The UN Security Council has voted unanimously in favor of a resolution classifying rape as a weapon of war.
The document describes the deliberate use of rape as a tactic in war and a threat to international security. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said violence against women had reached “unspeakable proportions” in some societies recovering from conflict.
The UN is also setting up an inquiry to report next June on how widespread the practice is and how to tackle it. Human-rights group hailed the resolution as historic.
Ki-moon doing something right?
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has said the European Union will not be able to expand further without ratification of the Lisbon treaty.
An EU summit in Brussels has been overshadowed by divisions over the reform treaty – which was rejected by Irish voters in a referendum last week. A decision on what to do next is expected to be postponed until October. The EU leaders, who continue talks on Friday, did agree to scrap diplomatic sanctions against Cuba imposed in 2003.
That’s a …thought, but the reason the Irish rejected the treaty wasn’t just the expansion but a seriously ill EU!
The challenge At this very moment more than forty million people all around the world have become refugees escaping from their homes, which is why we need days such as World Refugee Day.
In Darfur, Minnesota, Another Kind of Siege
Every once in a while, someone in this tiny speck of a prairie town catches sight of a “Save Darfur!” poster in a magazine or a newspaper, or on the flickering TV at the Darfur Lounge on main street.
Browsing the news daily we often miss these little bits of news at the bottom of the page. They are often funny, sometimes weird, and they give us a new perspective on life, so here’s the first of a new column series: How Bizarre!
Euro-reporter travels to Italy, surviving tuna fish nets and getting ready for a bite into a pizza with the name …Berlusconi special!!!