Weekday News Wrap: Thursday, August 16, 2012
- Militants have attacked Pakistan’s nuclear air base which houses US F-16 fighters and about 100 nuclear warheads.
- The Organization on Islamic Co-operation has suspended Syria over the violent repression of the political protests, although there was no support for an external military intervention.
- A political and media advisor to Syria’s Assad is visiting Beijing where she has praised China and Russia for not being colonizers.
- A UN Independent Commission of Inquiry has concluded that both sides in the Syrian conflict have committed war crimes throughout the conflict, and bear responsibility for the Houla massacre.
- Dozens have been killed in an air raid on Azaz, a rebel-held town in Syria, and children and other civilians are among the dead.
- The UK is threatening to lift the diplomatic status of Ecuador’s London embassy which will allow it to enter the embassy to arrest Julian Assange. Foreign Policy wonders: can you smuggle a person out of an embassy as diplomatic mail?
- EJIL: Talk! has a piece about the Swiss court’s decision not to give immunity to the former Algerian minister of defense.
- And for more on the business practices of pirates in Somalia, Foreign Policy in Focus asks whether the pirates’ next move is to issue an IPO.