By Zahra Hankir and ND*
It’s been a tragic and dark year in many respects: Terrorist attacks from Paris and Tunisia to Beirut and Mali; the Nepal earthquake; the Greek debt showdown; strikes on Syria and the refugee crisis; the Charleston church massacre; escalating violence between Israelis and Palestinians; police brutality; Islamophobia;Trump’s vitriol. And, and, and. (Google does a fantastic job of compiling the biggest trends here. )
But it’s also been a particularly hilarious year, and we don’t want to end it on a sour note. So we’ve pored through some of the more bizarre and unusual stories of the past 12 months and have selflessly compiled them here for you in one post, in lieu of Charlie Brooker’s 2015 Wipe.
By Zahra Hankir and ND*
There are so many terrorist (or kind-of-terrorist-) attacks out there these days, that it’s hard to keep track.
While we understand terrorism is certainly no laughing matter, we thought we’d put together a flow chart to help you figure out how to respond to such attacks during these dark times.
Are you a Facebook user? A moderate Muslim? A western media organisation? Vladimir Putin? Or even David Cameron?
Florence of Arabia has got you covered.
(Click on the image to enlarge).
* ND is a London-based ultimate frisbee player, flow-chart expert and journalist. She’s also a White Westerner.
Giving at least three British and Israeli tabloids including the Daily Mail fuel for refugee scaremongering, Lebanese Education Minister Elias Bou Saab reportedly made the baseless claim yesterday that two in every 100 Syrian refugees smuggled into Europe could in fact be ISIS-trained militants.
Bou Saab added he had “no information” that could back up these hilariously specific allegations, excluding his “gut feeling.” His comments echoed the deep, dark fears of right-wing, anti-migrant Islamophobes all over the world.**
The refugees are traveling to the continent “undercover,” the minister perceptively speculated, whilst bonding with Prime Minister David Cameron during his brief trip to Lebanon for a photo-op with the underprivileged.
Bowing to public pressure, David Cameron last week said the U.K. would take in 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020 from camps in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. The move has been criticized by various media outlets, as well as Labour (who say that the number is too low*) and UKIP (who say the number is too high).
The resettled refugees will be given five-year humanitarian visas, and expenses will be drawn from the overseas aid budget.
But, who cares about all of that.
How will the U.K. really change?
What should the English expect?
More Middle Eastern restaurants? Weaker British values?
Florence of Arabia answers all of your burning questions.
See below. I’d like to think that I tap into the deepest, darkest fears of scaremongerers everywhere.