Weekday News Wrap: Tuesday, October 2, 2012
- Oral arguments were heard yesterday for the second time before the US Supreme Court in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum; the transcript can be found here. You can already read the preliminary thoughts from a few of our regulars Roger, Deborah and Peter, and as Julian mentioned, starting today, we will have a roundtable discussion from a variety of guest contributors about their thoughts on the re-argumentation.
- Amid sanctions from Western nations, Iran’s rial currency plunged more than 25% in the last week.
- Geopolitics and resources have put maritime disputes, such as those between China and Japan over the contested Senkaku/Diaoyu islands, front-and-center once again.
- British terrorism suspect Babar Ahmad is trying to halt his extradition to the United States.
- Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr, who was recently transferred to a prison in his Canadian homeland, is having a difficult time adapting to his new circumstances, according to his lawyer.
- Professor Charles C. Jalloh offers commentary about why the Special Court of Sierra Leone should establish an independent commission to investigate the allegations of Alternate Judge Sow in the Charles Taylor case.
- The White House is downplaying reports that its computer systems have been the target of a Chinese cyberattack.
- Saudi Arabia has ordered its airline not to participate in the EU Emissions Trading System for its flights to and from European airports.
- At the UN General Assembly, the Syrian Minister of Foreign Affairs has accused the US and its allies of promoting terrorism for their support to the opposition.
- According to a leaked memo, the US has warned European states not to support Palestinian moves for “non-member” status at the UN General Assembly.
- The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision has warned the US and the EU that they have not yet fully implemented the Basel III standards on capital adequacy rules for banks.