August 10, 2015
In the news:
The United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution creating an investigatory panel to identify users of chemical weapons in Syria. Nearly two years ago, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad pledged to join the Chemical Weapons Convention and to remove the nation’s stockpile of chemical weapons. Despite the removal of chemical weapons, there is evidence that the Syrian government has continually engaged in bomb attacks involving chlorine.
It has been discovered that Afghanistan Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad Omar has been dead for nearly two years, despite continued statements from the militant group that he was alive and recent seemingly authentic messages from the leader regarding the promise of peace talks with the Afghan government. The termination of the Taliban promoted myth that Omar was alive for so many years may be a promising turn of events for the promotion of peace in Afghanistan.
Last week was the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in World War II. After all this time the world still cannot agree on nuclear weapons policy. The Guardian provides analysis of the situation then and now.
Around the web:
The CIA’s Letter to Congress Saying it is Ending Torture Policy. VICE News provides analysis and the text of the letter the CIA sent to Congress just after President Barack Obama was sworn into office stating that the agency was changing its torture policies.
On the blog:
From IHL Action Campaign to National Youth Council: Staying Connected to the American Red Cross after Graduation. Read how American Red Cross National Youth Council member, Shannon Vance, found a way to continue the valuable work she did with the Red Cross in college after graduation.
Situation Update – The Central African Republic. Conflict within the Central African Republic has been ongoing since 2004. Read on the blog to learn about the development of the conflict and the current state of the nation.