In this edition: Web users react to Barack Obama's handling of the crisis and exec bonuses; bloggers target South Africa after its refusal to grant the Dalai Lama a visa and Playboy creates online access to its archives from 1954 to 2006.
OBAMA AND THE CRISIS
During his press conference on Tuesday evening, American President, Barack Obama defended his economic policy to reporting journalists. On the Web, the debate continues to rage on his recovery package.
Obama sought to reassure whilst there was shock at bonuses paid by AIG to their executives. Net users could let off stream by throwing virtual tomatoes at the office entrance, of the company saved from bankruptcy thanks to the injection of public money.
But in spite of this scandal many remain confident that their president can correct the economy. According to this on-line clip, Barack Obama has started to rebuild an economy that had been transformed into a house of cards by the Bush administration.
Facing many queries that focus on his policies, the President responds to questions from net users today. They had been invited to submit them and vote for the best ones on the Internet site of the White House.
SOUTH AFRICA AND DALAI LAMA
The organizers of a peace conference, planned for Friday in South Africa, decided to postpone the event following refusal by local authorities to grant a visa to the Dalai Lama. A decision which caused strong reactions on-line.
For this Nigerian blogger, the visa refusal is linked to pressure exerted on Pretoria by China. He reminds us that Beijing is an important economic partner for South Africa and that the country cannot allow its bilateral relations to be challenged.
A decision widely criticized online and on Facebook, where notably many groups had been created, to protest against the ban on the Dalai Lama’s visit to South Africa.
This South African net user considers the government’s attitude is ridiculous. For her, it is simply unacceptable to block the Dalai Lama access to the territory so as not to offend Chinese authorities.
A view shared by many users of the micro blogging site Twitter, as with this blogger. She feels it is indeed inconceivable to organize a peace conference without the Dalai Lama.
The alleged assault on pop star Rihanna by her boyfriend Chris Brown has inspired an on-line campaign aiming to prevent domestic violence. A video created by the association Dosomething.org re-enacted the alleged incident from the Los Angeles police report, reminding us that one in three teenagers are victims of relationship violence.
PLAYBOY ARCHIVES ONLINE
The famous magazine Playboy posts its archives on the net. 53 issues covering the period from 1954 till 2006 can be viewed free of charge on-line. This collection will allow net users to see how eroticism has evolved over the years.
Date created : 2009-03-26