27 January 2024

Quote of the day

Lisa, I don’t need this. I swear to God, I do not need this right now, okay? I’ve got a judge that’s just aching to throw me in jail. An idiot who wants to fight me for two hundred dollars. Slaughtered pigs. Giant loud whistles. I ain’t slept in five days. I got no money, a dress code problem, *and* a little murder case which, in the balance, holds the lives of two innocent kids. Not to mention your… biological clock. My career, your life, our marriage, and let me see, what else can we pile on? Is there any more *shit* we can pile on to the top of the outcome of this case?

—My Cousin Vinnie (1992)

This Day in history

  • 484 BC, Temple of Castor dedicated in the Roman Forum.
  • 98 AD, Nerva dies passing the Empire to Trajan.
  • 1302 AD, Dante is condemned and exile from Florence while absent from the proceedings.
  • 1343 AD, Pope Clement VI releases his bull Unigenitus to justify has papal power and the doctrine of indulgences.
  • 1606 AD, The trial of Guy Fawkes for the gunpowder plot commences.
  • 1869 AD, Ezo Republic established in Hokkaido by rebels.
  • 1916 AD, Conscription introduced to the UK.
  • 1945 AD, Soviet 322nd Rifle Division liberates remaining prisoners at Auschwitz.
  • 1967 AD, Apollo 1 astronauts die when their spacecraft catches fire during on-ground testing.
  • 1967 AD, “Outer Space Treaty” banning the deployment of nuclear weapons in space signed by the UK, US, and USSR.

Current Events

The International Court of Justice has issued a preliminary ruling in support of South Africa’s petition against Israel for alleged violations of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

In the preliminary ruling the ICJ established its jurisdiction, and that:

at least some of the acts and omissions alleged by South Africa to have been committed by Israel in Gaza appear to be capable of falling within the provisions of the Convention

The Court ordered Israel to cease any acts towards the Palestinan people that involve:

  • killing members of the group;
  • causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
  • deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; and
  • imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;

These four activities are activities explicitly defined as genocidal in Article II of the Genocide Convention.

The court ruled that Israel must further take a number of actions to “address the adverse conditions of life faced by Palestinians in the Gaza Strip” and report the the court within one month on Israel’s progress in implementing the court’s preliminary order.

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