World view – Wednesday

Tuesday GMT


For posting on events, news, opinions and anything of interest from around the world.


  1. Gezza

     /  March 20, 2019

    New Zealand was warned a terror attack was possible
    But its government chose to ignore the warning.
    by Alexander Gillespie [University of Waikato]
    Tue 19 March 2019

    Before the attack in Christchurch, very few people expected New Zealand would witness a terror incident of such magnitude. To all outward appearances, we were a very safe and tolerant society. The Global Peace Index had New Zealand as the second most peaceful country on the planet. Our terror rating was “low” (meaning attacks were believed to be unlikely) and we had a national homicide rate by firearms (about 10 a year for the whole country) that was insignificant by international standards.

    Despite these considerations, at the end of August 2016, I warned a select committee of the New Zealand government which was looking into gun regulation legislation that the risk of a mass shooting in the country was rising due to the growing threat from extremists and the possibility of “lone wolf” attacks following recent incidents in Europe and the United States. To me, it was foreseeable that there would be an atrocity in my country. Yet my predictions were laughed off and I was perceived as being melodramatic.

  2. Patzcuaro

     /  March 20, 2019

  3. High Flying Duck

     /  March 20, 2019

    Not sure what to make of this. I think it may be photoshopped?

  4. Patzcuaro

     /  March 20, 2019

    Different approaches to gun control