20 years ago today, 96 football fans were crushed to death and hundreds more injured during a match at the Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield, England.
Before that, 66 Scottish fans died in a crush at the Ibrox Stadium in 1971, and a stampede killed 39 mostly Italian supporters at the European Cup final in the Heysel Stadium in Brussels in 1985.
Only last month at least 19 people died and more than 130 were injured in a stampede entering a FIFA World Cup qualifying match in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. It was the ninth time in ten years that fans have died in a soccer stadium disaster in Africa, and the second during qualifications for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
During the 2010 World Cup, South Africa will host games in Johannesburg’s Ellis Park, where 43 people were killed after being crushed against barbed wire during a stampede.
Why do so many people die at football games? Should stadiums be made safer? Or is it a problem with the sport and its fans?
Is Obama reversing too much, too fast? He’s making massive changes to policy since President Bush, including the economy, Iran, Cuba, and the environment.
And now the US government is worried about a rise in white supremacist groups. A report says right-wing extremist groups are exploiting fears about the economy and the election of the country’s first black president to gain new recruits. So should Obama slow down? And give people time to get used to change?
How should the world handle North Korea? It’s told the UN to take it’s stuff and go, it’s not going to talk to anyone about nuclear disarmament anymore, and it’s stopping all co-operation with the UN nuclear agency.
As Auspicious comments on our blog: is it “a case of a spoilt child who demands something that is harmful. The world should not dance to the Korean tune but make this country understand the importance of submission.” So should the country be treated strictly and severely? And if so what should the punishment be? Or should we appease the wayward state?