Weekday News Wrap: Wednesday, July 25, 2012
- Ghana’s President John Atta Mills has died, though details are unclear as to the cause of death. Foreign Policy has more here. Vice-President John Dramani Mahama has succeeded him, taking the oath of offices a few hours after the announcement of Mills’ death.
- Fighting has intensified in Syria’s Aleppo.
- UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has joined the chorus of warning Syria against the use of chemical weapons.
- Israel’s foreign minister has stated that it will get involved in the Syrian conflict if the Syrian army loses control over its chemical weapons’ stockpiles, to ensure that the weapons do not fall in the hands of Hezbollah militants.
- The European Union has rejected Israel’s request to add the Lebanese group Hezbollah to its list of terrorist organizations.
- Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez stated that Venezuela will withdraw from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, charging that the Court has become a pawn of Washington, D.C.
- Leiden Law Blog points out that it’s been almost two years since the Kosovo decision at the ICJ and offers us the impact of the Kosovo case through the numbers.
- A UN official has praised Somalia’s progress toward a transitional constitution.
- Foreign Policy offers commentary about how to prevent Mali from becoming a failed state through US-led intervention. FP also discusses the dangers of intervention in this particular case.
- The Guardian opines that regarding the Eurozone crisis, Spanish bailout is now inevitable.
- The draft of a UN arms treaty is being heavily criticized by organizations that say the draft is “full of holes” as negotiators scramble in their quest for a consensus before Friday.
- According to Ecuador’s foreign minister, Wikileaks’ Julian Assange is seeking asylum in the Andean country and has hired Spanish jurist Baltasar Garzon as legal advisor.
- Olympics organizers in London are being slammed a few days before the Games begin for failing to prevent “rampant abuses” at two Chinese suppliers of Olympics merchandise.
- Victims of an attack on a displaced civilians camp in Ivory Coast are alleging that the UN failed to protect them during a raid in which seven were killed and 50 were injured.
- Fighting between the M23 rebels and the government in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has led the UN to intervene by firing on rebel positions from helicopters in the eastern region.
- China has promised to abide by the outcome of the WTO dispute settlement proceedings on its rare earths export restrictions, but has added that it should be able to regulate its rare earth production to limit the environmental damage connected to it, and to conserve the resources.
- Forbes has a piece on the Chinese investigation into US and South Korean manufacturers of a key component of solar panels, which follows an earlier decision in the US to impose anti-dumping duties on Chinese solar panels.
- And, on a lighter note: in case you didn’t see Duncan Hollis’ post, our own Chris Borgen was on NYC TV yesterday talking about the blog and international law. Check it out here!