Update Japan’s Fukushima Nuclear Plant: Obama Speaks…Breaking News Libya and BahrainPosted: March 17, 2011
This is a live blog thread to update our readers on the situation in Japan, Obama is set to give a statement shortly, and we will have a live blog on his press conference in the comment section below. CNN is reporting that Obama will not take any questions during this statement…no surprise there right? Anyway…Here are some links to live updates and latest news regarding the nuclear catastrophe in Fukushima, Japan.
Recent articles of note:
- Japan Offers Little Response to U.S. Assessment – NYTimes.com
- UPDATE 1-US asks Japan for data on nuclear crisis, offers aid | Reuters
- WRAPUP 1-Japanese engineers aim to restore power to avert catastrophe | Reuters
- Wide Criticism Over Accuracy Puts Focus on Japan Nuclear Policy – WSJ.com
- Danger of Spent Fuel Outweighs Reactor Threat – NYTimes.com
- Radiation Plume Course Charted by U.N. Agency – NYTimes.com
Then we get this news from the UN Nuclear Agency:
- Situation at nuclear plant ‘not worsening’
- UN Nuclear Agency Says Situation in Japan Serious but Stable | Asia | English
I think these conflicting reports make the situation worse in the eyes of those in Japan. The main thing to take away from all this is that those of us on the West Coast of the US are safe, in that the radiation in the plume cloud will be greatly reduced by the time it gets to our shores…even in Hawaii. However, the real concern is in Japan. That is where the focus of worry should be. There are huge populations in and around the area of this nuclear power plant. These people are the ones whom we should concentrate our thoughts…prayers and hopes toward. It is heartbreaking to see the desperation and emotional toll this is placing on the Japanese citizens and the local government officials that are directly affected by the Nuclear Crisis.
Obama made a “surprise” visit today to the Japanese Embassy in DC, to sign a condolence book. Why do I get the vision of his message looking like something out of a High School Yearbook…
To Japan: Best Wishes! Your BFF Barack Obama 🙂
Okay, that may be a bit harsh, and not to trivialize the situation of the disaster in Japan, but after all the partying and March Madness Picks…I really have a hard time comprehending any “real” message being sent from this president.
On a side note, I do not know if many of you watch the Little League World Series, but teams from Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Japan were actually in the semi and final rounds of this past years Series. Just to put the news in perspective…and to give it some context in relation to a simple game of baseball, and the connection between our countries kids and the kids in these countries devastated by conflict and natural disasters.
News on Libya, Bahrain and MENA:
I want to also take some time to update you on Libya and Bahrain.
Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has vowed to retake the main rebel stronghold of Benghazi and warned there would be no mercy for those who do not put down their weapons.
In a radio address, the Libyan leader told residents that unarmed people have nothing to fear from the army, but every home will be searched.
Col Gaddafi promised to pardon rebels in Benghazi who surrender, saying his forces would not pursue those who drop their weapons and flee.
But he said “for those who resist there will be no mercy or compassion”.
It comes as his forces reportedly carried out air strikes on the outskirts of the country’s second city, which is home to a million people.
Look here for other articles on the no-fly zone and journalist that are missing in Libya:
- BBC News – Libya unrest: UN ‘to vote on no-fly zone resolution’
- UN Security Council Moves Closer to Vote on Libya No-Fly Zone | News | English
- Press Freedom Online – Committee to Protect Journalists
- Bahrain arrests 7 opposition leaders – World news – Mideast/N. Africa – msnbc.com
Bahrain’s police rounded up opposition leaders at gunpoint and took over a major hospital as it continued a violent crackdown on a protest movement despite international calls for restraint.
Of course for recent updates on all situations:
AJE – Al Jazeera English
Look for more updates below in the comment section, feel free to post anything y’all find…