The Japanese are pursuing a three-pronged strategy to try to contain the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima plant and keep radiation levels from getting any higher. Helicopters are hauling enormous buckets of seawater and dumping them on the most dangerously exposed fuel rods. A new road is being bulldozed in so that water cannons may be brought up and used to shoot water into the pools containing the fuel roads. And a new power line is being rapidly constructed so the electricity can be restored to the existing coolant-pumping system.
In other news, police fired upon Shi’ite demonstrators in Bahrain, killing five of them. Police also reportedly attacked a hospital to prevent it from treating the wounded demonstrators, even going so far as to slash the tires of ambulances to prevent them from carrying the victims in for treatment. Bahrain has now outlawed all public gatherings. The crisis has spread to Oman as well, with renewed demonstrations there.
Meanwhile, supported by air cover, forces loyal to Col. Moamar Qadhafi are advancing towards the last major stronghold of the rebels in Benghazi.
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