VIDEO: Protests mar Israel festival

first_imgThe event, dubbed “Camels in Oxford”, was put on as part of iFest, a two-week festival marking the 60th anniversary of the founding of Israel. A protester leads chanting on Broad Street First-year student James Norrie was among those protesting as part of the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign. A group chanting “Free free Palestine, occupation is a crime” have been at the entrance to the festival all afternoon, while slogans including “Celebrating Ethnic Cleansing” have been chalked onto the street. At lunchtime, the Network of Oxford Women for Justice and Peace held an hour-long silent vigil dressed in black cloaks. “The weather has been kind, people are having a great time and seem to be interested.” However, OICS committee member Jacob Turner was happy with how the event had gone.  He insisted that Israeli culture and politics could be kept seperate. center_img Police said that the protests had been peaceful and that no arrests had been made.  Protesters today descended on a Broad Street event organised by the Oxford Israeli Cultural Society (OICS). “I don’t think they [the protesters] have managed to politicise the event.  We got across the message that we wanted to.  People respond better to food being handed out than to shouting,” he said. “This is a celebration of a racialised state, the consequence of which is the occupation of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians,” he said. See also:Comment: Celebrating ethnic cleansing? Comment: OICS responselast_img read more

FSOC details threats it sees to the financial system

first_imgby: John HeltmanThe U.S. financial system has weathered several external threats in the past year, but significant hazards remain, including the potential for cyberattacks and excessive concentration of risk in central counterparties, according to a report by the Financial Stability Oversight Council.The interagency council’s annual report, released Tuesday, noted that the system has not suffered lasting effects from a precipitous drop in oil prices or ongoing crises in the Ukraine and the Middle East.But as those threats recede, others pose significant risks to financial stability and demand greater attention from policymakers, said Treasury Secretary Jack Lew.“There have been a host of technological, competitive, and regulatory changes that continue to reverberate and create potential new stresses to the system,” Lew said. “Cybersecurity is a primary focus of multiple agencies today. Central counterparties have grown in importance to financial stability and market resiliency. Market structures are evolving, and this had led to financial innovation and some migration of activities away from traditional players.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Lost Passion: The Black Stars and the colts

first_imgThe Black Stars of Ghana have been waiting for the past 33 years to win gold at another Africa Cup of Nations tournament but they returned from the recent AFCON tourney with no gold.This comes after an abysmal performance at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Well, experts are pointing to a fundamental flaw – the absence of Colts Football in which children are introduced the game while in school.In this week’s edition of our Hotline documentary titled Lost Passion, George Addo Junior explores why the Black Stars face doom if Ghana fails to return to this system.Listen to audiolast_img read more