Powers must push for political solution in Syria: UN
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