Monday, March 14, 2011


* Meltdown alert at Japan reactor Technicians are battling to stabilise a third reactor at a quake-stricken Japanese nuclear plant, which has been rocked by a second blast in three days.

* Jerusalem will never be divided, says Barkat "There is not one good example of a split city that works," the capital's mayor says.

* Saudis send troops to Bahrain; Shi'ites call it war Soldiers part of Gulf Cooperation Council sent to protect Sunni ruling family after weeks of Shi'ite majority protests.

* Arab decision boosts prospect of EU military action in Libya The Arab League has given the green light for Western powers to impose a no-fly zone in Libya, prompting France to step up its campaign for military action.

* Japan earthquake poses questions about EU nuclear safety Nuclear experts from EU member states will gather in Brussels this week to discuss the damage caused to Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant.

* Itamar Massacre Fails to Change Obama’s Anti-Settlement Policy The Netanyahu government’s decision to build 500 new homes in Judea and Samaria as a response to Arab terror does not move the United States, which still insists that "settlements are illegitimate."

* Netanyahu: Palestinian public must hear Abbas condemn Itamar attack Prime Minister cites 'great importance' to Palestinian president's declaration on Israel Radio that murder of family was despicable, immoral and inhuman, but says such expression of condemnation cannot be heard by Israelis alone.

* UAE, Saudis, Egypt, Algeria Top ME arms buyers Middle East accounted for 1/6 of the world’s arms imports while having just 1/15th of the world’s population in 2010, study finds.

* Europeans say they are tolerant, but oppose immigration Europeans like to think of themselves as being liberal and tolerant, but at the same time oppose immigration, particularly from countries outside the EU.

* Pro-Qaddafi Forces Press Rebels East and West of Tripoli Military forces loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi cranked up military and psychological pressure against rebels on two fronts on Monday.