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Earlier this week, Russian officials proposed that the Syrian government should hand over their chemical weapons arsenal to the international community to stop a missile strike from the US, and Syria agreed to the plan.
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem was quoted, saying:
'We held a very fruitful round of talks with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov yesterday, and he proposed an initiative relating to chemical weapons. And in the evening we agreed to the Russian initiative.'
President Obama was interviewed by ABC’s Diane Sawyer, where he said that if Syria were to agree to hand over their chemical weapons, a US missile strike would ‘absolutely’ be put on hold. He continued:
"I consider this a modestly positive development," the president said. "Let’s see if we can come up with language that avoids a strike but accomplishes our key goals to make sure that these chemical weapons are not used."
We will keep you updated as more information becomes available, but thankfully it looks like tensions are easing.
President Obama appeared on PBS NewsHour and stated that he has not made a decision about Syria and explains why an attack on Syria would be beneficial.
He stated that an attack on Syria would not be like Iraq, which most people are worried about, and it would be limited attacks to discourage chemical attacks.
Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron has stated that he will wait for the UN inspectors report about the chemical before he sends the UK into a war with America and Syria. A vote on a military strike will take place next week.
Reports have stated that Russia will be sending warships into the Mediterranean to counter America’s attack on Syria. The US has 4 ships with Tomahawk missiles currently stationed near Syria, and Russia is stationing anti-submarine ships and missile cruisers.
Yesterday, it was reported that the US had ‘undeniable proof’ that Syria’s government was responsible for launching the chemical attacks, but now it is uncertain again. US military officials have been using the term ‘no slam dunk,’ when discussing President Obama stating they had unequivocal proof of Assad using chemical weapons.
At the end of the day, the world will just have to wait for the UN inspector’s report on the matter.
We shall update you as more information is released.
The UN Inspectors who were sent to Syria were fired upon by unidentified snipers at the start of their expedition.
The attack did not stop them, and they continued on to hospitals to interview patients and family members, gather samples, and stated they were satisfied with their first day of work.
Although they have not ruled the Syrian government directly responsible for the chemical attack, The US, UK and France say they have ‘incontrovertible evidence,’ that the Assad regime is to blame.
Secretary of State John Kerry came on the air to announce that the Syrian government is responsible for using chemical weapons on its own people and for destroying the evidence. Kerry even stated that President Obama has expressed that, ‘there must be accountability.’
“Nothing today is more serious, and nothing is receiving more serious scrutiny,” Secretary Kerry said.
Congress is somewhat split over the topic of attacking Syria, with Republicans on one side stating they think attack is imminent and want to be in the loop, and Liberals stating there should be limited military involvement. Both sides agree that something must be done.
Syria has stated that Israel will be the first victim if the US or other countries decided to attack.
British and US naval forces have joined for a possible attack on Syria.
At least 355 people were killed from the chemical attacks, with 3,600 injured, but the true death toll is probably around 1,300.
Do you think the US/UN should attack Syria?
Obama Fights For Pit Bulls?!
After introducing the newest member of the Obama family, the White House has come out against breed-specific legislations.
The laws regulate and restrict ownership of dogs based on their breed with pit bulls being the most commonly targeted dog.
Groups such as the American Bar Association has said the restrictions do harm to dog breeds and their owners without actually improving public safety.
The White House released a statement responding to a petition entitled “Breed-Specific Legislation Is a Bad Idea” which asked for laws that target specific dog breeds to be outlawed on a federal level. The statement read:
We don’t support breed-specific legislation — research shows that bans on certain types of dogs are largely ineffective and often a waste of public resources.
In 2000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked at twenty years of data about dog bites and human fatalities in the United States. They found that fatal attacks represent a very small proportion of dog bite injuries to people and that it’s virtually impossible to calculate bite rates for specific breeds.
The CDC also noted that the types of people who look to exploit dogs aren’t deterred by breed regulations — when their communities establish a ban, these people just seek out new, unregulated breeds. And the simple fact is that dogs of any breed can become dangerous when they’re intentionally or unintentionally raised to be aggressive.
For all those reasons, the CDC officially recommends against breed-specific legislation — which they call inappropriate. You can read more from them here.
As an alternative to breed-specific policies, the CDC recommends a community-based approach to prevent dog bites. And ultimately, we think that’s a much more promising way to build stronger communities of pets and pet owners.
Lisa LaFontaine, President of the Washington Humane Society, believes the statement provides a big boost for those who advocate against breed-specific legislation.
Do you think legislation for breeds such as pit bulls are a good or bad thing? Let us know what you think in the comments down below.
President Barack Obama has condemned Egypt’s interim government for their actions as the death toll from the attack on pro-Morsi protesters soars past 500.
President Obama called on Egypt’s interim government to cancel the month-long state of emergency after the bloodshed on Wednesday. He stated:
"We deplore violence against civilians. Let me say that the Egyptian people deserve better than what we’ve seen over the last several days, and to the Egyptian people, let me say the cycle of violence and escalation needs to stop.
America cannot determine the future of Egypt. That’s a task for the Egyptian people. We don’t take sides with any particular party or political figure. I know it’s tempting inside of Egypt to blame the United States or the West or some other outside actor for what’s gone wrong,” the president said on Thursday. “We want Egypt to succeed. We want a peaceful, democratic, prosperous Egypt. That’s our interest. But to achieve that, the Egyptians are going to have to do the work.”
The plea was not heard in Cairo, where the interior ministry authorized security forces to fire at any Morsi supporters involved in the attacks on churches and government buildings.
Obama also canceled Operation Bright Star, a joint military exercise meant to take place in the Sinai region next month.
Egypt’s health ministry announced the death toll had risen to 525, with over 3,500 people injured.
Do you think Egypt will ever reach a peaceful resolution?
President Obama appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and stated that he has ‘no patience’ with Russia’s anti-gay law and is disappointed with Russia’s decision to not turn Snowden over to the US.
More specifically, President Obama stated that he will have:
"no patience for countries that try to treat gays and lesbians and transgendered persons in ways that intimidate them or are harmful to them."
Obama went on to say the Russia has a huge stake in making the Olympics work. He continued:
"I think they understand that for most of the countries that participate in the Olympics, we wouldn’t tolerate gays and lesbians being treated differently … One of the things I think is very important for me to speak out on is making sure that people are treated fairly and justly because that’s what we stand for, and I believe that that’s a precept that’s not unique to America. That’s just something that should apply everywhere."
In other gay rights related news, Stephen Fry released an open letter to the IOC, begging them to take a stand against Russia’s anti-gay law.
Fry asks the IOC to ban the Sochi Winter Olympics entirely, begging them to be held in any other location. Fry relates Putin’s anti-gay laws to Hitler using Jews as scapegoats in the 1930’s.
To read the letter in its entirety, click here.