Singapore PM says call to curb online violence ‘effective’

Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says a global call to curb the spread of hate and extremism on Internet platforms is an “effective” response. (Shutterstock)
Updated 17 May 2019
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Singapore PM says call to curb online violence ‘effective’

  • The “Christchurch Call” set of guidelines for world leaders and tech companies was drafted by France and New Zealand
  • Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says a global call to curb the spread of hate and extremism on Internet platforms is an “effective” response

SINGAPORE: Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says a global call to curb the spread of hate and extremism on Internet platforms is an “effective” response to the New Zealand mosque attacks, but stopped short of endorsing it.
The “Christchurch Call” set of guidelines for world leaders and tech companies was drafted by France and New Zealand.
It is named after the New Zealand city where 51 people were killed in a March attack on mosques. The attack was broadcast live on Facebook, fueling calls to regulate social media.
On Friday, Lee said Singapore takes this problem “very seriously.” He also thanked New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who is on an official visit to Singapore, for “rallying an effective international response to this serious issue.”


Google Doodle serves up falafel in quirky animation

Updated 18 June 2019
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Google Doodle serves up falafel in quirky animation

  • It is believed falafels originated in Egypt, where they were called ta’ameya and made of fava beans
  • The popularity of falafel then moved towards the Levant area, where the use of chickpea became a staple

DUBAI: One of the Middle East’s favorite dishes has been featured in a Google Doodle as the site apparently took a break from the Women’s World Cup.

Google had been running a series of doodles about the major sporting event, but on Tuesday – apparently randomly - focused on what the search giant described as the “best thing that ever happened to chickpeas.”

We don’t know why they chose Tuesday to run the Doodle – June 12 having been International Falafel Day.  

But the Middle East’s claim to these mouthwatering balls of chickpeas, onions, herbs and spices is undeniable.

Here's a simple step-by-step guide to making falafels, posted by food blog Food Wishes:

It is believed falafels originated in Egypt, where they were called ta’ameya and made of fava beans, about a thousand years ago, by Coptic Christians who ate them during lent as a meat substitute.

Another version of the story suggests that it goes further back to Pharaonic times – traces of fava beans were said to be found in the tombs of the Pharaohs, according to website Egyptian Streets, and that there were paintings from ancient Egypt showing people making the food.

The popularity of falafel then moved towards the Levant area, where the use of chickpea became a staple.

Over the years, many variations of falafel were invented, with global fast food chain McDonalds joining in the falafel craze with its McFalafel.

Popular Iraqi-American comedian Remy Munasifi, attracted more than 1.5 million views for a song about falafels he posted on his YouTube account “GoRemy.’