Clinics defend ‘Dr Death’ Basson’s right to practise

A private hospital group in South Africa has defended itself amid an uproar that the man dubbed “Dr Death” practises from two of its clinics. Mediclinic said it could not stop Wouter Basson from practising as he was a registered doctor. The cardiologist headed an apartheid-era secret germ warfare programme, he has faced down numerous legal challenges over his work to produce drugs and agents to target anti-apartheid activists. The 70-year-old’s defence has been that he acted under orders of the South African Defence Force (SADF), the state has been paying all his legal fees over the years as he … Continue reading Clinics defend ‘Dr Death’ Basson’s right to practise

Coon Cheese rebrands in Australia after anti-racism campaign

Coon Cheese is to be rebranded in Australia to Cheer after a campaign by activists against the word’s racist connotations. The well-known brand, which has been around for more than 80 years, will disappear from shelves in July. The cheese is owned by Canada’s Saputo Dairy Australia which announced last year it would “retire” the name. Coon is historically used as a racist slur, and Aboriginal groups have lobbied for its rebranding for decades. It is one of a number of brands to face pressure to rebrand following last year’s Black Lives Matter movement. “The name Cheer has the significance … Continue reading Coon Cheese rebrands in Australia after anti-racism campaign

Australia v India: Hosts apologise as alleged racist abuse investigated

Australian cricket’s governing body has apologised to India and is investigating claims that visiting players were subjected to racist abuse by spectators during the third Test. India made an official complaint after day three on Saturday that bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj had received racist abuse in Sydney, and on Sunday, play was halted for 10 minutes after more alleged abuse. Six people were subsequently ejected from the Sydney Cricket Ground. Cricket Australia (CA) and New South Wales police are investigating this incident, which was reported to umpires by Siraj. India reported the alleged racist abuse on Saturday to … Continue reading Australia v India: Hosts apologise as alleged racist abuse investigated

Miss France runner-up April Benayoum targeted by anti-Semitic tweets

The runner-up of the Miss France 2021 competition has been subjected to a torrent of anti-Semitic abuse on social media, promoting outrage and a police investigation. April Benayoum, 21, was awarded second place in the pageant during a televised ceremony on Saturday. She revealed her Israeli origins in an interview at the event, leading to anti-Semitic attacks on Twitter, the tweets were widely condemned by French politicians and Jewish groups. In an interview with the Var-Martin newspaper, Ms Benayoum said she heard about the anti-Jewish insults from her relatives. “It is sad to witness such behaviour in 2020,” said Ms … Continue reading Miss France runner-up April Benayoum targeted by anti-Semitic tweets

Backlash over Japan cosmetics boss ‘racist’ comments

A major Japanese cosmetics firm has faced calls for a boycott after its chief executive used a derogatory term for Koreans, DHC’s boss Yoshiaki Yoshida made the comments in a message on the company’s website. In it, he disparaged rival firm, the beverage-making giant Suntory, as ‘Chontory’ for its use of Japanese-Korean models. “Chon” is a derogatory term for Koreans in Japan. Although Suntory primarily makes drinks, it competes with DHC in the health supplement sector. “For some reason, the models hired for Suntory’s commercials are almost all Korean-Japanese. So that’s why it seems they’re mocked on the Internet as … Continue reading Backlash over Japan cosmetics boss ‘racist’ comments

PSG, Basaksehir teams walk off after alleged racial slur

Players of Paris Saint Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir leave the pitch after an argument between the Turkish players and the fourth referee during a Champions League game.  The Champions League game between Paris Saint-Germain and Basaksehir was interrupted when players walked off the field on Tuesday after alleging fourth official Sebastian Coltescu of Romania used a racial slur against an assistant coach. Players from the Turkish team were furious after assistant coach Pierre Webo was shown a red card by referee Ovidiu Hategan of Romania at Parc des Princes, saying Coltescu had used a racial term against Webo, who is … Continue reading PSG, Basaksehir teams walk off after alleged racial slur

Tesco accused of racism with Romanian anti-shoplifting posters

Tesco, the UK’s biggest retailer, has drawn accusations of racial profiling and fuelling discrimination after displaying anti-shoplifting signs in Romanian, the development came to light this week after a Romanian woman in the UK shared an image of the posters in a Tesco supermarket on social media, her post was subsequently picked up by Romanian media. The signs at Tesco’s Telford branch, in the English Midlands, warned would-be Romanian thieves of prosecution, they were used in 2019 and produced by the local West Mercia police department. “Hoții din magazine prinși for fi urmăriți penal” (Shoplifters caught will be prosecuted) said … Continue reading Tesco accused of racism with Romanian anti-shoplifting posters

Pete Evans: Australian celebrity chef’s books pulled over neo-Nazi symbol

Books by an Australian celebrity chef have been pulled by major retailers after he posted a cartoon featuring a neo-Nazi symbol on social media, Pete Evans’ Instagram post showed a “black sun” – a symbol associated with Nazi Germany and used by the far-right including the Christchurch gunman. The chef has previously stoked controversy for posting debunked conspiracy theories about Covid-19, after a public outcry Woolworths, Kmart and Target have removed his books. Mr Evans posted on Sunday a now-deleted cartoon of a caterpillar wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat speaking to a black butterfly with the black sun … Continue reading Pete Evans: Australian celebrity chef’s books pulled over neo-Nazi symbol

US hate crime highest in more than a decade – FBI

Hate crimes in the US rose to the highest level in more than a decade last year, according to an FBI report. Hate-motivated murders also rose to a record high in 2019, with 51 deaths – more than double the 2018 total, last August, 22 people were killed in a shooting targeting Mexicans at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. Hate crimes have been increasing in the US almost every year since 2014, campaign groups warn this comes amid rising bigotry and racist rhetoric. “The latest rise in hate crime signals a new brutal landscape, where targeted attacks against rotating … Continue reading US hate crime highest in more than a decade – FBI

Greg Clarke resigns as Football Association chairman after racist remarks

Football Association chairman Greg Clarke has resigned over the unacceptable language he used when referring to black players. Clarke said he was “deeply saddened” for the offence he had caused by using the term “coloured footballers”. The comments came as he was talking about the racist abuse of players by trolls on social media to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) select committee via video link. Clark said his words were a disservice to our game, he prompted further criticism when referring to gay players making a “life choice” and a coach telling him young female players … Continue reading Greg Clarke resigns as Football Association chairman after racist remarks

The Central Park Racist: Amy Cooper ‘made second racist call’ against the same black man

A white woman who called police on a black man ‘bird watching’ in New York’s Central Park made a second call accusing him of attempted assault, prosecutors say, Amy Cooper appeared in court on Wednesday charged with falsely reporting an incident, a viral video showed Ms Cooper threatening Christian Cooper, no relation, with the police when he asked her to put her dog on a lead, this happened on 25 May, Memorial Day. This was also the day that unarmed black man George Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis, triggering weeks of national and global anti-racism protests. Ms Cooper … Continue reading The Central Park Racist: Amy Cooper ‘made second racist call’ against the same black man

Japanese jazz pianist recovering from surgery after New York subway attack

Tadataka Unno performing at a July 2017 concert in Paris, France. A Japanese jazz pianist was beaten in a New York City subway station, requiring him to be hospitalized, according to the New York City Police Department and the man’s family, during the attack on September 27, Tadataka Unno was exiting the West 135th Street station in Harlem when he was confronted by a group of young people blocking the turnstiles, according to a police report. Police said that after Unno tried to avoid them, he was pushed from behind and two people began yelling at him, one male began … Continue reading Japanese jazz pianist recovering from surgery after New York subway attack