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The Web expresses concern as Nepal plunges into political crisis

Latest update : 2009-05-06

In this edition: online reactions on the political crisis in Nepal follow the prime minister’s resignation; Egypt’s decision to slaughter all pigs to stave off influenza A divides Net users.

NEPAL PEACE THREATENED
 

The Web expresses concern as Nepal is once more plunged into a political crisis. Maoist Prime Minister Prachanda stepped down after President Yadav cancelled his decision to dismiss the army chief.

 
 

This Nepalese Net user accuses the army of sabotaging the peace process by refusing to admit former communist freedom fighters. He is upset that that the efforts made for the establishment of democracy in the country have been shattered.

 

http://blog.com.np/united-we-blog/2009/05/04/prime-minister-prachanda-resigns/

 
 

This worried blogger affirms that the situation may quickly worsen. The forming of a new coalition seems improbable to him and he is fearful that the country will see a fresh wave of violence.

 

http://neilsnepal.wordpress.com/2009/05/03/the-showdown-begins/#more-321

 

In fact, as shown by these videos broadcast on-line, their supporters have rallied in recent days to protest against the president, giving rise to some unrest.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgJloeZoKck

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=662W4isgqi0

 

PIG SLAUGHTER IN EGYPT
 

In Egypt, the decision by the authorities to slaughter all of the country’s pigs to prevent an influenza A pandemic is causing heated debate in the local blogosphere.

 

As shown by these photos posted by a Net user, the pig eradication campaign has provoked the anger of pig farmers. Members of the Coptic Christian minority, they claim to be victims of discrimination.

 
 

And as H1N1 is not transmitted by pigs, this doctor expresses his consternation. He also fears that the poor management of carcasses will lead to the spread of other diseases.

 
 

But as proven by these Facebook groups, created to support a pig-free Egypt, numerous Net users are welcoming the mass slaughter.

 

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=93600510126

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=85303212704

 

Pigs are considered impure by the Muslim majority in the country. This female blogger denounces the disastrous health conditions of farms run by waste sorters.

 
 
 
 
 
SPREAD INFLUENZA A
 

Just when the whole world is in a state of alert due to the Influenza A epidemic, the risk of a pandemic is inspiring net users. Several on-line games have been created in recent days and although the goal is often to eradicate the virus, the aim in this one is to transmit it. The player embodies an infected man who must contaminate as many people as possible by sneezing.

 
 

JAPANESE CASTES ON GOOGLE EARTH

The showing on Google Earth of maps dating back to feudal Japan are causing online debate. At the time, Japanese society was controlled by a caste system, in which members of the most disadvantaged castes lived in defined neighbourhoods. And their descendants are still subject to discrimination today, according to their place of residence. The possibility of localising these enclaves has thus been badly received by the descendants.

 

http://www.japanprobe.com/?p=10125

 

Date created : 2009-05-06

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