The situation at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan is still alarming, but has not noticeably worsened in the last 24 hours. There are reports of a new fire at reactor #4. After yesterday’s precipitous slide, the Japanese stock market rebounded today (Wednesday). However, markets in Europe and the United States took serious losses as a result of the crisis in Japan.
After what happened at Fukushima, various Western European countries are reconsidering their dependence on nuclear power. The same is true in the United States, especially as it concerns old reactors that use the same GE design as the devastated reactors in Japan.
In other news, Bahrain has declared a three-month state of emergency as the Shi’ite protests continue. Saudi troops, which have arrived in Bahrain, may be used to help quell the disturbances.
Meanwhile, more boatloads of Tunisian refugees have arrived at the Italian island of Lampedusa, adding more than 1,600 immigrants and bringing the total arrivals since January to more than 10,000. Marine Le Pen, the leader of the National Front in France, says the only solution is for the Italian navy to turn back the refugee boats before they land.
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