Al Jazeera English published this video item, entitled “What does racism in English football say about prejudice in society? | The Stream” – below is their description.
English football – how deep is the issue of racism?
England’s national soccer team players have faced a deluge of racist abuse and harassment online, following the team’s loss to Italy in the Euro 2020 championship. In a decisive penalty shootout, England’s Harry Kane and Harry Maguire, who are both white, scored. Black players Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, who were subbed into the game so they could take spot kicks, were unable to score.
In a statement released Monday, the Football Association urged the British government to take action on legislation to criminalise online harassment. The FA also urged social media companies to do more to remove and report abusive users. London’s Metropolitan Police has announced it will investigate the abuse.
Many are saying racism in British football mirrors widespread bigotry and prejudice in wider society. Can football instead be part of the solution to tackle racism?
South Sudan – a failure at 10?
A decade ago South Sudanese celebrated their country’s independence from Sudan with great fanfare. The world’s richest countries and the United Nations offered pledges of financial support. Salva Kiir was sworn in as president, with Riek Machar as his deputy. From different ethnic groups – the Dinka and Nuer – the two leaders were united in the creation of their new country.
But within two years their differences became divisions. In 2013, a civil war erupted and eventually continued for more than 5 years. A shaky ceasefire holds, but half-a-million people died and millions were displaced as a result of the conflict. Today, more than eight million people are reliant on aid, and tens of thousands are still sheltering in displaced people’s sites. The UN warns of a “return to large-scale conflict”.
As the humanitarian and political situation worsens and intercommunal fighting continues, is a course correction for South Sudan possible?
Haiti – how will the crisis evolve?
It has been one week since the assassination of President Jovenel Moise in his home sent shockwaves through the country. The killing has left a huge power vacuum in Haiti, with no legal roadmap for presidential succession. Haiti’s parliament is effectively dormant and two men are now laying claim to be the country’s prime minister.
The assassination of Moise took place amid rising gang violence and insecurity in Haiti, as well as a worsening economic and humanitarian crisis complicated by the impact of coronavirus. What’s next for the Caribbean nation
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