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Air strikes on rebel prison in Sanaa ‘kill 30’-Yemen War.

Air strikes on rebel prison in Sanaa ‘kill 30’-Yemen War.

#breakingnews, International, News, Politics, ReportingWeek2
Yemen yet again faces another Saudi-led coalition air strike which killed at least thirty people in a rebel military police camp. Most of the people who died in Sanaa, Yemen’s capital, were claimed to be detainees inside the camp. According to the UN, the recent strikes were reported to have demolished the building and more than 8,670 people have been killed and 49,960 injured since the coalition intervened in the conflict in 2015. The fighting and a blockade by the coalition has also left 20.7 million people in need of humanitarian aid, created the world's largest food security emergency, and led to a cholera outbreak that is thought to have killed 2,219 people since April. https://soundcloud.com/zahida-rizvi-463815269/yemen-mixdown-1   As the food crisis worsens in
Handcraft Industry expanding in to the UK Economy

Handcraft Industry expanding in to the UK Economy

Art, Culture, News, ReportingWeek2
The estimated total income for all contemporary craft making businesses in the UK ranges to a £457 million in 2017.   The Thames Estuary Report claims that creative industries are becoming UK’s new biggest growth sector in terms of job opportunities and income generated. The UK Creative Industries generates £8.8m per hour with  1.3m employees in the creative economy across the South East Asia alone. The UK Commission for Employment and Skills predicts 1.2 million new workers will be needed in the sector over the next decade. The Renegated Craft Fair opened up a platform for startup and experienced craftsmen in jewelry, accessories, art, apparel, ceramics, illustration, stationery, home decor, cookware and apothecary. Ogechi Anyanwu, one of the Organisers of t
Austerity to blame for rising knife crime among young Londoners

Austerity to blame for rising knife crime among young Londoners

Health, London, Medical, News, ReportingWeek2
On 20th January, 2017, Djodjo Nsaka was found dead with a single stab wound to his chest near his university’s halls of residence in Wembley. At just 19, he became London’s first young victim of knife crime in the year. With 35 under-25 deaths on record, 2017 is the worst year for knife crime in the UK in nearly a decade, and the third worst since 1977. Of these, 18 teenagers and children were killed by a knife in London this year, making it the city’s second worst year on record since the 1970s. While discussions around London’s knife crime crisis abound, a look at data and interviews with people points to a simple explanation: government austerity created knife-crime. Negative reinforcement from the public made it worse. To make matters worse, London has now managed to alienate the
UK rail passengers face the biggest rail fare rise in five years

UK rail passengers face the biggest rail fare rise in five years

ReportingWeek2, Transport, Travel
Britain train fares will rise by an average of 3 per cent from January next year. All the fares on journeys in 2018 have been published, the biggest increase since 2013, including season tickets and off-peak leisure tickets. Passengers in the north of England will face an even greater increase, with Northern putting fares up by 4.7 per cent and TransPennine Express fares rising by 4.6 per cent. The Rail Delivery Group admitted it is a "significant" rise and unions describe the increase as “another kick in the teeth” for all passengers in UK. Reasons for the rail increase The main reason why rail fares will rise so high  is that the pace of the rail system improvement has not kept up with the increasing number of rail passengers in the UK. During the last 14 years, the number of pas
After Calais: Tracing the paths of the Jungle’s refugees

After Calais: Tracing the paths of the Jungle’s refugees

International, News, Opinion, Politics, ReportingWeek2, Uncategorized
“The 'Jungle' smelled of freshly baked bread and CS gas. I could not breathe and went down. An Afghan who was running in the same direction grabbed me and supported me to the back garden where there was a bit of air”, says Chiara Lauvergnac, one of the activists in Paris from London. In the final days of the Calais Jungle demolition, over 10,000 refugees were ordered to relocate in one week by riot police squads armed with flashballs, gas grenades, rubber bullets, automatic rifles, water cannons, armoured vehicles, truncheons and gas spray bottles. “Usually the camp got gassed towards the end of the day - you could climb the hill to try escape the gas clouds and watch the sunset from there, with gas grenades falling all around,” she continued. After the destruction of the camp, she says

Britain’s first three-person DNA raises religious and ethical concerns

Health, Medical, ReportingWeek2
  Doctors await a consent from the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HFEA) to produce Britain’s first baby with a three-person DNA. The treatment is known as mitochondrial replacement therapy (MRT). It is aimed for the women who have the risk of passing on fatal genetic disorders to their children. Although this treatment may seem to be the key to for producing healthy babies, not people of all faith a question remains whether people of all faiths are willing to participate in this treatment. Jahangeer Khan, is an Islamic scholar from the Ahmadiyya Muslim community says “Actually only two parent children can be ever allowed in Islam, for inheritance reasons. Not to speak of potential health risks which haven’t yet been assessed”. He explains that “using genetic ma
How can the Left regain support after the Brexit vote?

How can the Left regain support after the Brexit vote?

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Outside the Supreme Court in London this week, two groups stood opposed: the Brexiters and the Remain camp. They were positioned on opposite sides of the court entrance, and supposedly, on opposite sides of the political spectrum. “Brexit is racist,” claimed one group. The other chanted: “The people have spoken.” Although they disagree on issues such as sovereignty, these groups have more in common than they acknowledge. Still there are wide social schisms across the country. In such circumstances, how will Labour regain support? Fifty two per cent of voters wanted to Leave the EU and 48 per cent voted Remain. The divide over Brexit doesn’t bode well for the electoral prospects of any political party. The Secretary of the Labour Party constituency of Chippenham, Andy Newman is well
Humanitarian tragedies amid Al-Assad forces control most of Aleppo

Humanitarian tragedies amid Al-Assad forces control most of Aleppo

News, Politics, ReportingWeek2
Al-Assad regime forces announced its control over more than 90% of Aleppo. Al-Assad regime considered the battle of Aleppo is about to end after controlling more than 90 percent of the City’s eastern parts controlled by the opposition. "we are just moments away from victory.” A senior military source told AFP. Supporters of Al-Assad regime in the western part of Aleppo gathered on Monday evening celebrating the victory. They chanted in support of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his army. Syrian state television showed hundreds of civilians, most of them are women and children, escorted by Al-Assad regime forces. It showed them walking under rain while carrying their bags and children in a way surrounded by destroyed buildings. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMRbD_
‘A Sailor’s Guide To Earth’: A stunning album from country’s surprise star Sturgill Simpson

‘A Sailor’s Guide To Earth’: A stunning album from country’s surprise star Sturgill Simpson

Music, ReportingWeek2
A surprise nomination at last week's Grammy announcements has left the world wondering who exactly is Sturgill Simpson? And why is he on-par with superstars Beyonce and Adele?     Last week, the American country singer left many music fans baffled after his third album, A Sailor's Guide To Earth, was nominated for Album of the Year at the Grammys. Up against Beyonce's revolutionary 'Lemonade,' Adele's heartbreaking '25,' Drake's radio-friendly 'Views,' and Justin Bieber's comeback album 'Purpose,' even Simpson himself wasn't expecting it, telling the New York Times he wished Frank Ocean had got it instead.   But the 38-year old country outsider is adored by critics, and he's on his way to becoming a household name. Most would label Simpson as a country artist, thou
New indie game fuels Islamophobia

New indie game fuels Islamophobia

Art, Culture, Media, ReportingWeek2
Islamophobia appears in various forms but some games go beyond straightforward stereotyping. In early April of this year, Destructive Creations, developer of the mass murder simulator, Hatred, released a game called IS Defense, a game where players defend European shorelines from an invading Islamic state militia. The game mocked the cultural heritage of Muslims through sacrilegious images of their Prophet, which created a lot of controversy and though it received wide condemnation, it wasn’t banned. As tensions between the Middle-East and the West increases, this region has become the next target of ‘othering’ within modern warfare games. Invasions of Western cultural imperialism within gaming have become intolerable. Consider the case of 2010’s Medal of Honor, which included real