Tag: London

I saw the magnificent Pussy Riot last night. If only the world had listened to what they were saying a decade ago | Zoe Williams | The Guardian

Pussy Riot perform at EartH (Evolutionary Arts Hackney), London on 6 November 2022.

Last night I saw Pussy Riot, on the London leg of their Riot Days European tour to raise money for a children’s hospital in Ukraine. Their producer, Alexander Cheparukhin, came on stage to introduce them. I guess he was about my age, I couldn’t be precise because I didn’t have my glasses. He vibed the sort of age, where you can’t see things without glasses. He described how he met Maria Alyokhina (who also goes by Masha Alekhina), one of the founding members of the band who was first imprisoned in 2012 and then under constant surveillance, harassment, house arrest, arrest-arrest and persecution, until she escaped from Russia to Iceland earlier this year. When her sentence was handed down 10 years ago, he said, it was the first time in his life he had witnessed the political imprisonment of artists.

Source: I saw the magnificent Pussy Riot last night. If only the world had listened to what they were saying a decade ago | Zoe Williams | The Guardian

Nearly 200,000 Gather in London for History-Making Demonstration of Solidarity With Palestinians | Common Dreams News

Nearly 200,000 Gather in London for History-Making Demonstration of Solidarity With Palestinians “This movement is growing every single day,” said the Muslim Association of Britain. by Julia Conley, staff writer 9 Comments People march through Central London during a pro-Palestinian rally and a protest against Israeli military action in the Gaza Strip in United Kingdom on May 22, 2021. A cease-fire deal between Israel and Hamas reached with Egypt mediation took effect at 2 a.m. Friday. (Photo: David Cliff/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Nearly 200,000 people gathered in London Saturday for what organizers said was one of the largest demonstrations of solidarity with Palestinians in the United Kingdom’s history. Organizers with the Stop The War Coalition, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Friends of Al-Aqsa, Palestinian Forum in Britain, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, and the Muslim Association of Britain had planned the protest before Hamas and Israel reached a ceasefire that began early Friday after an 11-day bombing campaign targeting the Gaza Strip. The attacks killed more than 230 Palestinians including dozens of chil

Source: Nearly 200,000 Gather in London for History-Making Demonstration of Solidarity With Palestinians | Common Dreams News

London to go into strictest restrictions as new variant of COVID-19 identified – ABC News

Christmas lights overhang a crowded Regent Street in London.

Covid-19 goes to show just how irrelevant Australia and Morrison have been to the rest of the world’s attention (ODT)

Greater London and parts of Essex and Hertfordshire will be placed under Tier 3 restrictions from Wednesday Pubs and restaurants will be forced to close unless they offer takeaway or delivery It was also announced a new strain of coronavirus had been identified in England

London to go into strictest restrictions as new variant of COVID-19 identified – ABC News

Trump “not welcome” in UK after Neo-Nazi retweets: London Mayor | Informed Comment

 

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“As Mayor, I will always speak up to protect the interests and security of Londoners. I have previously called on Theresa May to cancel her ill-judged offer of a state visit to President Trump,” Khan said.

“After the latest incident, where President Trump used Twitter to promote a vile, extremist group that exists solely to sow division and hatred in our country, it is clear that any official visit here would not be welcomed,” he added.

via Trump “not welcome” in UK after Neo-Nazi retweets: London Mayor | Informed Comment

Here are Nigel Farage’s British values: rubbishing London for money on Fox News | Marina Hyde | Opinion | The Guardian

He talks about ‘respect’, but the rightwing blowhard’s response to the Westminster attack has been tall tales he can only get away with on US TV

Source: Here are Nigel Farage’s British values: rubbishing London for money on Fox News | Marina Hyde | Opinion | The Guardian

Crime-fighting London Jews help protect Muslim community

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Crime-fighting London Jews help protect Muslim community

A 25-strong haredi group has joined forces with local police to catch criminals, as well as protect mosques amid spike in anti-Muslim hate; ‘We are both sons of Abraham after al

LONDON – The unusual sight of crime-fighting Orthodox Jews pounding the streets of a tough London neighbourhood after dark has captured the attention of grateful locals, but their ongoing protection of local Muslims has seen their profile go global
The work of the 25-strong “Shomrim” even caught the eye of US Secretary of State John Kerry, who praised the neighbourhood patrol group’s “remarkable courage”.
Members of the Haredi Jewish community in Stamford Hill formed the group – named after the Yiddish word for guards – in 2008 in response to high crime levels.

Police initially feared vigilantism but now cooperate closely with the volunteers, who helped in 197 arrests last year and even apprehending the area’s “most wanted burglar”.

It is Shomrim’s role in helping protect the area’s large Muslim population, however, that has secured its place in the community and garnered international praise.
The group was called upon by local councillors in Hackney, north London, following the murder of soldier Lee Rigby by Islamic extremists in the British capital in 2013.
“There was a spike in anti-Muslim hate crime. All over England, mosques were being firebombed,” explained Shulem Stern, a young man sporting the “payot” haircurls and “kippah” skullcap associated with the Haredi faith.
“The councillors thought: ‘We’ve got Shomrim in the local area, who don’t we utilize them’?”
They continue to protect local mosques as Muslim communities across Britain are back in the spotlight following the rise of the Islamic State organization in Syria and Iraq.

“In many ways they’re a really well organized neighbourhood watch,” explained police Superintendent Andy Walker. “They are very much the eyes and ears of the police.”

From his car parked outside a warehouse owned by one of the group, Shomrim volunteer Chaim Hochhauser shows off the stab vests provided by police, highlighting the everyday danger faced every day by these unlikely crime fighters.
Shomrim also receive regular advice sessions from local officers, and use their new knowledge to help to defend the main local mosque.

“Their doors are open all the time, so anyone who wants can walk and do what they want, chuck in a firebomb,” explained Hochhauser
The arrangement was lauded by Kerry when he launched the annual US report on International Religious Freedom in July.
“Their courage goes unremarked, but that makes it all the more remarkable. Believe me, that’s the definition of courage,” the top US diplomat said.
However, Stern insisted there was nothing remarkable about their work.
“The local Muslims and local Jewish people do so much business together. In religious aspects as well there are loads of similarities,” he said.

“Also, because we’re visible and suffered a long history of hate crime, we’re very alert to anything unusual.”

“The (Haredi) community is not known for being too inclusive, but where necessary they will help the wider community,” said Michael Desmond, the leader of the local council who recently hosted an event honoring the group.
“We are both sons of Abraham after all,” added Ian Sharer, an Orthodox Jewish councillor.
Local Muslim councillor Dawood Akhoon, who worked with Sharer to bring the two communities together, said the Muslim response had been “really good and positive”.
“It’s part and parcel of each of our faiths, we have to take care of our environment and out neighbors,” he told AFP.
Ties between the two communities came under renewed scrutiny in July, when anger at Israel’s operation in Gaza led to a spike in anti-Semitic incidents across Britain.
But Shomrim insist that any problems, such as the recent appearance of swastikas graffitied on local walls, originate from outside the area.
“I want to make this clear, none of the suspects that we’ve dealt with have been local Muslims,” said Stern.
Councillor Sharer added: “To the incredible credit of the Muslim community, there has not been one incident in this area. That’s down to one word: respect.”