The headlines of the world news have been dominated by a series of radical and often violent events. The latest tragedy being the shooting at an Orlando nightclub that killed 49 people and injured 50 others.
This is just one recent example in what has been many tragedies, after terrorist attacks across Europe, to a string of mass shootings in America. In this blog post we will explore some of these moments as well as the political implications they carry with them – both nationally and globally.
– The Orlando nightclub shooting was the latest in a string of shootings that have plagued America. 49 people were killed and 50 injured in what is being called an act of domestic terrorism. President Barack Obama has made remarks saying this may be, “the worst tragedy” on US soil since September 11th 2001, with many seeing it as a direct result of the lax gun laws currently in place across much of America.
– More than 150 women have been sexually assaulted by migrants from Afghanistan over New Year’s Eve celebrations in Cologne Germany leading to police arresting at least one suspect during their investigations into these assaults – which occurred outside a major train station near where up to 1000 men congregated before breaking into groups and assaulting hundreds more females according to German police – and questions being raised as to how these assaults were allowed to occur.
– A group of up to 20 teenagers have been arrested by Israeli police with the suspected involvement in a series of terror attacks against Israel, with at least two confirmed deaths from these attacks, which included shootings and stabbings according to reports.
– The US government has imposed sanctions on Russia’s intelligence services for their efforts during election tampering in favour of Donald Trump last year, while also imposing penalties on individuals who are close associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin following his order that cyberattacks not be carried out against America but they will resume if ordered. These sanctions come after repeated calls from Democrats that some form action should be taken against Russia for it’s hostile actions towards the US election.
– The Russian parliament has approved a bill that would make it a crime to insult the state, with potential punishments of up to five years in prison for such offences. This new law came after an anti-corruption campaigner estimated that $300 billion was being stolen from Russia annually and one report suggested that 90% of Russians had been victims of economic crimes at some point in their lives. After pressure from civil society groups as well as opposition politicians, President Vladimir Putin said he will drop the proposal because ‘we cannot be soft’ on things like this and they need to work harder on addressing corruption problems instead so it doesn’t continue happening if not get worse.
– A survey done by Ipsos Mori for BBC News revealed many people in the UK are feeling that they’re not saving enough money. It found only one in four people have a pension, and some of those who do