FILE - This Friday, June 29, 2018, file photo, shows letters and flowers forming a memorial at the State House, in Annapolis, Md., in honor of the five slain members of The Capital Gazette newspaper who were shot and killed in a newsroom attack. Online harassment from members of the public presents difficulties for the news outlets and journalists they target. The suspect in the deadly attack at the Capital Gazette had harassed the paper for years, but was never charged. (AP Photo/Brian Witte, File)
Jarrod Ramos had allegedly harassed the staff of the Capital Gazette newspaper for years, but was never charged. AP Photo/Brian Witte

Today too many men are migrating to the dark side



The man suspected of gunning down five people at the Capital Gazette newspaper in the United States was not a one-off. He follows in a long line of outraged men who see it as an appropriate response to go out and conduct mass shootings in response to their hatred of women.

The alleged perpetrator Jarrod Ramos had sent threatening letters to the paper saying he was on his way to “kill as many people” as he could. He had been angered when the paper had published news of his conviction for harassing a female classmate, which she described as a "year-long nightmare". Ramos was angry, angry that he couldn’t harass women, angry and vile at women. He’s not alone.

According to Mother Jones, of the 95 mass shootings carried out in the US between 1982 and 2017, 92 of the perpetrators were male. And according to FBI data on mass shootings, 54 per cent of them between 2009 and 2016 included a spouse, former spouse or other family member among the victims.

It's not confined to America. The signs of rising hatred and violence against women are visible around the world. In India, figures from the National Crime Records Bureau suggest that the number of rapes against women has risen 12 per cent; against children it is up by eight per cent.

According to the UK’s Director of Public Prosecutions, the number of offences against women in 2015-2016 – including domestic abuse, rape and sexual assaults – rose by almost 10 per cent.  And men are finding all sorts of new ways to terrorise women, like stalking, posting intimate images of women as revenge and a proliferation of imagery of women being raped or violently assaulted. The picture is similar around the world.

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None of this is arbitrary or random. Hand in hand with the rise of women’s rights movements is a rise in men's movements that are espousing huge amounts of anti-women hatred and violence.

It’s also no coincidence that traditionalist male leaders with "strongman" profiles are suddenly having a resurgence in popularity. They embody many of the chauvinistic behaviours which regard control – and even violence – against women as normal and even desirable. Just think Trump, Putin and Xi. After all, the man who occupies the position often described as "leader of the free world" says that it’s okay to grab women you know where. Their popularity is a response to women trying to rebalance society. And the hate and violence that proliferates under their watch is the vilest of rages, based on their perception that what is owed them is being denied, and they have every right to bad behaviour. 

Many of them would class themselves under a growing new label of Men’s Rights Activists (MRAs), men who, for want of a better definition, wish an end to women demanding their rights. And want things for men to go back to how they used to be. In fact, it’s more than that, the problems that men face according to MRAs are directly caused by women.

In April this year, Alek Minassian brought the "Incel" movement to the world’s attention. He drove a van down a busy street in Toronto, Canada, and killed 10 people. Like other proponents of the Incel rebellion, he blamed his "involuntary celibate" status on women denying him his apparent right to intimacy. They owed him and his peers, and it was wrong that women denied them. Advocates of such movements suggest that women should be forced to marry men in order to restore men’s status and problems that they struggle with.

Such examples exist around the world. And the terrifying thing about the "alt-Right" which is home to such characters and these social movements is that it is hugely anti women and anti non-white. Nevertheless it holds appeal for all men including those of non-white backgrounds, who are prioritising their wounded maleness over their "othered" status, not mindful of the fact that these "alt-right" groups would destroy them in a heartbeat.

These men are the Darth Vader to women's rights activists' Luke Skywalker they were once our fathers, brothers, and male peers but they have gone to the dark side. There's nothing righteous about them. All they bring is death, destruction and hatred. Just ask all the women suffering.

Shelina Janmohamed is the author of Love in a Headscarf and Generation M: Young Muslims Changing the World

BLACKBERRY

Director: Matt Johnson

Stars: Jay Baruchel, Glenn Howerton, Matt Johnson

Rating: 4/5

KEY DATES IN AMAZON'S HISTORY

July 5, 1994: Jeff Bezos founds Cadabra Inc, which would later be renamed to Amazon.com, because his lawyer misheard the name as 'cadaver'. In its earliest days, the bookstore operated out of a rented garage in Bellevue, Washington

July 16, 1995: Amazon formally opens as an online bookseller. Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought becomes the first item sold on Amazon

1997: Amazon goes public at $18 a share, which has grown about 1,000 per cent at present. Its highest closing price was $197.85 on June 27, 2024

1998: Amazon acquires IMDb, its first major acquisition. It also starts selling CDs and DVDs

2000: Amazon Marketplace opens, allowing people to sell items on the website

2002: Amazon forms what would become Amazon Web Services, opening the Amazon.com platform to all developers. The cloud unit would follow in 2006

2003: Amazon turns in an annual profit of $75 million, the first time it ended a year in the black

2005: Amazon Prime is introduced, its first-ever subscription service that offered US customers free two-day shipping for $79 a year

2006: Amazon Unbox is unveiled, the company's video service that would later morph into Amazon Instant Video and, ultimately, Amazon Video

2007: Amazon's first hardware product, the Kindle e-reader, is introduced; the Fire TV and Fire Phone would come in 2014. Grocery service Amazon Fresh is also started

2009: Amazon introduces Amazon Basics, its in-house label for a variety of products

2010: The foundations for Amazon Studios were laid. Its first original streaming content debuted in 2013

2011: The Amazon Appstore for Google's Android is launched. It is still unavailable on Apple's iOS

2014: The Amazon Echo is launched, a speaker that acts as a personal digital assistant powered by Alexa

2017: Amazon acquires Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, its biggest acquisition

2018: Amazon's market cap briefly crosses the $1 trillion mark, making it, at the time, only the third company to achieve that milestone

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TWISTERS

Director:+Lee+Isaac+Chung

Starring:+Glen+Powell,+Daisy+Edgar-Jones,+Anthony+Ramos

Rating:+2.5/5

Omar Yabroudi's factfile

Born: October 20, 1989, Sharjah

Education: Bachelor of Science and Football, Liverpool John Moores University

2010: Accrington Stanley FC, internship

2010-2012: Crystal Palace, performance analyst with U-18 academy

2012-2015: Barnet FC, first-team performance analyst/head of recruitment

2015-2017: Nottingham Forest, head of recruitment

2018-present: Crystal Palace, player recruitment manager

 

 

 

 

The full list of 2020 Brit Award nominees (winners in bold):

British group

Coldplay

Foals

Bring me the Horizon

D-Block Europe

Bastille

British Female

Mabel

Freya Ridings

FKA Twigs

Charli xcx

Mahalia​

British male

Harry Styles

Lewis Capaldi

Dave

Michael Kiwanuka

Stormzy​

Best new artist

Aitch

Lewis Capaldi

Dave

Mabel

Sam Fender

Best song

Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber - I Don’t Care

Mabel - Don’t Call Me Up

Calvin Harrison and Rag’n’Bone Man - Giant

Dave - Location

Mark Ronson feat. Miley Cyrus - Nothing Breaks Like A Heart

AJ Tracey - Ladbroke Grove

Lewis Capaldi - Someone you Loved

Tom Walker - Just You and I

Sam Smith and Normani - Dancing with a Stranger

Stormzy - Vossi Bop

International female

Ariana Grande

Billie Eilish

Camila Cabello

Lana Del Rey

Lizzo

International male

Bruce Springsteen

Burna Boy

Tyler, The Creator

Dermot Kennedy

Post Malone

Best album

Stormzy - Heavy is the Head

Michael Kiwanuka - Kiwanuka

Lewis Capaldi - Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent

Dave - Psychodrama

Harry Styles - Fine Line

Rising star

Celeste

Joy Crookes

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BUNDESLIGA FIXTURES

Saturday, May 16 (kick-offs UAE time)

Borussia Dortmund v Schalke (4.30pm) 
RB Leipzig v Freiburg (4.30pm) 
Hoffenheim v Hertha Berlin (4.30pm) 
Fortuna Dusseldorf v Paderborn  (4.30pm) 
Augsburg v Wolfsburg (4.30pm) 
Eintracht Frankfurt v Borussia Monchengladbach (7.30pm)

Sunday, May 17

Cologne v Mainz (4.30pm),
Union Berlin v Bayern Munich (7pm)

Monday, May 18

Werder Bremen v Bayer Leverkusen (9.30pm)

The six points:

1. Ministers should be in the field, instead of always at conferences

2. Foreign diplomacy must be left to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation

3. Emiratisation is a top priority that will have a renewed push behind it

4. The UAE's economy must continue to thrive and grow

5. Complaints from the public must be addressed, not avoided

6. Have hope for the future, what is yet to come is bigger and better than before

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Memory: Storage – 128GB/256GB/512GB / 1TB/2TB; RAM – 8GB/16GB

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Main camera: Dual 12MP wide (f/1.8) + 10MP ultra-wide (f/2.4), 2x optical/5x digital, Smart HDR 4

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WHY AAYAN IS 'PERFECT EXAMPLE'

David White might be new to the country, but he has clearly already built up an affinity with the place.

After the UAE shocked Pakistan in the semi-final of the Under 19 Asia Cup last month, White was hugged on the field by Aayan Khan, the team’s captain.

White suggests that was more a sign of Aayan’s amiability than anything else. But he believes the young all-rounder, who was part of the winning Gulf Giants team last year, is just the sort of player the country should be seeking to produce via the ILT20.

“He is a delightful young man,” White said. “He played in the competition last year at 17, and look at his development from there till now, and where he is representing the UAE.

“He was influential in the U19 team which beat Pakistan. He is the perfect example of what we are all trying to achieve here.

“It is about the development of players who are going to represent the UAE and go on to help make UAE a force in world cricket.” 

KLOPP AT LIVERPOOL

Years: October 2015 - June 2024
Total games: 491
Win percentage: 60.9%
Major trophies: 6 (Premier League x 1, Champions League x 1, FA Cup x 1, League Cup x 2, Fifa Club World Cup x1)

Top 10 most competitive economies

1. Singapore
2. Switzerland
3. Denmark
4. Ireland
5. Hong Kong
6. Sweden
7. UAE
8. Taiwan
9. Netherlands
10. Norway

Company Profile

Company name: Hoopla
Date started: March 2023
Founder: Jacqueline Perrottet
Based: Dubai
Number of staff: 10
Investment stage: Pre-seed
Investment required: $500,000