Rihanna’s protectiveness towards Chris Brown, whose fists styled her for the most disturbing celebrity headshot in recent years, places her in the company of countless beaten wives and girlfriends.
Today marks the last scheduled day in the trial of Anders Behring Breivik, who, on the 22nd July 2011, killed 77 young Norweigians and injured 242 others. What we do know is that he is a self confessed Islamaphobic militant killer, what we don’t know is whether he has a psychiatric illness.
Within the videogame industry there are a select few influential figures whose opinions and occasional remonstrations about the direction of the medium carry a certain weight and gravitas. Warren Spector resides at the head table of this unspoken hierarchy, and as such, his recent condemnation of the ceaseless ubiquity of fetishised ultraviolence inspired much beard-stroking and contemplative musing among the gaming media, almost as if something gospel and unprecedented had been uttered.
Pronouncements on sexual inequality in the UK are normally met with an eye roll by my generation. As the babies born at the tail end of the Thatcher era in the late eighties and early nineties graduate university and begin to enter the real world, the fight for female social equality is all too often regarded as a fight that their mothers had already won. Inequality is seen as a relic of a past and those who continue to talk about it are merely causing trouble.
Last week, two men were arrested after undercover investigators from the Sunday Times filmed medical professionals in the UK offering to perform female genital mutilation (FGM) on girls as young as ten. They have denied any wrongdoing, but it is estimated that 100,000 women living in the UK have survived FGM, with a further 22,000 girls under 16 at risk. I spoke to Nimco Ali from the Bristol-based organisation Daughters of Eve about her work to eradicate this harmful practice and support survivors of FGM.
You may have heard by now that Norwegian mass killer Anders Breivik played video games: violent “first-person shooters” such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. According to news reports, Breivik claimed that he honed his targeting and shooting skills by playing Call of Duty. Does this claim make sense? Should we pull these games from store shelves? I don’t think so.
While there is no shortage of positive role models from among Britain’s diverse black communities, it is still a sad reality that for most young black people the only times they get to see someone who looks like them on TV is when that person is in a rap music video, on the sports field, in a police van, or threatening to shoot someone.
September 21st marks the annual international day of peace, honoured in the United Nations Headquarters in New York with the ringing of the iconic “peace bell” and a minute silence. Proceedings are taking place worldwide to honour the significant day, including a weeklong series of events to mark the London week of peace 2011.
The shooting in Arizona is yielding good mileage for the American 24-hour news machine. A familiar story arc is unfolding with all the features of a tragedy in 3 Acts that will keep news cycles busy for at least a few more rotations. First we had the day itself, producing hour after hour of re-hashed [...]
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