"Why Fukushima made me stop worrying and love nuclear power"

In today's international papers - the coalition of the willing can't agree on what to do about Gaddafi, the disaster at Fukushima power plant wins one columnist over to nuclear energy, and children's classic the Railway Children stands accused of plagiarism.


Starting in Lebanon with French language paper L’Orient le Jour – like lots of the world’s papers today they’re focusing on the divisions between the different countries involved in the intervention in Libya – there are two big fault lines, the paper says – firstly who should be in charge of the operation, and then what should be done about Gaddafi.

Abu Dhabi based English language paper the National is also calling for unity but between Arab countries – some Arab countries like Qatar have been enthusiastic in endorsing the operation – others much more reticent – the paper says the Arab world must speak in an unified voices otherwise Gaddafi can exploit the divisions.

London based Arabic newspaper Al Quds al Arabi is accusing Arab League secretary general Amr Moussa of being the one with no credibility – they say he changed his opinion overnight from being against the intervention to being in favour, and they accuse the US of putting pressure on him.

George Monbiot’s Guardian column is titled Why Fukushima made me stop worrying and Love Nuclear Power – he basically argues the nuclear fallout could have been much worse- if after an earthquake and a tsunami there is still only enough nuclear fallout to cause problems within a 30 kilometre radius of the plant, he says, then nuclear is safer than he thought. It’s a surprise coming from a famous green activist, but he says the danger to the plant from consuming fossil fuels is so much worse that his mind is made up – he thinks nuclear is definitely the way to go.

Staying in the Guardian they’re running a series of special articles about France this week, with plenty of viewpoints the French might not be too keen on hearing about the country – they seem keen to do away with any idealistic view the Guardian reader might have about the French economy today with an article headlined ‘the Generous Welfare State where the rich prosper and the poor suffer’ – that’s the opposite of what you usually hear about the French welfare system especially here – but the Guardian says there’s a complete disconnect between the rosy image of a state that looks after everyone and the harsh reality.

Accordingto the Telegraph author E Nesbit’s being accused of stealing the most famous scene in the Railway Children from another book – The House by the Railway by Ada B Graves, published in 1896 – nine years before the better known book. It too has a scene where children save a train by stopping it by waving a red jacket – and now Ada Graves’ heirs want that to be recognized.

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