Dozens of New Zealanders handed in their firearms on Saturday as a gun buyback scheme went into operation aimed at ridding the country of semi-automatic weapons in the wake of the Christchurch mosque attacks.
The international community well knows that the conflict in Yemen and the humanitarian suffering in many parts of the country are the direct results of the illegal and violent overthrow in 2014 of the legitimate government of Yemen by the Houthi militia.
The war on Syria has not ended with the defeat of the Daesh false “caliphate.” The US and Europe’s heavyweights, Britain, France and Germany, as well as “Brussels” continue the war by other means. Their aim is to win the war their allies and surrogates lost in Syria’s battered and blasted cities, towns, villages and countryside. Punitive sanctions have been tightened and are strictly enforced.
The escalation in Libya is a matter of serious concern and all sides involved in the conflict should realise that there can be no military solution to the ongoing crisis, but only a political one.
Russia launched a new intercontinental weapon which is believed to fly at a speed of 27 times the speed of sound (“Russia deploys first hypersonic missile unit”, Dec.28, Gulf Today).
European Union (EU) foreign ministers discussed on Monday how to wield influence “more forcefully” in Libya and restore an arms embargo against the country’s warring parties.