Houston floods, but what about all the other disasters?

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Olivia Acland Image caption Abdul Mansaray cut a hole in the roof to escape the Sierra Leone mudslide with his family When is a disaster not a disaster? When it takes place in certain parts of the world, according to some people on social media. As Storm Harvey threatens Louisiana and leaves heavy [...]

Man banned from Twitter over mosquito death threat

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Threatening mosquitoes on Twitter could get you banned from the platform A Twitter user in Japan has been banned from using the social networking site for making a death threat against a mosquito. Tweeting abuse would sometimes get you banned from the platform but Twitter’s decision to ban [...]

‘I was groomed and sexually abused by 30 or 40 men’

Warren Fyfe

From the age of 13, “Ben” (not his real name), was groomed and sexually abused by 30 or 40 adult men. It began shortly after he came out as gay on social media. But as his parents were trying to protect him from these predatory older men, Ben says he was dismissed and even blamed [...]

Why I became a jihadist poetry critic

Warren Fyfe

Image caption Elisabeth Kendall in Sanaa, Yemen Osama bin Laden shared an unlikely interest with many other jihadists – writing verse. These poems might not win any literary prizes, but Elisabeth Kendall is fascinated by them. Could they help in the fight against extremism? Back in the late 80s, Kendall decided to study Arabic at [...]

I was a neo-Nazi. Then I fell in love with a black woman

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Mark Seliger She was a violent white supremacist. But an encounter in prison changed her life forever. Angela King had gone to the bar expecting trouble. The neo-Nazi had arrived at the local dive in South Florida with a gang of violent skinheads. King, 23, sauntered in with a 9mm pistol in the [...]

Prague cyclists to have a remarkable trees route

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Prazske Stromy Image caption Prague offers meetings with remarkable trees Cyclists in the Czech capital will soon be able to pedal along a route that will acquaint them with the city’s most important and unusual trees. The Stromojizda (Tree Ride) is being organised by the Prazske Stromy (Prague Trees) project, which provides information [...]

Fake branches mean dismissal from Russian competition

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright All-Russia People’s Front Image caption All-Russia People’s Front volunteers find the tape Council workers hoping to spruce up their street for a competition in St. Petersburg went a little too far and got themselves disqualified when they taped branches to bare trees, it’s reported. The “Cosy Garden 2017″ competition in Russia’s northern city [...]

The silencing of a Yemeni social media star

Warren Fyfe

When the Twitter account of a prominent Yemeni political commentator and high-profile social media user fell silent on 14 August, it did not go unnoticed. Hisham Al-Omeisy is usually a prolific tweeter, known for his updates, in both English and Arabic, about the social and humanitarian crisis in his country. The 38-year-old has around 25,000 [...]

Does President Macron’s make-up bill make you blush?

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Not everyone is made up about the money spent Since Emmanuel Macron became President of France in May 2017 he has spent approximately 26,000 euros (£24,000) on make-up, an amount that has left many social media users blushing. The French weekly news magazine Le Point claimed this amount was spent [...]