Links – April 17, 2015

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France’s nuclear supplier Areva is in deep trouble.

The strange trend of Mexican thieves stealing radioactive material by accident. Looks like some instruction for users of radioactive sources would be a good idea. Photo from here.  Continue reading Links – April 17, 2015

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Links – April 15, 2015

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Russia’s Kaliningrad – separated from Russia and wedged between Lithuania and Poland. I like this map better than the one in the article.

Looks like Russia is using a war monument as a wedge issue in Ukraine, as it did in Estonia in 2007. Continue reading Links – April 15, 2015

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Iran’s Supreme Leader On The Negotiations

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President Obama says that he’s not concerned that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei’s speech is a spoiler for negotiations. Others say it is.

Public statements by national leaders often need to be decoded. Context matters. Continue reading Iran’s Supreme Leader On The Negotiations

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Links – April 11, 2015

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Kevin Drum is being treated for cancer. His editors have asked his blogfriends to contribute posts in his honor. Here’s mine. I tried to condense what I’ve been saying about Iran in a way that Kevin might. I see that I’m much more longwinded.

Russia is getting upset about Sweden’s and Finland’s getting closer to NATO. This is a machine translation; I usually try to get the general gist from a translation like this, but don’t trust details. The map is from the CIA collection, via Wikipedia. Continue reading Links – April 11, 2015

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Russia Roundup – April 10, 2015

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This is Easter weekend in the Orthodox Church. Continue reading Russia Roundup – April 10, 2015

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50th Anniversary of SNAPSHOT – the US Launch of a Space Nuclear Reactor

 

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April 3rd, 2015 was the 50th anniversary of the launch of the only US space reactor- SNAPSHOT. On April 3rd, 1965 the US Air Force launched a SNAP-10A thermoelectric reactor on a modified Agena vehicle from Vandenberg Air Force Base on a polar trajectory. A second SNAP-10A system was operated on the ground from January 22, 1965 through March 1966 to support the test. SNAPSHOT achieved a nominal orbit (705/695 nautical miles) with an orbital lifetime of over 3500 years. The reactor system successfully reached and maintained power. Continue reading 50th Anniversary of SNAPSHOT – the US Launch of a Space Nuclear Reactor

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Links – April 7, 2015

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Let’s look at some things besides Iran. Continue reading Links – April 7, 2015

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Sunday Comics

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The Iran Framework Agreement: The Good, the Bad, and TBD

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The officially agreed-to document, which EU Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini read in English at Thursday’s press conference and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif read in Persian, is very short. The longer fact sheet, which comes from the American negotiators, contains more detail. There is no apparent conflict between what the two say. Continue reading The Iran Framework Agreement: The Good, the Bad, and TBD

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