I fight on.
The racist attack and murder of Stephen Lawrence has finally ended, finding both David Norris and Gary Dobson guilty of his murder. It’s taken 18 long bloody years to finally bring justice to the Lawrence family.
Both Gary Dobson and David Norris were found quality today afternoon, bringing to an end (I hope) one of UK’s most unsolved murder case stretching over 18 years. Not sure how many people are familiar with this case, especially those outside of the UK, but, I remember this case being a small kid.
In my lifetime, pre-9/11 this was a one of those cases which brought to life many issues facing ethnic minorities in the UK (or even Europe for that matter). Stephen Lawrence was a British Teenager, murdered back in 1993 in a racially motivated attack.
The pair were part of a wider gang, in this attack they were a group of 5 people. They all escaped justice to a series of terrible police failings and where witnesses were intimidated and too scared to come forward.
In 1994, a secret recording of the pair made during a covert operation clearly showed them talking in racist and violent language. This was, for everyone, now considered for sure a racist murder. Failures in the original police investigation led to the McPherson report, which concluded that, the Metropolitan Police was “institutionally racist” and made 70 recommendations for ousting racism from society.
The other three suspects were named as Neil Acourt, Jamie Acourt and Luke Knight. In 1997 daily mail named all five in an infamous front page as Lawrence’s murders. To date, as far as I can recall, none have sued the paper.
Key Points for me:
The fact it taken 18 long years for this case to be concluded with convictions – shows the level of corruption and racism that has been inherent in the Metropolitan Police, and shows, how deep the problem expands.
Till date, from my recollection nobody has been made accountable for the appalling way the investigation into Stephen’s Murder was handled and executed by the very same Police, more so for the ill treatment of his parents and those who wanted justice and decided to made a stance physically.
I am pleased to see the long winded battle for his parents and for those who were attached directly to this case (seeking justice) finally come to an end. They spent 18 years fighting the very same institution which should have protected them. At least now, the parents can really mourn the death of Stephen Lawrence.
That said, it does however raise the question of how and why the original police investigation failed, was corrupt and which showed deep levels of “institutional racism”? Although, Stephen Lawrence case is now over, the case of police failings in this case is still wide open.
The governments don’t rule the world. Goldman Sachs rules the world – Alessio Rastani: By The British Asian Blog.
Alessio Rastani dropped a bombshell on BBC New Live. The Jaws dropped of those in the studio and who were watching live feed. His frank assessment of who’s really in charge of the global economy. He further states 12 months from now everything will collapse and especially the Euro Market and that they are moving their money to safer assets – what hit me the most was this claim “This economic crisis is like a cancer … what I’d say to everybody is: get prepared … this is not a time right now [for] wishful thinking that government is gonna sort things out. The governments don’t rule the world. Goldman Sachs rules the world. Goldman Sachs does not care about this rescue package, neither [do] the big funds.” I feel as if I am watching the movie ‘Wall Street – Money never sleeps’ all over again.
If that wasn’t bad he further admits “If I see an opportunity to make money, I go with that … Personally, I’ve been dreaming of this moment for three years. I have a confession, which is, I go to bed every night and I dream of another recession, I dream of another moment like this.”
You need to watch this youtube footage of this.
So here we have it, an early warning from someone well connected, if after watching this video you are like me disorientated, nervous, livid and amused then consider this: What ‘if’ he is right or partially right can we sit back and ignore the storm ahead of us? No doubt the environment around us and especially in Europe seems to be heading for another double-dip recession, and to be fair I think worrying times lay ahead.
9/11 – 10th anniversary: Is the world a safe place now by The British Asian Blog
September 11 2001 – was the day when four planes were hi-jacked, two were flown into the twin towers New York, and two were flown into other sites. Sunday marked the 10th anniversary of this awful and dire day in which 3000 people lost their lives.
Since this event took place, many more continue to lose their lives around the world; one thing for sure (in my view) is the world is less safe to live in after 9/11. I wish this day never happened and a day I wish turned out to be different for everyone, but this definitely is a day which has turned the whole world into one big battle field.
10 years on and countless number of deaths later, I’m force to rethink whether or not the ‘the war on terror’ response from USA and its alliance actually achieved anything positive?
Over the last few weeks leading up to the 10th anniversary, I’m gradually reminded about this day by various information mediums. Documentaries one after another on different aspects of 9/11 are aired targeting the times when TV is mostly watched, forcing the masses to relive and revive that moment when the planes struck the towers. This day was a nightmare and everything that followed on from this day was even worse. Why should we be forced to relive or stimulate these nightmares and be reminded of how society crumbled literally over night?
Nonetheless my thoughts and prayers go out to those innocent people who have lost their lives since 9/11. 10 years on I’m convinced that America could have taken a different route to bring whoever was behind 9/11 to justice. As it stands there is so much discrepancies around 9/11 which casts a shadow on the official US government explanation and evidence.
After 9/11 there were many repercussions on people and communities around the world, British Asians were for sure a community and amongst others who experienced hostilities from a generally neutral society. It caused problems for many people and in all sectors, racism rocketed since 9/11 against Muslims or anyone who appeared to look like a Muslim, and media-manufactured stories didn’t help.
Many British Asians may evoke hearing stories or evening experiencing racism in places where they lived for decades without any trouble, in places where they worked, studied or socialised. For sure life for many British Asians became difficult and lived in fear of reprisals and punishments from society which they were very much part of.
10 years on, life has improved somewhat for British Asians but embedded deep inside the subconscious mind of the British Society there still lingers the antagonism and racism which has given rise to Islamaphobia. Life for sure hasn’t been the same since 9/11. Asian society on the receiving end made numerous attempts to launch projects to help level out any issues and to educated people in to live together in harmony and better tolerance. One such attempt was a Bollywood movie called “My Name is Khan” which addresses confusion that many people have. It was a success but not reality. We have got some way to go before we see living conditions improve in all areas for British Asians.
Shafilea Ahmed – Honour Killing Parents charged with her murder – By The British Asian Blog
Interesting development around a case which I followed with interest few years ago. The parents of Shafilea Ahmed have been charged over suspected honour killing.
Case Summary: 17 year old Shafilea went missing in 2003 from her home town Warrington Cheshire. Later in 2004 her decomposed body was discovered on the banks of River Kent in Cumbria following a flood. Her parents Iftikhar Ahmed and Farzana Ahmed were initially arrested on suspicions of kidnapping back in December 2003 but later in June 2004 they were released without charge, only to be arrested once again September 2010 but this time on the suspicion of murder.
This was a horrible and gruesome crime and very much an act of pure evil against a young British Asian, who simply wanted to live her life like everyone else. What brought her ambitions and aspirations to a terrible end was the mindset of her parents, who favoured their status of family respect over anything else, including their religion and more importantly the freedom of their child.
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The debate of honour killings is still very much alive in this country and no doubt it will be highlighted once again in the coming days. When this news first broke out in 2003/2004 it was reported that honour killing was mainly ripe in Middle East and Asia and it was understood to claim the lives of 5000 women per year, these are recorded and identified deaths. As it goes, UK has seen honour killing on many occasions and till date no effective measures have been put in place to prevent honour killings from happening in the future.
Honour killing of a woman is mainly carried out by family or relatives who ‘believe’ she has brought shame on the family. In my opinion this is really a poor excuse in justifying a horrendous crime. Shame is really brought on the family when such honour crime is committed, and it’s a shame on the wider extended family and community who fail to recognise this issue and address it, despite it being repeated on many occasions in the UK.
At the same time, I’m keen to underline that patriarchal violence does not belong to any religion and it’s wrong to perceive it to be a problem linked to any particular religion.
Many believe that Asian families are closely linked with one another, forming a close nit community. This may have been the case 30 to 40 years ago but in the last 20 odd years in my view the truth could not be further apart. Many families suppressed their internal issues in fear of reprisals from the larger Asian community, who may shut the door and isolate them. Under such circumstances is when issues get out of control. In my view it’s also true that Asian migrants who arrived into this country and the current generation who have been born and bred in this country simply fail to agree on family values and perception of family respect. What is important to their parents holds no value to the first and second generation of British Asians, and wise versa.
This is a cancer that’s embedded deep inside the Asian society within the UK. The fear of bringing shame to the family needs to be assessed. Having ambitions and aspirations some that are alien to the Asian culture doesn’t necessarily mean they are wrong or bad for the community. I fear the failure to prevent such crimes in future will be disastrous leading to a gradual Asian Community collapse.
I’m keen to hear your views are on this?