Monday, 7 July 2008

Swords into Ploughshares

They shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
Isaiah II

550 tons of yellowcake, a concentrated uranium ore, has been shipped from Baghdad to Toronto. The aging stockpiles, forgotten remnants of a bankrupt nuclear weapons programme, are being repurposed for use in power stations.
The drums of radioactive material were documented and sealed by UN officials more than a decade ago and were untouched. After being repackaged the ore began a three-month journey, shrouded in secrecy, through several countries before reaching Canada.

About 15% of Canadian electricity comes from nuclear power, and 50% from hydroelectric dams. The refined product, worth more than $20m, will power Toronto and the surrounding cities.

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