Archive for: May 2014

Russia Calls Syria Vote “Publicity Stunt”

UN Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said that France’s proposal to allow the International Criminal Court (ICC) to enter Syria and investigate potential inhuman atrocities committed by the Syrian government and opposition is a “publicity stunt.” He said this after confirming that Russia will veto the proposal. It is also a potential threat to a diplomatic resolution to the four-year civil war.

According to political analysts, it is the fourth time Russia will use its veto powers against UN resolutions regarding Syria. Meanwhile, China had remained silent and neutral regarding the situation, but analyst see that it will likely disagree with the proposal as well.

French Ambassador Gerard Araud responded to the Russian Ambassador’s claims, saying that Churkin cannot argue that it will undermine a political process because there is no political process in the current situation.

Meanwhile, due to the failure of peace talks to defuse the Syrian conflict, the UN-Arab League Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi had announced his resignation.

Syria’s UN Ambassador Bashar Jaafari had sent a letter to countries not to support the resolution because it is “biased” and it is an effort to “sabotage any form of peaceful settlement to the Syrian crisis led by the people themselves.

UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay had investigators create a list of suspected war criminals from both sides of the war. The evidence was enough to indict the figures. Pillay confirmed that the violations committed by the Syrian government forces greatly outweigh the armed opposition groups.


Magnitude 6 Earthquake Hits Tokyo Shores, Causes Delays and Injuries

A magnitude 6 earthquake struck early offs the Japanese coast about 62 miles south of Tokyo. The earthquake’s epicentre was at the coast of Izu Oshima Island. It happened around 5:18 AM local time according to the Japan Meteorological Agency’s website. The depth was 162 KM and had played around the intensity of 5-7 on the Japanese scale.

Despite the strength of the earthquake, the JMA did not announce a tsunami warning. The JMA considered it one of the strongest earthquakes the country had faced since the magnitude-9 earthquake during March 2011. The massive earthquake had caused the Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant to melt down.
According to local news network NHK, 17 people in Tokyo and Kanagawa’s prefectures were injured during the earthquake. Tokyo’s subways were temporarily halted, causing delays to people resuming their workday.
The JMA said the strongest shaking registered in central Tokyo. Four people were injured in Tokyo itself.
According to experts, the pacific tectonic plates are becoming more active day by day. Many noted the increase in earthquakes in the pacific, which meteorologists should study and predict to avert any possible future crises.