Weekday News Wrap: Friday, April 26, 2013
- In the wake of a factory building collapse in Bangladesh, in which at least 273 lives have been claimed, many are calling for reform by Western high-street brands that rely on cheap labor as the accident reignited questions about the often lethal conditions in the country’s garment industry. The Atlantic offers a piece about how garment workers are pushing for better conditions and Human Rights Watch calls for unionization of the workers and an overhaul of the factory inspection process, though the LA Times cites experts who are afraid even this tragedy is unlikely to spur reform.
- North Korea has rejected the demands from South Korea to reopen the joint industrial zone and warned its neighbors to the south of “grave measures.”
- As the discussion intensifies about Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons, which the US suspects has happened on a “small scale,” a few articles are of note. First, Julian points out an editorial in the LA Times about possible ramifications and Obama’s “red line,” Lawfare also opines about this red line and Foreign Policy asks what Syria is capable of doing with its sarin stockpile.
- The PKK has set a date of May 8 to start a withdrawal of its thousands of troops from Turkey into Northern Iraq after three decades of fighting against the Turkish government in a conflict that has cost more than 40,000 lives.
- After a second round of voting, the race to become the next WTO Director-General has narrowed down to Herminio Blanco from Mexico and Roberto Azevedo of Brazil.
- The UN Security Council has unanimously approved a plan to send a peacekeeping force to Mali.
- The ECHR Blog has posted an analysis of the recent Grand Chamber decision upholding the ban on political advertising in Animal Defenders International v. UK.
- Human Rights Watch reports that even more prisoners have joined a hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay bringing the total to 93 of the 166 prisoners there, though lawyers of the detained claim this number may be higher.
- Another reminder about our New Voices feature: remember, if you’d like to participate, your 200-word summary and CV are due to opiniojurisblog [at] gmail [dot] com before May 1st!
- And finally, perhaps some weekend reading for (soon-to-be) newly minted grads: a collection of articles, two from international law/international relations experts, offering advice to those weighing options about going to law school, going to grad school and whether to get a Ph.D.