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Do performers have a responsibility to protect fans?

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Many are labelling the deadly crowd crush at Astroworld as a “preventable and predictable tragedy”. Is the accountability on artists to create a safe space at their own events?

Musician and artist Krystelle Lorraine, says the entire system needs to take responsibility and make an urgent change.

Musician and artist Krystelle Lorraine said artists need to make an urgent change.

“I think there is a clear problem when artists don’t engage themselves in creating a safe space, not just for themselves, but also for secure or coerced for the concert experience,” Lorraine told ticker NEWS.

What if the artist is unaware?

Let’s say he didn’t what was going on?

“Okay, well, there should be a team that has direct access to him that can let him know that things need to immediately hot that it’s not just emergencies like this, but we’ve had active shooters, we’ve had natural disasters, we’ve had stages collapse,” Lorraine said.

What about the venue size?

Astroworld Houston was at a venue permitted for 200,000 people, and there were only at tops 50,000 people allowed to go to this event.

“So it it by standard by permit standard should have been completely safe. There were partitions to protect the concert goers. There were adequate security and staff based on the the standards that Live Nation that has set forth and so what is it that caused the surge?,” Lorraine said.

Investigation continues into deadly Astroworld Festival

Authorities have confirmed that a criminal inquiry has been launched into Travis Scott’s Astroworld festival following the deaths of eight people.

Investigators have already begun investigating what happened at the event, with Houston’s mayor saying it will “will take weeks, if not longer” before answers are found.

This comes as authorities announce the arrests of 25 people during the concert, however it is unclear whether these arrests are linked to the festival tragedy.

8 people died and many more were injured after a stampede caused attendees to be crushed at Scott’s event in Texas.

Witnesses say the crowd of 50,000 was out of control well before the show even started

Is the artists accountable?

“If the artist is the vocal point, they are the focal point. They’re the ones with the literal microphone.”

“So at any point, Travis Scott could have said, Hold up, like, hold on. And I know at one point he did say that, but did he do enough? Absolutely not, eight people are dead,” Lorraine says.

“The system needs to become more engaged and keeping people safe. And that includes the artists that includes the entertainment companies like Live Nation, that includes even people going to these to these events.”

Lorraine says we all need to make sure these events meet security needs and that they are better trained.

“It’s absolutely ridiculous that some that it is likely that a security guard was injected with drugs in the neck by a needle, none of this should be happening,” Lorraine said.

An opportunity to advocate

Lorraine says it is Scott’s responsibility to move forward and move forward graciously.

“I think that at a bare minimum, he can pay for the funeral costs of those who were lost. But I think that really what I would love for him personally to do is to engage in becoming more actively involved and changing the systems,” Lorraine said.

“Artists have something that happened at one of their concerts and they become a a voice to advocate for new and better security systems. So I think that this is a perfect opportunity for him to advocate.”

Scott released a statement on Sunday saying he is “absolutely devastated by what took place”

The singer and event organisers are also facing a civil lawsuit, with attendees suing over what they’re calling a “preventable and predictable tragedy” which could have been avoided. 

Social media is flooding with anger at what unfolded, with people calling for Scott to be boycotted.

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Russia will formally annex Ukraine regions Friday

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Russia will formally annex four more areas of Ukraine on Friday, after self-styled referendums in those regions yielded overwhelming support for the move.

The Russian-backed officials who organized the votes said that nearly all of those who cast ballots supported the annexation. The referendums were held in Luhansk and Donetsk in the east, and in Zaporizhzhia and Kherson in the south.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to make a major speech at the Kremlin following the signing ceremony. Ukraine and the West have condemned the referendums as a sham, but Russia has long claimed that the people of those regions want to be part of the Russian Federation.

The annexations are likely to further escalate the tensions between Russia and the West, which have been at loggerheads over Ukraine since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014. Friday’s move is sure to be met with condemnation from the international community.

Russia has long claimed that the people of those regions want to be part of the Russian Federation. The annexations are likely to further escalate the tensions between Russia and the West, which have been at loggerheads over Ukraine since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014. Friday’s move is sure to be met with condemnation from the international community.

 

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Chinese leader Xi Jinping makes his return to the public eye

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Chinese leader Xi Jinping has made his public appearance since returning to China

The President recently left his country for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

He quashed rumours of a coup, which sent shockwaves through social media ahead of an important Communist Party meeting.

On Tuesday, he visited an exhibition showing of China’s achievements during his time in power.

Of course, this comes as tensions continue to simmer in the Taiwan Straits.

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IRAN PROTESTS | Are countries using religion as an excuse to violate basic human rights?

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Iran protests are engulfing the country as thousands take to the streets in a revolution against oppression

IRAN PROTESTS – The story of Iran is one of a country that has been through a lot in recent history.

An uprising of both men and women has engulfed Iran, following the death of Mahsa Amini. Women are cutting their hair and burning their hijabs, demanding some form of change to the strict rules that impact their ultimate freedom.

From the Iranian Revolution in 1979 to the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s, the nation’s residents have witnessed their fair share of turmoil.

Many insist that religion, like Islam, is being used as a reason to violate basic human rights in Iran.

“It’s a totalitarian regime… Islam is being used to deny freedom of speech, freedom of education, freedom of movement.”

Mariam Memarsadeghi
Cyrus Forum and Senior Fellow at Macdonald-Laurier Institute

There is a feeling of discontent among the Iranian people. The economy is struggling, and many young Iranians feel they have no future.

They are fed up with the corruption of the government and the lack of opportunity.

Mahsa Amini’s brutal death

On top of this is the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish-Iranian woman.

Amini was arrested by the so-called morality police for “improperly” wearing her mandatory hijab.

Reports suggest she was beaten so severely that she went into a coma.

Mahsa Amini protests in Iran

Three days later, she died, and many suspect it was a direct result of this police brutality.

Amini’s death has fuelled further anger and extreme protest, with widespread condemnation from Iranians, denouncing her death and the regime that caused it.

“There were 10-11 blows to her head… She was beaten while still in the van…When her body was delivered to the family they saw bruises to her neck and head.”

Mariam Memarsadeghi
Cyrus Forum and Senior Fellow at Macdonald-Laurier Institute

The incident has brought attention to the plight of many Iranians who feel they are living under an oppressive regime.

While it is difficult to predict what will happen next in Iran, many hope the death of Amani will not be in vain.

Many pray the protests will lead to real action and a country where women are treated as equals. They want a country where there is opportunity for all.

Women in Iran and around the world are now lifting the veil on Iran’s corruption and human rights violations.

In 2022, many are angry that men are controlling what women do with their bodies and what they wear.

However, the Founder and Director of Cyrus Forum and Senior Fellow at Macdonald-Laurier Institute Mariam Memarsadeghi explained its women who are enforcing the strict rules too.

“It’s actually women also who are policing other women to wear hijab… It’s a very Handmaids Tale situation.”

Mariam Memarsadeghi
Cyrus Forum and Senior Fellow at Macdonald-Laurier Institute

Will this drive change?

In Iran, many young Iranians are showing the world they don’t want this system any more, that they want democracy.

They’re cutting their hair and burning their hijabs, they’re putting their own safety on the line to take a stand against the regime that has silenced them for so long.

This generation is very different, but it doesn’t guarantee that this uprising will fuel any real change.

However, Memarsadeghi said “there is no way back from here.”

“It’s very dangerous, there is a tremendous amount of respect for the men and women on the streets because each and every single one of them risks being beaten, killed, tortured, maybe even executed.”

Mariam Memarsadeghi
Cyrus Forum and Senior Fellow at Macdonald-Laurier Institute

How can organisations and world leaders help?

Iran is in the midst of a political upheaval and the world is watching.

Scenes of protest and violence are being shared far and wide on social media. The world has a front-row seat to the unfolding crisis.

However, the Iranian Government has responded by imposing a sweeping internet ban, cutting off the protesters from the outside world.

This only adds to the urgency of the situation, as Iran’s people are now risking their lives to speak out against their oppression.

World leaders and democracy advocacy groups are already discussing ways to help the people of Iran and hold their violations to account.

“The solidarity and attention from celebrities, athletes and world leaders has been extremely helpful… The future of freedom is what these men and women in Iran are doing.”

Mariam Memarsadeghi
Cyrus Forum and Senior Fellow at Macdonald-Laurier Institute

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