Published on The Independent on 24 July 2010
The element uranium is the basis of and parent of almost all releases of radioactivity to the environment, yet curiously, until it began to be employed as a weapon, it had been quite neglected as a hazardous component of radioactive releases to the environment. It is not measured routinely near nuclear power stations or reprocessing sites. It is treated as if it were natural: which of course it is, but its concentration in these places, and the form it is released in is not.
Deformed babies in Fallujah
Iraq LETTER TO THE UNITED NATIONS
Crimes of the century: Occupation & Contaminating Iraq with Depleted Uranium
By dr. Souad N. Al‐Azzawi, associate professor in Environmental Engineering, Iraq
Could the mystery over how depleted uranium might cause genetic damage be closer to being solved? It may be, if a controversial claim by two researchers is right. They say that minute quantities of the material lodged in the body may kick out energetic electrons that mimic the effect of beta radiation. This, they argue, could explain how residues of depleted uranium scattered across former war zones could be increasing the risk of cancers and other problems among soldiers and local people.
Original title: Enriched and industrial uranium detected in civilians' urine that were exposed to the dust of Israeli rockets
Published on Lebanese newspaper Al Safir on March 6 2008
Published on The Lancet, Vol 368, October 21, 2006.
By Gilbert Burnham, Riyadh Lafta, Shannon Doocy and Les Roberts
Background An excess mortality of nearly 100 000 deaths was reported in Iraq for the period March, 2003–September, 2004, attributed to the invasion of Iraq. Our aim was to update this estimate.
Published by Laka foundation in May 1999
In the course of the preparations for the Hague Appeal for Peace '99 conference, Laka decided to make a brochure about the use of depleted uranium in conventional weaponry and its consequences. The idea was born because of the short time reserved during the session for the presentation of all details about depleted uranium (DU). Although the word "depleted uranium" may suggest no harmful impact from radiation, this brochure will clarify the real radiotoxic (and chemotoxic) properties of DU.
Depleted Uranium: Far Worse Than 9/11. Published on 3 May 2006
Abstract: In 1979, depleted uranium (DU) particles escaped from the National Lead Industries factory near Albany, N.Y.,which was manufacturing DU weapons for the U.S military. The particles traveled 26 miles and were discovered in a laboratory filter by Dr. Leonard Dietz, a nuclear physicist. This discovery led to a shut down of the factory in 1980, for releasing morethan 0.85 pounds of DU dust into the atmosphere every month, and involved a cleanup of contaminated properties costing over 100 million dollars.
Depleted uranium: all the questions about du and Gulf war syndrome are not yet answered
By Rosalie Bertell.
Published on International Journal of Health Services, Volume 36, Number 3, Pages 503–520, 2006 © 2006, Baywood Publishing Co., Inc.