Pow­ers must push for po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tion in Syria: UN

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

GENEVA—United Na­tions war crimes in­ves­ti­ga­tors called on world pow­ers on Tues­day to pres­sure the war­ring sides in Syria to re­turn to the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble to hold the con­flict and civil­ian suf­fer­ing. Paulo Pin­heiro, chair of the UN in­de­pen­dent com­mis­sion of in­quiry on Syria, said that the Syr­ian gov­ern­ment was con­duct­ing daily airstrikes, while mil­i­tant groups in­clud­ing ISIS also car­ried out in­dis­crim­i­nate at­tacks. “W e need all States to in­sist time and time again that in­flu­en­tial States and the (UN) Se­cu­rity Coun­cil un­con­di­tion­ally sup­port the po­lit­i­cal process,” Pin­heiro told the UN Hu­man Rights Coun­cil in Geneva.—Agen­cies

With a month to go be­fore Repub­li­cans and Democrats for­mally nom­i­nate their White House hope­fuls, law­mak­ers failed to com­pro­mise on one of the most sen­si­tive hot-but­ton is­sues in Amer­ica.

Even as they sought to ap­pear keen to take ac­tion fol­low­ing the dead­li­est mass shoot­ing in US his­tory that left 49 dead at a gay night­club in Or­lando a week ago, Repub­li­cans and Democrats voted down four amend­ments - two from each party - that would have lim­ited some gun pur­chases, in­clud­ing those by sus­pected ter­ror­ists.

The two Demo­cratic texts sought to bar those on FBI watch­lists or no-fly lists from buy­ing firearms, and to strengthen crim­i­nal and men­tal health back­ground checks for those seek­ing to pur­chase firearms at gun shows and on the In­ter­net.—Agen­cies

A man who claimed al­le­giance to ISIS stabbed a se­nior French po­lice of­fi­cer to death on June 13 be­fore he was killed in a dramatic po­lice op­er­a­tion, of­fi­cials have said. The uniden­ti­fied at­tacker killed the of­fi­cer be­fore tak­ing his part­ner and their son hostage in their home in Mag­nanville, near Paris.—Agen­cies fo­cused on mov­ing on from a very dif­fi­cult past to a new, more hope­ful fu­ture.

This “in” mind­set has proved its worth time and again. The world ben­e­fits from en­ter­ing into treaties and em­brac­ing co­op­er­a­tive ar­range­ments. By work­ing in con­cert with other coun­tries and through global in­sti­tu­tions, coun­tries be­come safer and more pros­per­ous.

A victory for the “out” mind­set — which seems to re­gard com­pas­sion, truth and in­tegrity as if they were ves­ti­gial limbs — would be Pyrrhic, at best.

Economies would wither, vi­o­lent con­flict would in­crease, and women, mi­nori­ties and jour­nal­ists would suf­fer as “out” move­ments use scare tac­tics that en­cour­age the ex­treme among them.

The irony is that all of this is com­ing at a time when tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies in Sil­i­con Val­ley and beyond, long crit­i­cised as in­ward-look­ing, iso­la­tion­ist and self-ob­sessed, are mov­ing as fast as they can to be “in”. That’s why Tim Cook in May be­came Ap­ple’s first CEO to jour­ney to In­dia, and a trip by Mi­crosoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, fol­lowed. Like­wise, Face­book’s CEO, Mark Zucker­berg, de­voted con­sid­er­able ef­fort to learn­ing Man­darin ahead of his trip to China in March.

Com­pa­nies are in­vest­ing in build­ing more ef­fi­cient trans­la­tion soft­ware to make work­ing any­where, with any­one, sim­ple and seam­less. Multi­na­tion­als world­wide know that, to grow and thrive, they must look to mar­kets and re­la­tion­ships beyond their own home coun­tries’ bor­ders. And what is true of global com­pa­nies ap­plies to coun­tries: those that are not “in” will in­evitably be left out.

—Courtesy: TJT [The writer is CEO of Mar­cus Ven­ture Con­sult­ing. ©Project Syn­di­cate, 2016.] www.project-syn­di­cate.org

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