Gun Control United Nations Style… And Other News.

United Nations Arms Treaty

What do Kim Jong-un and the NRA have in common (besides being a little nuts)? Both oppose the United Nations Arms Treaty. The United Nations passed the first-ever treaty to regulate the global trade in conventional weapons, which include tanks, helicopters, and guns. The treaty passed in a landslide vote. Those opposed? Syria, Iran and North Korea. 23 others abstained from the vote, most notably Russia and China. The treaty aims to bring about more transparency in global arms sales and requires states selling weapons to develop criteria to avoid exporting to countries with human-rights abuses, terrorism and organized crime. No wonder Syria opposed it. New York Times

BieberNorwegians really love Justin Bieber. Five schools in the Norwegian town of Aalesund have moved their exam dates because they clashed with Justin Bieber’s concert schedule. The headmasters feared students would rather skip their exams than miss out on an evening with the Biebs. And that’s not even the worst part – the concerts are in Oslo, a 7 hour drive from Aalesund!  I guess Norwegians still have Bieber fever. Raw Story

Obama BrainObama wants inside your brain. The president announced that he plans to fund a brand new research initiative to map the human brain. Starting with $100 million dollars of federal funding, the project is designed to invent and refine new technologies to understand and treat brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury. President Obama said initiatives like the Human Genome Project had transformed genetics; now he wants to do the same with the brain. New York Times

March in SyriaThe brutal civil war in Syria was a little more brutal than usual in March. A report by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claims that March was the bloodiest month since the conflict began a little more than two years ago. Roughly 6,000 people were killed in the war-torn country last month, but the report says the number could be even higher, given how many deaths have gone unreported in the chaos. And apparently things aren’t looking up: “This will become the new normal, and the death toll figures will continue to rise,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the observatory. CNN

Ban Ki-MoonHas North Korea gone too far? According to United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon: YES. Ban Ki-moon thinks the crisis has gone too far now that North Korea has announced plans to restart its nuclear reactor. “Things must begin to calm down, there is no need for the DPRK [North Korea] to be on a collision course with the international community. Nuclear threats are not a game,” Mr Ban said. Fun fact: Ban Ki-moon is South Korean. So North Korea probably won’t listen to him…. BBC News

kohlantaReality shows kill. Following the death of ‘Buckwild’ star Shain Gandee, a French reality TV show doctor has committed suicide. The doctor, who worked on the show Koh Lanta (the French version of Survivor), was upset that his name was “sullied in the media” after he failed to save a contestant who suffered heart failure during filming. National Post

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