The July-August war in Gaza drew international condemnation for a number of reasons, but one episode proved more deadly than any other: an Israeli air and artillery bombardment on Aug. 1 that killed 150 people in a matter of hours. Six weeks on from the war, with the toll of destruction still being counted, there is deepening unease about what took place that day, especially over whether too much force was used. Some legal experts say a war crime may have been committed. The events unfolded just as a three-day ceasefire was supposed to come into force. Hamas militants emerged from a tunnel inside Gaza and ambushed three Israeli soldiers, killing two of them and seizing the third. To rescue the soldier - dead or alive - and ensure Hamas could not use him as a hostage, the Israeli army invoked what is known as the "Hannibal directive", an order compelling units to do everything they can to recover an abducted comrade. What ensued was a furious assault on a confined area on the eastern … [Read more...] about Did Israel’s ‘Hannibal directive’ lead to a war crime in Gaza?
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The report consists of four chapters on biodiversity, fundamental causes of biodiversity degradation, institutional system, policies and resources for biodiversity preservation, trends of variation and upcoming five-year orientations. The report was made from information and materials provided by prestigious Vietnamese ministries, agencies, localities and scientific and technological research centers and with the participation of leading managers and scientists who are specializing in biodiversity. The document is expected to assist central and local agencies in planning biodiversity preservation, environmental protection, response to climate change and scientific research. Within the event, a seminar was held to collect comments for the draft National Strategy on Biodiversity by 2020 with a vision towards 2030. Viet Nam was recognized as one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world. So far, the country has an adequate legal framework on biodiversity conservation. … [Read more...] about National biodiversity report released
Exactly 70 years ago, in the seething revolutionary atmosphere in August, the Decree by President Ho Chi Minh dated August 28, 1945 to establish the Provisional Government of the Democratic Republic of Viet Nam officially gave birth to the modern diplomatic sector of Viet Nam. The diplomatic sector is extremely proud to be placed under the direct leadership and guidance of President Ho Chi Minh, the first Minister of the sector. This great honor has been observed right from the early establishment of the country, the Party and Uncle Ho attached much importance to the role of foreign affairs as an important weapon to protect national interests. Uncle Ho once said: "In art of war, to fight with scheme is the best, to fight through diplomacy is second, the third is with soldiers".1 The unforgettable years Right from the beginning, faced with many internal and external enemies, through the Viet Nam - France Preliminary Agreement dated March 06, 1946 and the Viet Nam - France Provisional … [Read more...] about VN’s diplomacy: 70 years accompanying the nation
(VOVworld) – The G8 summit of leading industrialized nations opened in Northern Ireland on Monday. Its ambitious agenda focuses on how to recover the global economic recession. But disagreements over policies for Syria, particularly whether to arm the rebels or not, have cast a shadow over the G8 summit. US and Russian leaders met one day before the G8 summit in Northern Ireland (photo: RIA) G8 is made up of the world’s top 8 democratic and industrialized nations – France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK, the US, Canada, and Russia. The annual economic and political summit brings together their state leaders and international officials, and is an important opportunity to discuss global economic issues. Countries will undertake an effort to boost trade activities to generate global economic growth. This year’s host country, the UK, wants to advocate measures against tax fraud and increase transparency in trade activities. However, economic issues seem to be … [Read more...] about Syrian conflicts: center of G8 summit
The Hanoitimes - An international conference with the theme The new roles played by museums in culture, communication and creativity was kicked off on October 20 at the Goethe Institute in Hanoi. Thu Minh … [Read more...] about Trade center possible be converted to a museum