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On the eve of the election, resignation dominates Algerian Web

Latest update : 2009-04-08

In this edition: On the eve of presidential elections in Algeria, feelings of dissatisfaction dominate the country's blogosphere. According to the opposition, Web users are numerous in calling for a boycott of the election.

ELECTION IN ALGERIA

 

Algerians getting ready for Thursday's election, which is expected to prolong for five years the mandate of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. On the eve of the election, feelings of resignation and dissatisfaction dominate the Web.

 

As stressed here by this specialist from “IRIS” the French research centre for International and strategic studies, the result of the election is in no doubt. He says the sole question is the number of Algerians who will vote. If he is poorly elected, the president would begin a 3rd mandate on bad basis.

 

As per opposition parties, net users such as this video blogger, are numerous in calling for a boycott of the election, seen as a masquerade. Facebook groups, videos, and songs supporting this movement have streamed onto sharing sites.

 

President Bouteflika is not spared by net users who use the web to denounce a dictatorial regime, as in this photomontage. Whereas this animation, somewhat lighter, mocks the Head of State, making him dance despite the anger of the people.

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WOMEN’S VOICES IN DRC
 

The Democratic Republic of Congo has been ravaged for over 10 years by a civil war, already officially ended, still has victims every day. And women are often the first affected. A report which makes the blogosphere react.

 

The site, " Médecins sans Frontiers” explains that more than 6 700 Congolese women were treated by the NGO in 2008 having suffered sexual violence.

 

To raise awareness, MSF posts videos with women’s statements. Reports which introduce the centres created by the NGO to help rape victims who have difficulty in talking about it.  

 
 

Another notable initiative, the campaign " ce que je voudrais” or “what do you wish for” suggests to net users listening to victims' testimonies to send messages of support via Facebook or video on YouTube.

 

The site "Etat-critique " provides an on-line report on the everyday life of a woman who had to flee her village and seek refuge in a displaced persons' camp in the east of the country.

 
ENCARTA IS CLOSING DOWN
 

Microsoft announced the closure of its on-line encyclopedia Encarta for the autumn 2009. Launched in 1993, Encarta felt the competition of numerous free sites in particular the participative encyclopedia Wikipedia. ENCARTA version 2009 is not available in the shops.

 
MARTIN LUTHER KING
 

web site of American magazine “Life” has published 13 unpublished pictures taken some moments after the murder of Reverend Martin Luther King, showing, amongst others, his friends gathered in his hotel room some minutes after his death, or another showing a man cleaning King’s blood stains. Poignant images with comments from the photographer Henry Groskinsky.

 

 

Date created : 2009-04-08

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