by Musabika Nabiha

Youtube and Facebook are removing evidence of atrocities, jeopardizing cases against war criminals
November 2, 2017
Despite Google and Facebook lauding themselves for “promoting accountability”, both companies are removing videos and images that contain evidence of war crimes, due to their violent content. Investigators of the International Criminal Court rely on social media evidence to build their cases. Youtube is working with various NGOs to determine how to best preserve evidence while balancing user concerns.

Hague prosecutor seeks to pursue Afghan case that could ensnare Americans
November 3, 2017
Fatou Bensouda, the International Criminal Court’s prosecutor, will “request permission to open an Afghanistan investigation after having collected information on the war for years. She reported last year that United States forces “appear to have subjected at least 61 detained persons to torture, cruel treatment, outrages upon personal dignity”. This may lead to Americans being indicted for war crimes for the first time ever.

Papua New Guinea court rejects bid to restore power and water to Manus centre
November 6, 2017
The supreme court has refused to grant power, water, and medical relief to the Manus Island detention center after it was closed last week. An estimated 600 refugees and asylum seekers have refused to leave the center after its shutdown. It Is unclear whether responsibility for the men’s welfare falls on Papua New Guinea’s government or Australia’s.

Raed Jarrar’s detention by Israel raises alarm
November 6, 2017
Raed Jarrar, advocacy director for the MENA division of Amnesty International, was denied entry into the West Bank. He was interrogated about Amnesty’s work and positions despite being on his way to visit his ailing father. Prior to joining Amnesty, he had been allowed in on at least four occasions. This is yet another sign of Israel seeking to silence its critics.

Closure of Yemen’s borders to aid deliveries is ‘catastrophic’, UN warns
November 7, 2017
The UN has described the Saudi-led coalition’s decision to seal Yemen’s air, sea, and land borders catastrophic, as the population is denied access to supplies that are “critical for survival”. The UN has also warned that failure to open the channels will lead to the largest famine in decades.

Top ranks of US diplomacy ‘depleted at dizzying speed’ under Trump
November 8, 2017
Since President Trump took office, the state department has lost 60% of its career ambassadors and a large portion of other senior diplomats. This is partly due to a hiring freeze and promotion cuts. According to the head of the foreign service association, “The rapid loss of so many senior officers has a serious, immediate, and tangible effect on the capacity of the United States to shape world events.” Trump has yet to nominate an ambassador to Seoul.

US Mideast policy oblivious to Arab opinion, experts say
November 8, 2017
Recent polling of eight Arab countries finds that the majority finds Trump unfit to be president, opposes the Muslim ban (although none of the countries surveyed are on the ban list), and does not support U.S. intervention in the region at all. The respondents reacted most negatively to the U.S.’ policies towards Palestine. Many have noted that despite Trump’s isolationist rhetoric, there is only “isolationism of diplomacy” yet an expansion of militarism.

U.N. says believes Afghanistan air strike killed civilians
November 9, 2017
After an air strike in the city of Kunduz last week, the United States denied Afghan reports of multiple civilian deaths. However, the United Nations is now saying that at least 10 civilians may have been killed. “The UN said there had been a 52 percent increase in civilian casualties from air strikes in the first nine months of the year.”

Syria declares victory over Islamic State
November 9, 2017
The Syrian army declared victory after capturing the last IS-held town. They do expect future guerrilla attacks. However, this victory marks the end of IS’ territorial hold and economic clout in Syria.