NUTS ABOUT NUTELLA?: French shoppers riot over heavily discounted chocolate spread

Paris – VIJAY SHAH via CHRIS BAYNES and The Independent Everyone loves a bargain. But on the negative side, a shopper’s paradise can very rapidly turn into a shopper’s nightmare when people turn ugly over bagging cut-price goods. Just ask any retail worker on a Black Friday in Britain. That free-for-all mentality became very obvious this past week in France, when local supermarket chain Intermarché heavily reduced the price of Nutella hazelnut and chocolate spread, only for riots to ensure and people reported injured in mad scrambles and store fisticuffs. Intermarché unveiled a special promo on the popular spread, manufactured … Continue reading NUTS ABOUT NUTELLA?: French shoppers riot over heavily discounted chocolate spread

CHARLIE HEBDO: Protesters torch churches in Niger riots, five people killed

Protesters angered by the publishing of satirical cartoons of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad by French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo have reportedly gone on the rampage and set fire to local churches, while five people have been killed, the Huffington Post and Reuters news agency have stated. In the second day of violence in the French-speaking West African nation, five people were killed yesterday as Niger was gripped by religious violence stirred up by the publication of the cartoons in France, which have seen widespread condemnation by Muslim communities across the globe. Charlie Hebdo, a well-known satirical publication that frequently mocks politicians and religions, was the victim of an atrocity last week in which seventeen people, including the … Continue reading CHARLIE HEBDO: Protesters torch churches in Niger riots, five people killed

STATUS DOGS: Politicians express concern over London’s dangerous dogs ‘epidemic’

Politicians in the British parliament have expressed concern over the rising number of incidents in London of violence involving so-called ‘danger dogs’. Since 2002, the number of ‘status dogs’ – used in fighting and as symbols of street machismo and status among some poorer youths in inner city areas – has risen sharply. The dogs, from both legally permitted breeds such as the Staffordshire Bull Terrier – informally known as Staffies, and illegal varieties like the American Pit Bull, are often mistreated to make them more violent and aggressive. There have been reports of young men using trees in public … Continue reading STATUS DOGS: Politicians express concern over London’s dangerous dogs ‘epidemic’

SHOTTA-DEM ON ROADS: London’s gang violence – a personal commentary

  By Vijay Shah For two years, I was living in a rented terraced house in Forest Gate, east London. It was a tiny property built over an old graveyard and tucked away in the backstreets, and only a short stroll from the border with the neighbouring borough of Waltham Forest. It was a friendly enough area with a deep sense of community, but it was also very rough and ‘ghetto’. As is common with other inner city areas in London, there was a gang problem. While a local youth centre and an active grime music scene helped kept some … Continue reading SHOTTA-DEM ON ROADS: London’s gang violence – a personal commentary