REUTERS YANGON, Myanmar: Late in the afternoon of Dec. 12 last year, Wa Lone's cell phone rang. It was a man named Naing Lin, a lance corporal in Myanmar's 8th Security Police Battalion.The policeman urged Wa Lone, a 31-year-old reporter with Reuters, to meet him immediately at the battalion's barracks on the outskirts of Yangon. Night was falling around the golden spires of the pagodas in this former capital city."He told me that if I don't come now," Wa Lone would later recall in a Myanmar courtroom, "I might not be able to meet him because he is about to transfer to another region."Wa Lone, whose large eyeglasses rest on chubby cheeks, had spent weeks looking into Battalion 8. He was working on a story about the murder of 10 members of the country's Rohingya Muslim minority during a military operation in western Rakhine State. And he'd gotten his hands on explosive material: photographs of the 10 men before and after they were killed.One picture showed the men's bodies, hacked and … [Read more...] about Special Report: Dangerous News
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China has issued new guidelines to enforce academic integrity in science that include plans to “record and assess” the conduct of scientists and institutions and punish anyone guilty of misconduct, state news agency Xinhua reported. The guidelines, released on Wednesday by the ruling Communist Party and the State Council, or cabinet, prohibit plagiarism, fabrication of data and research conclusions, ghost-writing and peer review manipulation, according to Xinhua. Scandals in recent years involving things like faked research, plagiarism and problematic peer review standards have dented China’s reputation as a growing force in the world of scientific research. Xinhua said China would build a “scientific integrity mechanism” to drive innovation while maintaining zero tolerance for severe academic dishonesty. “Anyone who violates the integrity rules will be held accountable by law,” it said, citing a document issued by the party and government. … [Read more...] about China issues rules to get tough on academic integrity
Any self-respecting parents would send the infantile, fat, narcissist with the world’s most bizarre comb-over to bed without any supper. However, as this incurably dysfunctional child currently holds the post of President of the United States, petulant attention-seeking carries terrible ramifications for the world community. He has decided, unilaterally, to break the international agreement entered with Iran by all of the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, Germany and the European Union, which was aimed at preventing the Iranians from developing a nuclear weapon. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox There is no evidence that the Iranians were in breach of any of the provisions of the agreement. But this fat controller, as is his wont, broke the agreement because he did not like it. His checkered litigation history is a graveyard of agreements that he has broken. One of the cardinal features of civilization is the … [Read more...] about A worm’s eye view of international agreements
These are generally understood to be acts of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. International support for the IIIM gained traction after the reported confirmation that chemical weapons had been used in Syria. However, with hope still lingering for an all-inclusive political solution for Syria, the push to bring individual war criminals to account seems to have lost impetus, with countries involved in diplomatic efforts fearing that prosecutions might derail the peace process and perpetuate the conflict. Besides, why should perpetrators of atrocities in Syria be deterred by the prospect of being punished? After all, those sought by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for similar sins in Darfur, Sudan, have yet to be apprehended. The ICC has no jurisdiction over Syria until the UN Security Council refers a case to the ICC, and such referral is impossible without the unanimous agreement of the council’s five permanent members, some of whom would certainly … [Read more...] about Impunity for international criminals: business as usual?
Even in the context of a post-truth geopolitical environment run amok, Russian President Vladimir Putin telling his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani over the phone that any further Western strikes against Syria may “lead to chaos in international relations” should at least be seen for what it is; a massive understatement. According to the Kremlin, Putin and Rouhani agreed that what cynics are calling the F.U.K.U.S. – or France, UK, US – strikes have damaged the chances of achieving any meaningful political resolution in Syria. That translates into Putin and Rouhani acknowledging that Washington, London and Paris are pulling no punches to be back in the game, directly clashing with the painstaking Astana peace process led by Russia, Iran and Turkey. Significantly, Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari reminded acting US Secretary of State John Sullivan, also over the phone, about “the necessity to prioritize finding a political solution and … [Read more...] about Syria, Iran and ‘chaos in international relations’