Weekday News Wrap: Friday, August 17, 2012
- The big news yesterday was that Ecuador granted WikiLeaks’ founder, Julian Assange, political asylum, angering Britain. Swedish and British authorities are critical of the decision, while UK authorities are refusing to grant Assange safe passage out of London.
- One of Assange’s attorneys, Baltazar Garzon, has entertained the idea of taking this dispute between Ecuador and the UK to the International Court of Justice, if the British authorities do not allow him safe passage.
- Amid threats that the British will terminate diplomatic status for the Ecuadorian embassy, EJIL:Talk! analyzes whether that is even possible under international law.
- Over at our Facebook page, there is an ongoing discussion of the best way to get Assange out of the UK; feel free to share your thoughts!
- And, if Assange manages to get out of the embassy and Britain, Foreign Policy gives five reasons why he will love Ecuador.
- UN monitors in Syria have quit, saying that Syrians have “chosen the path of war.” In response, the UN Security Council has approved a small liaison office to support future peace efforts.
- South Korea has rejected outright a proposal from Japan to take the dispute about the Dokdo Islands to the International Court of Justice.
- The Japanese government may review a bilateral currency swap agreement with South Korea.
- In its territorial dispute with China, Japan has deported 14 Chinese activists that had sailed to the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands.
- Justice in Conflict has an insightful post about Libya and the ICC regarding the stalemate over Saif and Senussi.
- An Australian court has decided that a 90-year-old alleged Nazi war criminal cannot be extradited to Hungary.
- China’s President Hu Jintao has met with Jang Song-thaek, the uncle of North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, as a sign of support for economic reform in North Korea.
- Tajikistan is on the home stretch towards WTO membership.
- Over 30 striking miners have been killed in a police action in South Africa.