Weekday News Wrap: Thursday, May 3, 2012
- Chen Guangcheng says he felt pressure to take the deal to leave the US Embassy
and now wants to leave China on Hillary Clinton’s plane. The US has promised to do what it can once his wishes are clear.
- The FAO Food Index has indicated that global food prices were down in April, though fears about inflation remain.
- Security is tight in Barcelona as the European Central Bank meets to discuss ways in which to fight the Eurozone crisis; protesters do not have high hopes of many outcomes from the meeting.
- The UN Security Council has called the border conflict between Sudan and South Sudan a serious threat to international peace and has ordered both sides to cease hostilities and unconditionally reopen negotiations.
- China, Japan and South Korea have agreed to boost cross-investment in government bonds in order to protect their financial markets from external shock.
- Reuters offers an analysis of how the violence in Mali is threatening neighbor Niger.
- On the anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death, supporters in Pakistan gathered to pay tribute to him. Foreign Policy asks whether Obama’s “chest-thumping” about the raid that killed him is a turnoff. A selection of documents seized during the raid will be made public today.
- Al-Qaeda magazine has just released two new issues of its English-language Inspire.
- Syrian forces raided Aleppo University, targeting anti-government protestors. At least four were killed.
- There was also unrest in Egypt where 22 people were killed at the beginning of the
- The Ninth Circuit granted qualified immunity to John Yoo in the civil suit by Jose Padilla. Discussion by Ben Wittes and Steve Vladeck at Lawfare and Jonathan Hafetz on Balkinization.
- Facebook has launched a campaign asking its 900 million members to use the social media network in order to help those in need of organ donations.
- Kuwait worries that posts on Twitter and Facebook may stir sectarian tensions and therefore wants to tighten control over the social media networks.