FEATURED NEWS POST
Nicaragua's President Looks to Stay in Office as Term Limits Removed
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF December 12, 2013 @ 9:43amClick here to read more
Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has moved closer to an indefinite term in office after his allies in the National Assembly approved constitutional changes that opponents say are designed to keep the Sandinista leader in power for life.
The legislation eliminates presidential term limits, allowing Ortega to seek reelection in 2016. He is currently serving his third term, made possible by a supreme court decision that overrode a constitutional limit to two terms.
Ortega's supporters say the law allows Nicaraguans to choose their leaders more freely.
Cuban Authorities Squelch Human Rights March
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF December 12, 2013 @ 9:40amClick here to read more
Cuban security forces have detained about 20 dissidents at the start of an International Human Rights Day march, halting the demonstration before it started.
The opponents were seen being taken away Tuesday after their planned protest along a central street in Havana was interrupted. The would-be protesters resisted, but no injuries were reported. It was not known where they were taken.
The dissident group, called the Ladies in White, were pounced upon and quickly shoved into waiting vehicles by security personnel and government supporters when they arrived at a busy intersection in the capital.
Kerry Returning to Israel for Peace Talks
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF December 12, 2013 @ 9:35amClick here to read more
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry returns Thursday to Israel, where the State Department says he will "continue the conversation" from his visit with Israeli and Palestinian leaders last week.
Kerry is due to hold with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah as the two sides continue to negotiate the major issues of a long-sought peace deal.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Thursday's meetings will cover "all of the issues that are on the table," including security.
Bangladesh Court Clears Way for Islamist Leader's Execution
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF December 12, 2013 @ 8:54amClick here to read more
Bangladesh's Supreme Court has rejected an appeal against the death sentence of an Islamist opposition leader convicted of war crimes, clearing the way for his execution.
The court on Wednesday turned down a request for a review of the death penalty by the legal team for Abdul Qader Mollah, who was set to be hanged Wednesday before his lawyers secured a postponement.
Saiful Islam, the prosecutor of the War Crimes Tribunal of Bangladesh, spoke outside the courtroom.
US Suspends Non-Lethal Aid for Syrian Rebels
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF December 12, 2013 @ 8:50amClick here to read more
The United States confirmed Wednesday that non-lethal aid to northern Syria has been suspended after Islamist fighters seized warehouses used by the Western-backed Free Syrian Army rebels.
The White House and State Department made a point of emphasizing that humanitarian aid continues, though non-lethal assistance has been suspended.
Fighters from the Islamic Front, an umbrella group of six major rebel brigades, seized Free Syrian Army bases and weapons warehouses at a border crossing between Syria and Turkey.