Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/30/2011

Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/30/2011While the major players in the NATO coalition debated whether or not to arm the Libyan rebels, Col. Ghaddafi’s forces retook the town of Ras Lanuf, which had been in rebel hands for a while. The Al Qaeda presence among the rebels is reportedly growing, and several hundred Libyan mujahideen fighting with the Taliban in Afghanistan are reportedly making their way back to Libya to join the fighting.

Meanwhile, North African refugees who have escaped from holding camps in Italy are trying to cross the border into France, to join their relatives there. The French, however, are watching the border closely, and have been turning back any undocumented migrants, no matter what stories they tell.

In other news, levels of radioactive iodine found in seawater just outside the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan are more than 4,000 times greater that the maximum amount that is considered safe.

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Thanks to AC, C. Cantoni, Fjordman, Gaia, Insubria, JD, KGS, Nilk, Prospero, Steen, Takuan Seiyo, TV, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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