Vicky Allan: Let's not forget the horrors of the present as we remember the past
THERE are not that many left who survived the Nazi genocide. Some remain, still telling their story, as 89-year-old Harry Spiro did in a webcast for schools this week, in advance of today’s International Holocaust Remembrance Day and National Holocaust Memorial Day. But he is one of fewer and fewer living, breathing reminders of the horrors. Each year sees more of them pass away.
One of the sadnesses of marking this day is that it, in many ways, is not just a piece of distant history. Even once all these Nazi genocide survivors have died, the day will not lose its living voice. For genocide still pulses across the world.
Many of these voices are still young. Among them, for instance, visiting Scotland this weekend is 22-year-old Fareeda Abbas, a Yazidi woman who, like Nadia Murad, last year’s winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, is a survivor from Kojo, a village massacred by Islamic State.
On August 15, 2014, Islamic State soldiers gathered all of the people from her village in the school building and asked them to convert to Islam – then, when they rejected that, they began killing the men, 450 over the course of one day, including her father and two of her brothers.
For four months, Abbas was held in captivity, raped, beaten, forced to watch an eight-year-old girl being raped. At one point her injuries were so bad she could hardly move or see. After several attempts at escape, on the third she succeeded.
Abbas is one of the key driving forces in Yazda, a charity that aims to prevent future genocides against the Yazidi community and other minorities, and to assist them in recovery. Recently it held a fundraiser in Edinburgh, organised by a Scot who had been affected by their story. It was a reminder that the Yazidi plight must not be forgotten.
Meanwhile, there are the voices of the Rohingya, around 10,000 of whom were killed in Myanmar in 2017, and 900,000 are currently living across camps in Cox’s Bazar.
There is also Sudan, where hundreds of thousands of Darfuris have been killed under Omar al-Bashir’s genocidal regime, and the many other countries, where according to Genocide Watch, there is a genocide emergency.
But genocide doesn’t pop up from nowhere. We can see it coming. The Genocide Watch site lists around 15 countries which are already at what it describes as the “extermination” stage of genocide, and many more that are involved in polarisation or other processes which it outlines as leading up to mass murder.
Never again, we say. But then we look around the word and see that here it is again, and again. If we want to know what we’ve learned in the 70 years since Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated, we need only look at how we have reacted to these recent genocides and what the international community has failed to do. These are the people we should think about most on International Holocaust Memorial Day – the people still in the grip of horror, or aftermath, the people who need support.
Above all, though, this day should provide fuel to a fight against the hatred, polarisation and dehumanisation that, according to Genocide Watch, are preconditions for genocide. These are as present as ever across the world, perhaps on the rise.
Sharing in mob justice
You only have to look at some of the responses online to the fact that former Shameless star Tina Malone is being prosecuted for contempt of court for sharing an image of someone said to be Jon Venables to realise that vigilantism is alive and well in the British public. For, it seems that plenty are out to support Malone, not just because they think the possibility of her being jailed is ridiculous and would represent a step too far – which is fair enough – but because they think she was quite right to share the Venables picture and that he should indeed be exposed.
Mob justice seemed to be the mood of the day, with a general feeling pervading that Venables would deserve whatever came to him. Few were the voices saying, this is the law and the kind of restrictions we need in order to live in a civilised society where justice isn’t meted out by crowds baying for blood. But Malone's fame makes her a particularly good example to pursue for this sharing, which was done by many others.
ONE NAZI WAR CRIMINAL CONVICTED, THREE INDICTED: REPORT
The Wiesenthal Center explained in a statement that the extension of life expectancy in the Western world has increased chances of prosecuting Nazi war criminals.
Helmut Oberlander, who served in Einsatzgruppen death squad in the Nazi-occupied Soviet Union and was on the Wiesenthal Center’s most wanted Nazi war criminals list, was denaturalized by the Canadian Federal Court.
UN to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day
UN will mark International Holocaust Remembrance with a series of events, including a special session of the UN General Assembly.
The United Nations will mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Monday, January 28, with a series of events, including a special session of the UN General Assembly that will include speeches by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Israel's ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon.
Following the General Assembly event, the Israeli Mission to the United Nations, in cooperation with the Missions of Peru and Portugal, will hold an event to open an exhibition devoted to diplomats who are Righteous Among the Nations at the organization's headquarters in New York.
UN Secretary General Guterres will take part in the Israeli event alongside ambassadors and relatives of the diplomats recognized as Righteous Among the Nations.
At the conclusion of the events, Ambassador Danon will lead a delegation of 40 UN ambassadors to Poland to visit the death camps, and then arrive in Israel. This mission is in conjunction with the March of the Living and the American Zionist Movement.
"Some of the diplomats in World War II saw the Jews, first and foremost, as human beings. Truth and morality guided their way to, at great risk, heroically saved them from Nazi extermination. We all hope that the diplomats of our time will join Israel in the struggle against Anti-Semitism, and against the voices in Tehran that call for the destruction of the Jewish state,” said Danon.
Bears Blither-Blather: Bowls upon Bowls upon Bowles
Steve Martin returned to "Saturday Night Live" this week to display his version of former adviser to President Donald Trump, Roger Stone.
Stone was charged with suspicion of obstruction, giving false statements and witness tampering this week as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian influence on the 2016 presidential election.
Fox News' Tucker Carlson, played by Alex Moffat, portrayed Stone, a sometimes weight lifter, as a man so old and decrepit that he's "barely able to post shirtless photos of his jacked body."
Stone was enthused about his predicament and noted all the radio and television appearances he made after being arrested.
"I mean seven felonies — one, two — I can’t even count that high," he said. "How cool is that?"
He said he started a crowdfunding effort based on a phrase people have been shouting at him: "Hey Roger, go fund yourself."
He also directed a key set of words, close to Martin's own catchphrase of "excuse me," at the president: "Pardon me!"
Carlson also invited Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to address criticism of his suggestion that workers impacted by the shutdown could take out bank loans.
Ross, a real-life billionaire played on "SNL" by Kate McKinnon, had more advice for those impacted by the shutdown that ended Friday.
"They could have liquidated some of their stocks or sold one of their paintings," he said. "I mean even if they sold a lesser Picasso, it’s still going to get you through a week or two of yacht maintenance."
He also suggested that those who own horses could have them "attend public school."
News segment "Weekend Update" continued to skewer the Trump administration, especially its role in a partial government shutdown that achieved none of Trump's goals.
Co-host Colin Jost took aim at the 21-day restart of federal operations.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A 24-hour race at a NASCAR track is nothing new. The Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, one of the crown jewels of the IMSA sports car championship, has been contested at Daytona International Speedway for over a half-century.
But what about a 24-hour race at a NASCAR track … with stock cars.
When Doug Yates, the CEO of the Roush Yates company that builds engines for NASCAR and IMSA teams, stopped by the Peacock Pit Box during the ninth hour Saturday of the 2019 Rolex 24 on NBCSN, NASCAR on NBC broadcaster Dale Earnhardt Jr. was curious.
“Could NASCAR run a 24-hour race?” Earnhardt asked Yates. “What would you need to do to a NASCAR engine?”
“I’m kind of worried about getting to Atlanta with a tapered 550 package first,” Yates joked in reference to NASCAR’s new reduced horsepower rules for this season.
“But yeah, of course we could do it. That would be an interesting race, of course. Everything in our engine is made to run 501 miles. As crew chiefs and drivers, you guys know, you’re always beating on the engine guy to give you more power. We didn’t want to give you too much margin, right? The thing wasn’t built for a 24-hour race. But we could do that.”
It might require a rethink of the philosophy of NASCAR’s V8 engine, which is based on antiquated architecture with little relevance to modern-era street models.
Yates, who talked about his desire to run more modern engine technology in last year’s NASCAR on NBC Podcast, already likes the Rolex 24 because it’s different from “engines set up specifically for NASCAR events.
“This is such a good event because these are production-based engines,” Yates said. “We test them. We push them to their limit, then we turn back and give that technology back to the street cars. The things we learn goes back to Ford Motor Company and making their cars better.”
Sounds like a win-win situation.
Of course, there are the niggling questions about the durability of brakes, rotors and other parts.
As well as what track might work well for holding such an event.
Martinsville? Bristol? The Roval or another road course?
This might be an idea with some serious staying power.
AJAX travel to fierce rivals Feyenoord as they look to turn up the pressure on PSV in top spot.
Eyes will also be on how the hosts perform after boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst announced he will leave at the end of the season with speculation linking him to Barcelona.
When is Feyenoord vs Ajax?
Feyenoord take on Ajax on Sunday, January 27.
The match will kick off at 1.30pm or 2.30pm in Holland.
In the side's meeting in Amsterdam earlier this season, Ajax ran out 3-0 winners after their rivals played 85 minutes with ten men.
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Match: Feyenoord vs Ajax
Competition: Dutch Eredivisie
Date: January 27, 2019
Kick-off time: 1:30 pm, January 27, 2019 (UK time)
Stadium: Feijenoord Stadion
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De Klassieker, as it is known in the Netherlands, is the country’s main football rivalry. As is typical of most big rivalry’s, it extends beyond football touching on social, economic and cultural differences between the cities involved.
Thus, this clash is seen as between the artists of Amsterdam and the workers of Rotterdam. This is emphasised by the phrase “While Amsterdam dreams, Rotterdam works”.
Ajax have dominated this fixture as of late, losing only twice in the last thirty-one meetings between them.
This includes the last meeting between them back in October when a 7th minute red card to Feyenoord’s Jeremiah St. Juste for serious foul play, effectively ended the match as a contest. Ajax running out 3-0 winners in the end.
Ajax’s spectacular 4-4 draw with Heerenveen last weekend ended their eleven game Eredivisie win streak.
Meanwhile, Feyenoord have picked up just one point from their last three games.
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By Fatih Hafiz Mehmet
The backwardness and injustices in Philippines' Bangsamoro will be overcome after the ratification of the landmark Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), a Turkish non-governmental organization’s official said.
Bangsamoro is a collective term for Filipino Muslims living on an island south of the Philippines.
The Philippines' landmark Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) was officially ratified on Friday following a referendum win on granting comprehensive autonomy to Moro Muslims.
Huseyin Oruc -- deputy head of the Istanbul-based Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) and one of the members of the international team monitoring the peace process in the region -- said Bangsamoro people were in a struggle for 50 years and since 1997 they had been negotiating a peace deal with the Philippines' government and signed an agreement in 2014.
Oruc said the agreement was voted in a referendum on Jan. 21 by the people and the result was Yes.
He said the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region will now be founded.
"Most probably, leader of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Al Hajj Murad Ebrahim will be the first prime minister of Bangsamoro.
“The problems, backwardness and injustices which have been continuing for 50 years will be overcome gradually. Peace will be established in the region again," Oruc stressed.
The first international investment has already been announced just two days after the results of the referendum were announced, Oruc noted.
He said a Russian company will plant bananas at a 7,000-hectare of land belonging to Muslims and sell it in Russian markets.
"It is said that nearly 10,000 people will be employed in this work. This is a very large number," Oruc stressed.
He said Turkish investors should follow suit to increase trade in the region.
Oruc expressed hopes the first future prime minister of the autonomous region will be invited to Turkey and that he will make his first visit abroad to Turkey.
Yes vote in Cotabato
He said the results in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in the southern Philippines suggest a "stronger" Yes, compare to areas falling out of ARMM.
In the ARMM, the Yes vote made over 85 percent, he said.
Oruc said Cotabato city in the ARMM and Isabela city on the Basilan island were very important, adding that the MILF ran an intensive campaign in Cotabato for the Yes vote.
Two days before the plebiscite, he noted, Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte and Ebrahim made a rally together in Cotabato and invited people to vote Yes in the referendum.
"Yes votes were nearly 50 percent higher than No votes in Cotabato city," Oruc said. Thus, he said, the city was included to the autonomous area.
However, in Isabela, where population of Muslims and Christians are almost same, the No vote won with a narrow margin and Isabela was left outside the autonomous area, Oruc added.
"The referendum was made in a very peaceful environment in an area where there was armed conflict for 50 years," he said.
Oruc said the second part of the referendum will be held on Feb. 6 in six municipalities and 68 villages or towns.
Over 1.54 million people voted Yes to approve the BOL, while some 190,000 voted down the law.
Ratification of the BOL means the ARMM in the southern Philippines will be replaced with the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
The voting started on Monday in the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao Del Sur, and the island provinces of Basilan, Tawi-tawi and Sulu as well as the cities of Cotabato and Isabela.
The second phase of the BOL will be held on Feb. 6.
The law, signed by Duterte last year, is set to provide comprehensive autonomy to Muslims, in addition to judicial and economic advances.
Under the law, courts of Islamic law will open in the region, and the Philippines’ central government will transfer its administrative authorities in Mindanao to the Bangsamoro government.
The waters in the Bangsamoro region will be simultaneously managed by the national government and Bangsamoro government.
The autonomous government will be responsible for the management of energy resources.
In addition, the former Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and MILF fighters will be able to join official forces.
By Martin Petty
MANILA (Reuters) - A predominantly Muslim area of the southern Philippines has returned a resounding "Yes" in this week's referendum on greater autonomy, boosting hopes for peace in one of Asia's most conflict-torn regions.
The plan to create a self-administered area for the Muslim-dominated parts of Mindanao was backed by 85 percent of voters, the election commission said late on Friday, paving the way for a three-year transition toward elections for a legislature that will choose an executive.
Monday's referendum was the culmination of a tumultuous peace process between separatists and successive governments that aimed to settle decades of conflict, which have hampered development and kept these parts of Mindanao among Asia's poorest regions.
The instability and high rates of unemployed, unschooled youth made the areas fertile recruitment ground for bandits and Islamist extremists, who exploited grievances about neglect and stoked narratives of government duplicity in the peace process.
The endorsement by some 1.74 million voters comes as no surprise, and the new region to be called Bangsamoro (nation of Moros) will have greater powers to generate and invest more money in infrastructure, schools, healthcare and social welfare for its estimated 5 million inhabitants.
A ballot will now be held on Feb. 6 to ask several other areas if they want to join.
The central government will oversee defense, security, and foreign and monetary policy, and soon appoint a transition authority nominated by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
(GRAPHIC: Philippine referendum on Muslim autonomous region - https://tmsnrt.rs/2Hk3s7L)
Vice President Leni Robredo said it was vital the central government helps Bangsamoro to build "a progressive economy and responsible local government".
"Let us guard and support the progress of this process because this is not yet the end of the fight for peace," Robredo said.
The vote came at a critical time for the Philippines, which saw disillusioned MILF factions break away and follow other armed groups in pledging allegiance to Islamic State.
That has stoked fears that fighters fleeing Iraq and Syria would join radicals from Malaysia and Indonesia in gravitating to Mindanao to capitalize on porous borders, jungles and mountains, and an abundance of arms.
Martial law has been in place in Mindanao since an extremist alliance overran Marawi City in 2017 and occupied it for five months, in what was the Philippines' fiercest and longest conflict since World War Two.
The army said three remnants of that alliance were killed on Thursday when troops discovered a makeshift jungle camp. It released images of trenches and what it said was Islamic State paraphernalia.
Mohagher Iqbal, the MILF's top peace negotiator, said on TV on Thursday that he hoped radical splinters of the separatist group, like those of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), would recognize the will of the people for peace.
"One of the BIFF leaders has already reached out," he said, without elaborating.
(Reporting by Martin Petty; Additional reporting by Neil Jerome Morales; Editing by Tom Hogue)
St. John’s, like virtually every other team, preaches the importance of focusing on one game at a time but can see what’s around the corner.
When the weekend is through, the Red Storm will embark on a lengthy road trip that represents their toughest three-game stretch of the season.
It begins with a flight to Omaha, Neb., to face Creighton, the nation’s second-best 3-point shooting team, and the club with fifth-highest average attendance in the country. It follows with a stop at current No. 2 Duke and ends with a visit to No. 12 Marquette.
The Johnnies’ biggest game, however, may come before they leave town.
Having dropped three of its past four games, St. John’s (15-4, 3-4) has lost the cushion of its 12-0 start. Now, beating slumping Georgetown (12-7, 2-4) on Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden is no longer just an option for a team intent on reaching the NCAA Tournament — it’s practically a requirement.
“I’d say this is a must-win for us,” star guard Shamorie Ponds said. “We can’t drop two in a row, and definitely [can’t] lose at home.”
“I think some things might have got a little overwhelming,” senior Marvin Clark II said of the recent losses. “The way we’ve been losing games, not really finishing them, kind of starting out sluggish, kind of playing down to the level of our competition, we just gotta realize that’s not who we are.
“We’re anxious to play. … It’s gonna be a crazy atmosphere. Students are finally back. That’ll give us new life, new blood.”
Life was lacking for much of the Johnnies’ loss Jan. 19 at Butler in their most recent game. That defeat ended with coach Chris Mullin criticizing the team’s energy. After a week off, he expects his experienced group won’t allow it to be an issue again.
“I love the days off. I think it’s probably more important for them mentally than physically,” Mullin said. “The energy and effort and passion, it’s something you hope and assume is gonna be there. It does waver … [but] I feel confident. We got four veteran guys that are more than capable of navigating through those parts.”