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Deadly suicide bombing in Sri Lanka shocks the Web

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2009-03-11

In this edition: a suicide bomber in Sri Lanka mobilizes the local blogosphere, which followed the drama. In Syria, an on-line campaign against the rights of the homosexuals provokes strong reaction.

SUICIDE BOMBING IN SRI LANKA
 

A suicide bomber near a mosque in the south of Sri Lanka killed at least 14 on Tuesday and injured about fourty, including a minister of the Sri Lankan government, a drama followed by net users.

 

On the site Sri Lanka Tube several video extracts of the local television channels were relayed only minutes after the blast.

 
http://srilankantube.com/
 

On Twitter many Sri Lankans relayed the information.

 
http://twitter.com/mugunth
 

The attack was attributed by the government to Tamil Tiger rebels, as shown on this communiqué from the site of the Ministry of Defence. Proof that the war that brings into conflict separatists of the Sri Lankan state is far from over.

 
 

This pro-Tamil site preferred to emphasise attacks by the army at the beginning of the week in the north of the country, as seen in this video. Attacks which would have caused, according to tamilnet, more than a hundred deaths among civilians.

 
 
 
ANTI-GAY CAMPAIGN IN SYRIA
 

In Syria, the launch by net users of an on-line campaign against the rights of homosexuals inflames the net and creates strong reactions in the blogosphere.

 

The main objectives of the campaign are stated on this blog: to show that homosexuality is abnormal, that it is a disease and that to criticise homosexuals is the duty of all believers.

 
 

Comments which are revolting to this Syrian net user who considers that every citizen is free to live his life as he feels. He criticizes what he describes as a moral crusade which could now attack other minorities.

 
 

A point of view not shared by this blogger who reminds us that religion is at the centre of Syrian life, adding that it’s normal such a campaign is conducted to punish all those who do not respect the religious principles concerning sexuality.

 
 

Several documentaries which circulate on line return to the difficulties faced by the gay community in many Arabic countries.

 
 
GIANT BIKE ON DANUBE
 

A special effects video, created by a computer specialist from Budapest in which one can see a huge bicycle going along the Danube, is fascinating net users. It's an imaginary sculpture, which could indeed become a real monument thanks to the mobilization of net users. A group on Facebook has formed to ask for this piece to be created so that it can become the new tourist attraction of Budapest.

 
 
FABCHANNEL STOPS
 

The team of the Dutch site fabchannel, known for its videos of concerts on the net announced that the site would close its doors on Friday, March 13th. The main reason given: a great number of labels still won’t allow Fabchannel to record the concerts of their artists. Attention music lovers: as there are only a few more days to make the most of the concerts of your favourite musicians.

 

http://www.fabchannel.com/

 

Date created : 2009-03-11

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