Weekday News Wrap: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
- Today at 4:00 p.m. EST, a hearing will take place in the US Senate entitled: Drone Wars: The Constitutional and Counterterrorism Implications of Targeted Killings; you can watch it on the webcast live. Lawfare has highlighted five ways to reform the targeted killing program ahead of today’s hearing.
- A car bomb has exploded outside the French embassy in Tripoli.
- In an already tense diplomatic atmosphere over the visit of Japanese cabinet ministers to the Yasukuni shrine, Japan’s PM has warned that they will respond with force if Chinese vessels in the East China Sea attempt to land on the disputed Diaoyu/Senkaku islands.
- Canada has arrested two men it believed were planning a terror attack on a passenger train between Canada and the US.
- The EU has permanently lifted trade, economic and individual sanctions against Myanmar, but an arms embargo remains in place.
- In a letter to the Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, the EU Commissioner for Internal Markets and Services has complained about US proposal to impose higher capital requirements on the US subsidiaries of EU banks, which the EU considers a protectionist measure.
- General Dempsey, the US chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is in China for talks with his Chinese counterpart during which cyber-attacks are high on the agenda.
- Israel has claimed that Syria has used lethal chemical weapons, most likely nerve gas (Sarin), in the fight against rebel forces.
- The UK has said if Scotland is to gain its independence in next year’s referendum, there is no reason to allow the nation to share the same currency as the UK.
- The ECHR Blog features an analysis of two cases the Court decided last week with implications on removal and extradition.
- Foreign Policy offers a story on Burma’s President Thein Sein, who accepted a prestigious peace award from the International Crisis Group yesterday for progress in moving his country forward while at the same time his government is currently implicated in the ethnic cleansing charges against 125,000 Rohingya Muslims in the southwest of Burma.
- In honor of Earth Day yesterday, Oxford University Press has posted a quiz: How Much Do You Know About Environmental Law?