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Bloggers give their take on the suspension of the electoral process in Ivory Coast

In this edition : The Ivorian blogosphere comments on the suspension of the electoral process; The debate on the adoption of Haitian children is raging on the web; And a flipbook retracing the history of the world in several minutes.

 

IVORY COAST GOVERNMENT DISSOLVED
 
The Electoral process in Ivory Coast has been suspended. The president, Laurent Gbagbo dissolved government and the independent electoral commission on Friday. The opposition believes the government has staged a coup and is calling for its supporters to protest against this decision.
 
The crisis developed following a row over the preparation of voter lists ahead of the presidential elections initially due to take place in several weeks. Robert Mambé, head of the dissolved commission was accused of fraud by the Ivory Coast president, and has been defending himself on the Internet in particular. For the sake of transparency, he put the electoral lists on line so that anyone and everyone could check them.
 
The opposition believes these accusations to be unfounded. This blogger says that Laurent Gbagbo is doing everything in his power to delay the ballot that he is not sure to win.
 
« Gbagbo’s team and Gbagbo himself are afraid of organizing elections in Ivory Coast because they know that if they do, if they organize an election today in Ivory Coast, they are certain they will lose”
 
The Ivory Coast president can count on the support of many web users however who have visited his Facebook page to show their approval of his decision.
 
But in the meantime, the population is becoming impatient. In these street interviews, made by an Internet site, Ivorians tell of their concern for the country’s political situation.
 
« I must say that I am really worried because I thought that we were already out of the woods with the lists which had already been published. And this situation is really very worrying because we don’t really know what’s happening. »
 
HAITI CHILDREN AND ADOPTION
 
UNICEF has confirmed it. Haiti is going through the worst child protection crisis ever due to the huge number of orphans and children separated from their parents. One month after the earthquake, the debate over what is to happen to the children, and adoption is particular, is raging on the web.
 
In this video, a report which was filmed over the days following the disaster, we hear accounts from 2 people in charge of Haitian orphanages. One of them talks of their frustration with the sudden interest in Haitian children.
 
« I receive hundreds of requests from all different nationalities. I do not even reply to these emails. I want everyone to hear me. I will not accept requests for adoption after the catastrophe. »
 
This woman, in another orphanage thinks that the children must be taken quickly.
 
“Now, it’s for humanitarian reasons. We get the children, they are taken away, and we sort out the paperwork afterwards”.
 
But many are concerned over the conditions of adoption in the country. On this blog, this American who specializes in the subject says that the humanitarian workers must be given time to find the families of these children, and not to send them far away when they have just suffered such trauma.
 
This blogger does not think that the adoptive families are necessarily prepared to deal with such trauma. He suggests that if some are adopted because their parents cannot take care of the, the United States should take in the families rather than just the children.
 
MEASURING RADIOACTIVITY
 
Are your immediate surroundings radioactive? This website launched by the Nuclear safety Authority and the French Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety Institute provides web users with a map detailing measures of radioactivity in the atmosphere. All parts of the environment have been measured : soil, water, air, food. Some 140 000 samples have already been taken, and each month 15 000 measurements will be added.
 
 
WWII ON GOOGLE EARTH
 
Google earth is trying to take us back in time. The service is now showing shots from European towns during the Second World War. From the Warsaw ghetto to the bomb craters in berlin, web users can see for themselves how widespread the damage caused by the war was. Photos taken between 1935 and 1945 by the American army show 39 towns ravaged by the conflict.
 
VIDEO OF THE DAY
 
A flipbook, retracing the history of the World from the big bang to the arrival of man as well as from when dinosaurs ruled the earth …. This is what Jamie Bell, a young British graphic designer has on offer in this video. An impressive animation which took around 3 weeks to complete and required over 2100 pieces of paper.
 

 

By FRANCE 24

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