Tuesday, May 31, 2011

What Kind Of Day Has It Been

  • The U.S. Department of Justice announced charges for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and others in Military Commissions. These Military Commission hearings will occur in lieu of a normal criminal trial. The Military Commission process has been notoriously inefficient--in stark contrast to the regular U.S. judicial system.

  • The World Health Organization added its voice to a growing chorus of warnings about cellphones causing cancer.

  • Pakistan has finally agreed "in principle" to launch an offensive into North Waziristan, a stronghold of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, among other non-state actors operating in Northwest Pakistan. Previous offensives in Swat, South Waziristan, and Orakzai have involved thousands of Pakistan regular forces; armored units, heavy artillery and the Pakistani air force; and displaced tens-of-thousands of Pakistani civilians. They have also been apparently fairly successful.

  • North and South Sudan (really, Sudan and soon-to-be South Sudan) agreed to demilitarize the disputed territory in their soon-to-be international frontier. This comes ten days after North Sudan sacked Abyei.

  • Ratko Mladic's has been extradited to the Hague.

  • And the European Court of Human Rights ruled in Russia's favor in the Khodorkovsky case.

1 comment:

Bret said...

Another interpretation on the Khordorkovsky ruling:

http://www.robertamsterdam.com/2011/05/khodorkovsky_wins_at_echr_press_loses.htm

In the interest of disclosure, Amsterdam was previously retained by Yukos.