False claim that Labour membership surged by 150,000

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Christopher Furlong Reports that 150,000 people have joined the Labour Party since the general election are not recognised by Jeremy Corbyn’s office. A collection of popular tweets have suggested that Labour’s membership has bulged by 150,000 since the election. It seems as though this alleged membership surge was first tweeted by Aaron Bastani, [...]

Sandy Hook rage over Megyn Kelly’s Alex Jones interview

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Getty Images/BBC Image caption Some are calling on NBC to pull Megyn Kelly’s interview with Alex Jones, due to air on 18 June An interview by NBC’s anchor Megyn Kelly with InfoWars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has angered families of the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting. Finance giant JPMorgan Chase has pulled [...]

The country where tampons may cause a security alert

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Getty Images A woman travelling through Cairo airport may find her sanitary products confuse and alarm security staff, writes the BBC’s Claire Read. Cairo airport’s security screening starts at the door to the terminal buildings. Only passengers are allowed in. Even before check-in, they have to put their belongings through the large scanners, [...]

How women are changing champagne

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Jacquart One of the most famous brands of champagne bears a woman’s names, but for many years women played little role in the industry. Now that is changing. Juliet Rix met some of the new wave of female tastemakers. I am sitting in a contemporary stripped-wood conservatory looking out at a much more [...]

Egypt women: Where tampons may cause a security alert

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Getty Images A woman travelling through Cairo airport may find her sanitary products confuse and alarm security staff, writes the BBC’s Claire Read. Cairo airport’s security screening starts at the door to the terminal buildings. Only passengers are allowed in. Even before check-in, they have to put their belongings through the large scanners, [...]

Uncovering a story of ill-fated romance and tragic death

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Nancy Hennigar Reisig Image caption The cemetery in 2007 Not so long ago, the Jews of Baghdad were one of the great trading communities in Asia. In the southern Indian port city of Chennai – Madras, as it once was – Andrew Whitehead came across a last remnant of the Jewish presence there, [...]

Bali FC players celebrate their diverse religions

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Instagram/MiftahuddinHalim Image caption Bali United FC’s three players displayed their gratitude for a goal scored in their own ways A symbolic gesture by three footballers from Indonesia’s Bali United FC is being hailed as a celebration of the diversity of their team and country. A photograph of Yabes Roni, who is Christian, along [...]

Election 2017: Was it Facebook wot swung it?

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Getty Images Could stirrings of the UK general election upheaval be seen ahead of time – on social networks? If you were surprised by the general election result, particularly the relative gains made by Labour and the worse-than-predicted Conservative performance, you probably weren’t keeping a close eye on Facebook. There was a sharp [...]

Return to Aleppo: The story of my home during the war

Warren Fyfe

When Syria’s civil war came to the city of Aleppo in 2012, Zahed Tajeddin was cut off from his 450-year-old home. He worried about it, but it survived – and he later discovered how it served as a life-saving medical centre for people living under constant bombardment. Zahed Tajeddin had always wanted to live in [...]

‘Brexit for breakfast’: How the social world reacted

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Twitter/@Aianucci Image caption Theresa May has been compared to Veep’s Selina Meyer The UK general election’s surprise result has generated a buzz on social media across the world. Many have greeted the idea of a hung Parliament with shock and also uncertainty. Online, users are saying Prime Minister Theresa May has followed in [...]