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June 14 2010

Global: Tweeting the USA/England Match

By Jillian C. York

As usual, the Twittersphere was abuzz during the final game of Saturday, June 12: the USA/England match.  The game was highly anticipated in the United States, where TV advertisements touted it as the “most anticipated” match of the World Cup, whereas across the pond in England, fans were nearly certain their team would win.  Despite the tension, however, the Twittersphere found time for some humor.

For example, syrianews, a British-Syrian, made it clear who he thought the winner might be:

I am going to be quite delighted to see England embarrass the United States of America tomorrow. That's 'soccer' I'm talking about.

As the game got going, Global Voices' own 2010 Twitter account shared a fun fact about Team USA:

11 of the 23 players on the US team come from a home where at least 1 parent was born in a foreign country

Washington, D.C.-based Fadi Elsalameen, who was watching the game in public, quipped:

Where is the US offense ? A guy next to me yelled “In Iraq?”

Belgian/South African sisiwami noted, perhaps with pride, that everyone was watching South Africa:

so right now the whole of the USA and UK are staring at South Africa

Referencing the game of American football, Egyptian Alaa Abd El Fattah joked in response:

@khadijapatel @sisiwami yes bet the whole of USA keeps wondering when will they do a touch down

British James Cook referenced the recent BP oil spill, in this play on words:

Americans celebrate a British spill, for a change.

Belfast-based Keith Anderson also found a way to joke about the oil spill:

“hey england, your goalie is as leaky as your oil rigs.” #worldcup #usa #eng #ilovediggcomments

As the game ended, it was evident that American fans had–at least temporarily–found a new sport to love.  Laura Barr, based in Missouri, is waiting in anticipation for the next games:

#USA has only played one #WorldCup game and already my voice is shot. I fully expect to sound like a man the rest of the tournament.

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June 05 2010

Global: Rachel Corrie “Immortalized” With Ship's Mission

By Jillian C. York

Rachel Corrie was a young American peace activist who was killed in 2003 in Gaza while working with the International Solidarity Movement.  As Corrie stood in front of a Palestinian home to protect it from being demolished by Israeli forces, she was run over by an Israel Defense Forces bulldozer and killed instantly.  Corrie has become, for many, a symbol of peace, with over 30 songs, a cantata, a play, and now a ship, named after her.

The ship, called the MV Rachel Corrie, set sail from Ireland carrying 11 passengers and 9 crew members from 5 countries, mostly Ireland and Malaysia.  Included amongst the passengers were Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Maguire, Parit Member of the Malaysian Parliament Mohd Nizar Zakaria, and former UN Assistant Secretary General, Denis Halliday.

As the MV Rachel Corrie neared Gaza, however, it became apparent that Israel was going to once again prevent the ship from delivering aid and thus breaking the siege.  At approximately 10:00 UTC+3, US-based Remroum reported that Israel had asked the ship to change its course:

Shortly thereafter, reports began to emerge that the Rachel Corrie had been intercepted by the IDF and forced to dock at the Israeli port of Ashdod.  On Twitter, Malaysian activist JuanaJaafar noted:

Gaza Under Siege tweeted a video

from Iranian-backed Press TV, which aired shortly after the MV Rachel Corrie was stopped by the IDF. The video, which includes commentary from journalists on the ground, shows the ship being intercepted:

Efe Moral, who is based in Turkey, live-tweeted much of the Flotilla events and noted that after the ship was intercepted, the aid would be taken to Gaza:
Reports have also emerged that Israeli forces have refused to call the ship by its registered name, the MV Rachel Corrie, and have instead referred to it as “Linda,” its previous name, instead. The Rachel Corrie Foundation tweeted this:

A video put forth by the IDF confirms this (00:31):

There is considerable anger regarding the fact that the MV Rachel Corrie was intercepted, but also a sense of relief that the passengers are safe.  Lastly, as journalist Hossam el-Hamalawy points out on Twitter, Rachel Corrie herself has been immortalized with the MV Rachel Corrie's mission:

April 03 2010

Missbrauchsskandal: Anglikaner-Oberhaupt attackiert katholische Kirche - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten - Panorama

Ermittlungen der irischen Behörden haben ergeben, dass die Kirche jahrzehntelang Missbrauchsfälle vertuscht hat. Dabei geht es um Vergewaltigungen und Misshandlungen von Minderjährigen durch Geistliche, insgesamt ist von 14.500 Opfern die Rede. Der Missbrauchsskandal, der von den dreißiger Jahren bis in die neunziger Jahre dauerte, wurde von der weltlichen Justiz aufgearbeitet, nachdem die Opfer geklagt hatten.
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March 31 2010

Ian Buruma: Holy Abuse

NEW YORK – In his remarkable apology to the Catholics of Ireland (most of that country’s population), Pope Benedict XVI explained why he thought sinful priests were tempted to commit sexual acts with children. It was because of “new and serious challenges to the faith arising from the rapid transformation and secularization of Irish society. Fast-paced social change has occurred, often adversely affecting people’s traditional adherence to Catholic teaching and values.”
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January 09 2010

Slovakia: First Slovak Terrorist Caught in Ireland, Sort Of

On Saturday, January 2, the Slovak police had a training during which they put explosives into the luggage of some passengers at Poprad airport without informing them. Policeman with dog searched for it, but was suddenly called to another case, so one piece accidentally entered the plane and traveled to Dublin. A few minutes after the plane's departure, the pilot and the Irish airport luggage service were informed, probably with a note saying that the explosive without a detonator was safe. The next mistake was that the policeman's boss was informed about the missing explosive on Monday only. After that the Slovak police used the airport's surveillance camera system, identified the person who owned the luggage and contacted him in Ireland with a note that he had to wait for the Irish police to give them material. On Tuesday morning, the Irish police was informed. Who knows how, because instead of just getting the explosives, they enclosed the area near the passenger's flat and detained him for a few hours.

Traditional complications started when the information spread to the media. CNN initially spoke about the incident from Bratislava airport (which also had a similar training going on at the time). Slovak TA3 at first reported that the traveler carried about 90 kilograms of explosives without knowing it.

This, combined with the initial lack of information and varying versions, initialized thousands of netizens' comments. Here is a selection of some that I had the patience to read:


they will punish the dog that did not find the explosive by lowering food portion to one half and in the evening they will forgive him half of punishment because of good manners


a head will fall - of that journalist hyena who published it

sloboda prejavu:

someone at least apologized to that poor person?


of course - the Irish police

radsej som zdrhol:

and i must admit that our [policemen] still have to learn from the French ones because the Frenchies during similar training in December 2004 even did not know where and by what plane their lost sample had flown away. [here's a BBC report on the 2004 incident]

Here are some more reactions, from another source:

Juraj Lörinc:

just now i heard the foreign minister say on TV that we will send more humanitarian aid abroad


and what if it was the other way around and the police just cover a real terrorist? i mean what if he really wanted to destroy that plane and just forgot the detonator, and the police took it upon themselves to be not able to say that Slovakia had incapable terrorists! they are saving the good name of Slovakia and do not care at all that they get draggled all over newspapers

Tomas Bily:

and next, I completely, really completely, do not understand why Mr. “Steve” did not unpack for two days, or he thought it was a randomly packed cell phone?

Jozef Drahovský:

Let's be glad that … the plane flew to Dublin and not to Beijing because a 49-year-old Slovak electrician could be also executed

A discussion at forum:

Jiří Ščobák:

Let's be glad that … plane did not fly to the USA … if it had been the USA, that person would have been denied entrance to the country.


or the mentioned person after short time will from his heart admit that he wanted to assassinate and explode the plane


finally Slovakia should have representation at Guantanamo, too

Viera Šimkovičová:

when I imagine that I'm traveling with my baby and somewhere they arrest me because our officers put something into my luggage during an enhanced anti-terrorist protection … according to TA3, they spent three hours questioning that man.


from what I know about the Irish people, two and a half hours he was waiting until a vacant room was found


and maybe finally foreign tourists will get interested in our Gotham - where else would they pack you a free bomb into your luggage?

Reactions from another forum:

Frankie I have 3 bombs, you 4, it's together 8
So let's go to drink a beer


After arrival - What do you have in that suit case? How can I know it…. Oh, mister is from Slovakia


We're asking passengers … to switch off mobile phones and other electronics equipment. Passengers from Slovakia also make sure that today they haven't packed detonators in your luggage. Have a nice flight.


The probability that the plane you're traveling on has one more bomb in addition to the official police bomb is quite high. A solution: Take your own bomb. The probability that there are three bombs is much lower.


How many Slovak policemen are necessary for a terrorist attack?
Two - one will hide the bomb and the second will not find it.


I wish to express profound regret on the part of the US for failing to categorize and properly label DVDs obviously sold to your country. Odd as it may seem, the “Police Academy” video series was never intended as instructional.

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