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Online debate over Karzai's election as the president of Afghanistan

In this edition: the web questions the credibility of the Afghan electoral process as Hamid Karzai has been declared winner of the presidential election and in New Zealand, a policeman creates the buzz.

 

AFGHANISTAN: KARZAI PRESIDENT
 
The second round of the Afghan Presidential elections will not be held. The outgoing President, Hamid Karzai has been declared winner of the election after his rival, Dr. Abdullah dropped out of the race. The latter felt that risks of electoral fraud were too great. The web questions the credibility of the electoral process.
 
On his blog, this US expert considers that Karzai will have little legitimacy in the eyes of the Afghan people, given the huge fraud orchestrated in his favour during the first round.
 
An opinion shared by this Afghan net user, who feels that Hamid Karzai will be perceived more than ever as a puppet whose strings are pulled by foreign powers.
 
As illustrated by this series of interviews broadcast on line, many Afghans claim to be disappointed by this election.
 
And as shown by these photos, taken by a blogger, some even expressed their opposition to democracy at a protest march organised last week. Thousands gathered to protest against the US presence, following rumours that marines had burned a copy of the Koran.
 
ALWAYS BLOW ON THE PIE
 
Become a web star with a totally absurd dialogue, worthy of one of Quentin Tarantino’s best films. This is the feat accomplished by a New Zealand policeman. Not convinced by the explanation given by a young thief, caught red handed, the officer explains quite seriously that you should always blow on your pie before eating it. A now cult reply, viewed over 170,000 times.
 
The video was broadcast on New Zealand TV last week and the man was invited as a guest on many shows.
 
The web has also jumped on the bandwagon. On Facebook, several groups have appeared and comments have flooded in, modifying the policeman’s joke as they see fit. A page has even been created for the 44,000 fans.
 
A rap video with the police officer’s words has also appeared.
 
And dozens of videos, remixing these words have appeared on Youtube such as these. 
 
The scene is even acted out in this video, in which the thief and the police officer appear in the form of characters from the cartoon, South Park.
 
The buzz has now given rise to these T-shirts, with the words spoken by the web’s latest star.
 
PEACE ON FACEBOOK  
 
The ‘Peace on Facebook’ projects aims to bring together Jews and Muslims, Turks and Armenians, Serbs and Albanians. Launched by researchers at the University of Stanford, the portal offers many statistics showing how social networks allow people to better understand one another, despite their place of birth or religion. A system which is bearing fruit. In the last twenty four hours, almost 6,000 friendships have been formed on Facebook between Indians and Pakistanis.
 
ELECTRIC LITERATURE  
 
The aim of the US literary magazine Electric Literature is to adapt literature to new media. Kindle, iphone and e-book, the magazine is published in all digital formats. Book fans can therefore read various news articles at any given moment and visualise cartoons regarding the published stories. An initiative which is sure to reconcile fans of literature and those of new technologies. 
 
 
 
 
VIDEO OF THE DAY
 
Did Darth Vader miss his calling and could he have become a conductor if he hadn’t been busy waging his star wars? This is the
question that arises after watching this video in which the famous George Lucas saga bad-guy replaces the conductor on stage during a performance by the Icelandic philharmonic orchestra, just when Darth Vader’s favourite piece, imperial march, is being played.
 

 

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