A Q&A panel was coordinated by BEMA in association with the University of Birmingham AhlulBayt Society and Islamic Society, as part of Islamophobia Awareness Week from the 16th of November to the 20th.Written by Zahraa-Bibi Vindhani on 27th November 2015
Redbrick on the week
Grandmother’s boyfriend arrested as missing schoolgirl found dead Schoolgirl Tia Sharp, missing since 3rd August was found dead in her grandmother’s house and Stuart Hazell, th...
Grandmother’s boyfriend arrested as missing schoolgirl found dead
Schoolgirl Tia Sharp, missing since 3rd August was found dead in her grandmother’s house and Stuart Hazell, the grandmother’s 37 year old boyfriend has been arrested on suspicion of murder. This comes amid great public criticism of the Metropolitan Police who had previously made 3 unsuccessful searches of the house. Scotland Yard, who have apologised to Tia’s mother Natalie and Area Commander Neil Basu, said, ‘an early review has been conducted and it is now clear that human error delayed the discovery of the body within the house.’ After a manhunt was launched for Hazell he was eventually arrested after being spotted by a member of public who was reported to have seen him drunk calling out for Tia.
Sikh Temple Attack
Seven people were killed in a shooting massacre at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, USA. The gunman was later killed by police, seconds after critically wounding a policeman. Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards said they were treating the attack as a 'domestic terrorist-type incident', and that the FBI would take over the criminal investigation. The gunman was later identified as a 40-year-old army veteran who was identified by a civil rights group as a 'frustrated neo-Nazi' and was named as Wade Michael Page, who is alleged to have led a white supremacist band. The music often includes lyrics that discuss genocide against Jews and other minorities. Page was discharged from the army in 1998 and declared ineligible to re-enlist, according to a defence official.
Flourishing Finish for Team GB in historic Olympic week
Another week of gold medals for the impressive Team GB at London 2012 was capped by Mo Farah storming to the 5000 metres gold medal. There were also golds this week for Brits in boxing, taekwondo, canoeing and further cycling glory. Further delight was brought by 18 year old Tom Daley who claimed a bronze medal in diving. This was amid another historic week for the Olympics in general as the famed Usain Bolt claimed the 100m gold, beating his own Olympic record. Bolt wasn’t finished though as later in the week he won the 200m gold, being the first man to win the 100 and 200 metres titles consecutively. Bolt also lead Jamaica to gold in the 100m relay.
Birmingham man arrested after stabbing murder
Junior Saleem Oakes, 28, has been arrested and charged with the murder of Natasha Trevis, 22, after he allegedly stabbed her to death in a taxi in Northfield, Birmingham. Residents called 999 but paramedics worked for 30 minutes in vain to save Trevis whose multiple stab wounds had sent her into cardiac arrest. Police said they believed the mother of three had been in a relationship with her attacker and both were passengers in the taxi. Trevis's father, Tony Trevis, said: ‘She was a beautiful, happy-go-lucky girl, she doted on her kids. I'm in shock; it's too unreal to sink in. It's going to hit me sooner or later but I am trying to be strong for the kids.’
Major fire hits Dagenham
More than 200 firefighters were recruited to tackle a blaze described by London Fire Brigade as the biggest seen in the capital for several years. The alarm was raised at about 13:15 BST on Sunday when flames took hold at a recycling centre in Dagenham, east London. As of Sunday evening, the single-storey building is alight, with smoke visible for miles, but there are no reports of injuries. The fire brigade said fire cover at Olympic venues had not been affected. There were initial reports that people could see the smoke from the Olympic Park, approximately six miles away. But the BBC Weather Centre said the wind was likely to take the smoke northwards during the evening, away from the stadium. London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said: "We've not seen a fire of this size in London for several years - it's certainly a dramatic end to the Olympics for the London Fire Brigade.
16 Egyptians killed in Sinai violence
Masked gunmen shot dead 16 Egyptian soldiers at a checkpoint along the border with Gaza and Israel before being killed by Israeli forces upon attempt to enter Israel and launch a terrorist attack. Egyptian President Morsi convened an emergency meeting with military and security leaders following the attack vowing to avenge the attack. Egypt blamed Islamist militants from Gaza and the Sinai Peninsula for the attack. The Israeli military said the attack was part of a plot to kidnap an Israeli soldier, and two vehicles commandeered by the attackers crashed into Israel, where one blew up. Later this week an Egyptian raid on hideouts killed seven militants.
Romney chooses running mate
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has ended weeks of speculation by somewhat surprisingly choosing Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate for the election due in November. The choice will intensify commentary on the upcoming election as Ryan is best known as the architect of Republican plans to slash spending and overhaul Medicare. The Romney campaign will hope that the choice of Ryan will cause a shift in the polls that currently show Obama with a small but steady lead over Romney in key swing states. Romney spoke about Ryan to a crowd saying ‘I don't know of anyone who doesn't respect his character and judgment.’ Democrats branded the Republican ticket as ‘radical’.
Mensch stands down as Corby MP
Louise Mensch announced she was standing down as Conservative MP for Corby and East Northamptonshire so to focus more on her family. She will move to New York where her husband is based as manager of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Mensch sent her resignation letter to David Cameron and tweeted saying, “It has proved impossible to balance the needs of my family. I am devastated by the necessary decision that I have had to announce today. It has been an incredible honour serving the people of Corby.” Mensch became well-known for her clash with Labour’s Tom Watson over the Murdoch inquiry as well as admitting on Question Time that she was once a user of Class A drugs.