highly significant as so far there has been no official
confirmation that any DU has been used in Afghanistan. However his reply
is highly unclear and could be referring to previous uses of DU by the
US army. Until we receive official confirmation of his meaning from Senator
Kyl we have to wait and wonder
To know more please contact:
the Nuclear Resister, P.O. Box 43383, Tucson AZ 85733.
Phone/fax (520)323-8697 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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US Bombs Vieques Again
On September 3rd, U.S. Navy fighter jets very sadly began bombing Vieques,
Puerto Rico again. Threats of long prison sentences and intimidation has
damped protests and international solidarity is urgently needed.
The latest exercises in the U.S. territory involve 10 ships, two attack
submarines and 80 planes in the USS Harry S. Truman Battle Group.
In the more than the six decades that the military has used the bombing
range hundreds of people have tried to thwart the exercises by invading
Besides the five detained Tuesday, one other activist remained in jail.
Robert Rabin, who was sentenced to six months for trespassing in April,
was moved to a solitary cell recently after writing a newspaper article,
his wife, Nilda Medina, said. "I can't see him, I can't even speak
to him. I write him letters everyday, but he can't respond because they
won't give him a pen," she said, holding back tears. "He gets
out in 33 days."
Campaigners are asking for actions to take place and letters to be written
in support. For more information contact:
Committee for the Rescue and Development of Vieques
PO BOX 1424, Vieques, Puerto Rico 00765
Tel. 787 -741-0716 E-mail email@example.com
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Depleted uranium detected at
An American team has identified several small pieces of "an unknown
metal substance suspected to be DU" at Kandahar airport, Afghanistan.
The substance was found in the remains of a burnt out aircraft (!) in
the airport which Canadian troops were using as living quarters. Who the
plane belonged to or if it was civilian or military is not clear from
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Plans Afoot to store radioactive
waste in Yucca Mountain
DU has been suggested as a suitable material for storage of radioactive
waste at Yucca Mountain, where the American Government is developing a
plan to store its high level nuclear waste. The Yucca Mountain plan is
extremely controversial as it will damage an area of natural beauty and
only offer a medium-term storage solution. Some consider using the existing
DU stockpiles in this way to be one of the more responsible and benign
ways to use this waste material and keep it out of public contact. But
it must also be considered that this employment of DU may justify its
continuing production. If you want to know more about the plans visit:
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Children At DU Risk
Soil contaminated with debris from depleted uranium shells could be putting
children in the Balkans and the Gulf at an increased risk of developing
cancer and kidney damage claimed an article this July in the New Scientist
magazine. Particularly at risk are children who play in areas that were
bombarded by DU munitions.
Researchers from the University of Florence and the Tuscan Environment
Protection Agency (ARPAT) calculated that children could inhale a radiation
dose from contaminated soil that would exceed safety levels set by the
International Commission on Radiological Protection. Swallowing contaminated
soil would increase the risk further." In sites targeted by DU munitions,
special measures have to be adopted to reduce exposures," said Daniele
Dominici, a physicist at the University of Florence. These would include
removing topsoil and monitoring water and food supplies.
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Paris prosecutor's office opened
a judicial inquiry into DU
The Paris prosecutor's office has opened a judicial inquiry into possible
'accidental homicides and injuries' in relation to DU to the use of DU
weapons during the Gulf War. The victory is important as it reflects the
seriousness with which it takes the issues of DU. Over 250 veterans are
thought to have who fell ill after serving in the multinational force
that fought against Iraq in 1991. Mrs. Bertella-Geffroy, the investigative
judge has previously conducted investigations regarding questions as significant
as that of HIV-contaminated blood, the mad-cow scandal and that of growth
Agrees Extra Money for Paducah
The Senate has agreed an extra $31 million to clean up the Paducah Gaseous
Diffusion Plant in Kentucky, USA, bringing the total to $134 million and
£10 million for the conversion of depleted uranium. As reported
in the last CADU News there are nearly 60 000 containers of DU that have
been stored on the site since the early 1950s.
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Study Finds Half of Veterans with
Gulf War Illness Tested positive for Depleted Uranium
A study led by Col. Asaf Durakovic of the Uranium Medical Research Center
in Washington, DC, analysed the urine of 27 British, Canadian and US Gulf
War veterans and found over half tested positive for depleted uranium.
According to a report in the August issue of the peer- reviewed and highly
regarded journal Military Medicine, all of the participants had Gulf War
illness and all had inhaled depleted uranium during their service in the
Persian Gulf 8 to 9 years before. Fourteen of the urine samples tested
positive for depleted uranium. The researchers also detected depleted
uranium in the lung and bone of one Gulf War veteran who had died.
Leonard Dietz, a co-author of the study, said "This is the first
measurement of Gulf War veterans for depleted uranium using the best current
scientific analytical methodology". The findings of the study strengthen
arguments that depleted uranium stays in the body for indefinite periods
of time and has serious consequences for health. Although only a small
sample was studied it indicates that DU may be a contributing factor to
Gulf War Illness, something the MOD has consistently denied.
SOURCE: Military Medicine 2002;167:620-627
An abstract for this work can be found if you search at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/
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While Another Study find
Evidence of Enriched Uranium!
A similar study this time conducted by The Natural Environment Research
Council (NERC) Isotope Geosciences Laboratory in Nottingham.
It has found that not only do Gulf Veterans have evidence of depleted
uranium in their urine samples but also enriched uranium, which can only
come from material that has been through a nuclear reactor or been produced
for atomic weapons. The tests, which were commissioned by the National
Gulf War Veterans and Families Association, found six veterans had evidence
of DU in their systems while two had evidence of enriched uranium.
Lab head Professor Randall Parrish said the two men showed "clear
evidence of exposure to enriched uranium". He wrote: "My understanding
is that enriched uranium is not used in conventional warheads and tipped
projectiles. Instead, enriched uranium is used as fuel in nuclear reactors
and in the manufacture of atomic explosives."
The source of the enriched uranium is unclear but it does confirm earlier
reports that the DU weapons have been manufactured from waste material
that has been reprocessed through a nuclear reactor. "Clean"
DU is left after uranium ore has gone through the gaseous diffusion process
that removes most of the fissionable isotope U-235 but if the DU has been
though a reactor this leaves the material subject to contamination of
all sorts of highly radioactive materials, such as plutonium, which is
one of the carcinogenic substance known to man. The release of such contaminants
into the environment can have devastating effects.
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Scientist Working on DU in Veteran's
Samples Forced to Leave Job
Pat Horan, a scientist who has been working on the analysis of DU in
human samples since 1999 at Memorial University, Canada and who won the
President's award for Excellence in Science at Memorial has been forced
to leave her job in very unusual circumstances. There has been a string
of suspicious problems plaguing her research including her office being
broken into, urine samples taken without medical forms and six veterans
being told they were negative for DU when only one was tested.
After Pat returned to work after sick leave she found the locks on her
office were changed. She was later denied access to her personal belongings
and all the computer records of her research. The research program on
DU in human samples at Memorial is now facing a very uncertain future
and there are worries that this very important work may not be completed
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Lymphoma Incidence in Italian
Military Personnel Involved in Operations in Bosnia and in Kosovo
Dr Chris Busby has written an article regarding the incidence of lymphoma
in Italian peacekeepers returning from Bosnia and Kosovo. He refutes earlier
analysis of the data that was presented to the Royal Society that claims
there was no significant increase in lymphoma. He argues that invalid
reference groups were used and that with a correct analysis "a significant
excess risk of lymphoma" can be seen.
His report can be found and viewed as a pdf. file on:
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New Paper On the Internal Effects
of Low Level Radiation
Phillip Day, Reader in Chemistry at the University of Manchester, has
written a new paper on the biological effects of internal emitters of
radiation and why conventional dosimetry fails to understand the risk
they pose. This is of particular interest for those interested in the
issue of DU as most of the risk scenarios familiar to campaigners, such
as to returning civilian populations to post-conflict areas and soldiers
in battlefield situations, feature this type of DU exposure. Munitions
composed of DU will tend to oxidize on impact, leaving a fine dust that
can spread over a large area and stay in the environment for an indefinite
period of time and thus be inhaled or swallowed.
Phillip Day in his article explains that in conventional dosimetry, radiation
doses are averaged over relatively large volumes of similar tissues but
that internally absorbed alpha and, to a lesser extent, beta particles
are absorbed over short distances. They therefore generate a very high
density of ionisation and hence chemical damage along their tracks. This
will irradiate relatively small numbers of adjacent cells to a high intensity,
causing major biochemical changes in localized clusters. In sensitive
tissue areas these irradiated clusters can be linked to such biological
outcomes as the initiation of some forms of cancer.
This article is suitable for the layperson to read and is
now available on the CADU website.
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Children of Soldiers who served
in DU Wars More likely to Suffer Genetic Diseases.
Children of British soldiers who fought in wars in which depleted uranium
ammunition was used are at greater risk of suffering genetic diseases
passed on by their fathers, new research reveals. Veterans of the conflicts
in the Gulf, Bosnia and Kosovo have been found to have up to 14 times
the usual level of chromosome abnormalities in their genes. That has raised
fears they will pass cancers and genetic illnesses to their offspring.
The study is the first to analyse chromosome deformation in soldiers.
'High levels of genetic damage do not occur naturally. It increases the
probability of cancer, deformed babies and other genetic conditions significantly,'
said Professor Albrecht Schott, a german biochemist who co-ordinated the
Schott collected blood samples from 16 British veterans last year. Fourteen
had fought in the Gulf war, one of whom also served in Bosnia. Of the
others, one served only in Kosovo and one only in Bosnia. Two of the veterans
are women. The former soldiers have between double and 14 times the usual
level of chromosome abnormalities. The average was five-and-a-half times
higher than found in civilians. None had less than double the normal rate.
Despite the significance of these results spokesman for the MoD dismissed
Schott's findings. 'We consider the tests neither well thought out nor
scientifically sound,' he said.
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British Government May Finally
Admit that Gulf War Illness Exists
Senior defence sources have said the Prime Minister is on the verge of
a dramatic U-turn over Gulf War Syndrome, in a move that could clear the
way for thousands of sick veterans to receive huge compensation payouts.
Britain, unlike America, has always refused to recognise that the illnesses
suffered by Gulf War veterans had any link with their service in the Gulf
but emerging scientific evidence and constant campaigning by veteran's
groups may convince him to change his mind.
A source said "There is a gathering realisation that the government
cannot hold out against recognising Gulf War illnesses forever, particularly
like the United States are taking what is increasingly looking like the
More than 5,000 British troops - nearly one in five of the veterans -
claim they have developed illnesses including neurological disorders and
bone disease since the war. The National Gulf Veterans and Families Association
now say that over 500 British veterans have died of the syndrome.
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Canada to (Hopefully) Study Veteran's
Warrant Officer Michael Peace died in 2000 of a brain tumor. He attributed
this condition to his service in Bosnia in 1994-95, and in a letter to
superiors asked if special "add-on" tank armour, (which may
possibility have been DU) could have caused his illness. In the ensuing
investigation 34 soldiers came forward to say they were suffering from
a variety of illnesses, including persistent headaches, vision trouble,
memory problems and mysterious bleeding. Many of the symptoms resemble
health complaints made by Gulf War veterans.
The Canadian Army decided Peace's death was not due to his Bosnian service
but has said they will look into the complaints. Many soldier's though
are reportedly furious at what they see as political whitewashing of the
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Low Levels of Radiation Found to
be a Cancer Risk
Scientists from the Molecular Genetics laboratory at the McDonald Institute
at the University of Cambridge have argued that their works shows that
people who are exposed to even low levels of radiation at work may be
at risk of cancer.
The McDonald Institute scientists believe that current safety limits maybe
too high and that more research needs to be done to protect health workers,
scientists and others who come into contact with radioactive materials.
Prolonged exposure to relatively low doses of radiation can cause mutations
in human DNA. They have suggested that it may also affect genes that have
been linked with leukemia and other cancers.
The research was done with fisherman who live in Kerala, India which has
one of the highest background radiation levels in the world. The people
in the study had higher levels of "point mutations" in their
mitochondrial DNA and were exposed to radiation which is 10 times greater
than the worldwide average. However, those who are exposed to radiation
at work are allowed to receive up to 50 times the normal level.
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off peak compared to BT's rate of 2.3p. International calls are also cheaper.
For more details please contact the CADU office.
Subscribe to CADU News - by affiliating to CADU
Affiliation rates (including a copy of CADU News four times a year) have
gone up to £6 per year (individual), and £22 groups, but please
consider donating more than this if possible.
Please send a cheque or a request for a standing order to:
CADU, Bridge 5 Mill, 22a Beswick St, Manchester M4 7HR
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