Weekday News Wrap: Tuesday, July 24, 2012
- Syria has rejected the bid from the Arab League offering an exit for President Al-Assad.
- Syria has warned of a chemical attack on invaders, according to Al Jazeera. Reuters reports that the West has warned Syria about their use. Foreign Policy analyzes the origin of the confusion surrounding whether and how Syria has threatened to use these weapons.
- Foreign Policy also offers a context piece entitled The Fog of Civil War, giving more insight into the complicated ongoing conflict.
- World markets have plummeted amid Eurozone fears, though Italian Prime Minister Monti has said it is still too early to take new austerity measures.
- EJIL: Talk! features more commentary about last week’s decision in Belgium v. Senegal from the ICJ.
- Kodak has lost its appeal against Apple and RIM in a patent case in front of the US International Trade Commission.
- Iran’s military has downplayed the threat to close the Strait of Hormuz, saying that it would not do so as long as it can use the Strait itself.
- China has established its newest city, population 1000, on a remote island in the South China Sea, to bolster its sovereignty claims in the area.
- The Philippine president, Benigno Aqino, has said he will not back down from China regarding the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea.
- For the first time, Egypt has loosened the restrictions on Palestinians temporarily entering the country at the Rafah border crossing
- A US drone struck in Pakistan, killing 12 suspected militants.
- At the request of the EU, the US and Japan, the WTO Dispute Settlement Body has established a panel to consider China’s export restrictions on rare earths.
- The EU has promised to lift sanctions against Zimbabwe later this year on the condition that a credible referendum on constitutional reform takes place.
- The IMF has rejected reports that it will pull funding to Greece.
- China and the US are holding their annual dialogue on human rights.