Weekly News Wrap: Monday, June 16, 2014

Weekly News Wrap: Monday, June 16, 2014

Your weekly selection of international law and international relations headlines from around the world:


  • Three armed groups from northern Mali have agreed to begin peace talks with the government aimed at resolving long-standing disputes in the country. 
  • More than 50,000 children in South Sudan face death from disease and hunger, the United Nations has warned while seeking over $1bn to support those hit by six months of civil war.
  • Entire elephant populations are dying out in many African countries due to poaching on a massive scale, wildlife regulator CITES has warned, while also hailing the continent for improving its crackdown on ivory smuggling.



Middle East and Northern Africa



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I find it rather perplexing and disturbing that the emphasis (under “Middle East”) is placed on a Palestinian being killed (after attacking Israeli soldiers), while the fact that three Israeli civilian teenagers were kidnapped appears as a side issue. This perplexity is only compounded by the fact that from an international law perspective the kidnapping of Israeli civilians involves a range of human rights violations. This portrayal of events joins the New York Times reporting that “The growing search for them [kidnapped teenagers] and their captors further destabilized Israeli-Palestinian relations”, and is only slightly better than the Skynews headline of “Israeli Arrests Risk Igniting a New Conflict”. There are many possible analogies to demonstrate the absurdity of blaming the attempts at finding kidnapped teens for the creation/destabilization of the conflict (the abducted Nigerian girls come to mind), but such analogies really should be unnecessary.


Let’s not forget about the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa.

“Ebola called ‘out of control’ in West Africa”