Word from the Streets Internationally

Word From the Streets w/c 23rd April 2012 – INTERNATIONALLY

The Bahrain 2012 Grand Prix was sold to the world as a ‘unifying force’ in the troubled country. However, the world’s exclusive sporting event may have come and gone but the troubles have increased and not decreased. Protestor Hussein, 25, said: “We could not stop the race but now Formula One has left Bahrain, we are still here and we will continue to fight.”

-       Channel 4 reporter Jonathan Miller and his team were arrested in Bahrain following a car chase and deported. They had been filming demonstrations when they were spotted by a police helicopter. There driver and guide were More >

Word From the Streets w/c 16th April 2012 – INTERNATIONALLY

The Bahrain Grand Prix went ahead despite the host nation being in upheaval against its rulers. A protestor had been found dead, suspected of being beaten to death by police, leading to around 7,000 people to take to the streets. The troubles were dismissed by FIA, with their president Jean Todt, saying: “Yes there are some protests, because it is a democratic country and protests are allowed.” A picture of the bloodied body of Salah Abbas Habib, 37, was distributed to the media. A further 80 protestors were said to be injured as security services cracked down on the demonstrations. More >

Word From the Streets w/c 9th April 2012 – INTERNATIONALLY

The sponsors of Formula One fear that if the Bahrain Grand Prix goes ahead in the midst of violence, turmoil and upheaval in the gulf kingdom they will receive negative PR. Already a number of the sponsors have pulled out of the event. A Vodafone official said: “We are monitoring the situation very closely but it is a decision for the teams and for Formula One. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.”

-       British Politicians have joined calls for the Bahrain Gran Prix to be cancelled amid growing tensions in the Gulf Kingdom. Tory MP Damian Collins, a member More >

Word From the Streets w/c 4th April 2012 – INTERNATIONALLY

As the games draws neared and nearer to the day which will see the torch light and with it a world focus on “higher, faster and stronger”, the issues and effects of the global recession, along with ongoing social and human issues are beginning to take its toll on countries who will be contributing to the multi- nation and cultural diversity of the global community. More alarming will be the news of the Somali deaths of the Olympic Committee and the National Football Federation leaders. Attending the opening of the refurbished national theatre, a suicide bomber exploded the device that More >

Word From the Streets w/c 26th March 2012 – INTERNATIONALLY

In the former host Olympic city of Barcelona, the global austerity measures and resulting government cuts across Europe has seen a worrying social implosion. The heart of Barcelona saw a 24-hour general strike with protesters against government cuts of up to 40 billion Euros with riots breaking out. Protesters set light to bins, mattresses and anything they could get their hands on. Roads in and out of the city were blocked by barricades and burning tyres. Riot officers with batons charged demonstrators. Dozens of police vans also patrolled the erupting streets struggling to restore order. Banks and the stock exchange More >

Word From the Streets w/c 19th March 2012 – INTERNATIONALLY

The word ‘Ferrari’ has been removed by China’s internet censors by removing the term from their international search engine. The ban has been made following speculation that a young driver killed in a high speed accident on Sunday could have been the son of a senior Communist Party official. The question then is how could the son of a civil servant afford to pay for a car of this kind?

 

Russian football club Anzhi Makhachkala has been caught us in a race incident following the clubs purchase of former Blackburn centre-half Chris Samba for an estimated £12 million. He was subjected More >

Word From the Streets w/c 12th March 2012 – INTERNATIONALLY

A coach carrying school children from Belgium has crashed in Switzerland killing 22 children, six adults and seriously injuring 28 others, 24 of whom remain in hospital. The horrific crash in a tunnel shocked rescue workers who have never witnessed anything like it.

 

Sexism in Sport will become a major issue this summer as Saudi Arabia enter a squad that will be devoid of women. The Olympics stood tall against apartheid in South Africa banning them till reforms were made. The Olympic Charter clearly states that there should be no discrimination in sport on the basis of gender or race. Reema More >

Word From the Streets w/c 5th March 2012 – INTERNATIONALLY

The bidding process for the 2018 Youth Olympics Games has begun. Six candidate cities are hoping to play host are: Buenos Aires (Argentina); Medellin (Colombia); Glasgow (Great Britain); Guadalajara (Mexico); Rotterdam (Netherlands) and Poznan (Poland). IOC president Jacques Rogge, said: “We are delighted with the high level of interest shown in hosting the third Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2018. It is a shining endorsement of just how the popularity, excitement and awareness surrounding the YOG continue to build at an impressive pace.”

 

Prince Harry has won a mock race against Usain Bolt in Jamaica. After his victory, in which Bolt More >

Word From the Streets w/c 28th February 2012 – INTERNATIONALLY

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) is considering a partial boycott of the opening and closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. The protest is against the sponsorship of the Games by Dow Chemical who own the company responsible for the deaths of 25,000 people after the 1984 Bhopal disaster. The IOA president, Vijay Kumar Malhotra, said: “We will decide on the protest after consultations with the Government.”

 

An event celebrating black people who ski has been held in Idaho, USA. Skiing has been a pastime that has been shunned many upstanding members of the African-American community and has remained the preserve More >

Word From the Streets w/c 20th February 2012 – INTERNATIONALLY

The man charged with investigating Bahrain uprising’s last year has said that the Grand Prix could be used a vehicle for reconciliation. Cherif Bassiouni, who is leading world expert in investigating war crimes, has written a letter the chairman of the Bahrain International Circuit, Zayed Alzayani, in which he said the event could be “an important point of departure for the people of Bahrain to forge ahead in their national efforts towards reconciliation”. The letter was also sent to F1 chief Bernie Eccleston and Jean Todt, president of the FIA. It added: “This is an important initiative, which gives another More >