Weekday News Wrap: Thursday, September 20, 2012
- Amnesty International reports that Syrian civilians are under “relentless” and “indiscriminate” attacks from Syrian forces.
- In news about the anti-Islam flim, The Innocence of Muslims, Saudi Arabia has demanded that YouTube shut down access to the film within its borders; an actress in the film is suing the director and YouTube for fraud, slander, and intentional infliction of emotional distress; UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has said that the filmmaker has abused his freedom of expression; Foreign Policy analyzes just what it is about the film that has caused riots and protests across the world and Pakistan has declared Friday a national day of peaceful protests against the anti-Islam video.
- France is closing schools and embassies around the world, fearing retribution attacks after the publication of Mohammed cartoons in a satirical magazine.
- Jurist reports that Italy has upheld the sentencing of 23 former CIA officers for the 2003 kidnapping and rendition of Egyptian terror suspect Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr.
- Various Japanese websites have been the subject of cyber-attacks originating from China.
- The World Bank has warned of a deepening Palestinian fiscal crisis if foreign aid is not restored and if Israel does not ease its restrictions in the occupied West Bank.
- In other Palestine-related news, William Schabas points to the letter by several prominent international (criminal) law scholars addressed to the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) of the International Criminal Court urging the ASP to consider the Palestinian statehood question at its upcoming meeting in November.
- The African Union-led force has assumed command over troops hunting Joseph Kony and other rebel leaders of the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda, but issues about the lack of resources and internal disagreements pose obstacles to the success of the troops.
- Foreign Policy dissects the document signed by 11 European nations urging more federalism and points to the possibility of a pan-European army in the future.