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Video by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2009-06-15

As soon as the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was announced, the online community started questioning it. Using Flickr, Twitter and other Internet tools, people are trying to monitor how the situation is evolving.

Iranian elections

Thousands of people protested in the streets of Teheran this weekend, chanting hostile slogans about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose re-election as Iranian president is generating anger amongst certain sections of the population.

Supporters of Mirhossein Moussavi claimed that vote-rigging had occurred. In this video we hear Iranians chanting the name of the reformist candidate who officially obtained just 34% of the votes.

The situation soon got out of hand, as shown by the many photos and videos posted online by local Net users. Several clashes with police were recorded in the Iranian capital.

Net users commented upon the events as they happened via the micro-blogging network Twitter. Many messages describing the violence of the clashes or recommending that people stay home flooded in all weekend.

An Iranian blogger explains that he shares the anger of his people. He asks what became of his vote and that of millions of other Iranians who did not choose Ahmadinejad.

The question is legitimate, according to the author of an article from the Huffington Post. He recalls that the last surveys predicted that Mousavi would win, especially if massive numbers headed to the polls, which was the case. He says that he has no doubt that the result was fixed.

Bermuda and Guantanamo prisoners

Bermuda has accepted to take four former Uighur Guantanamo detainees, a decision which caused strong reactions from both the international community and Web users in the country.

Breezeblog has mixed feelings, saying that Bermuda "may deserve some credit" for a "humanitarian gesture" but doubts the government's motives.

Vexed Bermoothes asserts that this decision has nothing to do with humanitarianism and also wonders what was promised to his country in exchange for receiving these detainees.

The question is echoed by Catch a Fire for Workers Power. For him it seems obvious that the US exerted pressure on his country to receive these men by threatening, for example, to question its status as a tax haven.

A video on YouTube suggests that Barack Obama made a blunder by sending the Uighurs to Bermuda, arguing that suspected terrorists have no place on a paradisical island, which according to the video, could now turn into the favourite holiday spot for US enemies like Hugo Chavez and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

But the decision may soon be reappraised. An international law specialist asserts that Bermuda cannot take such a decision without consulting the UK, which remains the single decision-maker for foreign policy concerning its overseas territories.

Internet mapping project

The Internet mapping project was launched by Kevin Kelly, an American blogger, specialising in the Web. Working on the assumption that creating a realistic Web map is an impossible task, seeing as it changes every minute, he asked Net users to make hand drawings of the Internet as they perceive it and to indicate their "home". 

Before they were stars

Behind images of teenagers on Rolling Stone magazine's Web site hide the biggest US stars. These snaps of legendary American singers taken before they rose to fame are often surprising. The faces of the high-school Madonna, Jim Morrisson, Marylin Manson, Eminem and Janis Joplin are not always recognisable.

Video of the day

A video is currently creating a buzz online for good reason - this little baby’s dance moves are truly impressive. In fact, they are the result of special effects, and the video is the first episode of a series of viral videos launched by a famous mineral water brand.

Date created : 2009-06-15