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'We have been betrayed': Mayor of town near stricken Japanese nuclear plant claims his people have been 'abandoned' Read more: http://www.dailymail.

The voice on the phone was calm and dignified, as befitted a proud Japanese mayor, yet this somehow made his fury more forceful.
Hours after the tsunami struck, Katsunobu Sakurai told me, he had sought advice from the government on whether to evacuate the 71,000 people in his city, which is just 12 miles downwind of the Fukushima nuclear plant.
At first ministerial officials simply ignored his calls. When he did manage to speak to them, they assured him there was no cause for concern; a message he accepted and dutifully relayed.
He had toed the line because that is what Japan's civic leaders invariably do. But yesterday, far too late, the mayor of Minamisoma finally realised that he had been deceived, at best, and perhaps even lied to.
'Of course I am angry,' he told me through an interpreter yesterday. 'I was ignored and then badly misled, and as a result the people were abandoned here to die.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1367208/Japan-tsunami-earthq…

Saudi-backed Crackdown in Bahrain Bxposes U.S. Hypocrisy    :      Information Clearing House: ICH

Saudi-backed Crackdown in Bahrain Bxposes U.S. Hypocrisy    :      Information Clearing House: ICH

March 17, 2011 "Examiner" -- Although U.S. officials condemned Bahrain’s use of deadly force against unarmed protestors on Wednesday, experts say the Obama administration is reticent to support the people because the Bahraini monarchy best serves U.S. regional interests. Critics accuse the U.S. of employing a double-standard – reluctant to oust the monarchy in Bahrain but more than willing to encourage Libyans to topple Moammar Gaddafi.

Clashes In Pakistan As U.S. Buys CIA Agents Freedom  :      Information Clearing House: ICH

Clashes In Pakistan As U.S. Buys CIA Agents Freedom  :      Information Clearing House: ICH

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. - AP's earlier story is below.

March 16, 2011 "Associated Press" -- LAHORE, Pakistan - Police fired tear gas against protesters burning tires outside a U.S. consulate in Pakistan after the release of a CIA contractor who killed two Pakistani men.

The clashes Wednesday in Lahore involved around 200 people. There were small protests in other main cities as well.

Police made several arrests in Lahore and struck other people with batons, according to witnesses.

Raymond Allen Davis was released earlier Wednesday after the United States paid $2.3 million in "blood money" to the victims' families, a lawyer for the families has said.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A CIA contractor who shot and killed two Pakistani men was freed from prison on Wednesday …

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article27699.htm

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article27699.htm
The nuclear crisis in Japan, which continues to worsen, threatens to become a total multiple meltdown, combined with the perhaps even more disastrous explosion and fire in one or several spent fuel rod ponds. If any of these things happen, not to mention many of them, several hundred square miles of Japan would be rendered indefinitely uninhabitable, costing hundreds of billions of dollars. And it could be worse. If the winds are blowing south during such a disaster, all of Tokyo, which has a metropolitan population of over 30 million, could have to be evacuated.

A study by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission back in 1997, found that one spend fuel disaster could devastate almost 200 square miles of the US, and cause half a trillion dollars in damage!