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Video by FRANCE 24

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2009-08-12

Web users have reacted with outrage at Burma's decision to extend pro-democracy opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's house arrest. Also in this edition: the Perseid meteor shower arouses the interest of astronomy-loving bloggers.

Aung San Suu Kyi convicted
On Tuesday Burma's opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, on trial for violating the terms of her house arrest, was sentenced to a further 18 months under house arrest, aimed at preventing her from running for the 2010 legislative elections. The Web reacts.


As the verdict was announced, reactions flooded into Twitter. Messages denounced a farcical trial and called on Net users to continue campaigning for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi.

A request also made on share sites such as Youtube, where many videos like this film extract pay tribute to the Lady of Rangoon and to her struggle for greater freedom in her country.

And the Nobel Peace Prize winner also enjoys significant world-wide support. As shown by this video, available on line, the band U2 recently organised a march in her honour at one of their concerts in Dublin.

On this site, created to mark her 64th birthday, many political figures, including other Nobel Peace Prize winners, sent a message of support to Aung San Suu Kyi.

This NGO is inviting Net users to sign this online petition urging the UN to put pressure on the regime and obtain the release of the famous opposition leader. This portal also collects donations to assist the many dissidents currently held in Burmese prisons.

Perseid meteor shower

Tonight, all eyes will be pointing towards the stars. Just like each year, between mid-July and mid-August, the Perseid meteor shower will illuminate the summer night skies. This video posted on line by NASA explains that the phenomenon is observed in the northern hemisphere, when the Earth crosses the dust cloud ejected by the comet ‘Swift-Tuttle’.

And this meteor storm is currently most visible, causing a stir among many star-gazing Net users.

This man has created an animation explaining that to get a good view of the show, you should look towards the Perseus constellation, to which these meteors owe their name. He also points out that the light emitted by the moon, which is entering its waning crescent phase, could prove to be problematic.

Something not discouraging comet hunters, who are ready for action. They regularly post images online, photos which are then directed to specialised sites and forums.

And whether it is on Twitter or on the international meteorite organisation portal, professional and amateur astronomers are requested to share their observations and pool data they have gathered.

Finally this blogger offers some advice to nocturnal spectators. He recommends a laying down position for a better view and especially to avoid a stiff neck which could ruin your evening!
Sound transit


Travel the world thanks to sound. This is the offer made by the site, SoundTransit, which invites Net users to discover countries and cities via different sounds taken from daily life. The sounds can be searched for by key words or by place names. You can listen to Colombians celebrating a birthday or discover what a Vietnamese market sounds like. Recordings that can be downloaded, shared and re-used free of charge.
Progress through processors
The Facebook network recently teamed up with researchers at Berkeley University to create a new application. It will allow Net users to share a portion of their processor’s idle computer power to increase researchers’ calculation potential. For the moment users can contribute to three projects, including climate change forecasting.

Video of the day
This American teenager is the Youtube star of the moment. In this video, currently circulating online, we see him expertly playing the famous ‘Guitar Hero’ game while simultaneously solving a Rubik’s Cube with one hand. An exploit earning the admiration of many Net users.

Date created : 2009-08-12