Weekday News Wrap: Monday, October 1, 2012
- The US Supreme Court begins its new term today and will hear re-argumentation in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum. SCOTUS Blog offers insight into what is at stake and for whom in this case.
- After 10 years’ imprisonment at Guantanamo Bay, Omar Khadr was repatriated to Canada, where he will serve the rest of his sentence.
- At the UN General Assembly, several leaders of the Muslim world questioned the Western notion of freedom of speech in light of the recent film sparking protests and violence across the Middle East.
- Also at the UN, New Zealand called on the five permanent members of the Security Council to give up their use of veto power on issues of mass atrocities in light of inaction most recently involving Syria.
- The Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia, Prince Addulaziz bin Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, urged United Nations Member States to spread a culture of tolerance and understanding and deepen the dialogue among cultures and religions to prevent conflicts,
- Yemen’s President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi warned that his country risks a descent into a civil war “worse than Afghanistan” should an upcoming dialogue fail to resolve the deep political and societal rifts facing his country.
- A Russian Court was about to hear the appeal in the Pussy Riot case, but the hearing was delayed after one of the band members fired her defence counsel.
- A bomb attack in Khost, Afghanistan, has taken 14 lives, including 3 NATO troops.
- Tension is high in Tblisi, Georgia, with parliamentary elections taking place that are considered a major test of the pro-Western government of incumbent President Saakashvili who took power during the 2003 Rose Revolution.