30 Apr Weekday News Wrap: Monday, April 30, 2012
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- In Sudan/South Sudan news, the Sudanese army has arrested four Westerners on a de-mining mission in South Sudan. China is lending $8 billion to South Sudan to finance infrastructure projects. Sudan has declared an emergency in the border area with the South and the recent split between the two countries has brought about questions of nationality.
- The ICJ has issued a press release on the election of its newest judge, Dalveer Bandhari.
- Malaysian protests for political reform result in violence.
- The US may shift policy on Iran if the latter agrees to unrestricted international oversight over its nuclear facilities.
- Nicolas Sarkozy’s re-election campaign has been rocked by allegations that his 2007 presidential campaign received financial support from Gaddafi.
- In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, Dominique Strauss-Kahn explains why he thinks that the public fallout from last year’s Sofitel scandal was orchestrated by his political opponents. In response, President Sarkozy has challenged DSK to take his complaints to court.
- Mali’s military leaders have rejected ECOWAS’ transition plan and Human Rights Watch is alleging the commission of war crimes by Northern rebels.
- The Atlantic and Reuters analyze the impact of Chen Guangcheng’s alleged request for protection at the US embassy on US-China relations ahead of annual economic and security talks. The Telegraph reports that both sides are working on a deal before the talks start. Mr Chen’s US supporters have claimed that two of his relatives have been arrested.
- Professor Schabas gives some insight into the Charles Taylor verdict as does Foreign Policy and Foreign Policy in Focus.
- A free e-book, Beyond Kony2012, is available here; it is specifically aimed at those who first heard of the LRA conflict through the recent social media campaign. According to Justice in Conflict, the book offers more context than the videos themselves and also can be used as a teaching guide.
- More on the LRA conflict: US special forces are helping hunt down LRA leader Kony using a combination of high-tech and “nomad” intelligence systems.
- Busy times in Myanmar: the EU’s high representative for foreign affairs and security policy has met Aung San Suu Kyi in Rangoon; she will meet Myanmar’s president on Monday. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon was also in Myanmar. Following pressure from its constituents, the opposition has given up its boycott over the parliamentary oath.
- Here is an analysis of the final declaration of UNCTAD XIII and why it is so politically controversial.
- More Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria.
- A Dutch judge has upheld the ban for non-residents from entering cannabis cafes and purchasing marijuana.
- Montenegro has become the 154th World Trade Organization member.