Belgian Police Arrest Six Suspects, Gay Bias Law Draws Criticism

 

Brussels Attacks: Belgian Police Arrest Six Suspects-BBC News

 Belgian police arrested six suspects Thursday by completing house-to-house searches in the Schaerbeek District. On Thursday night, French police also carried out an anti-terrorist operation in Argenteuil, north-west Paris and arrested one suspect who was planning another terrorist attack. Two suspects in Germany were also arrested due to their links with the Brussels bombers. There has also been confirmation that the Brussels attacks are linked to the terrorist attacks in Paris last November.  ISIS has also claimed responsibility for the Brussels attacks. US Secretary of State John Kerry visited Brussels to show support and solidarity with the Belgian people. “We will not be intimidated. We will not be deterred,” Kerry said.

Rolling Stones to Rock Tradition of Music Diplomacy in Cuba-CBS News

The Rolling Stones will perform a free concert on a first-come, first-serve basis in Havana, Cuba on Friday night. Organizers of the concert say that the Rolling Stone’s performance could draw more than a million people. Music is another form of diplomacy between Cuba and the United States with its potential to bring people together. “You have a moment that is in some ways unexpected and spectacular that is about energy and emotion and shows how people are coming together,” Nicholas Cull, a professor of public diplomacy at the University of Southern California said.

North Carolina Gay Bias Law Draws a Sharp Backlash-NY Times

Gov. Pat McCroy of North Carolina signed a new law on Wednesday that removes anti-discrimination protections for all lesbians, gays, and bisexuals and also prevents transgender people from using bathrooms that do not match the gender they were born with. This decision by the North Carolina legislature and governor caused public rallies and many civil rights group and businesses to express their concern with this new law on social media. American Airlines, Apple, PayPal, and Dow Chemical all released statements critical of this new law. Apple said in a statement, “Our future as Americans should be focused on inclusion and prosperity, and not discrimination and division.” Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts also expressed concern over the new law. “We are very concerned about the ripple effects and I do believe that discrimination is not good for business,” Roberts said.