A mystery radioactive cloud is hovering above Fukushima, the site of a nuclear power plant that collapsed in March 2011 after a massive earthquake and tsunami struck the region.
According to Russia Today, "Fresh plumes of most probably radioactive steam have been detected rising from the reactor 3 building at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, said the facility’s operator company."
Russian President Vladimir Putin may not have won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013, but he scored acclaim from the Times of London as the '2013 International Person of the Year.'
The Moscow Times reports that, "British newspaper The Times has named President its "International Person of the Year" for 2013, topping off a year that saw the Russian president's every move inspire intense scrutiny and divided opinions at home and abroad."
It's time for the Dallas Blog to look into its trusty crystal ball and gaze upwards at the constellation so we can embark on predictions for the year 2014. Just kidding, I'm not a fortune teller nor do I claim to hold special ESP skills. Yet, it's fun to make predictions for the year ahead. So let's see:
Big story for 2014
Terrorism: Radical Islamist terrorists will spread deep into Southern Russia and Western China and score numerous deadly attacks. They will likely strike mid-sized cities in isolated rural areas. That's because local governments can't afford expensive anti-terror equipment and manpower. The attacks will increase fears amongst the citizens as they start to doubt their governments can really protect them. Moscow and Beijing will respond with a greater power grab and implement much stronger public security measures. At first, the Russians and Chinese will worry about the heightened public security measures, but as terrorists continue their attacks, they will begin to support the measures and patriotism will grow stronger. Russia and China will become stronger allies amidst the War on Terror.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott of Australia, a Conservative, has launched a campaign to promote stronger business values and to combat pesky environmentalists.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, "In an opinion piece in The Australian newspaper, Newman, the Prime Minister's pick as head of his Business Advisory Council, claimed high energy costs caused by the carbon tax and the renewable energy target, introduced under the Howard government, had eroded Australia's competitiveness."
BEIJING: When Li Chenyang, head of Shenyang's women's group and childrens hospital, is not standing up for feminism, she can be seen taking high-level male Chinese government officials to hotels to trade sex for favors.
According to China Radio International, "A sex scandal in a northeastern Chinese city has forced the resignation of a health bureau chief, the local discipline authority said Monday."
Argentina's Socialist government has nationalized energy companies. And now, the nation faces widespread and frequent power outages.
The BBC News reports that, "Main roads to the Argentine capital Buenos Aires have been blocked by people protesting against power cuts. They are demanding government action on shortages that have been affecting many parts of the city."
BEIJING: China's military is hoping President Barack Obama deploys drones to fly into China's Air Defense Idenitfication Zone (ADIZ), so the People's Liberation Army (PLA) can utilize its anti-reconnossaince weapons to shoot down the military aircraft.
The People's Daily reports that, "According to reports, the U.S. may dispatch the "Global Hawk" unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to monitor China's Air Defense Identification Zone. Military expert Du Wenlong told the press in an interview that if they are able to reach the air defense identification zone, it will offer a rare opportunity for China to take anti-reconnaissance measures against such UAVs."
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, was elected into office as Communist-leaning politician, but he's showing signs of becoming a 'Lexus Liberal,' as he appointed a Goldman Sachs executive to take charge of the City's municipal finances.
The Daily Telegraph of London reports that, "In a sign of the national focus on the new mayor, it was announced on Saturday night that Mr de Blasio will be sworn in by Bill Clinton, the former president, accompanied by his wife Hillary, the early frontrunner for the party’s 2016 stakes."