Weekday News Wrap: Tuesday, December 11, 2012
- The WTO General Council yesterday approved Tajikistan’s accession package, opening the way for membership 30 days after ratification of the package by Tajikistan.
- The ACLU will file a petition this morning with the Inter-American Human Rights Commission over the treatment of Jose Padilla by the US government since his designation as ‘enemy combatant’ in 2001.
- Mali’s Prime Minister resigned after the military arrested him for not working in the interests of the country, while he was on his way to France.
- The United States and France differ in how they would view handling the crisis in Mali, with France supporting Ban Ki-Moon’s proposal last month of one mission and the US preferring that it be split into two missions (first training the Malian soldiers and then an international intervention).
- According to the European Commission President, a newly independent state like Scotland would have to apply for membership to the EU rather than be granted it automatically.
- Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the IMF, has settled the civil lawsuit with a maid out of court for an undisclosed amount of money.
- The EU has boosted the status of Syria’s opposition, calling the coalition the “legitimate representatives” of the Syrian people.
- Over at Lawfare, Ashley Deeks has a post about Syria, chemical weapons and possible US military action.
- For those who have not seen it yet, the second batch of basic materials for the Jessup Competition is now available.