Weekday News Wrap: Thursday, May 31, 2012
- BBC has a video report of another poison attack in Afghanistan girls’ school rooms, allegedly carried out by the Taliban.
- A Yemeni Nobel laureate claims the US drone strikes in her country are ineffective as they are hitting mainly civilians rather than militants. The Washington Post also reported that the drone strikes were sparking anger and creating more sympathy for al-Qaeda in the region.
- The European Parliament is set to carry out a series of votes on the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement today.
- Syria News: Shelling in Houla continues. In related news, an 11-year old survivor of the Houla massacre recounts how he avoided being executed by covering himself in his brother’s blood and playing dead. Syrian rebels have given the government 48 hours to withdrawal its troops and adhere to a UN-backed peace plan, otherwise they would renew their attempts for a coup. US Ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, believes that a political/diplomatic solution to the Syrian conflict is best. Russia has pledged to block the UN Security Council in any moves for intervention, claiming that any military action will only worsen the situation, a position that Hillary Clinton has said “is going to help contribute to a civil war.” Foreign Policy asks the obvious question: What the hell should we do about Syria?
- The African Union has stated it will refer the situation in Mali to the UN Security Council so it can create a framework for dealing with a worsening crisis there.
- In another odd twist to the story about a Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA track Bin Laden, the militants to which he was apparently convicted of being linked in relation to his 33-year sentence, have denied his involvement with their operations. At Lawfare, they offer insight about this ordeal.
- Reuters offers an in-depth report about Al-Shabaab and its recent rise in popularity.
- The French journalist held for over a month by the FARC has been released and is now heading back to France.
- Israel has handed over 91 Palestinian militants’ remains in Ramallah, a move hoped to help restart peace efforts.
- Our Kevin Jon Heller has offered us his preliminary thoughts regarding yesterday’s Charles Taylor sentencing of 50 years’ imprisonment, and so has the blog IntLawGrrls.
- IntLawGrrls also offers an insight into yesterday’s decision at the ICC in the Mbarushimana case.
- WTO Director General Pascal Lamy warned about rising Asian protectionism during a speech at the World Economic Forum on East Asia in Bangkok.
- Reuters reports that hundreds of Tibetans have been arrested after two self-immolation in Lhasa on Sunday.