Weekday News Wrap: Friday, September 14, 2012
- As turmoil continues to spread in the Middle East, Google has temporarily blocked access in Libya and Egypt to the inflammatory anti-Muslim video, invoking exceptional circumstances but not relying on its guidelines prohibiting hate speech. It will not come as a surprise to frequent readers of our blog that our own Peter Spiro is quoted as approving of Google’s decision, even though it raises questions about its role as gatekeeper to information.
- The ECCC has ruled that Ieng Thirith, the Khmer Rouge’s “First Lady” is unfit to stand trial due to Alzheimer’s, but the co-prosecutors have appealed the conditions of her release.
- A German aerospace official has said that aerospace officials in Germany, France, Britain and Spain will suggest to their national governments to suspend the EU ETS until after the next ICAO Assembly in September 2013.
- Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahri has urged support for ousting Syria’s current regime under Bashar al-Assad.
- FARC rebels have said they have high expectations for upcoming peace talks with the Colombian government, but a failure could lead to many more years of conflict.
- A UN rights expert has urged a more uniform application of international law and called for the body to be more “equitable” and “democratic” in its relationship with all nations, speaking before the UN Human Rights Council.
- Foreign Policy wonders if this is the week that Europe has turned a corner, looking into the recent court ruling in Germany and this week’s elections in the Netherlands.