Weekday News Wrap: Monday, September 17, 2012
- The UN’s High Commissioner on Human Rights, Navi Pillay, urged an end to the violence brought about by the anti-Islam film released last week, while Hezbollah’s leader called for a week of protests.
- Myanmar’s Aung Sun Suu Kyi has begun her visit to the United States and is slated to receive the highest civilian honor, the Congressional Gold Medal, and meet with officials and US-based groups.
- Protesters in Spain and Portugal marched against austerity measures put in place by their respective governments in order to avoid financial bailouts.
- Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has demanded that the United States draw a “red line” regarding Iran and its development of nuclear technology, insisting that Tehran is approximately 90% complete with developing a nuclear weapon. The former US ambassador to Israel has described Netanyahu’s demands as unreasonable, although he predicted that the US would face a military confrontation with Iran in 2013 over the latter’s nuclear program.
- For those interested, ILSA has released the 2013 Jessup Compromis.
- William Schabas has an insightful post about alternate judge Sow in the Charles Taylor trial and appeal.
- Foreign Policy offers a guide to what we need to know about the recent protests in the West Bank, in A Palestinian Spring.
- Protests over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands have forced temporary closures of Japanese factories in China.
- The US and Japan have reached an agreement to place a missile defense system in Japan to protect both states against the threat of ballistic missiles from North Korea.
- China has requested WTO consultations over US countervailing duties on imported tires from China, while the Obama administration is planning a broad case against China, arguing that it unfairly subsidizes cars and car parts.