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Video by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2009-04-24

Today online: Net users are welcoming bridge-building efforts between Turkey and Armenia. In Iran, the government is distributing potatoes: bloggers are denouncing this as an electoral strategy.

Turkey-Armenia relationship




Turkey and Armenia have agreed on a "road-map" to normalise their relations. The Web comments upon this event, which coincides with the 94th anniversary of the Armenian genocide.

This English blogger of Armenian descent welcomes the thawing of relations between Yerevan and Ankara. He hails Armenia’s efforts to rebuild relations with Turkey, despite the refusal by the latter to recognise the Armenian genocide.

For the occasion, many Net users are passing round this on-line petition, launched by Turkish intellectuals in December, to request forgiveness from the Armenians. Thepetition is continuing to collect numerous signatures.

The Armenian community in the US is also rallying. In this video, broadcast on-line, several celebrities have called on US President Barack Obama to respect his electoral promise and recognise the Armenian genocide.

In order to commemorate this tragedy and keep its memory alive, this site revisits the events of 1915 with survivors' video testimonies.


Iran: Potatoes for votes



Potatoes for all! In the last few weeks, Iranian authorities have been distributing potatoes in different towns. Bloggers are denouncing this as an electoral strategy by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in view of this June’s presidential elections.

This Iranian news site is posting images on-line, showing tonnes of potatoes destined for distribution.

This blogger, who would like to see former Prime Minister Mir Hossein Mousavai elected, thinks that Ahmadinejad is trying to win votes on the sly.


Cartoonist and blogger Nik Ahang has posted a caricature where potatoes are saying to Ahmadinejad: “We support you!”

According to this political analyst, the potatoes will be wasted, as the people are unable to consume such a large quantity. He also asks questions as to the financing of this initiative.

A truck driver's blog



Sandra is a young, Canadian trucker who has decided to share her impressions and adventures on the road with Net users. Currently in the US, she talks about her encounters, her trip, her fatigue but also the pleasure she feels when driving. Spotted by a French production company, her story will now be the basis for a documentary and filming is set to start shortly.

The art of quitting



Turn your very last cigarette into a memorable moment by transforming it into a work of art. This is the offer made by the site, ‘The Art of Quitting’. It posts artistic works by hundreds of Net users who have decided to kick the habit.


Date created : 2009-04-24