The other terrorists we have trouble naming

Plus: the surprising truth about strikes in France; and the places where lightning is deadliest

11 July 2015

9:00 AM

11 July 2015

9:00 AM

Naming terror

David Cameron and the BBC argued over what to call the terror group most papers refer to as Isis — with the PM preferring Isil and the BBC continuing to call it Islamic State. Two more terror groups whose names caused problems in Britain:
— The Red Army Faction was a German terror group which existed between 1970 and 1998, when it declared itself dissolved. Faced with the acronym RAF, British media preferred to call the group by its nickname the Baader-Meinhof Gang.
— In the 1970s Italy was terrorised by a group known as the Red Brigades, most notorious for kidnapping and murdering the former prime minister Aldo Moro in 1978. In Britain it was seldom known by its Italian acronym, BR (for Brigate Rosse), because of the conflict with Britain’s nationalised railway system.

Judgment days

Iceland voted to abolish its blasphemy law. Which western countries still have one?
Canada: imprisonment of up to 2 years (not invoked since 1935).
Denmark: remains on statute book but not invoked since 1938.
Germany: imprisonment of up to 3 years.
Malta: imprisonment of up to 3 months.
Poland: imprisonment of up to 2 years.
Spain: last invoked in 2012, though the accused, Javier Krahe, was acquitted.

Striking gold

French port workers were on strike in Calais. Are the French the worst strikers in the developed world?

Average working days lost per 1,000 employees per annum, 1997–2006
Canada 186
Spain 170
Denmark 164
Italy 88
US 34
UK 21
France 15

Source: ONS

Taken by storm

The heatwave was followed by thundery weather. Where in the world are you most likely to die from lightning-strike, according to reported figures in a paper presented to the 20th International Lightning Detection Conference?

Annual death rate per million people
Yemen 71.4
Hainan Province, China 10.6
Zimbabwe 14.2
South Africa (rural) 8.8
Malaysia 3.4
UK Less than 0.1

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  • andylowings

    Thats interesting but I would caution some scepticism is needed. Zimbabwe ( but not Kenya or Tanzania?) Yemen (but not Oman). Ummm!

  • “The other terrorists we have trouble naming” – I thought this article would be about jews, especially when it began by naming Cameron.

    • Infidelissima

      go phack yourself with a giant cactus

    • Zanderz

      I had a read through your comments – I really don’t get where you’re coming from apart from a rabid hatered of Jews. It seems that’s all your 1800+ comments go on about. Issues?

      • I don’t hate anyone, so get stuffed, you hatemonger.

        • Zanderz

          1 racist up voting another. Nice.