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Sudanese net worried about the country's future

Latest update : 2009-03-09

In this edition: Sudanese bloggers worry about their country's future following an international arrest warrant for president Omar al-Bashir and web users celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Barbie doll.

OMAR AL-BASHIR
 

Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir returned to Darfur, four days after a warrant for his arrest issued by the International Criminal Court for crimes committed in the western region of the country. The Sudanese net is worried.

 
Many bloggers criticise the decision of the criminal court. This Sudanese blogger studying in the US hopes that the court has an answer for the consequences of its decision, following the expulsion of the main NGOs.
 


This is closely followed by this journalist who, via Twitter, says many aid groups are leaving the capital Khartoum.

http://twitter.com/robcrilly

 

 

Another Sudanese blogger worries about the people of Darfur. He is afraid that this decision will trigger a bigger wave of violence in the region. It's an area particularly affected as seen on this alarming video posted on-line in February by the Aegis organisation which acts to stop the genocides. Four men testify as to their role in the massacres there, and talk about the genocide without any hesitation.


 
BARBIE TURNS 50
 

Barbie is 50. Net users show their fascination for the symbolic American doll - many clips posted on sharing sites trace the history of the blonde doll.

 

 
In this video extract, the creator of Barbie, Ruth Handler, recalls the creation of this plastic doll with an adult’s body. The idea came to her while watching her daughter Barbara play.
 

The video of the first advertisement broadcast on American television in 1959 is widely relayed on sharing sites.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hhjjhYGQtY
 

 

Barbie took on many nationalities, but this blogger emphasises that the Muslim world created its own doll, as Barbie was banned from several countries. He posts photos of Fulla, the Muslim Barbie, created in the United Arab Emirates.

http://mylittlemosque.blogspot.com/2009/03/barbie-converts-to-islam_04.html

 

 

FLIGGO
 

Here is the ideal alternative to YouTube. Fliggo lets you to create your own site to share videos and it’s free. It can host and distribute videos and you can personalise the interface. A site can be public or private. Groups, companies, even bloggers can have control over contents, comments, adverts and potential revenue.

 
 
INSIDE THE WAVES
 

Clark Little, a photographer specialising in pictures of waves, has just published a book with a collection of the most beautiful waves he has ever seen. Astonishing.

 

 

Date created : 2009-03-09

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