Daily Archives: March 13, 2018

France | The tribunal on Turkish war crimes to start in Paris

A session of the Permanent Peoples Tribunal on Turkish war crimes against Kurdish people will be held in Paris’ Bourse du Travail on 15 and 16 March 2018.

Seven judges will examine an indictment served upon the Turkish State and its officials including Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and several military and intelligence officials.

USA | The CIA’s new nominee director Gina Haspel once ran a torture site and destroyed evidence

As CIA director Mike Pompeo moves to become the United States’ secretary of state, deputy director Gina Haspel has been nominated to lead the agency. If confirmed by the Senate, she will become the first woman to run the CIA.

Haspel’s nomination will be controversial; she played a leading role (paywall) in running a US torture site abroad and later destroyed the evidence of it.

China | Succession Politics and the Cost of Eliminating Presidential Term Limits in China

By Taisu Zhang

On Feb. 25, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) issued a formal amendment proposal to abolish constitutional term limits for the presidency. Assuming the amendment goes through, which it almost certainly will, there would no longer be any formal institutional obstacles preventing Xi Jinping from staying in all three of his current positions—Party Secretary, Chairman of the Central Military Commission and President—for life. This would be an exceedingly clear signal that the “” of Chinese high politics, under which lifelong rule by a single strongman gave way to regular retirement, rotations, and collective decision-making, has collapsed, and that Xi will remain in power for the foreseeable future.