Liverpool have deleted a tweet wishing their Jewish supporters a happy new year after it was met with a series of antisemitic messages on the club’s official account.
The club marked Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year in the Hebrew calendar, with a tweet on Friday that read: “Liverpool FC would like to wish all our Jewish supporters around the world a happy new year. #RoshHashanah”. However, the tweet was removed several hours later.
Liverpool have recognised various religious events and holidays on social media and was one of several clubs to mention Rosh Hashanah on Twitter on Friday. Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion organisation, contacted Anfield officials having received a number of complaints about the antisemitic abuse on the club’s site. It has also reported the alleged hate crimes to True Vision, the police’s online reporting facility, and investigations could follow.
A spokesperson for Kick It Out said: “It is encouraging that a football club recognises these holidays and religious landmarks - Liverpool did the same for Ramadan - but extremely sad when a club does that in a proactive manner and gets these responses. Premier League clubs appeal to supporters around the world and it would have been nice for Liverpool’s Jewish supporters to see this message from their club, that’s the bigger issue. It should be welcomed that clubs are doing this is in a proactive manner.”
Of course the anti Muslim “counter Jihad” will claim that they’re only “pretending” to be againsts violence and extremism, without any real evidence, other than the fact that they’re Muslims. Regardless this is a good thing.
A powerful campaign by British Muslims to condemn the actions of the Islamic State militant movement is gaining momentum.
“Not in my name”, led by the Active Change Foundation, is attempting to counter the presence of extremism on social media.
The campaign was praised in the recent speech by the US President to the UN General Assembly.
President Obama said the whole world, especially Muslim communities, had to expose and publicly renounce the ideologies of hatred and violence.
He added the militants cannot be allowed to continue “perverting one of the world’s great religions”.
The “Not in my name” campaign has now spread to other countries too.
I also want to thank Daniela for alerting me to this story
A lot of kudos to anyone who signed this petition.
The thought of four men fighting for their lives in the ocean and nobody looking after just two days, the anguish of their families, must send chills down the spine of any explorer.
Well done US Coast Guard, and Godspeed!
Cheeki Rafiki, a sailing yacht from Southampton, was returning home to the UK with a crew of four, following a successful race in the Caribean. On Thursday Skipper Andrew Bridge reported that the boat was taking on water. The experienced crew believed that the situation was stable but amended their course to head for the group of islands, Azores. On Friday morning the yacht training and charter firm Stormforce Coaching lost all contact with them.
The US Coast Guard has done a fantastic job searching for the crew, but we are asking that they just give them a bit more time. It is reported that two consecutive signals were picked up from personal beacons indicating that they had made it to the life raft. They deserve a chance to be found, please help by signing this petition to ask the US Coastguard to please search again.
These are thoroughly trained yachtsmen who might well survive for days in their lifeboat or the overturned hull spotted by a cargo vessel, so there is still hope.
The petition is here, presently on 25,000 signatures but perhaps LGFers can push it up some more. x
Truly excellent article about Irish politics, economy, and austerity.
It is a milestone in politics; but it coincides with a milestone in economics. The state visit by the Irish president Michael Higgins comes at a time when his country’s economy is at last creating jobs in solid numbers, a sign that the recovering world economy is pulling even those countries most savaged by the recession back to growth.
Ireland is fascinating not just because it happens to be the UK’s nearest neighbour, with a land border, all the links of language and culture, and be the UK’s fifth largest export market. It is an extreme example of many of the trends in the world economy over the past decade.
Ireland has been, in proportion to its size, the most successful country in the world at attracting inward investment, and through the 2000-2007 period the fastest-growing developed economy. It had just about the most extreme property boom, and the most extreme subsequent collapse. It had proportionately the biggest banking crash, and - Greece apart - the severest collapse in GDP. And now it is the first of the eurozone’s troubled fringe to start perking up, for the flip from stagnation to growth seems at last to have occurred.
But job growth is now solid at 60,000 last year, roughly the same as the UK proportionate to the two economies, and the Central Bank forecasts unemployment to fall from 13.1 per cent last year to 11.3 per cent this year, and to 10.5 per cent in 2015.
People will try and draw specific conclusions from this, and in Europe one of the messages you hear is that austerity works. That does, however, ignore the human, social and regional costs - the fact that so many people had to leave the country to get jobs, the debt burden on people who bought homes near the top of the market, and the minimal recovery outside the Dublin agglomeration.
A wider and perhaps more useful conclusion is that the rising tide of the world economy is floating all boats. Yesterday we had the new forecasts from the International Monetary Fund, where the headline was another boost to the UK, which it now expects to grow by 2.9 per cent this year. Less noticed was the reasonably upbeat tone for the world economy as a whole - slightly slower in the emerging world, slightly faster in the developed.
Climate change denial isn’t just a problem in the US, and “Fox News” isn’t the only network that has treated people who espouse it, as if they knew what they were talking about..
The UK Parliament’s Science and Technology Committee has recently delivered a report on the state of climate knowledge and communication in the country. Although it doesn’t spare the government from criticism, the report notes that most of the public looks to the BBC to provide authoritative coverage on science. The report concludes that in this case, the BBC’s news division is failing its readership and viewers. Rather than providing authoritative information, the BBC is succumbing to false balance, and its director of Editorial Policy and Standards gave testimony on science coverage that appears to be incoherent.
In the UK, the major political parties largely accept the scientific evidence for climate change; official skepticism is limited to a few parties on the conservative fringe. As such, the report starts with the acceptance of the conclusions reached by the majority of scientists: the Earth is warming, and humans are the main factor driving that warming.
Nepal’s most prominent crusader for equal rights to sexual minorities, Sunil Babu Pant, is among the record 278 nominees for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.
Pant, a former MP and Nepal’s first openly gay politician, is one of the several gay rights activists and organizations nominated alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin who is known for his anti-gay stance.
“I didn’t believe the news at first, but when many said “it’s true” and sent emails of congratulations, it made me happy,” Pant wrote to HT from UK where he is taking care of his unwell partner.
The 42-year-old founded Blue Diamond Society, Nepal’s biggest organization fighting for rights of lesbians, gays, bi-sexual and transgendered (LGBTs) and is responsible for the 2007 Supreme Court ruling which directed Nepal government to grant equal status to sexual minorities.
These days LGBTs in Nepal can get their citizenship certificates, passports, voter identity cards and other important documents by enlisting themselves as third gender instead of calling themselves male or female.
According to Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), gay rights activists Igor Kochetkov from Russia, Frank Mugisha of Uganda and International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association are also among the nominees.
All of them have been nominated by Norwegian MPs Anette Trettebergstuen and Hakon Haugli.
Just observing, or sharing my opinion, that the man who jails or assassinates his political opponents, equips and bankrolls rogue states and terrorist armies, cuts off Eastern Europe’s gas in a harsh winter if they don’t pay unfavourable prices, killed Poland’s leaders, blackmailed Belarus and annexed north Georgia - just what we know of that springs to mind - again has the world clucking about something that was months in the making, in broad daylight, and which is now over. They think it is brinksmanship. He knows Crimea is his. America and Europe look like a bunch of weak idiots. I think that is what they are. He has been doing this for years and long after Obama, Merkel, Cameron et al have moved on Russia will still be growing its Federation with the finesse of a sledgehammer, with impunity.
They can say what they like now. Putin has done it again. The apathy was breathtaking.
The genius behind Sarah’s simple but profound invention is that the Wonderbag is a non-electric, heat-retention cooker that allows food that has been brought to a boil, to continue cooking after it has been removed from the fuel source. Today, due to Sarah’s passion, energy, and perseverance, 750,000 bags have been distributed, first round of carbon credits registered and issued, production capabilities in Rwanda, Mexico and Turkey with launches in Kenya, Nigeria and Somaliland. 14,000 bags have been sold in the UK, Europe and USA, with a buy-one-give-one model to support getting Wonderbags into humanitarian relief.
There is a certain sense of destiny behind Sarah and Paul’s meeting. “Our office was in Durban as was Unilever’s South Africa headquarters located. I had followed Paul’s move into the CEO ranks and what he was trying to accomplish. But I had no understanding of corporate politics and just asked for a meeting. Paul was in for the World Cup, when we were running our first pilot program with 100,000 bags as part of a promotional package,” says Collins.
Despite the allegations and excitements of the trial so far, he reminded them, Brooks is not on trial for editing a tabloid owned by Rupert Murdoch, for having worked her way up from the bottom to the top of News International, or for her political views.
What she is on trial for are four counts of conspiracy: one (with her ex-lover and successor as editor of the now-defunct News of the World, Andy Coulson, and seven others) to intercept communications without lawful authority, ie phone hacking; one (with four others) to commit misconduct in public office, ie unlawfully to pay public officials for information; and two to pervert the course of justice by (with her then personal assistant) having seven boxes removed from the News International archive and (with her husband and five others) concealing documents and electronic devices from the police.
It’s that mixture of legal formality, farce, tabloid vulgarity, human interest and star-studded celebrity that continues to make this case so arresting.
Looking back, she deplores such mistakes as branding Clare Short MP a “killjoy” and “fat and jealous” for denouncing the Sun’s Page Three topless photos as “degrading pornography”.
But she’s not charged with that - and she’s not apologising for occasionally sanctioning payments of public officials for information she considered in the public interest. She is, however, ashamed that she refused to buy at great expense the material that became the Telegraph’s MPs’-expenses scoop, which has incurred no prosecutions.