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Latest update : 2010-02-01

Haiti distribution arises controversy online

In this edition : The web discusses the difficulties faced by Haiti in deploying aid to the people; The Iranian blogosphere prepares for a new day of mobilisation; And a Belgian driver parks in a garage barely bigger than his car.

It remains difficult to deploy aid in Haiti. Despite the avalanche of shipments from around the world, the presence of thousands of humanitarian workers, UN peace keepers and US troops, several local net users are criticising the fact that not all Haitians are receiving the same assistance.  

In these messages sent in via Twitter, the musician, Richard Morse, remarked indignantly that UN staff have avoided some districts of Port-au-Prince, the ‘red areas’, considered dangerous before the earthquake.

The same criticism comes from this young woman, a member of an ecology NGO in Haiti, in this report broadcast online by Democracy Now.  

According to this independent journalist, the reports broadcast by international media sources may have accentuated fears amongst humanitarian workers. But he asserts having seen no violence himself.

Haitian journalist, Carel Pedre posted on line a video seemingly showing Peace Keepers using pepper gas to manage a queue of people, who seemed in his opinion to be mainly calm. An attitude he criticises.

Finally this female blogger remarks that these snatches of information are difficult to verify. She declares that the messages testify to one thing: the difficulty to implement organisation.


Gathering on Saturday in Teheran, Mir Hussein Moussavi and Mehdi Karroubi, the two Iranian opposition leaders, urged supporters to protest on February 11 on the occasion of the 1979 revolution. They also denounced the execution of two opponents, which in their opinion was aimed at creating a climate of fear with the approach of this new day of mobilisation.

Their call was widely broadcast on reformist sites, where several videos, such as these are circulating. It combines images of recent protests against the current regime with those of the Islamic revolution which overthrew the Shah in ‘79.

So a new green wave may invade the streets of Iran, despite warnings from the authorities. The movement is being organised via the web. This site, for example invites net users to vote for their preferred itinerary for the February 11 march.

And several bloggers are inviting protesters to use this song as a mobile ring tone. The patriotic song, broadcast mainly during the Iran-Iraq war, encouraged many men to head to the front. Today it is being adopted by the opposition to call for mobilisation.

This reformist site urges protesters to revote symbolically on the day, by carrying pieces of green paper. Confetti representing their votes, which according to them, were ignored at last June’s Presidential elections.


Finding a video by typing the words spoken on it: this is the offer made by Voxalead, which indexes radio and TV programmes using words recorded in the commentary of the subject or by the people interviewed. A service which for the moment references mainly videos from news channels and which is principally available in French, English, Arabic and Chinese.  


The UK Government has just launched the site which aims to publish a significant amount of data and studies carried out by the state. The project currently lists 2,500 data bases, covering various sectors including statistics on alcohol related vehicle theft. A system drawing inspiration from those of other Anglo Saxon countries, such as the US, Australia and New Zealand.


How do you park you car when your garage is barely bigger than your car? Well just watch this video in which we see a Belgian motorist carrying out the exploit of parking his 1 metre 49 cm car in a space measuring 1 metre 55. The most impressive thing is doubtlessly his way of exiting the car once it is parked.


By Electron Libre



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