Saturday, March 26, 2011

High levels of radioactivity in sea areas near the center of Fukushima

Tokyo. .- The Nuclear Safety Agency of Japan reported on Saturday that in sea areas near the nuclear plant in Fukushima-1, affected by the earthquake and tsunami of March 11 have been detected much higher levels of radioactivity the legal maximum allowed. They have also reported that Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has begun to inject water into the reactor core, two to improve the efficiency of the refrigerator.

Portuguese opposition calls on the President to call elections as soon as possible

All matches in Portugal defend the conduct of early elections as soon as possible to resolve the open political crisis following the resignation of Prime Minister luso, José Socrates, after the full Parliament on Wednesday rejected the fourth Plan Stability and Growth Pact (SGP IV .) So it was told on Friday the President of Portugal, Anibal Cavaco Silva, who spent the day in contact with all parties represented in parliament.

SEEN FROM GERMANY - What is a good Muslim?

Point of sail, minaret or muezzin, no faithful praying to Allah in the streets: the French good Muslim is a Muslim invisible - at least for Nicolas Sarkozy. Against the backdrop of real and growing Islamophobia in society, he defines the discretion goal of assimilation. From his point of view, it is incumbent on Muslims to integrate so they do not notice them.

And they still have a long way to go, says Sarkozy in the light of the increasing popularity of Marine Le Pen. The revival of the extreme right, anti-Muslim resentment fueled by, for Sarkozy is a real cause for concern. At least in the context of his reelection to the presidency. Sarkozy does not leave the matter to the President of the FN.

The king, the emir and the Gulf

The current situation in the Arab world is not the Europe of the Congress of Vienna, when the Austrian Metternich, once defeated Napoleon, designed a map with no street ultraconservative could make life difficult. But the Gulf monarchies to allow some parallelism. Saudi Arabia to Bahrain has sent troops to save the king Sunni who commands a Shiite majority country.

And because Bahrain has sought help from its partners in the Gulf Cooperation Council, a Sunni alliance created in 1981 for fear of the Shiite revolution in Iran. Prince Klemens Wenzel von Metternich's Europe expanded in 1815 a royalist alliance in order to ensure continuity of absolute order and suppress any attempt liberal or revolutionary.

Former President Carter travels to Cuba on Monday to meet with Raul Castro

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter will travel on Monday to Havana to meet with Cuban President Raul Castro and other leaders of the island and talk about the improving relations between the two countries, said Friday the Carter Center. The journey of former President (1977-1981), who accompanied his wife, Rosalynn, is due to an invitation from the Government of Cuba, explains the center.

During his trip, which ends on Wednesday, March 30, Carter will meet with Raul Castro and other officials and citizens to learn about new economic policies "being implemented on the island and to discuss the next Congress of the Cuban Communist Party. Another goal is "to discuss how to improve relations between the United States and Cuba." The Carter Center observes that the former president has already visited the island in May 2002, and stresses that this journey unfolds as a mission "private and non-government, under the auspices of the nonprofit organization" which he chairs.

MOROCCO - Mohammed VI made a revolution

Amin Maalouf, I believe, once said that when people gather around the same opinion, the truth must be somewhere else. Because unanimity is something rather disturbing. Yet I really want to contradict the great writer of Lebanese descent. When it was delivered, March 9 at night, Mohammed VI's speech I was immediately excited.

It also surprised me. King beat forecasts and predictions, even the most optimistic. He went away and he seemed more relaxed than usual, as if discourse on freedom, democracy and the separation of powers was good. Indeed, this speech makes us all a lot of good. There was Feb. 20, there will now be March 9.

Japan extends beyond the evacuation of the plant 20km

Fukushima already exceeds Three Mile Island (1979) in the ranking of nuclear disaster and the Japanese government began to encourage tens of thousands of residents to flee the region. Not only of the official evacuation zone of 20 km, but in remote villages up to 30 km of the plant. According to La Vanguardia yesterday was able to see while visiting an evacuation center at the Sports Budokan in Tokyo, thousands of people in towns located 30 to 40 km of the plant-like Futaba, Iwaki and Soma-Minam have already voted with their feet and have moved to the capital.

Obama will deliver a speech on Libya on Monday

U.S. President Barack Obama will deliver a speech on Monday to explain the current situation in Libya and the United States policy in the future, informed the White House. In a brief statement, the White House announced that the speech will be held at 19.30, when the east coast (2330 GMT) at the National Defense University in Washington DC.

Obama "will update Americans about the situation on Libya, including the actions we have been taking with allies and partners to protect people from the brutality of Libyan Muammar Gaddafi." The president will also talk about the transition of command of NATO and coalition politics that will carry the United States.

Tadeusz Rydzyk, priest director of Radio Maryja (Poland) - Martyr

Israel will react strongly to the attacks carried out from Gaza

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today that his country is prepared to respond with "very hard" to attacks by Palestinian militants against Israeli civilians, following the upsurge of violence in recent days. The head of Israel made this statement before meeting this morning in the city of Caesarea, north of Tel Aviv with U.S.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Israeli public radio reported. The Israeli army and Palestinian militias are involved in a new spiral of violence continued mutual attacks in the Gaza Strip and nearby Israeli towns, killing at least eight Palestinians killed, five civilians including two children, and three militiamen Islamic Jihad.

Umberto Bossi, leader of the Lega Nord (Italy) - Warlike

France close all nuclear power plant that does not exceed the endurance

Brussels (EFE) .- The French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, has said it will close all nuclear power plants which will not exceed the endurance that the European Union (EU) will take place after the accident at the Japanese Fukushima. "We would assume the consequences immediately, and only one result for France, closure, has said Sarkozy at a press conference at the end of the European Council in Brussels.

Shooting into the air to prevent clashes between supporters and opponents Saleh

Yemeni soldiers have fired into the air to prevent a crowd of supporters of President Ali Abdullah Saleh arrived in an area where tens of thousands of people protest in which they have given for calling "Friday the Game" (Saleh) requesting immediate departure and rejecting its bid to advance the presidential election this year, witnesses said.

At the same time, negotiations between President Ali Abdullah Saleh and the military strongman, General dissident Mohsen al-Ahmar, "have failed", according to sources close to them. The meeting was to reconcile the positions between the Yemeni president and general to prevent dissent within the army and review mechanisms for transfer of power.

Shintaro Ishihara, the mayor of Tokyo - Lit

Syrian police dissolve two opposition demonstrations in Damascus

Damascus / Beirut - Syrian police cracked down today two opposition demonstrations in Damascus, in a central square and in the southeastern suburb Mezzeh, informaton witnesses. In both places had gathered several hundred young. Meanwhile, about a thousand supporters of the Syrian president, Bashar Assad, visited Damascus in their car in a counter-demonstration in favor of the regime.

Participants waved national flags and shouted: "This is Assad's Syria!".

The Japanese prime minister says the situation is very serious in Fukushima

The Prime Minister of Japan, Naoto Kan, said that the situation in the Fukushima nuclear plant is still 'very serious' and 'very poor', during a public arraignment two weeks after the earthquake and tsunami that devastated much of country. According to Kan, the evolution of the plant is "unpredictable", though the government is doing everything possible to control and firefighters are still working against the clock to prevent further deterioration.

Yemeni President calls on his followers to resist and avoid chaos

.- Sanaa Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh today urged thousands of supporters "to resist all challenges" and "ensure the safety" of Yemen to avoid "chaos and bloodshed." Saleh made the call at a rally he led in a square in Sana'a, which since last January is still the scene of demonstrations calling for the end of his regime and deep political reforms.

"You must ensure that Yemen's security and stability. You are homeland security, the army of the country, "said the president, in power since the unification of north and south in 1990. Yemeni President appeared before his followers while in another place in Sana'a opposition groups held political protests that erupted in the heat of popular revolts in Tunisia and Egypt.

Nuclear samurai gain respect around the world

The appalling injuries suffered yesterday three workers from the Fukushima nuclear plant have been turning their eyes, once again, to the anonymous individuals who risk their lives to protect their neighbors and to avoid a major catastrophe in the country. While at first the group of 'settlement' or 'nuclear samurai' was reduced to a scant 50 people, with the passage of time, this squad has swelled its ranks to 700.

NUCLEAR POWER - Do not panic

The news is a bombshell. The day the twenty-seven countries of the European Union would agree to perform stress tests for the 153 reactors present on its soil, Germany announced on March 15, and the immediate closure for three months seven of its plants. "The German plants are no less safe today than they were a week ago, recognizes the Frankfurter Runschau, but it is the result matters.

And the result is good. Seven old plants are disconnected from network, and a debate on safety standards to be held in Germany. This too is good. " "The audience was as surprised by the zeal energy groups, noted the daily. From one day to another, the government has deprived them of profits that can be counted in billions.

Naoto Kan promises transparency on the situation in Fukushima

Tokyo. (EFE) .- Japanese Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, today promised transparency in reporting on the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant, damaged two weeks ago terremotoque struck northeastern Japan. At a press conference, Khan said the government is doing everything possible to try to control the situation in Fukushima, but acknowledged that the state of the reactors of the plant still leaves no room for optimism.

Japan fears damage vital in the reactor 3 from the central Fukushima

The three employees in the damaged nuclear power plant in Fukushima who were exposed to extremely high radiation doses in a water worked, said the operator Tepco, values of radioactivity was 10,000 times higher than normal. Measuring these levels aims, according to the Nuclear Security Agency of Japan, the possibility that the fuel rods in the reactor 3 of the plant is damaged.

A spokesman for the agency said Japan that water containing radiation may come from the reactor core, so it "can not rule out" that you damage the containment vessel but insisted "it is premature to offer conclusions." The company that manages the plant and the repair work has reached the same conclusion.

PAKISTAN - The CIA man saves his head

Equatorial Guinea's president promises to shorten the presidential term and other reforms

International Writing, .- The president of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang, has proposed a meeting with leaders of major opposition political reforms, such as shortening the presidential term and create an organization that fights against corruption. Opposition sources said Tuesday from Malabo that the meeting last night, more than three hours, Obiang promised a reform of the Basic Law to elect the head of state and the introduction of the Senate in the country, currently there .

NATO takes over military no-fly zone in Libya

Six days after the start of the international operation on Libya, the countries members of NATO have reached agreement late on Thursday to take command of military action against Gaddafi's forces, which until now lead the U.S., France and the United Kingdom. However, NATO will only control the enforcement of the no-fly zone over heaven Libya, he assured the secretary general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

JAPAN - In spite of the situation, hope is back

The writer Ryu Murakami shares his impressions after the earthquake that devastated the north-east and the crisis related to the situation at the plant in Fukushima. For one who has often denounced the failings of Japanese society, the current disaster has put the clocks to zero.

The main opposition calls to cancel the parliamentary Estonian

Moscow .- The Centre Party (PC), the main opposition in Estonia, today asked the Supreme Court annulled the results of parliamentary elections held on March 7, and the inclusion of legislators elected in the elections. The suit, explained the secretary general of the center-left formation, Priit Toobal, due to the shortcomings of electronic voting procedure, reported from Tallinn, the Russian news agency Interfax.

The legacy of Alan Garcia

Alan García won a second opportunity to claim to history after a first administration (1985-1990) which plunged the country into a four-digit hyperinflation and widespread violence. In the runoff election was seen by Peruvians as the "lesser evil" to the "bungee jumping" which embodied the nationalist Ollanta Humala.

With this trend and bring the promise of growth but also equity again assumed office on July 28, 2006. Peru now boasts an economic growth above 7% and has positioned itself as the gateway for Asian investment in Africa. "The colossal ego" citing Garcia-Wikileaks-cable and triumphalist rhetoric feeds on favorable economic data, the reduction of monetary poverty and 138 000 public works government advertised under the slogan 'El Peru Avanza', repeated over and over again for 5 years.

Cholera cases in Haiti

According to a study published March 16 by the British medical journal The Lancet, 779,000 people could be affected by cholera this year in Haiti. "The current global estimates of the epidemic are based on the assumption that the epidemic will reach 4% of the population, but it is essentially a guess," says the study by an American team.

Among these cases of cholera, 11,000 deaths could be between 1 March and 30 November 2011. Since the end of October 2010, the Haitian authorities are facing an epidemic of cholera which has already killed more than 4,000 dead.

Tanks and snipers killed in Misrata cause Gaddafi

London .- A resident of Misrata reported Friday that tanks and snipers from the forces of Muammar Qaddafi are killing people "every day" and warned that the city, the main stronghold of the rebels in western Libya, no electricity, water and medical services after 35 days of siege. "Misrata is under siege for 35 days," said Mohamed, a local resident, told the BBC.

"Do not allow the entry of food, have cut the water, they have cut everything," he said. "They are killing people every day with tanks and snipers, do not really see the benefits of NATO attacks," he added.

At least 75 people die after an earthquake in eastern Burma

At least 75 people have died and more than a hundred injured as a result of a 6.8 magnitude earthquake that has affected the entire Indochina peninsula. Most fatalities have occurred in Burma. These provisional figures could rise in the coming hours as the affected area, very mountainous, it is very difficult to access, the notorious Golden Triangle, the border between Burma, Thailand and Laos.

Thousands in the streets of Yemen and Syria Samnin A police shoot: 20 victims

Another day of high tension in the Middle East. Thousands took to the streets of Syria, Yemen and Jordan to protest against their respective regimes. Just as in the Brussels Summit of Heads of State and Government expressed concern about the crisis in both countries and in Bahrain, the insurgency continues to grow.

In Syria, in particular, there is a new bloodbath security forces, according to the report of Al Arabiya, have opened fire on protesters in Samnin, a village near Dara, southern Syria and epicenter of the protests anti-regime. And you talk of at least 20 victims who were part of a group of protesters in the main town to take direct part in collective protest.

Earthquake in the Golden Triangle in Burma and Thailand, 76 dead

An earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale with epicenter at 10 km depth occurred at 20.25 on Thursday (the 14.55 in Italy ) in Myanmar, not far from the borders with Thailand and Laos, the famous Golden Triangle of opium farmers.

The area is sparsely populated: the most populated town is Mae Sai, 28 thousand inhabitants. Near the epicenter live no more than 2 000 people have arrived where seismic waves were Grade IX of the modified Mercalli scale. The earthquake occurred far from the oceans and therefore there is no danger of tsunami.

BULGARIA - The Russian nuclear, no thank you