Weekly Updates: the week of March 13, 2011

Diana Yu ('11)/Eastside global commentary editor

Japan: After the devastating earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan, nuclear meltdowns have become an imminent danger. People in the areas surrounding nuclear power plants have been evacuated, however, some speculate about the permanent damage of a nuclear spill. The disaster has left 700,000 homeless. So far, the death toll has reached 4,300 people.
Libya: Al-Gaddafi’s army attacked the city of Misurata, the last rebel sanctuary in the embattled country of Libya. In response to the need for opposition soldiers, children have volunteered to fight for the rebel cause. While Gaddafi may very well triumph, he faces international censure for his actions.