The Weekly Roundup – 1st April 2018

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There has been a heavy focus this week in the news on the Salisbury attack which occurred on 4 March.

The Fultum Post contributors have commented on this topic here and here.

UK:

On Monday, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced that a Royal Navy fleet of gunboats which shall protect British fisheries after Brexit.

These gunboats, according to Mr. Williamson, shall maintain the Royal Navy’s ‘proud tradition of protecting the UK’s coastline and keeping a close eye on our fishing waters.’

Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party came under fire this week for links to anti-Semitism. The Fultum Post‘s economic editor Oliver Stanley commented that, whether Mr. Corbyn is anti-Semitic or not, he is the ‘most toxic major party leader in recent history.’

The Metropolitan Police commissioner opined on Saturday that social media is behind the rise in violent crime among young people.

US:

Showing solidarity with Britain (and against Russia), President Donald Trump expelled 60 diplomats and closed the Russian consulate in Seattle.

This marks a turning point for President Trump, who has previously been criticised for being too soft on Putin.

Europe:

Along with UK Prime Minister Theresa May and President Trump, 18 EU countries expelled Russian diplomats.

This was the largest expulsion of Russian diplomats since the Cold War.

It was announced this week that Ireland shall hold a referendum in May on whether to keep or repeal the Eighth Amendment of the Irish Constitution, which makes abortion illegal in all but exceptional circumstances.

World:

On Wednesday, rumors that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was in China and meet President Xi Jinping were found to be true.

In what was his first known foreign visit since becoming supreme leader in 2011, Mr. Kim reportedly made clear his commitment to denuclearisation.

Russia began to retaliate on Thursday to the mass expulsion of its diplomats around the world. It booted 60 US diplomats and shut the US consulate in St. Petersburg, announcing that it shall respond to the other nations involved in the expulsion shortly.

The Fultum Post contributors have also written on the Salisbury attack (see above), Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party, the NHS, the fifth amendment of the US Constitution and Donald Trump’s leadership.

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