Weekday News Wrap: Wednesday, June 6, 2012
- More news in targeted strikes, complementing our book symposium this week: US officials claim that Abu Yahyi al-Libi, a high-level al-Qaeda militant, was killed in a CIA drone strike in northern Pakistan yesterday, despite Pakistan’s urging the US to stop the targeted killing program.
- A strike in Afghanistan aimed at a top-level official killed him as well as six Taliban fighters nearby but also killed 16 others, including women and children.
- The Guardian reports on warnings by a former CIA counter-terrorism official that the US drone attacks are too indiscriminate and can give rise to political instability and anti-US sentiment that creates a safe haven for terrorists.
- The Miami Herald has an op-ed on the President Obama as “hitman-in-chief.”
- The Organization of American States put off a vote about a contentious reform of its human rights panel, following criticism from a number of states.
- The Prosecutor of the ICC, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, called on the Security Council to help execute ICC arrest warrants. When Sudan’s UN Ambassador objected to ICC Prosecutor Moreno-Ocampo in the UN Security Council, Moreno-Ocampo fired back that the ambassador’s denial of war crimes would be investigated to see if they are part of the crimes.
- Leaders of the G7 promised to assist in a speedy crisis response for the Eurozone. Foreign Policy asks: is it too late to stop Europe’s impending economic disaster?
- Syria has agreed to let in humanitarian assistance, according to the UN, even as the government is expelling foreign diplomats.
- IntLawGrrls has a piece detailing perhaps a softening of opponents of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.Global Issues has a backgrounder on the US ratification debate on the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, on which we will host a discussion next week.
- Amnesty International has issued a report calling on Israel to release Palestinians detained without trial.
- China and Russia have signed a joint communique committing them to more strategic cooperation.
- Chinese officials have told foreign embassies to stop publishing data on air pollution in the major Chinese cities.