Morning Security Brief: Middle East, Japan, Border Security, Explosives, and More

By Sherry Harowitz


► "Qatar became the first Arab country on Monday to recognize Libya's rebels as the people's sole legitimate representative, in a move that may presage similar moves from other Gulf states, reports Reuters. Meanwhile, "The Obama administration is preparing for the prospect that Islamist governments will take hold in North Africa and the Middle East," reports The Washington Post.

► Signs that the nuclear crisis in Japan is far from over include worries about fuel rods and leaking contaminated water, reports ABC News. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency addresses concerns about water contamination with radioactivity in a FAQ.

► The Michigan chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations sent a letter to Homeland Security officials complaining about treatment of Muslim-Americans at border crossings, reports the Detroit News.

► A new weapon in the fight to detect explosives could be the Indian spice tumeric, reports the BBC. “[R]research presented at the American Physical Society meeting suggests it could replace more complex solutions to spot explosives like TNT,” says the report.

► A Russian real estate agent is trying to fight investor fraud schemes in Russia in a Web site called, but he, rather than the fraudsters he fingers, has been the target of government probes, reports the New York Times.


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