Latest World News: March 12


  1. Britain gives Moscow 36 hours to explain alleged use of nerve agent from Russia.

A former Russian spy and his daughter were poisoned by a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia, Theresa May has told MPs.

Quote:

Either this was a direct act by the Russian State against our country, or the Russian government lost control of this potentially catastrophically damaging nerve agent and allowed it to get into the hands of others. The government has concluded that it is highly likely that Russia was responsible.

Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary, summoned the Russian ambassador to the foreign office on Monday. He said Russia must give an explanation by the end of Tuesday.

May says if Russia does not give a “credible response”, the government will conclude that the attack involved “unlawful use of force by the Russian state against the United Kingdom.” And if the government does come to that conclusion, she will return to the Commons to outline retaliatory measures.

What exactly happened?

On the 4th of March, sixty-six-year-old retired military intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter, 33, were found unconscious on a bench outside a shopping center in Salisbury. They remain in a critical, but stable condition.

May says it was not just an attack on Skripals, but an “indiscriminate and reckless” act against Britain. According to May, Russia has previously produced the agent and would still be capable of doing so.

What is Russia’s response?

Russia has denied any involvement in the attack.

A spokesperson for the Russian Foreign ministry called the hearing at the British parliament on Skripal case a circus show.

Quoting Maria Zakharova:

The conclusion is obvious: this is another information and political campaign, based on provocation. Before creating new fairy tales, let somebody in the kingdom tell us what was the result of the previous investigations into the Litvinenko, Berezovsky and Perepilichny cases.

Was Russia really involved?

We don’t know. But for every crime there has to be a motive. What is Russia’s motive in here? Is there a motive? Just think about it…

  1. Right-wing activists are ‘banned’ from Britain and held in ‘detention centers’.

Members of Generation Identity and Antifa clashed in London on Sunday.

GI, seen by some as the European equivalent of America’s so-called ‘alt-right’ has been recruiting in the UK and attempting to spread its message.

What are they promoting?

GI has an anti-Islam, nationalist message propagated through social media videos.

Are they succeeding?

Not really. Meetings were shut down and rallies were interrupted.

Border police held three high-profile members of GI. Martin Sellner, Brittany Pettibone and Lauren Southern were detained as they tried to enter London.

Quoting Lauren Southern:

I’m just in absolute shock right now. They took them away in different locked vehicles and drove them to detention centers…

…This is political discrimination – this is political profiling. I was supposed to go there tomorrow. God knows what will happen to me, will I be put in a detention centre? I can’t see my friends because of their political opinions. I can’t meet one of my best female friends to talk about right wing politics.

Free speech or hate speech?

You tell me.

  1. Donald Trump drops calls to raise guns age limit.

The president tweeted that there was not much political support for raising the minimum age on weapons sales.

How old do you have to be to buy a gun?

Americans must be 18 to buy a rifle or shotgun and 21 to buy a handgun from licensed dealers under federal law.

Private, unlicensed sales are federally allowed at any age for rifles and shotguns, and 18 for handguns, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Following an attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on the 14th of February, the White House unveiled its proposals.

What are they proposing?

  • Fund programmes to train school staff to use firearms
  • Encourage military veterans and retired police officers to become teachers
  • Improve background and mental health checks

The White House said a new federal commission on school safety would examine the age limit issue.

What do you think? Should young people be allowed to own a gun?

I believe it is not the question of age, but of mental stability and morals, which actually is a question of upbringing. How do you know a 21-year-old will not misuse his gun, and a 15-year-old will?

Maybe we should turn to the parents to answer this question?

  1. Ugandan MP to apologize to victims of domestic violence after saying men should “beat” their wives.

Onesimus Twinamasiko said on Ugandan television:

As a man, you need to discipline your wife. You need to touch her a bit, you tackle her, beat her somehow to really streamline her.

More than one in five women aged 15-49 have experienced domestic or sexual violence in Uganda.

What are the people saying?

His words got strong criticism from social media users. One leading women’s rights group in Uganda said he should seek therapy.

Did Mr Twinamasiko explain his position?

Mr Twinamasiko tried to clarify his comments with reference to his own marriage.

Quote:

I don’t mean beatings which cause injuries or death – but a slap – I would feel fine! Because it’s calling me to order. We would sit down and sort it out.

I was slapped once by my wife and it was OK with me, because we sorted out our differences. I also slapped her once. She had wronged me.

Apparently, Mr Twinamasiko was responding to comments made last week by Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni who said men who beat their wives or girlfriends were “cowards”.

What do you think? Is it okay to use physical force against your woman? Does it show strength or weakness of the man? Are there better ways to resolve a conflict?

Please share your opinion on the above issues in the comments!

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