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La più grande struttura mobile al mondo avvolge il reattore n° 4 di Chernobyl

Res publica   29.11.16  

Il time lapse del posizionamento finale del New Safe Confinement, il nuovo sarcofago di confinamento progettato per sigillare completamente i resti del reattore numero 4 della centrale di Chernobyl e il precedente sarcofago di contenimento eretto nel 1986.

Thirty years after the nuclear disaster in Chernobyl, the radioactive remains of the power plant's destroyed reactor 4 have been safely enclosed following one of the world’s most ambitious engineering projects.
Chernobyl's giant New Safe Confinement (NSC) was moved over a distance of 327 metres from its assembly point to its final resting place, completely enclosing a previous makeshift shelter that was hastily assembled immediately after the 1986 accident.

The equipment in the New Safe Confinement will now be connected to the new technological building which will serve as a control room for future operations inside the arch. The New Safe Confinement will be sealed off from the environment hermetically. Finally, after intensive testing of all equipment and commissioning, handover of the New Safe Confinement to the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant administration is expected in November 2017.

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L'ultima icona del '900

Res publica   26.11.16  

Protagonista della Guerra Fredda, condannato all'irrilevanza dalla storia. La parabola triste del Comandante Fidel Castro.

The world has now moved on from Castro’s world. Today, the majority of countries on Earth are capitalist democracies. Even the world's most powerful authoritarian states, Russia and China, feel the need to pay occasional lip service to democratic ideals. Authoritarian communism, of the sort Castro dedicated his life to, is no longer a vital force.

The most potent ideological divides in 2016 are inside Western democracies: whether to embrace multi-ethnic democracy and global integration, an option exemplified by Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, or whether to resist demographic change and wall off one's nation from the world, an option exemplified by Donald Trump and the European far right.

On these questions, Castro had nothing of note to say. He was simply irrelevant. His death in 2016, the year of Brexit and Trump, shows just how much the old world has given way to the new.

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E alla fine arriva Trump

Res publica   10.11.16  

La narrazione delle campagne elettorali per le presidenziali americane 2016 di Donald Trump e Hillary Clinton raccontata dalla voce di chi le ha imbastite.

By the spring of this year, it was clear that Americans were heading into one of the ugliest, most consequential and often bizarre presidential campaigns in memory. Donald Trump would become the improbable Republican nominee, and Democrat Hillary Clinton the first woman to head a major-party ticket. Their clash challenged Americans to confront divisions over race, gender, ideology and our very national identity. This is how the race unfolded, as retold by the people who lived it. This oral history is based on four dozen on-the-record interviews with campaign advisers and other key players, conducted during the final two weeks.

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