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Web users react to new political situation in Guinea

In this edition : a transition Government has been established in Guinea. Local net users react ; the anti binge drinking campaign in the UK divides the web ; a US designer launches a series of videos to defend online sharing.

 

 
GUINEA : TRANSITION GOVERNMENT
 
The military junta in power in Guinea has appointed Jean Marie Doré, opposition veteran, as Prime Minister. He will be responsible for preparing the Presidential elections set to be held in six months time. An important step which aims to extract the country from the crisis that has ravaged it since the military coup in December 2008.
This journalist applauds the decision by the head of the junta, Dadis Camara to open the way for a return to civil power. He admits having hated the man but asserts admiring the realism he has shown since the assassination attempt he was victim to last month.

This net user remains cautious. He feels that the Transition Government’s institutional framework still requires definition. A situation which could generate problems at the state summit. 

This text, which is circulating in the Guinean blogosphere, also emits doubts as to the structure of this Government. The author is opposed to the fact that the junta, in his mind made up of criminals, occupies key positions.
 
Another source of concern is the possible candidacy of Jean-Marie Doré in the Presidential elections. In this online interview, the interested party refuses to discuss the subject.

According to the transition agreement, the Prime Minister is not authorised to run for the elections that he is in charge of organising.
 
UK TACKLES BINGE DRINKING

The UK Government is combating ‘binge drinking’. A practice which involves drinking copious amounts of alcohol as quickly as possible. Starting in April, pubs, bars and night clubs will no longer be allowed to offer promotions and competitions awarding those who drink the fastest or offers such as, ‘all you can drink for ten pounds’.
Many Young people are criticising the initiative online. This English blogger recalls that the ban on promotions is equal to a price hike, penalising all Brits, while only a small number of people are really concerned by binge drinking in his opinion.

This net user remarks that politicians should instead be questioning what causes young people to excessively drink in the first place.

But many are welcoming the initiative. This female blogger is sorry that binge drinking is part of British culture. She recalls that the most popular I-Phone application is I-pint, a game in which players drink beer.

And other countries are also fighting this phenomenon. In France, Paris City Hall has launched a horror film competition about the issue. 15 to 25 year olds are invited to make short videos denouncing the practice.
 
 
A practice which also appeals to young Americans. This mother lost her teenage daughter after a night of binge drinking. She bears testimony in this video.
 
COPYING IS NOT THEFT

‘Copying is not stealing, copying is sharing’. These are the lyrics of a song recorded last March by Nina Paley. This US designer and cartoonist decided to illustrate her song with a video. This will be the first of a series of short videos concerning the question of author’s rights. The aim being to defend the share culture. The film maker also put her latest long animation film under the Creative Commons licence, a system allowing it to be copied and modified.
 
FLESHMAP

‘Mouth, hands, nipples’: 707 body parts are listed on this experimental site, which created maps of desire. Using artistic studies by two specialists in the art of information visualisation, Fleshmap studies the statistic recurrence of words indicating body parts in songs, according to musical style. The favourite body part in hip hop songs is the bottom and in Gospel music it is the hand.

TODAY'S VIDEO

The brothers and sisters of the young US hikers arrested in Iran have launched an appeal via Youtube. They are asking the site’s users to post response videos. The aim being to urge the Iranian Government to release the three students. The latter had crossed the Iranian border during a hike in the region.
‘To those detaining my sister and her friends, let them come home; we miss them terribly’.
 
 

 

 

By FRANCE 24

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