” Atif Iqbal, from the multi-faith group United Birmingham, said the number of people turning out to show their respects on Thursday would be testimony to the men’s honour.
“Tariq Jahan has become an inspiration for all of us because he really at that moment in time showed the best of humanity,” he said.
“He wasn’t angry, he wasn’t shouting, no bitterness, he was a calming, reassuring voice and single-handedly, there’s no doubt about it, he brought peace and calm to the streets not only of Winson Green and Birmingham, but he had a profound impact nationally as well.” (BBC)
– Christopher Hitchens offers his unique take on the riots : Britons have been violent and cruel for generations (Slate) ;
– more cheerfully the last ten years have seen fewer war deaths than any decade in the past 100 years, based on data from the Peace Research Institute in Oslo (Foreign Policy) ;
– which is good as although the human race took about one million years to reach one billion people (around the year 1800), we have been adding successive billions every 10-20 years since 1960 (Project Syndicate) ;
– in an ever-changing world “retweet’, “sexting” and “cyberbullying” enter the Concise Oxford English Dictionary (The Daily Telegraph) ;
Have a good weekend.