The Hill Talk’s Glance at the Globe

Valentine’s Day banned in Pakistan:  Determined to be a threat to their culture and a promotion of corrupting Western values, a Pakistani court barred public celebrations of Valentine’s Day in Islamabad on Monday.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan ruled against the celebration after a petitioner claimed public displays of affection were used to undermine Islamist traditions and values with “immorality, nudity and indecency.”

Following the court’s ruling, numerous cities across Pakistan banned Valentine’s Day celebrations.  A similar movement in Malaysia, another predominately Muslim nation, occurred and protests against the day were held.  In Japan, Marxists managed anti-Valentine’s Day demonstrations.

Report claims Russia, Syria used chemical weapons in Syria:  In a blistering report published Monday, Human Rights Watch (HWR) asserted the Syrian government used chemical agents against civilian populations in Aleppo.

The record says Syrian aircraft dropped dangerous chlorine chemical barrel bombs on rebel-held sections of Aleppo primarily inhabited by civilians.  HWR says the raids took place on eight occasions in late 2016, killed nine and injured over 200.

French Parliament loosens restrictions on law enforcement:  Responding to an increase of terrorist attacks in France, the French Senate approved a bill which enables law enforcement to more freely use weapons to combat crime and attacks on civilians and police.

The measure passed on Thursday and grants Municipal Police expanded rights to defend themselves and civilians in imminent danger.

The measure also increases fines and penalties for attacks on law enforcement.

Russia claims Ukraine targeted civilians with WMDs:  A Russian panel probing allegations of Ukrainian use of weapons of mass destruction against civilians in Donbass has concluded the Ukrainian military deployed and used the OTR-21 Tochka missile system against civilians in the People’s Republic of Luhansk.

Speaking on behalf of the Russian Investigative Committee, Colonel Svetlana Petrenko stated the evidence of use of WMD by Ukraine’s armed forces is “irrefutable.”

The Tochka missile system is capable of using conventional, nuclear, chemical or biological warheads.

Ukraine leader cautions West over thaw with Kremlin:  Citing the “historic chance” for the West to obstruct expansionist Russia, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told the Munich Security Conference agreements with Moscow will embolden the attitudes of separatists in eastern Ukraine and encourage support from Russia.

Sporadic fighting recently erupted again in the region in which nearly 10,000 lives have been lost since 2014.

Poroshenko’s remarks in Munich follow the vows of Alexander Zakharchenko, leader of the Donetsk People’s Republic, to unify all territory in Donetsk and Luhansk provinces by force if needed.

Map showing the battle lines in eastern Ukraine 23 January 2015

(courtesy BBC)

 

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