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Today The Raw Story published an AFP article titled “Pakistan remains opposed to drones after Obama speech.”
The article reads:
The Pakistan government Friday repeated its view that US drone strikes in its territory were illegal, after President Barack Obama laid out new guidelines for their use.
The US president mounted a firm defence of his covert drone war as legal and just in a major speech on counterterrorism policy on Thursday but warned that undisciplined use of the tactic would invite abuses of power.
Islamabad said it welcomed some aspects of Obama’s address, particularly his acknowledgement that “force alone cannot make us safe”, but it remained firm on its long-held public stance on unmanned missile attacks in its tribal northwest.
“The Government of Pakistan has consistently maintained that the drone strikes are counter-productive, entail loss of innocent civilian lives, have human rights and humanitarian implications and violate the principles of national sovereignty, territorial integrity and international law,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.
On Wednesday Amnesty International published a blog post titled “Did Myanmar President Thein Sein Deserve the Warm Welcome?”
The post’s author Frank Jannuzi writes:
Did he deserve it? Amnesty International does not bemoan high-level engagement with the Burmese government. To be sure, President Thein Sein has taken a number of steps, including the release of many political prisoners, long called for by human rights activists inside and outside Myanmar. During his visit to Washington, he also spoke compellingly about the need for economic development, peace, inclusive government, and stability in Myanmar.
But make no mistake. There is still enormous work to be done in Myanmar to address continuing human rights violations and build the rule of law, transparency, and accountability. This is not a “mission accomplished” moment for either President Thein Sein or the Obama Administration’s Myanmar policy.
Largely absent at either end of Pennsylvania Avenue this week was adequate scrutiny of the growing anti-Muslim violence against Myanmar’s Rohingya population. The Rohingya are subject to a host of discriminatory practices, but neither the government nor Myanmar’s opposition political parties have denounced this longstanding discrimination.
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Today Think Progress published an article titled “Ten Right Wingers Freak Out Over Boy Scouts Policy Change.”
The article’s author Josh Israel writes:
After more than three-fifths of delegates to the Boy Scouts of America’s National Council voted Thursday to lift the organization’s ban on openly gay youth — a move that preserved the ban on LGBT adult leaders and volunteers — groups ranging from GLAAD to the LDS Church embraced the change. But several of the most anti-LGBT extremists expressed outrage, hate, and vitriol at even this half-measure.
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