In this edition: In Iran, the oppositon remains mobilised after the Supreme Guide Ali Khamenei confirmed Ahmadinejad's re-election. In Morocco, bloggers launch a campaign after the authorities' decision to censor a magazine.
On Monday the Iranian Supreme Guide, Ali Khamenei, confirmed the re-election of President Ahmadinejad during a ceremony that was conspicuous by the absence of opposition leaders. However, the opposition remains mobilised online in protest at the outcome of the June 12 election.
Many videos parodying the ceremony quickly appeared on video share sites. These music videos explain to the authorities how they could have made the ceremony – which has largely been derided as poor - more appealing to viewers.
Others continue to denounce what they view as electoral fraud and are broadcasting videos and photos to support the Iranian opposition, and in particular Mir Hossein Moussavi. The most frequently message: ‘Ahmadinejad is not the legitimate President!’
This Iranian blogger recalls that while the ceremony was taking place, a hundred Iranians were standing trial – and still are - for taking part in protests organised by the opposition. The trial is one which concerns several of the regime’s political figures, including the former reformist vice-president, Ali Abtahi.
The trial has been widely criticised by Iranian Web users, who regard it as a parody of justice. One net user claims in the link below that the defendants were subjected to abuse to force them to admit betraying the regime. While this Twitter user points out that if you think the trial is legitimate then you likely accept that Ahmadinejad was elected fairly.
Finally, mobilisation against the Iranian President continues on the social networking sites. Several Facebook groups call for his deposition and are campaigning for greater freedom Iran.
Morocco:: The 9% Movement
‘I am a 9%’. This is the slogan for a campaign launched by Moroccan bloggers to protest against the decision by authorities to seize the latest editions of ‘TelQuel’ magazine and its Arabic version, Nichane. The slogan refers to a poll that these weekly magazines planned to publish, according to which, 91% of Moroccans positively perceive the first 10 years of Mohammed VI’s reign. The Government considers that the publication of this poll is in violation of the Press Code.
This decision has been criticised by net users on the micro blogging platform, Twitter, where the ‘9%’ movement first appeared. A group has now been formed on Facebook and attracted a hundred or so net users. The aim is to campaign for press freedom in Morocco.
The bloggers who launched the campaign claim to make up part of the 9% of those displeased with the reign of Mohammed VI and regularly denounce attacks on freedom of expression in the country.
Many rallied to support the blogger, Hassan Barhoun, who was sentenced in March to six months in prison for sending out a petition denouncing corruption in Morocco.
The fight against corruption is the other significant campaign for these bloggers. Several videos such as this one - in which we see the police caught red-handed - are circulating on the web. These documents recently triggered an internal enquiry which led to the arrest of the corrupt officers.
Even net users like this one, who defended the first ten years of Mohammed VI’s reign, regret the excessive zeal with which the administration banned the latest editions of Telquel and Nichane. A strategy which, they believe, is aimed at defending the monarchy
Wikipedia and the Rorschach Test
Wikipedia is currently at the centre of a heated debate which is dividing psychologists. The ten images from the famous Rorschach test, as well as their most common interpretations were recently published online in the collaborative encyclopaedia. However, many professionals consider that publishing the most common answers to this test - which is based on the personal interpretation of ink blots - could distort the results.
Football stars of tomorrow
Former Portuguese footballer, Luis Figo, has just launched a project to track down the football stars of tomorrow via the Internet. The site, known as ‘The Football Dream Factory’, will allow budding footballers to post videos of their talent. The goal is to be spotted by the prestigious football clubs involved in the project. Net users can of course vote for their favourite players, and each week the 10 most popular videos will be judged by a group of professionals.
Video of the Day
If you are a fan of Country music and you like ‘square dancing’, the traditional Cowboy dance - then this video, currently creating a buzz online, is not to be missed. A group of Americans has come up with the original idea of ‘tractor square dancing’! The result is very surprising indeed! One piece of important advice however: watch out for your partner’s feet!
Date created : 2009-08-04