The Weekly Snack beings you a summary of the top stories in New Zealand and world news.
This week in national news, United Future leader and Associate health Minister Peter Dunne has urged the Prime Minister to reconsider New Zealand’s current stance on drug control. Dunne insisted that the country should move to a Portuguese model for drug control, so that it eliminates gangs, reduces the prison population and allows better targeting of police money. Portugal decriminalized drugs in 2001 and has since seen a dramatic decrease in overdoses and criminal convictions. However, despite the positive change Portugal has experienced under less restricting policies, Prime Minister Bill English has rejected this proposal and reiterates that the National party has no interest in liberalizing the drug laws.
Unfortunately, more brutal killings have found its way to the headlines this week. At least 28 Coptic Christians have been killed by armed men, as they were travelling to a monastery in Egypt’s Minya province. This is not the first time Egypt’s Christian community, which makes up 10% of the population has been targeted by terrorists. In December 2016, a bombing at Cairo’s largest Coptic cathedral left 25 people dead; the Palm Sunday bombings during Christian ceremonies in April killed 45 people and forced President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to declare a nation wide three-month state of emergency. The recent attack was claimed by ISIS and is believed that ISIS has launched a campaign against Egypt’s Christian minority. As expected, this barbaric act has been heavily condemned by political and religious leaders around the world.
In other news, Schapelle Corby, Australia’s most notorious drug smuggler has arrived back in her home country. Corby was found trying to smuggle 4 kilograms of marijuana into Bali in 2004. Now, at the age of 39 after 9 years of imprisonment and relentless media obsession, her parole has expired and she has returned to Australia.