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In The News: 02.09.11

First and foremost, the Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems law journal is hosting its annual symposium this Thursday and Friday. Here is the full schedule.

UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories and Princeton Law professor, Richard A. Falk will be giving the keynote address on Thursday, 7pm at the Pomerantz Career Center, Room C20. Mr. Falk has recently received criticism for comments he made surrounding 9/11.

Speaking of symposiums, the Harvard International Law Journal is hosting an online symposium at opiniojuris.org.

My attention is still squarely on Egypt. Although the Egyptian protests are not making front page headlines anymore, the revolution is not over. In fact, it is getting stronger. While many feared that protestors would soon break entering the third week of protests, the number of protestors has grown in large part because of this inspiring interview by a Google executive who was detained by Egyptian police for over two weeks. Foreign Policy has created an "Arab Revolution" website that contains breaking news and analysis on the continued protests in Egypt and the greater region. It is a great source of information. The protestors in Egypt, however, are impacting the behavior of countries outside of the Middle East as well. For example, China is taking aggressive precautionary measures.  The protests have caused the United States to continually re-evaluate its posture in the Middle East.

In other news, South Sudan will officially secede from the Sudanese government in Khartorum. The new country faces a divided populous, poor infrastructure, and high unemployment among many other issues.

Cambodia has asked the UN Security Council for UN Peacekeepers to intervene in an escalating conflict between Thailand and Cambodia over their continued border dispute.

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