News In Brief articles

Black history month?

Black History month is also known as ‘African-American History Month’ in the United States. It is observed annually in Canada, U.S and the UK. Black history month was first celebrated in the UK in 1987. It was organised by a Ghanaian analyst called “Akyaaba Addai-Sebo”. It is a Month where people look at the history of black people in the U.S. Also many schools look at the history of some African kings. Many historic influential black people are talked about such as Martin Luther king (Junior).  It is a time dedicated to the black community and its early history.

“The Mystery of the Black Dahlia”

In the United States during the 1940s a murder took place and took the American media by storm. It was named by the press “The Mystery of the Black Dahlia” is was a dark joke which was used from a film noire which was called “The blue Dahlia”. The victim Elizabeth Short was chopped in half and left naked. The police received letter from who they presumed the murder from cut out magazine however after numerous arrest the killer was never found.


Big Moe’s Dinner

Are you planning on eating out?

Do you want to eat somewhere out of the norm?

Then I advise you to go to Big Moe’s Dinner.

In London there are many restaurants but only a few have an American dinner theme. One of these restaurants that I enjoyed eating in was ‘Big Moes diner’. I enjoyed the Texan strip Burger. The burger had a unique taste to it. I also enjoyed the chicken stripes as well as the chips.

The location for the Diner is in barking just off the A13. The address is:

3, Newham Leisure Park, Jenkins Ln,

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While you eat you can hear old classic American songs. There mainly from the 1950s era. The mood is very relaxing and its great place to bring friends. The desserts are good as well. The restaurant does get packed sometimes and it’s best to make a reservation first.


DAPAL and the natives 

In the United States many protesters celebrated the victory on the halt of the “Dakota Access Pipeline” on December 4 2016. Many Americans from the Sioux tribe as well as U.S Veterans and volunteers protested for months. The Pipeline was said to be built under Lake Oahe which is sacred to the Native Americans. Also the pipeline would have been built through an ancient burial site of the Sioux people.

Trumps view on the LQBTQ

During the Trump campaign many remarks made by Mr Trump were seen as racist, sexist and homophobic. Over the many months of the campaign Trump has been seen as a homophobe the LGBTQ community. However during an event Trump said “I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression from a hateful foreign ideology”.  This quote shows us in some way Trump might still have respect for this community.

Muslims for Trump?

During this historic election more Muslims from the Muslim community have voted for trump than voting for Mitt Romney last presidential election. Romney received 4.4 Muslim votes while Trump gained 13 percent of votes during the election according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations.


Re-conquest of Mosul 

Towards the end of year the Iraqi government as well as the Kurdish Peshmerga came together to retake Mosul. The ancient city is Iraq’s second largest city and the capital of Isil’s self-proclaimed state. Both the Iraqi army as well as the Kurdish Peshmerga put their differences aside to retake Mosul. A Peshmerga soldier reported to the guardian it would take “within 15-20 days” to retake Mosul if Isil keeps pushing back.




Social media and politics

Social media and politics

After the steady rise of social media and the world being well connected online, politics has now been forever changed. We have seen the recent change after the U.S election. We saw how president Tump used twitter to convey his message. He used social media to his advantage against then democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and won the election.

As social media has connected people from all over the world it has created many problems and solutions for people. Governments can contact other governments and people using a comfortable platform. It can help journalists expose stories that need to be heard. The problem with social media is that everything is saved and a small mistake can be used against anyone. It is easy to hack into accounts using certain apps or software. People can also use social media for criminal activities. For example In Libya a Facebook page was used to sell weapons to warring factions. This incident is one of many across the world.

Social media has been a tool for various political organisations such as the conservative party in the UK. They collected data on their social media accounts and created an audience profile. They created adverts for certain demographics of people. They also used cookies to follow people on the internet showing different adverts to you. Which in a way can make people decide to vote for a party thinking it was an induvial decision. On the ‘Big question’ on the BBC a labour supporter admitted that the conservative strategy was effective. In which they collected data on people and used separate messages for different age groups.



News article/ Westminster Attack

During the afternoon at 2.40pm on Wednesday 22nd of March an individual by the name of Khalid Masood, accelerated driving hired Hyundai SUV at high speeds ramming down people on the Westminster Bridge. Three people were murdered and a victim was thrown into the river. The attacker smashed his car into parliament railings and advanced towards the entrance of the Westminster palace. Mr Masood proceeded to attack two unarmed officers patrolling the yard. An armed officer then shot the attacker. The attacker was killed due to his injury and one of the officers Pc Keith Palmer who was stabbed died as well. The blunt and merciless attack caused the death of 5 people to die including the attacker and 50 people were injured.

The attack caused a shock to people living in London as well as Europe. People were confused and were not sure what happened. The BBC reported that a ‘fire arms incident’ happened in Westminster. The attacker was not identified and was mistaken for Abu Izzaden a hate preacher who was in jail for attempting to travel to Syria he was arrested in Hungary.  Simon Israel a journalist for Channel 4 news retracted his statement after it was made known to him that Abu Izzaden or Trevor Brooks was still in Jail.

After one or two day’s police reported the name of the killer as Adrian Elms however he had many aliases for example as his Muslim name of Khalid Masood. The “Islamic state” accepted responsibility of the Attack.  Mr Masood was born in Dartford in Kent on Christmas Day 1964. He was a married father of three who spent many years moving around the country as well as different prisons. He had a history of violent crimes which included knife possession. After many years of criminality Adrian Elms converted to Islam and adopted the name of Khalid Masood. He was known to security services for violent extremism but he was never seen as a threat. The attack was not on the radar of the security services because he was not on surveillance.

A number of arrests were made across the country and huge amounts of items were seized. The police have stated that they have found no evidence or link between the attacker and the “Islamic state”.  A debate has been started because intelligence services cannot access the attacker’s WhatsApp’s account.

After the attack, Londoners and people across the UK united on twitter against racism and got together to stand for unity and solidarity for the victims.

Prison food

Prison food

Once a man is convicted into Prison he is subjected to many problems which effect his wellbeing and health.  One of them is the food he is provided with. Most convicts are not delighted with the food from outside except on holidays for example Eid or a Jewish food feast. On average a prison catering manager has about £1.87 to provide meals for each inmate every day according to a blog called food reference, the authors is Bill Robinson, HM Prison Governor (retired). We see that only for a small price prisoners are fed. People ask what people eat in Prison. According to a Wikipedia page average prisoner has a 3 day cycle for food so not every day a prisoner would eat the right food.  Some prisons give breakfast pacts in the morning it includes the following:

The prison gives a clear plastic bag containing four loose tea bags, four small sugar sachets, four packets of whitener and a tiny bag of cereal, porridge oats or muesli.

An example of what prisoners might eat on one day:



  • Vegetable supreme
  • Chicken supreme
  • Halal chicken curry
  • Grilledgammon
  • Pork pie salad


The prison system has changed over time very recently because of the diverse population of prisoners. We have even seen the change of diet for food and decrease of fried food.

New Year edition/Syria Aleppo crisis


Syria Aleppo crisis

After 6 years of the Syrian conflict, and the world watching as numerous factions fight for a land engulfed by war, Syria has been left in ruins. At the heart of it all Aleppo, once a great historic city and the economic hub for Syria, has been a battle ground since the Arab spring protests in 2011.

The fighting mainly happened during 2012 and a year later the rebels were able to surround the pro-government areas when fighting in Aleppo. The rebels were able to push the regime into western Aleppo creating a mini siege from the northern countryside as well as the eastern Aleppo part of the city. The rebel held parts of the city were reported being mainly dominated by “Islamist” fighters. Which apparently is the reason why rebel held areas had short skirmishes which caused problems. On the other hand Assad’s regime looked as if they were going to lose Aleppo. However In 2014 huge infighting between rebels as well as the emergence of Isis caused Assad to take back parts of north east Aleppo.  Also Russian backed airstrikes caused rebels to lose land quickly. Which then caused the siege of East Aleppo.  Russian intervention alongside foreign Shia fighters also pushed rebels back in many areas. The siege of Aleppo seemed to be over when rebels lead a full on assault linking rebel held west Aleppo to the east on the iconic Castello road. Russia then pushed on a full on offensive taking back land lost. Destroying the link between east and west Aleppo. They then pushed further into east Aleppo. The crisis of Aleppo was officially known after this. Supplies were being held back and international organisations were getting involved. Many refugees were desperate to leave as Russian led deaths where increasing. Questions were being asked around Russia’s methods of attacks, mainly after causing three thousand or more deaths.  Assad’s forces were being accused of many crimes as well as breaching many planned ceasefires. Russia and Turkey agreed upon a deal that civilians and fighters would be evacuated to Idlib. However this deal was short lived and civilians were told to go back and indiscriminate bombings began to kill more people. Then another deal was made that civilians and fighters would be evacuated to Idlib the last rebel stronghold. The deal was also made that Shia residents move to Fu’aa a known Assad stronghold near Idlib. Assad’s forces took over Aleppo city and hailed the biggest victory which could end the war.

My first news article

A recipe to a delightful biryani

One of the most treasured dishes in the Indian subcontinent was not originally from that part of the world. It was first discovered in Persia it was then introduced to the Indian subcontinent by Mughal traders.  After many years different variations of the dish spread across. To this day the dish is enjoyed all over the world.

Chicken biryani for 3


Fresh ingredients:

  • 2 X tomatoes
  • 3 garlic bulbs
  • 4 X Onions
  • 4 X Green chillies
  • 1 X lemon
  • 20g of fresh ginger
  • Half of a Mint bunch
  • Half of a coriander bunch
  • 1 Baby chicken (or 700g of Boneless chicken)


  • 2 X tea spoons of chilli powder
  • 1 X cardamom
  • 2 X Tea spoons of cumin seeds
  • 1 X Tea spoon of salt
  • ½ a tea spoon of Turmeric powder
  • 6 X clove
  • Half a tea spoon of crushed pepper
  • 1inch cinnamon stick
  • Saffron 15 pieces
  • 4 tamarind
  • 1 tea spoon of coriander powder
  • Half crushed mace

Other ingredients:

  • Food colouring
  • 4 Dry plums

First put 20ml of oil in your pan and heat it

Cut one onion and make sure the slices are thin. Then place those onions in the oil and fry them until they go brown. Once they go brown put them in a plate and leave them on the side.

Peel and dice 3 onions and place it into the pan then add garlic and steer for 2 minutes.

Then add crushed ginger and chop and dice two tomatoes and add it in to your pan. After this put in half a cup of water and add in all spices except the saffron and tamarind.

Cook for 10 minutes, after cooking add in your pieces of chicken and cook for another 20 minutes.

Place 4 green chillies and add 6 tea spoons of tamarind, add dry plums and saffron and cook for 5 to 7 minutes.

Boil and drain the rice in the same pot make a layer of rice and cover it in a layer of chicken with curry. Slice the lemon and leave in top of the chicken. Then sprinkle chopped green coriander and mint.

With the remaining rice place it on top the chicken. Then put on food colouring on top of the rice.

Steam the rice for 15-25 minutes on low heat and then you would be ready to serve.