THE HOMELESS: A small request to help the less fortunate this winter

London – VIJAY SHAH

According to homelessness and housing issues charity Shelter, there are 320,000 people classified as homeless in the UK, with the number rising by a thousand a month (according to the Guardian newspaper). This has intensified with a combination of factors causing more people finding themselves without a roof over their heads. These factors include rising rents, lack of suitable housing, and a weakened economy owing to the aftermath of the 2008 credit crunch, and now Brexit.

For the homeless forced to live on the streets and in parks, life is unbearable. Many experience mental/physical health and addiction problems, are marginalised by the better-off and face discrimination and outright abuse even. There have been incidences of thugs setting fire to homeless men and urinating on them as they slept.

In Britain, winter is in full swing, with temperatures dropping below freezing now on most nights. People who can go home and warm up with the central heating are understandably frustrated about the cold and chills, but spare a thought for those who only have a tatty and dirty sleeping bag being all that separates them from the harsh icy elements.

StreetLink is a nationwide charity which encourages people to look out for those who are dwelling on the streets and have nowhere else to go. The charity helps connect rough sleepers to services that can help get them off the streets, including emergency shelters and other accommodation. As the harsh British winter continues its relentless grip, readers are being urged to keep an eye for the ignored. If you see someone who is sleeping rough, you can call StreetLink directly on their freephone number 0300 500 0914 and tell the operator where and when you saw the person. The charity will send out a street outreach team to check up on the rough sleeper, and potentially, you could be the one that means that person will not die early and instead see their life turn around for the better. You can also send your notification in via the StreetLink app or their website: streetlink.org.uk

 

SOURCES/IMAGE CREDIT:

Steve Thorogood/Facebook.

“Welcome to StreetLink” – StreetLink https://www.streetlink.org.uk/StreetLink_HomePage

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PARK LANE: Two people sought in connection with Ilford man’s murder

Ilford – VIJAY SHAH via LINDSAY JONES and Ilford Recorder

Two men are being sought by police in connection with a killing of an Ilford resident that took place in London on New Year’s Day, the Ilford Recorder newspaper reported recently.

With the newspaper’s cooperation, murder detectives released two mugshots of the accused to the public and named them as Nor Hamada and Ossama Hamed. They are sought as suspects in the brutal stabbing murder of nightclub bouncer Tudor Simionov, who was attacked while working at his job guarding the door to a party venue in London’s Park Lane area.

 

A group of outsiders on New Year’s Day attempted to violently gatecrash a party taking place at Fountain House in Park Lane, Mayfair, where Simionov was working at the front door. When the victim and other venue staff attempted to remove the gatecrashers, they were attacked with knives, with Simionov succumbing to his injuries. Four others were injured in the fight, which saw them try to protect partygoers by hurling vases at the intruders during the standoff.

Detective Inspector Garry Moncrieff of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, a division of the London Metropolitan police force, said: “Ossama Hamed and Nor Aden Hamada are dangerous individuals who need to be apprehended. I would urge anyone who has seen them, or knows of their whereabouts, to contact police immediately.

‘These are live lines of enquiry, therefore I am not willing to speculate on where they may be but rest assured we are working with colleagues to ensure that if they are in this country, or overseas, we will track them down.’

‘Our investigation continues to move forward and a woman has now been charged with perverting the course of justice. However, we will not stop until we have apprehended all those who have played a part in Tudor’s murder.”

Police are asking people who may know of the two suspects’ whereabouts or who may have CCTV or mobile footage of the incident to contact their incident room on 101, quoting the incident code 3276/1Jan, or contact the Crimestoppers line anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Tudor Simionov was born in Romania but came to the UK for a better life. He was residing in Ilford and had plans to get married and start a family, it was reported.

SOURCES:

Ilford Recorder, Facebook, Facebook Inc. https://www.facebook.com/IlfordRecorder/

“Two suspects sought in connection with murder of Ilford man in Park Lane” – Lindsay Jones, Ilford Recorder/Archant Community Media Ltd (19 January 2019) https://www.ilfordrecorder.co.uk/news/crime-court/images-of-park-lane-murder-suspects-1-5858411?fbclid=IwAR0WL5ppg66WRL4lBUU2Coc3U2oU_uQAYMrEGhaSBJLUvUeesqHwFP4UrAA

IMAGE CREDIT:

“TQ2880 : Park Lane, Mayfair” – Mike Smith, geograph (28 April 2007) http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/420019 © Copyright Mike Smith and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

B’TSELEM: Israeli politician calls for Gaza human rights group to be shut down

Jerusalem – VIJAY SHAH via the Jerusalem Post

An Israeli politician has called on the country’s most senior government lawyer to dismantle a human rights organisation in the country after its leader spoke up on the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, the Jerusalem Post reports.

Nava Boker, a member of the Knesset (Israeli parliament) allied with the secular centre-right Likud party, issued a request to the Attorney General, Aluf Avichai Mandelblit, to order the closing down of human rights group B’Tselem after its director-general, Hagai El-Ad, spoke on the Palestinian crisis in front of the United Nations Security Council this past Thursday.

 

Boker also appealed to the Israeli Corporations Authority, which regulates businesses and non-profits in the country, to close down the charity run by El-Ad. The minister claimed that B’Tselem is anti-national and anti-democratic. After El-Ad made his speech, he was called a ‘wretched collaborator’ by the Israeli ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, the Post reported.

El-Ad responded to the mudslinging from the ambassador by stating: “I am not a traitor, nor am I a hero,”

“The heroes are the Palestinians who endure this occupation with courage and perseverance; who wake up in the middle of the night to find soldiers barging into their homes; who know that if a loved one is killed, impunity is all but guaranteed to the perpetrators; who stay on their land knowing that it is only a matter of time before the bulldozers arrive.”

The charity’s head also responded to the demands for his organisation’s shuttering by Boker. He said: “We would be happy to close B’Tselem and our initiative after the end of the occupation, not a minute earlier,”

“Until then, we invite members of Knesset and the general public to join us in the struggle to end it.”

B’Tselem, also known by its official English name of the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, was founded in 1989 to document violations of international law and human rights in the Palestinian Territories as well as foster the development of a human rights culture within Israel.

SOURCES:

HEM Businesses, HEM News Agency, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/halfeatenmind/lists/hem-businesses

Aaron Huber, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/kycisrael

“LIKUD MK CALLS ON ATTORNEY GENERAL TO DISMANTLE B’TSELEM” – KYC Israel, KYC Israel Research Services Ltd https://www.kycisrael.com/likud-mk-calls-on-attorney-general-to-dismantle-btselem/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

“LIKUD MK CALLS ON ATTORNEY GENERAL TO DISMANTLE B’TSELEM” – The Jerusalem Post/Jpost Inc. (21 October 2018) https://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Likud-MK-calls-on-attorney-general-to-dismantle-BTselem-569884

IMAGE CREDIT:

“Hagai El-Ad, Samer Badawi, and Leila Hilal” – New America, Flickr (17 September 2014) https://www.flickr.com/photos/newamerica/15267818722

WEST HAM GROUP ATTACK: Man attacked by assailants after not offering cigarette

London – VIJAY SHAH via ALEX SHAW and Newham Recorder

A man was attacked, pelted with stones and kicked in West Ham, in east London, after telling a group of men that he had no cigarettes for them, the local newspaper the Newham Recorder reported.

The incident occurred on 22nd December, 2017 in the area’s Memorial Park when the unidentified man, aged 32, was approached by a group who allegedly began abusing him and picking up stones off the ground to throw at the victim after he told them he did not have any cigarettes. Later, a third man pulled up in a car as the victim was followed to nearby Grange Road by the two other thugs. The driver went up to the victim and punched him in the face, sending the victim sprawling to the ground. The man was then subjected to a sustained group attack, where the two park assailants, said to be cousins of the driver and in their teens, and the driver, believed to be aged in their 20s or early 30s, continued beating him.

 

The victim was left with a fractured jaw, bruises and a deep cut on his head which required stitches in hospital. The attack ended with the driver getting back in his car and departing, while the younger thugs fled the scene on foot.

Local police this past week made a fresh appeal for witnesses this week, as they released images of the two teenagers who began the assault. One is described as in his late teens to early twenties in age, 5ft 9in (1.75m) tall, with either dark brown or black hair. He was wearing a dark-coloured top. The second park thug is described as 6 feet (1.83 metres) in height, with a clean-shaven face, short light brown or blond hair and was wearing a light-coloured hoodie.

The driver is said to be older than the other two, with a darker complexion. He had dark stubble and was of around 5ft 8in (1.72m) in height. He was wearing a blue or other dark-coloured jumper and a beanie hat.

As part of their appeal, police released two CCTV captured photos of the younger attackers to the Newham Recorder. Detective Constable Dave van der Valk asked the public if they recognised the attackers and urged witnesses or acquaintances to call the police and provide their names.

“This was a sustained assault on the victim who was minding his own business when these suspects picked a fight and attacked for no apparent reason, leaving him needing hospital treatment for injuries,” said Det Con van der Valk.

Police ask witnesses, anyone who recognises the males or has information about the suspects to call 101, quoting reference 6068/22DEC17. The pictures of the two wanted men can be found in the Newham Recorder‘s link in Sources below this article.

SOURCES:

Vijay Shah { विजय }, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/VShah1984

HEM News Agency, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/halfeatenmind

“Man pelted with stones, punched and kicked in West Ham group attack” – Alex Shaw, Newham Recorder/Archant (11 April 2018) http://www.newhamrecorder.co.uk//news/crime-court/man-pelted-with-stones-punched-and-kicked-in-west-ham-group-attack-1-5472733?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social_Icon&utm_campaign=in_article_social_icons

IMAGE CREDIT:

“TQ3984 : A Grade II Listed Park” – John Davies, geograph (24 January 2006) http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/111221 – © Copyright John Davies and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

IS FIGHTER RECRUITMENT: Sorry, we’re watching Netflix

London, UNITED KINGDOM
VIJAY SHAH

When Iyad Al-Baghdadi, an author and Arab democracy activist, recently tweeted about leaders of Daesh (so-called Islamic State) putting out an audio release calling for more fighters to join them in Iraq and Syria, as you would probably would not expect, the response from the Twittersphere was quite hilarious and served to ridicule the very nature of that organisation. Daesh, which has taken over large parts of the two Middle Eastern states have become notorious for their violence, sadism and religious and racial discrimination. This fightback by ordinary tweeters of the Muslim faith is especially relevant considering the strong presence of Daesh and other terrorist groups of all persuasions on Twitter, where accounts are used to disseminate propaganda and appeal for finances and fighters. The actions of Daesh and their supporters have led to a backlash against the everyday Muslim, many whom are resolutely against IS. A small victory against both Islamic State and Islamophobes by the wits of Twitter.

(c) @BestOfPugs

The following are the original comment from Al-Baghdadi and the amusing responses that followed:

Iyad Al-Baghdadi – ISIS leaders: We urgently call upon every Muslim to join the fight, especially those in the land of the two shrines (Saudi Arabia), rise.

Saladin Ahmed – Sorry, busy eating pie and playing video games with my kids.

Mohamed Djingo – Sorry, I am busy watching Netflix.

Idris – Sorry bruh it’s leg day tomorrow and I’ll be sore.

Tayyib ‘T’ Nawaz – Is ISIS going to help me with my assignments due in next week ?

Subhi – I’m behind in college credits as it is and I would rather drink bleach tbh  (to be honest)

Ismail – Sorry lads, got a decent Football Manager save going atm (at the moment)

Saadat Ali Zia – I’ve got Star Wars on Sunday. Maybe later.

Sychlops – Sorry gotta see Twitter react to LVG (Louis van Gaal – Manchester United FC manager’s) sacking and Mourinho’s appointment. 

RasheedAB – gotta do the dishes bruv

Mohamed Martell – Mate Chelsea are currently 3 pts above relegation and I have grad school applications due soon. Maybe next time? 

SOURCES:
Vijay Shah { विजय }, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/VShah1984
“Fight for IS? Sorry bruv, I’m watching Netflix” – Moments, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/i/moments/681047889490096129
Iyad Al-Baghdadi and contributors.
IMAGE CREDIT:
PUGS ღ, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/BestOfPugs

 

 

 

ASEF: Journalism event on crisis reporting in November

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) is launching a special event for journalists this November to explore and share best practice on reporting global crises. The 10th ASEF Journalists’ Colloquium on Crisis Reporting is being held in Luxembourg over three days from the 4-6 November 2014, according to a source with ASEF’s branch in Singapore.

The colloquium is being organised in conjunction with the 12th ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (ASEM FMM12), an important regional political meeting being held at the same time also in Luxembourg. A specially selected number of 25 practicing journalists from Asia and Europe to come together to discuss and learn different approaches, skills and tools used in crisis reporting from Asian and European perspectives.

(c) ASEF via Journalism.co.uk/Mousetrap Media.

From public health crises such as the E. Coli out breakout of 2011 in Germany, to environmental disasters such as the devastating 2013 cyclone Haiyan that struck the Philippines and this weekend’s earthquake in Nepal and India, the attendees will learn and build upon their understanding of the many issues these crises pose for Asian and European media. The recent terror attacks in places like France, and the ongoing war in Iraq and Syria also pose many challenges for reporters.

This colloquium will enable journalists to share their perspectives and best practices regarding international and regional challenges during crisis reporting from the different regional perspectives, as well as definitively understanding the role of the European and Asian media in reporting and witnessing such profound events. Journalists from ASEM countries (members of the Asia-Europe Meeting) can qualify to answer the call for applications. A list of participating ASEM nations can be found at http://www.aseminfoboard.org/members

Participating media professionals will see their recommendations and the event’s highlights published as the ASEF Media Handbook, which will be a ready reference for Asian and European journalists as well as for research and civil society organisations working in the field.

Founded in 1997, ASEF fosters understanding and dialogue between European and Asian countries through intellectual, cultural and people-to-people exchanges. This is with the goal to help encourage the growth of common development and stability, as well as contributing to world peace and prosperity. The Foundation particularly focusses on matters of concern such as war and famine in addition, and offers a range of collaborative events including seminars, workshops, conferences, lecture tours and exhibitions. In the past seventeen years, ASEF has seeded over 650 projects involving 17,000 direct participants over the two continents.

Interested journalists from ASEM countries can apply to take part at the colloquium. Application information can be found here: http://bit.ly/ASEFJC10

Travel (by economy class only) to and from Luxembourg and nearby hotel accommodation will be provided by the organisers for participants selected to attend this unique event. All applications should be submitted online by Tuesday, 12 May 2015, at the link above.

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HEM NEPAL EARTHQUAKE APPEAL

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As many of you are well aware, Nepal was struck yesterday by the worst earthquake to be witnessed in its recent history. More than 1,200 people have lost their lives, mainly in Nepal, but also in India and Bangladesh. Much of the tourism infrastructure in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu has been obliterated, and thousands more are injured and without homes, food, and blankets for the harsh cold nights there.

The Half-Eaten Mind has joined forces with the international development charity Oxfam to support them in their Emergency Appeal. The top of the sidebar has a special link to Oxfam Great Britain’s giving page, where you can make donations securely via credit and debit card or PayPal. I am not aware if givers from outside the U.K. can donate via this link, but if you cannot, then please support any charities helping Nepal in your country.

Please donate what you can. Every little helps.

Thanks for reading.

Vijay Shah,

Editor and Blogger – the Half-Eaten Mind.

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SOURCES:
“Call for Journalists: 10th ASEF Journalists’ Colloquium on Crisis Reporting” – Debasmita Dasgupta, Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) via Journalism.co.uk/Mousetrap Media Ltd (24 April 2015) https://www.journalism.co.uk/press-releases/call-for-journalists-10th-asef-journalists-colloquium-on-crisis-reporting/s66/a564889/
“Project Updates” – Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) http://asef.org/projects/themes/sustainable-development/3412-10th-asef-journalists-colloquium#3511-call-for-applications-10th-asef-journalists-colloquium
“Upcoming Events 10th ASEF Journalists’ Colloquium 4-7 November 2015 (tbc)” – Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) http://asef.org/projects/themes/sustainable-development/3412-10th-asef-journalists-colloquium
“The History” – Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) http://www.asef.org/about/history
“What We Do” – Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) http://www.asef.org/about/what-we-do
IMAGE CREDIT:
“Call for Journalists: 10th ASEF Journalists’ Colloquium on Crisis Reporting” – Debasmita Dasgupta, Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) via Journalism.co.uk/Mousetrap Media Ltd (24 April 2015) https://www.journalism.co.uk/press-releases/call-for-journalists-10th-asef-journalists-colloquium-on-crisis-reporting/s66/a564889/