Officially released tomorrow, 16th October 2012, is Chernobyl’s Atomic Legacy, curated and edited by my good friend Danny Barter.

Featuring one of my images on the cover and many more inside, the book shares the point of view of 8 visitors to The Exclusion Zone in 2011 and with a focus on Pripyat - the nuclear power plant workers town - and the surrounding area.

There is an online preview available on Danny’s website.

Chernobyl’s Atomic Legacy: 25 Years After Disaster

On 26 April 1986, reactor number 4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded. The accident released at least 100 times more radiation than the bombs dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima in Japan, and is considered to be the worst nuclear accident in the history of humanity. It is classified as a level 7 incident, the highest level on the International Nuclear Event Scale. The only other incident to be categorized at this level is the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster of 2011.

In the days, months and years that followed, over half a million civilians and military personnel (liquidators) were involved in the decontamination process to avert a potential second catastrophe. Pripyat was home to a population of 49,000 and today it stands abandoned, overgrown by vegetation, subjected to looting and vandalism, as a monument to the lives lost and the memories of those evacuated.

Jonglez Chernobyl’s Atomic Legacy is a photographic testimony to the desolation left by the nuclear catastrophe.

Gusto ko sanang sabihin sayo kung gaano ako kasaya nung nakilala kita. Alam mo, aaminin ko sayo na nagtatampo ako sayo, nagagalit ako sayo, naiinis ako sayo pero ginagawa ko lang naman yun para patagong sabihin sayo na “lambingin mo naman ako” o kaya naman “pahingi ng konting sweetness” pero once na nanlambing ka na nawawala yun eh, pasensya na kung ang babaw ng kaligayahan ko galing naman sayo eh. Tuwing makikita ko photo mo, photo natin, sobrang natutuwa ako at naiinspired ako kasi alam kong may dahilan ako para maging masaya sa buong araw. Wag mong isipin na ikaw ang dahilan ng kalungkutan ko, gaya nga ng sabi ko, nang makilala kita, sumaya ako.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Resign Now, CNPP Urges Okonjo-Iweala By SaharaReporters, New York

The Conference of National Political Parties (CNPP) has called on Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, to resign forthwith for deceiving President Goodluck Jonathan.

In a statement signed by National Publicity Secretary Osita Okechukwu, CNPP said it was outraged when Mr. Jonathan stated during his media chat last night how Dr Okonjo-Iweala brandished a World Bank Report which placed corruption in the 3rd or 4th position, after access to fund and infrastructure, as the key factors undermining Nigeria’s development.


#CNPP - ¿Cómo quieres que te vigilen?

Vivir en contexto de Era Digital implica grandes oportunidades pero también riesgos. Utilizamos servicios que nos ayudan en nuestra vida diaria e inclusive dan sentido y fuerza a nuestro trabajo. Y al usar Internet o los servicios de telefonía celular, se genera muchísima información de nuestra persona y actividades que posiblemente consideremos privada y que, de caer en manos equivocadas, podría ser utilizada de manera negativa. 

En México se está debatiendo el Código Nacional de Procedimientos Penales (#CNPP) en donde se definen facultades de las Procuradurías del país para la investigación de delitos. Dado que esta investigación incluye el uso de medios digitales para la vigilancia, es importante conocer qué es lo que el CNPP plantea y analizar bajo qué términos se pueden usar la TIC para realizar estas acciones.

Platicamos con Luis Fernando García, abogado especializado en derechos digitales quien analizó el CNPP y ha revelado importantes omisiones e interpretaciones que dejan “sin control” a las Procuradurías habilitándolas en muchos casos para realizar vigilancia indiscriminada a grupos de activismo, defensa de derechos y a la ciudadanía en general.  

Es importante que como usuarios de Internet y servicios de telecomunicaciones estemos conscientes del proceso que se debe de seguir por ley para realizar vigilancia desde el Gobierno, no sólo porque debemos proteger nuestra privacidad sino porque, lamentablemente, aún no podemos confiar en la integridad de las instituciones de procuración de justicia.  

Estas son algunas preguntas que nos debemos hacer como usuarios para analizar el #CNPP y las reflexiones especializadas como el texto de Luis Fernando García.

  • ¿La intervención de tus comunicaciones se debe hacer en base a una orden de un juez basada en las pruebas de sospecha que presente la Procuraduría o sólo con que “lo considere necesario?
  • ¿La Procuraduría debería poder localizarte mediante el uso de tu celular cuando quiera o sólo bajo orden de un juez?
  • ¿Los concesionarios y servicios de telecomunicación deberían retener tus datos personales?
  • ¿Te gustaría que la Procuraduría te avise en caso de que te haya geolocalizado o haya intervenido tus comunicaciones?
  • ¿Debería haber medidas para revisar cómo se lleva a cabo la vigilancia por parte de la Procuraduría e identificar potenciales abusos?
  • ¿Bajo qué términos deberían las compañías de telefonía e Internet compartir tu información (datos y actividad) con la Procuraduría?

Te invitamos a compartir tus opiniones en #CNPP y conversar con las y los integrantes de la Comisión de Justicia del Senado Mexicano (@JusticiaSenado) y su presidente Roberto Gil Zuarth (@rgilzuarth).

Missing $20 billion: Dr. Okonjo-Iweala Don’t Play Pontius Pilate

By Mr. Osita Okechukwu

Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) was outraged with the defeatist statement of the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and accordingly challenges her to resign forthwith with the scant honour which lingers with her; instead of playing dangerous Pontius Pilat.


CNPP Gives FG Seven Days To Accept Ezekwesili’s Debate Challenge, Or Face Prosecution

By SaharaReporters, New York

Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) today gave the Federal Government a seven-day ultimatum within which to organize a public debate between the Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku or any of its officials with former Minister of Education Obiageli Ezekwesili, or face prosecution for unbridled and wanton looting of the national treasury.


Sabi niya bumibisita siya lagi sa blog ko, so if ever mabasa niya to. Gusto kong sabihin na mahal ko pa rin siya and sorry kung hindi ako nakakapagtext kasi confiscated yung phone ko for a month and nasa school premises yun. If ever mabasa mo to, ingat ka lagi. Mahal pa rin kita. Sana ganun ka pa rin :’)

CNPP warns Jonathan Against Removing INEC Chairman, Jega

CNPP warns Jonathan Against Removing INEC Chairman, Jega

INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega (Post NG)

The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, CNPP, has expressed outrage over alleged plot by the presidency to remove the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Attahiru Jega, from office before the expiration of his tenure in June.

Media reports claimed at the weekend that the presidency had shortlisted four INEC national commissioners…

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CNPP's Reaction To Former President Obasanjo's Statement That "Arab Spring" Is Possible In Nigeria

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo’s statement that, ‘there is the possibility of having the Arab Spring in Nigeria if similar conditions, hardship and unemployment which gave birth to it are not addressed’ is highly commendable.

Whereas Chief Obasanjo as a former president who presided over the affairs of the country in the midst of unprecedented oil revenue, cannot absolve himself of the disconnect between economic growth and employment generation, the slide of Nigeria into Arab Spring and manifestation of a poor country of few rich people; however his statement is a challenge and cannot be swept under the carpet by President Jonathan.

Accordingly, Conference of Nigerian Political Parties {CNPP} ‘s commendation of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s statement is predicated on the fact that it is coming at a time when President Goodluck Jonathan and his economic team are hell bent on removal of fuel subsidy; despite subsisting national consensus against the removal.

The Nigeria Labour Congress, Trade Union Congress, the National Assembly, the Clergy, opposition political parties and all patriots have in no uncertain terms said emphatic no to Removal of Fuel Subsidy; yet President Jonathan and his cohorts are glossing over the danger and the consequences of an Arab Spring.

Now that his mentor has spoken, ‘it doesn’t matter which way you look at it today, people are now talking of Arab Spring.’ we hope President Jonathan will listen to wise counsel and come to terms with the hard realities that the goodwill he had before the April elections had evaporated and Nigerians are cynical and skeptical over his capacity to prudently manage the monies which will accrue from the withdrawal.

For the avoidance of doubt, with the list of beneficiaries of the fuel subsidy unveiled by the Senate Committee on Fuel Subsidy and the billions lost on privatization listed by the Senate Ad-hoc Committee on Privatization; Nigerians expect Mr President to prosecute the culprits. Failure to do so will further erode the confidence on him or whomsoever he appoints to chair the palliative committee, hence trust is central to the opposition to the removal of fuel subsidy.

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Rivers: CNPP faults delay in voter cards distribution

THE Conference of Nigerian Political Parties has faulted the delay by the Independent National Electoral Commission in commencing the distribution of permanent voter cards and the continuous voter registration in Rivers State.

INEC had announced that it would commence the distribution of voter cards in Rivers on August 22, 2014 and end two days after (August 24, 2014) while that of the continuous voter registration in the state would begin from August 28 to 31, 2014.

But the CNPP explained that the time given by INEC for both the distribution of permanent voter cards and continuous voter registration in the state was too short to carry out an accurate exercise.

State Chairman of the CNPP, Dr. Manaigbi Dagogo-Jack, who spoke in a telephone interview with The PUNCH on Monday, argued that it would be difficult for the commission to distribute the permanent voter cards to millions of voters in the state within three days.

Dagogo-Jack pointed out that INEC should have fixed the issuance of permanent voter cards and continuous voter registration earlier than August 2014 so as to give room for the correction of any blunder detected by the electorate or the commission.

He said, “INEC has announced that the registration of voters in Rivers State will be in August. It is proper that registration of voters is done across the country in time and enough time should be given so that would-be voters, who have questions to ask, can get answers.

“There may be errors in the distribution of permanent voter cards and INEC will need enough time to correct such errors. As the chairman of the CNPP in Rivers State, I see no reason why voters’ registration has not been conducted by now.

“They are now shifting it to August. There is no reason for that. I think that the permanent voters’ cards should be given to the voters now. INEC should commence the continuous voter registration in Rivers without further delay,” he said.

Dagogo-Jack, however, expressed the need to stop the use of soldiers in areas where elections were being conducted.

Citing the situation in Ekiti State during the recent governorship election as an example, the state CNPP said the ‘heavy’ presence of soldiers during election period was capable of making mockery of the nation’s democracy.

Dagogo-Jack explained that rather than send the military to election arenas, they (soldiers) should be drafted to the North to fight Boko Haram and release the missing girls in Chibok, Borno State.

He argued that since the electorate in Ekiti State were civilians, the heavy presence of soldiers in the state during the election was unnecessary.

He cautioned that such a situation should not be a standard for the 2015 elections in any state, adding that the military presence during elections was inimical to the growth of democracy anywhere in the world. (5)