Ahmed Fathi is a video journalist , global affairs and economic analyst based in New York, United States of America.
New York: Americans are holding different opinions on the recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court to legalize sports betting. Though sports betting is common in many countries, it’s not so much in many states within the United States – horse racing being an exception, which is allowed in most states. This is however, set to change following the court ruling that gives each state the right to legalize sports gambling – such as for football, baseball and basketball.
The United Nations turned into a football fan zone as Ambassadors from Russia and other countries participating in the World Cup donned jerseys of their national teams and gathered in a hall at the UN headquarters where they posed for group photos and watched the opening match between Russia and Saudi Arabia together.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres paid tribute today to fallen peacekeepers who served under the UN flag and recommitted to “carrying forward their mission for a better future.” A series of events honouring peacekeepers were held at the UN headquarters in New York today (01 Jun) in observance of the International Day of UN Peacekeepers which the Secretary-General marked on 29 May in a visit to the UN mission in Mali (MINUSMA). Guterres laid a wreath in memory of the more than 3,700 brave women and men who lost their lives while serving United Nations Peacekeeping since its inception, including 132 from 37 countries last year. He said the closure of the peacekeeping missions in Côte d'Ivoire and Liberia last year is a landmark on the road to peace and stability in a region that was once in chaos. He added that when the right strategies, resources and political support are in place, United Nations peacekeeping saves and improves lives for millions of people.
Two United Nations agencies signed a landmark agreement with the government of Myanmar today (6 Jun), which they hope will provide hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees with a pathway to return home, from overcrowded camps across the border in Bangladesh. The Spokesperson for Secretary-General António Guterres, Stéphane Dujarric, told reporters in New York that the Secretary-General “welcomes the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) reached by the Government of Myanmar, UNHCR, and the UN Development Programme on the UN system’s support to creating conditions conducive to voluntary, safe, dignified, and sustainable Rohingya refugee returns from Bangladesh, and their reintegration in Rakhine State.”
Canada, come this October, will become the first industrialized nation to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes, with all 10 provinces and three territories to decide for themselves how to roll out the new law. The new law would entail making decisions on the minimum age and whether the private sector or the government will be responsible for its distribution The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says they do not intend to move forward on legalization of all drugs, but are very much focused on the control and legalization of marijuana because the current system is not working. Canadians overwhelmingly support the decision to legalize cannabis for recreational purposes, but there is one snag. It violates the three international drug treaties it has signed.