Weekday News Wrap: Monday, June 4, 2012
- Perhaps as a good primer to our upcoming book discussion this week, a few drone-related news items: Despite Pakistan’s requests to the US to stop the program, the third drone strike in Pakistan in as many days has taken its toll on new victims; irrespective of the method of civilian or combatant counting, there are at least 27 dead.
- The Washington Post points out that drone strikes in Yemen raise legal questions.
- Canada has come out in support of the US’ use of drones.
- The UN Committee on Torture has condemned Canada for complicity in torture of its own citizens abroad, in its latest report.
- Spurred by the recent events surrounding the Pakistani doctor who helped the US with finding Osama bin Laden, Reuters has a piece detailing the relationship between the US and Pakistan as allies without trust.
- Foreign Policy has a rebuttal about the Yale class taught by retired General Stanley McChrystal, a topic about which Kevin Jon Heller posted last week.
- The alleged ringleader of a Colombian cocaine cartel, Diego Perez Henao, has been arrested by Venezuelan armed forces near the Colombia-Venezuela border.
- Syrian President Assad has condemned the massacre in Houla and has promised that the violence will end if Syrians pull together. He has denied involvement in the massacre.
- Regarding the Syria situation, Foreign Policy in Focus has called for an intervention…with Russia.
- CNN provides more about upcoming diplomatic efforts in Syria.
- The US Ambassador to France has marked the 68th anniversary of D-Day with a mass parachute jump in Normandy.
- The 23rd anniversary of the crackdown on the Tiananmen Square is creating overtime for the Chinese censors.
- BBC reports that one of the remaining members still at large of the cult responsible for the 1995 sarin nerve gas attacks on the Tokyo subway has been arrested.
- On Friday, a large majority of Irish voters favored ratifying the European Fiscal Pact. Meanwhile, Germany is pushing for closer fiscal integration in Europe.
- Human Rights Watch has called for Rwanda to stop aiding Bosco Ntaganda, suspected of war crimes and with an arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court, with recruits and weapons.
- The Taliban is allegedly prohibiting refugees from leaving, thereby setting up human shields in Peshawar, Pakistan.