Weekday News Wrap: Thursday, August 2, 2012
- Syria’s president Al-Assad has praised the government forces, but is keeping a low profile.
- US president Obama has signed a secret order to provide support to rebel forces in Syria.
- A video has emerged of men, allegedly loyal to the Syrian regime, being lined up in Aleppo being shot point-blank by rebel forces.
- In a recent report, Amnesty International has accused members of Syria’s government of committing crimes against humanity in the current conflict.
- Reuters offers an analysis proffering that there is no good outcome to the conflict in Syria as it has now turned into a proxy war.
- Israel has warned the United States that time is running out on peace talks over a nuclear deal with Iran. US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta responded that force is an option and that nothing is off the table in order to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.
- Foreign Policy in Focus opines that sanctions on Iran undermine diplomacy and that on their own, they will not drive Iran to compromise.
- Ecuador wants to prevent Julian Assange’s extradition to Sweden, given that the Scandinavian country turned down Ecuador’s offer to allow officials to question Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.
- China has jailed 20 people on charges of terrorism and separatism in the Uighur dominated Western region.
- After a diplomatic and military show of power, China has now turned to offering oil and gas tenders in the disputed South China Sea.
- A court in Brazil has ordered Chevron and Transocean to stop drilling for oil pending the investigation of two oil spills near Rio de Janiero.
- The US took steps yesterday to freeze assets of five members of the Naples Mafia, a European group allegedly involved in kidnapping, money laundering and extortion.
- For interested law students and other participants, the official rules and schedule for this year’s Jessup Competition are now up.