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Taliban forces scare the Web

Video by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2009-05-05

In this edition: fighting between Taliban forces and the Pakistani army is worrying Net users; in China, the parents of children abducted to be sold are rallying on line.

PAKISTAN: ARMY VS TALIBANS

Incidents are multiplying between the Pakistan army and the Taliban in the Swat valley in the northwest of the country. This comes despite the declaration of Islamic law, in the region, in exchange for a cease fire. The situation is arousing great interest online.

This Pakistani blogger questions the purpose of the agreement signed between the government and the Taliban. For him, negotiations have failed as peace has yet to be established in the region.
http://www.deadpanthoughts.com/?p=1863

And the appearance of these anti-Taliban Facebook groups shows that many Net users fear that Islamists will manage to impose their law in the country.
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=70905483934
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=85900680069

A fear moderated by Karim Pakzad, a Pakistan specialist. He says that the Taliban are too small in numbers in Pakistan to be able to seize central power in Islamabad.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19G38_LnTiE

Meanwhile, this documentary available online shows the fate of inhabitants of Swat valley, particularly that of children, who are often enlisted by force, to fight the Pakistani army.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYO5R_zT4nc


CHINA: CHILD TRAFFICKING


China has announced the set-up of a genetic database to combat child-trafficking, while parents of missing children continue to mobilise online.

According to this report by The New York Times and posted on Youtube, thousands of children are abducted and sold each year in China. A problem worsened by the one-child policy.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A73W3PTTDys

On this blog, a father tells of his fight to find his son. He is in debt from travel and taking part in protests like this one, organised in the south of the country.
http://pgf6481157.blog.163.com/

Initiatives that are coordinated on the ‘Baby come home’ forum. Parents of missing children can issue descriptions and ease the pain they feel from having lost a loved one.
http://www.baobeihuijia.com/bbs/index.asp

Solidarity is indispensable for these parents who have, until now, never benefitted from the authorities’ support. This video shows a mother screaming in despair in Tiananmen Square, before being reprimanded by the police.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQrxOYvSkXA


WHITE HOUSE 2.0

After having renovated the White House site, the Obama administration is now invading Web 2.0 platforms. The US Presidency has just created accounts on Facebook, Myspace and Twitter. The aim is to allow Net users to gain information about US government activity and to offer their opinions.
http://www.facebook.com/WhiteHouse
http://www.mySpace.com/WhiteHouse
http://www.Twitter.com/WhiteHouse


DANISH POLICE AND CYCLISTS

Here is one of the latest videos creating a buzz online. Two Danish policemen talking to cyclists - not to record an offence but to give them safety helmets. A viral campaign launched by the police and a cyclist association to promote helmet wearing amongst cyclists.
http://www.fordivielskerdig.dk/

Date created : 2009-05-05

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