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The Malagasy crisis spreads on the Web

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Video by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2009-03-25

In this edition: the political crisis spreads on the Net; the Israeli army is accused of committing war crimes during the offensive in Gaza; the British make their UFO archives public and the web fights off viruses.

MADAGASCAR: PROTESTS AGAINST RAJOELINA

In Madagascar, opposition to Andry Rajoelina, the country's new interim president, is getting organised. The net echoes the challenge.

Several thousand demonstrators in Madagascar have protested in recent days against Rajoelina's coming to power, and demand the return of ex-president Marc Ravalomanana. Many photos of these demonstrations have been widely distributed online.

 

On Facebook, anti-Rajoelina groups have also appeared. Net users express their anger as they see it as a coup d'etat by the former mayor of the capital Antananarivo.

For this Madagascan blogger, these new demonstrations are mainly via two distinct groups: on one side, Marc Ravalomanana's supporters, and on the other, the citizens who believe in a state with the rule of law.

http://mydago.com/2009/03/mais-quelle-est-cette-foule-qui-proteste-encore-a-antananarivo-madagascar/

 



The author of this photomontage doubts Rajoelina's ability to really change the situation in the country, adding that the ex-president and his current successor make wonderful promises but in the end, it is the people who suffer.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThFJVH2HDJo

 


GAZA: ISRAELI WAR CRIMES

The British daily newspaper The Guardian published on its internet site an inquiry into the actions of the Tsahal during its offensive in Gaza. The Israeli army might have committed war crimes, such as the use of Palestinian children as human shields. Charges are reported by many net users.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/mar/23/israel-gaza-war-crimes-guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2009/mar/23/israel-gaza-human-shields

The site "Breaking the silenceª gathers evidence of Israeli soldiers who admit to having killed defenceless civilians during operation Cast Lead. Acts of violence, for which responsibility would lie above all with the Tsahal's chain of command.
http://www.shovrimshtika.org/news_item_e.asp?id=28
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qqzlh5uB86g

The Israeli army is also accused of having fired on ambulances, as shown in this video posted on YouTube. At least 16 first-aid workers could have been killed during the 23-day offensive.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lL5GxN-ytrk

The Tsahal is also severely criticised for having used incandescent bombs of white phosphorus. A practice which, according to Human Rights Watch, is forbidden by international law in areas as heavily populated as Gaza Strip.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVY4NUKowzg
http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2009/01/10/q-israel-s-use-white-phosphorus-gaza



BRITISH UFOS ONLINE


The British Ministry of Defence has decided to make public its archives on unidentified flying objects. Seven files created between 1987 and 1993 by intelligence agencies of her Majesty list 1,200 sightings of UFOs which will be available for net users on the British national archives site from next month.
http://ufos.nationalarchives.gov.uk/

 

BADWAREBUSTERS.ORG


Delete viruses, spyware and other malicious software. That's the objective of Badware Busters. The site lets net users contribute via a virtual community to fight against this web plague. The site was launched by the association StopBadware, a partnership of various institutions, companies and volunteers linked with the world of the internet.
http://badwarebusters.org/
http://stopbadware.org/

Date created : 2009-03-25

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