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About Jacob
I am a freelance journalist based in London, specialising in foreign reportage. I have reported from Bangladesh, Northern Ireland, Morocco, Kosovo, and elsewhere. I have worked with the Financial Times, the Observer, Haaretz, the New York Times, and UNHCR, Standpoint Magazine as well as others. I have also offered breaking-news analysis and colour on TV and Radio for CBS and the BBC. I am currently in Hong Kong.
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Arch anti-Zionist elected to UK parliament

07 Mar 2024  |  www.ijn.com
George Galloway, a veteran anti-Zionist politician, has been elected to the UK parliament representing the Workers Party of Britain in Rochdale, causing alarm among Jewish groups. Galloway, expelled from the Labour Party for his opposition to the Iraq War and support for Saddam Hussein, has been relegated to Russian and Iranian state broadcasters in recent years. His election drew condemnation from Jewish organizations, with the British Board of Deputies calling for him to be shunned. The Labour Party, dealing with internal disagreements over the war in Gaza, had no candidate in Rochdale after withdrawing support for Azhar Ali due to anti-Semitic remarks. The conflict in Gaza has become divisive in Britain, with the House of Commons speaker apologizing for allowing amendments to a ceasefire motion, against parliamentary rules. Galloway's return to parliament is expected to be short-lived, but he is likely to use his time to raise Palestinian issues and embarrass the Labour Party.

Niue's bitter 20-year fight for two letters on the internet

28 Feb 2024  |  NZ Herald
Niue is engaged in a legal battle over the rights to the .nu internet domain, which has become lucrative due to its meaning in Scandinavian languages. The South Pacific island feels cheated by American businessperson Bill Semich, who initially obtained the rights in exchange for internet access. Niue, now seeking $30 million in damages from the Swedish Internet Foundation, views the domain as crucial to its identity and self-determination. The case, heard in Stockholm, could significantly impact Niue's economy and its bid to join the United Nations.

Vile killer who murdered his mother then grinned and feigned shock during arrest beat her to death after 'having a go at her for not making him a bacon sandwich', his sister reveals

10 Dec 2023  |  thisismoney.co.uk
Jordan Bush expressed feeling 'robbed of justice' after her brother Lewis Bush received a minimum sixteen-year prison term for murdering their mother, Kelly Pitt, over a dispute about a bacon sandwich in Newport, Wales. Kelly suffered extensive injuries, including 41 rib fractures. Lewis, who had a history of domestic abuse towards Kelly and was on bail for assaulting her, initially denied the murder but later pleaded guilty. The incident has left Jordan devastated, especially after hearing her brother's lack of remorse and recalling her own decision not to call the police during the fatal argument.

Police arrest 11-year-old boy for being drunk and disorderly after group of children abused shop staff in a Devon town

08 Dec 2023  |  This is Money
An eleven-year-old boy was arrested in Paignton, Devon, for being drunk and disorderly after a group of children caused damage and abused shop staff. The incident highlights ongoing issues with youth behavior in the town, where residents have reported escalating antisocial activities, including children carrying knives and drug gang exploitation. Devon and Cornwall Police have increased patrols to address these problems.

Pub where children 'took cocaine and ketamine' and 13-year-old was found unconsciously drunk loses its licence

08 Dec 2023  |  thisismoney.co.uk
Sonny's Bar in Towyn, North Wales, lost its licence after a report by North Wales Police to Conwy Council detailed a party where underage attendees as young as thirteen were found to be excessively drunk and suspected of taking cocaine and ketamine. The incident occurred during a fifteenth birthday party in September, with no parents present and two children taken to Glan Clwyd Hospital. The pub claimed the party was dry and alcohol was smuggled in by gatecrashers. The council suspended the licence for three months on December 8, and the premises supervisor was removed. EJP Entertainment, which runs the pub and club, apologized, acknowledging being let down by a former staff member. The venue had been associated with 16 incidents since opening in April 2023.

Remarkable photo album and sketches dating back 170 years by British army officer on his travels to India and Egypt is expected to fetch £12,000 at auction

04 Dec 2023  |  This is Money
A unique album containing photos and sketches from Egypt and India taken in the early 1850s by retired British officer Mark Tanner is set to be auctioned in Exeter. The album, which includes rare early photos of the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, is expected to fetch £12,000. Nic Saintey, director at Bearnes, Hampton & Littlewood, described the album as a snapshot of British colonialism, filled with anecdotes and documentary material of Tanner's life. The album was restored by Tanner's brother after his death and has been passed down through the family.

Inside Mozambique's war on terror

04 Dec 2023  |  Engelsberg ideas
The article delves into the ongoing Jihadist insurgency in Mozambique's Cabo Delgado province, led by the group known locally as al-Shabaab. It highlights the historical and socio-political context provided by Eric Morier-Genoud's book 'Towards Jihad?', which examines the relationship between Mozambique's government and its Muslim community since independence. The insurgency, which began in 2017, has caused significant disruption, including the displacement of over a million people and the interruption of multi-billion-dollar gas projects. The text criticizes the Mozambican government, FRELIMO, for its corruption and neglect, which have exacerbated the region's poverty and instability. The article also touches on the international dimensions of the conflict, including ties to the Islamic State and concerns about the porous border with Tanzania.

Children of British ISIS brides are being returned to UK in secret and put up for adoption

04 Dec 2023  |  expressdigest.com
British children of ISIS brides are being secretly returned to the UK and placed for adoption. At least ten children, mainly orphans or unaccompanied minors, have been repatriated from Syrian detention camps. Two siblings are living with foster carers in south-east England, set to be adopted despite their grandparents' willingness to care for them. Campaigners criticize the local authority's rejection of the grandparents' offer. Seven other children have been returned, with one accompanied by his mother. They are receiving counselling, and older children may be referred to the Prevent deradicalisation programme. The UK has been reluctant to repatriate families that joined ISIS, with 38 children and 21 women still in Syria. The US advocates repatriation as the 'only durable solution'. Human rights charity Reprieve accuses the UK of 'abdicating responsibility', warning of the dangers and radicalization risks for children in Syrian camps.

Children of British ISIS brides are being returned to UK for adoption

04 Dec 2023  |  Mail Online
British children of ISIS brides are being secretly returned to the UK and placed for adoption. At least ten children, mainly orphans or unaccompanied minors, have been repatriated from Syrian detention camps. Two siblings are living with foster carers in south-east England, set for adoption despite their grandparents' willingness to care for them. Campaigners criticize the UK's refusal to repatriate families, with only a few exceptions for unaccompanied children. The US has advocated for repatriation as the 'only durable solution'. Human rights charity Reprieve accuses the UK of 'abdicating responsibility', highlighting the risk of radicalization and danger for children left in camps. The Foreign Office states that consular assistance requests from Syria are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Battle for Christmas top of the pops is ON! Fairytale of New York soars up the ranks - trailing behind Wham's Last Christmas and Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You - following Shane MacGow

02 Dec 2023  |  Mail Online
The Pogues' song Fairytale of New York is vying for the top spot in the UK charts against Wham!'s Last Christmas and Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You following the death of frontman Shane MacGowan. The song has surged in popularity, climbing the charts and topping iTunes and Spotify. Fans and MacGowan's wife, Victoria Mary Clarke, are advocating for the song to finally achieve the Christmas number one title. The Official Charts Company and various radio stations are involved in the discussion, with some controversy over the song's original lyrics. The final chart position will be announced on December 22.

Paedophile teacher who fled to France with schoolgirl, 15, is now married and working as a baker

26 Nov 2023  |  expressdigest.com
Jeremy Forrest, a former teacher who was jailed for abducting and having sex with a 15-year-old student and triggering an international manhunt after fleeing to France in 2012, is now working as a head baker in Kent under the name Jeremy Buonocore. He has remarried, fronts a rock band, and has a biography on the bakery's website that omits his criminal history. Forrest, who is a 5th generation baker, was promoted to head baker due to his dedication to sourdough and baking. He was previously convicted at Lewes Crown Court, served three years in prison, and is on the sex offenders register for life.

Revealed: Paedophile teacher who fled to France with schoolgirl, 15, is now married and working as a baker

26 Nov 2023  |  dailymail.co.uk
Jeremy Forrest, a former teacher who was imprisoned for abducting and having sexual relations with a 15-year-old student and fleeing to France, is now working as a head baker in Kent and fronts a rock band. He has remarried, changed his name to Jeremy Buonocore, and does not mention his past in his bakery biography. Forrest, who has a lifelong registration on the sex offenders register, was promoted to head baker due to his dedication to sourdough and baking.

Teacher accused of repeatedly having sex with 'vulnerable' schoolgirl, 14, bursts into tears as she is unanimously cleared of all charges by a jury

24 Nov 2023  |  thisismoney.co.uk
Ellie Pattison, a 29-year-old teacher, was cleared of all charges by a jury at Hove Crown Court after being accused of engaging in sexual activities with a 14-year-old schoolgirl. The alleged incidents occurred between 2017 and 2018 when Pattison was 23 and working as a teaching assistant with responsibilities for children in care. Despite the accusations, Pattison denied any sexual conduct, and the court found her not guilty.

Mother of 17-year-old gunned down by French police in Paris suburb leads fresh protest after officer's release

19 Nov 2023  |  This is Money
Mounia, the mother of Nahel Merzouk, a 17-year-old of North African origin killed by a police officer during a traffic stop in Nanterre, led a protest against the release of the officer, Florian M., from pre-trial custody. The officer's release was justified by judges due to a lesser risk to public order and discrepancies in event accounts. Nahel's death sparked nationwide riots, raising issues of police brutality and integration in France's suburbs. The officer is under judicial supervision with movement restrictions and a ban on carrying weapons. Nahel had no criminal record and was suspected of reckless and underage driving. Mounia has accused the police of racism and described her son's death as an execution.

Pensioner, 78, dies in hospital after gas explosion rips through bungalow with such force that it causes 'earthquake' in road

18 Nov 2023  |  thisismoney.co.uk
Nigel Barrow, 78, died after a suspected gas explosion destroyed his bungalow in New Mills, Derbyshire. The incident occurred on Tuesday, and Barrow passed away the following day. Derbyshire Police are investigating the cause of the explosion, which has yet to be determined due to the property's damage. Neighbors reported feeling the ground shake, and Danielle Allsop described the immediate aftermath, including the rescue efforts by her partner Sean Reeder and others. There is speculation that Barrow had reported a boiler issue before the explosion.

Former US president Bill Clinton says war in Gaza is 'heartbreaking' as he gives leadership talk with wife Hillary at Swansea University

16 Nov 2023  |  thisismoney.co.uk
Bill Clinton, during a leadership talk at Swansea University with Hillary Clinton and Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford, described the war in Gaza as 'heartbreaking' and emphasized the importance of peace and cooperation. He reflected on his efforts during his presidency to foster peace in the Middle East and expressed concern over the current global unrest, including Putin's invasion of Ukraine. Hillary Clinton highlighted the dangers of disinformation and the need to remain well-informed. The event also addressed climate change, migration, and Wales' efforts to achieve net zero.

Wonder Is Everywhere: Ancient Lampreys, Outdoor Learning, and More From Around the Web

10 Nov 2023  |  Atlas Obscura
Atlas Obscura highlights a collection of intriguing stories including a monastery in Nepal rediscovering treasures, the health benefits of Finland's forest schools, Tokelau's struggle with cybercrime, the discovery of a giant Aztec snakehead in Mexico, prehistoric lampreys in China, and the auction of a marble bust by Edmé Bouchardon. Additionally, Michelangelo's secret room in Florence will be opened to the public.

Half of British parents admit they would fail their secondary school exams if they had to take them again

07 Nov 2023  |  This is Money
A survey found that half of British parents believe they would fail their secondary school exams if they had to retake them, with subjects like trigonometry, algebra, and the periodic table posing significant challenges. Parents also struggle with helping their children with homework, leading to arguments and feelings of embarrassment. The study, commissioned by MyTutor, highlights that parents spend an average of four hours a week assisting with homework and that many consider the current curriculum more challenging than during their own schooling.

Half of British parents admit they would fail their secondary school exams if they had to take them again

07 Nov 2023  |  Mail Online
A survey found that half of British parents believe they would fail their secondary school exams if they had to retake them, with subjects like trigonometry, algebra, and the periodic table posing significant challenges. Parents spend an average of four hours a week helping with homework, often leading to arguments. The study, commissioned by MyTutor, highlights that 87% of parents think homework is more challenging now than in their time, and some have considered hiring tutors for assistance.

Teenager with severe burns recovers miraculously thanks to new treatment

07 Nov 2023  |  thisismoney.co.uk
Oliver Hart, a 13-year-old from Bolton, suffered severe burns across 60% of his body after an accident with flammable liquid. He underwent extensive treatment at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, including the use of a revolutionary skin substitute, Biodegradable Temporising Matrix (BTM). Consultant burn surgeon Sam McNally and Oliver's mother, Emma Burton, played significant roles in his recovery. Oliver's progress has been remarkable, with his skin healing faster than expected, allowing him to resume normal activities.

Teenager with severe burns recovers miraculously after revolutionary treatment

07 Nov 2023  |  Mail Online
Oliver Hart, a 13-year-old from Bolton, suffered severe burns across 60% of his body after an accident with flammable liquid. He underwent extensive treatment at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, including the use of a revolutionary skin substitute, Biodegradable Temporising Matrix (BTM). Consultant burn surgeon Sam McNally and Oliver's mother, Emma Burton, played significant roles in his recovery. Despite the severity of his injuries and high risk of infection, Oliver made a miraculous recovery, surpassing doctors' expectations and returning to his normal life activities.

Covid comeback warning: Contemporary fears coronavirus might surge throughout Britain subsequent week as extremely infectious new pressure sweeps the nation, skilled says

01 Oct 2023  |  PressNewsAgency
An increase in Covid-19 cases is expected in the UK due to a highly infectious strain and the return of children to school, according to Professor Sir Andrew Pollard from the University of Oxford. Despite a recent decline in positive tests, the new variant JN.1 is currently dominant and more adept at spreading. While there is no evidence that JN.1 is more lethal, rising cases could add pressure to the NHS. Pollard suggests that Covid-19 will continue to circulate and adapt, similar to the flu, and does not foresee the reintroduction of stringent measures.

Tragedy as woman, 21, 'suddenly' dies at Cardiff nightclub - as venue boss reveals 'absolute heartbreak'

01 Oct 2023  |  Mail Online
A 21-year-old woman died suddenly at the Vaults nightclub in Cardiff during a techno event. The venue expressed heartbreak and extended condolences to the woman's family and friends. South Wales Police are investigating the unexplained death, and the event scheduled for the following night was canceled. The venue emphasized its commitment to safety and thanked emergency services and staff for their efforts.

Covid comeback warning: Fresh fears coronavirus could surge across Britain next week as highly infectious new strain sweeps the nation, expert says

01 Oct 2023  |  This is Money
A rise in Covid-19 cases in the UK is anticipated due to a highly infectious strain and the return of children to school, according to Professor Sir Andrew Pollard from the University of Oxford. Despite a recent decline in positive tests, the new variant JN.1 is expected to drive an increase in infections. Pollard notes that while the variant is highly transmissible, it is not necessarily more lethal. He predicts Covid-19 will continue to circulate similarly to the flu, posing ongoing challenges to public health systems like the NHS.

Rohingya insurgents declare ceasefire to allow aid

10 Sep 2023  |  www.theguardian.com
The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (Arsa) has announced a unilateral ceasefire to allow humanitarian aid to reach the Rohingya Muslim community in north-western Myanmar. Following attacks by Arsa on police posts and an army base, Myanmar's military retaliated, causing over 270,000 Rohingya to flee to Bangladesh. Observers have noted that Arsa militants, lightly armed, have been allowed to control certain areas, raising suspicions that the Myanmar government is facilitating the exodus of Rohingya. The Myanmar military's campaign in Rakhine is being criticized as ethnic cleansing. The refugees are now facing harsh conditions, with urgent needs for food, medical support, and shelter. The international community's response to their plight has been deemed insufficient by human rights activists.

Drunk driver who was on WhatsApp when he killed a groom-to-be, 33, in a horror 110mph crash just one week before his wedding is jailed

04 Apr 2023  |  Mail Online
Marius Mihai, 36, has been sentenced to nine years and eight months in prison for causing the death of 33-year-old Richard Allen in a crash in Staffordshire on December 23, 2022. Mihai was driving over 110 mph while intoxicated and on a WhatsApp call when he collided with Allen's Ford Fiesta. Allen, who was set to marry on New Year's Eve, died at the scene. Mihai, from Walsall, has also received a driving ban for 137 months. The incident highlights the dangers of driving under the influence and using a mobile phone.

Afghanistan’s Ambassadors Fly the Flag Against the Taliban

02 Apr 2023  |  Foreign Policy
Afghanistan's exiled diplomats continue to represent the fallen Islamic Republic, struggling against the Taliban's unrecognized regime. Despite facing financial hardships, disillusionment, and feelings of abandonment, they remain committed to their cause. The diplomats have formed a Coordination Group to replace the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and maintain diplomatic efforts. The National Resistance Front, led by Ahmad Massoud, is seen as a potential future for Afghanistan's leadership. The lack of passports complicates life for Afghan refugees and diplomats, with ongoing negotiations for their release. The diplomats express anger and betrayal towards democratic allies, particularly the United States, for their perceived role in Afghanistan's collapse.

What next for Bangladesh?

01 Apr 2023  |  inews.co.uk
Bangladesh is facing its worst monsoon floods in over four decades, with significant human and material losses. The UN's World Food Programme, through Christa Rager, has expressed concern about the potential for famine following the floods. Local efforts, such as those by Dhaka University student Shahnaz Ameer, are underway to provide relief. The floods have been exacerbated by heavy rains and tidal swells, affecting over 8.6 million people. Save The Children warns of a potential health crisis post-flood, with food insecurity and waterborne diseases. The government's response has been praised, but concerns about long-term strategies remain. Prime Minister Sheik Hasina has promised aid and food relief. The floods have also disrupted the upcoming Eid festival, causing price hikes in essential goods. The country now faces the challenge of rebuilding and preparing for future climate-related events, with calls for better government planning.

Financial Times article written with John Reed. I provided all interviews and on-the-ground coverage.

Financial Times article written with Kiran Stacey. I provided all on-the-ground interviews and colour.

Article for UNHCR covering the plight of the most vulnerable refugees fleeing from Burma towards Bangladesh.

Reportage written for UNHCR, directly on the border between Burma and Bangladesh, on refugees fleeing Rakhine state.

Reportage written for UNHCR from Kutupalong refugee camp near the Bangladesh-Burma border, during the Rohingya refugee crisis.

A Proxy Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Is Playing Out Thousands of Miles Away — in Northern Ireland

03 Nov 2019  |  www.haaretz.com
The article discusses the unique situation in Northern Ireland where the longstanding conflict between Republicans and Unionists has taken on a dimension of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Republicans and Unionists in Northern Ireland have come to identify with the Palestinian and Israeli causes, respectively. This has led to the display of symbols and political stances in West Belfast and Derry that reflect the Middle East conflict. Amidst this, the article notes the presence of a small Jewish community in Northern Ireland, which finds itself in the middle of these expressions of solidarity and perhaps feels bewildered by the local appropriation of a foreign conflict.

Morocco Rediscovers Its Jewish Past and Lures Visitors of All Faiths

03 Aug 2019  |  www.haaretz.com
The article discusses a site known as the 'Cave of the Jew' to Jews or the 'Cave of the Believer' to Muslims, located in Sefrou, Morocco, which is historically referred to as 'little Jerusalem.' The cave is situated on a barren hillside near the town, approximately 30 kilometers south of Fez. It is a place of cultural and religious significance, believed by local Muslims to be the burial site of the prophet Daniel. The article highlights the cultural heritage of the region and the shared reverence for the site by both Jews and Muslims.

This Week British Jews Bravely Stood Up to Labour's anti-Semitism. It Was a Tragic Failure

28 Mar 2018  |  www.haaretz.com
The author of the article discusses their personal experience with the Labour Party, starting from when they joined under the leadership of Ed Miliband. They have been actively involved in campaigning for the party in general and local elections, as well as participating in university Labour club activities since 2013. Despite a strong identification with both their Jewish identity and Labour values, the author has decided to resign their membership from the Labour Party. The reasons behind this decision are not detailed in the provided text.

Strip Aung San Suu Kyi of Her Nobel Prize - The New York Times

07 Sep 2017  |  www.nytimes.com
The article discusses the plight of the Rohingya, a Muslim minority group fleeing Myanmar due to a military crackdown that has the characteristics of ethnic cleansing. The author shares the story of Abdul Kalam, a Rohingya farmer who was shot while escaping and is now in Bangladesh. Despite once supporting Aung San Suu Kyi, the Rohingya feel betrayed by her lack of action to prevent their suffering. The article describes the systematic attacks on Rohingya villages, including the use of missiles and arson by soldiers, and the resulting exodus to Bangladesh, where they join earlier refugees in places like Shamlapur.

Thousands of Rohingya flee Myanmar amid tales of ethnic cleansing

02 Sep 2017  |  www.theguardian.com
The article reports on the escalating conflict in Myanmar's Rakhine state, where violence between Myanmar security forces and Rohingya militias has led to a significant increase in refugees fleeing to Bangladesh. Over 18,500 Rohingya have crossed the border since August 25, with UN sources estimating the number closer to 28,000 and local aid workers claiming a surge of 70,000 in a single day. The refugees report raids, burnings, and killings by security forces and Buddhist nationalists. The situation has been described as a potential humanitarian disaster, with some refugees stranded in no man's land. The violence began after attacks by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (Arsa) on Myanmar border posts. The Rohingya, a Muslim minority in Myanmar, face severe discrimination and are denied citizenship. There are now over 400,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. The article includes accounts from refugees, local Bangladeshis, and experts, suggesting that the Myanmar government's actions could be considered ethnic cleansing or even genocide.
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