Weekday News Wrap: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
- The US has criticized Israel’s decision to expand settlements in the E1 area, following the UNGA’s decision to grant Palestine non-member state status. Five European countries (France, Denmark, Sweden, the UK and Spain) and the Australian government has also summoned the Israeli ambassador in protest. Despite the criticism, Israel plans to move ahead with the settlement construction.
- More analysis about the effect of the UNGA’s resolution on statehood of Palestine can be found at the Arms Control Blog.
- Following intelligence reports, President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton repeated their warning to the Syrian government not to deploy chemical weapons in the civil war.
- Concern about the Syrian conflict is rising again in Turkey after bombardments on a city in Northeastern Syria caused damage in Turkey and triggered an exodus of refugees.
- The IMF has issued a long-awaited new institutional viewpoint on policies to manage capital flows, suggesting that capital controls may in certain situations be useful.
- The ICJ is once again considering maritime delimitation in Latin America, with a hearing on the dispute between Peru and Chile.
- China has taken umbrage at a a provision in the National Defence Authorization Act recognizing Japan’s right of administration over the Diaoyu/Senkaku islands.
- Chen Guangcheng, the Chinese activist who is studying in New York after escaping to the US embassy earlier this year, has called on the new Chinese leaders to follow Burma’s example of reform.
- The government of the United Kingdom has appealed a decision blocking Muslim cleric Abu Qatada’s extradition to Jordan.
- A Federal District judge ruled Friday that Somalia’s territorial waters extend no more than 12 miles from shore, concluding that the US has jurisdiction to prosecute a band of pirates accused of murdering four Americans in 2011 in an incident that occurred some 40 miles out to sea.
- Iranian media are reporting that Iran has captured a US ScanEagle drone allegedly working on a reconnaissance mission over Iranian airspace.
- Nobel laureate Jody Williams has urged the United States to sign and ratify the Mine Ban Treaty, leaving China and Russia as two of the few world powers that still reject it.