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Jihad Jane accused of terrorism

An American woman accused of organizing a terrorist plot online The web prepares to commemorate the first anniversary of the death in prison of an Iranian blogger. And British scientists are asking web users to spot solar storms.

 

« JIHAD JANE » AN AMERICAN WOMAN ACCUSED OF TERRORISM
Colleen La Rose called herself Jihad Jane or Fatima Rose on the Internet. And this suburban Philadelphia woman has now been charged with supporting a terrorist plot. She is accused of using the web to recruit Jihadist fighters, and plotting the murder of Lars Vilks, the Swedish artist behind a highly controversial cartoon of the prophet Mohammed.
According to the bill of indictment, this 46 year old Islam convert posted a video on Youtube in 2008, declaring she would like to do something to help suffering Muslims. She was contacted, via the web, by Jihadists who persuaded her to use her blond hair-blue eyed appearance to carry out a murder in Sweden.
 
Colleen LaRose was extremely active online. She made regular contributions to this English speaking extremist site, and frequented this Jihadist forum. She was notably behind this message appealing to the Taliban in Afghanistan to execute an American soldier captured last July.
And for several years, Jihad Jane had been under scrutiny from cyber activists who campaign against Islamic propaganda on the Internet. They had some involvement in the closing of her YouTube accounts.
 
But they note that her account is still accessible on this other sharing site. She did not post any of her own videos, but chose dozens of propaganda clips translated into English and French, aimed at recruiting activists in the West.
 
IRAN: MARCH 18
Iranian blogger and journalist Omid Reza Mir Sayafi died in Evin prison, Tehran in March 2009. The March 18th movement was created to condemn this tragedy. As the first anniversary of Omid’s death approaches, activists are mobilising online.
On their web site, they say they want the 18th of March to be a day for commemorating the risks taken by bloggers around the world to tell their stories.
 
On the movement’s blog there is a series of posts concerning freedom of expression. This web user denounces censorship which more often than not turns into tyranny.
 
And many photos have been sent in from Iranians in support of the movement and are available to view on the site. This man photographed himself holding a sign. The message : having an opinion is not a crime.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/or318/
 
Several videos calling for mobilisation have been posted on YouTube. This one is reminding us that the movement was created to avoid a tragedy like this happening again.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jk8duTXo6Ls
 
And finally this clip explains in practical terms the best way to take action: write, take photographs, film or even tweet relentlessly.
 
Buy Yourself a Blogger
On March the 4th, the "Buy Yourself a Blogger” campaign kicked off in Poland. Four leading marketing and advertising bloggers are auctioning away a 4 hour workshop, which they will conduct together on new media and marketing. The aim is to raise money for Paula Pruska, who won the ‘Polish Blog of 2009” prize. Paula suffers from a rare form of lung cancer and uses her online journal to fight for this cause.
 
SOLAR STORM WATCH

Scientists need our help to protect earth by monitoring solar activity. On this web site, the Royal Observatory Greenwich in London invites web users to help solar scientists’ spot explosions on the sun’s surface. These magnetic storms come with violent solar winds which sweep through the galaxy. And when a storm like this reaches our planet, it could disturb electrical transmissions on earth, which would have disastrous consequences.
 
VIDEO OF THE DAY
Marion Cotillard wants you to look her in the eyes. In this satirical video made by the site Funny or Die, the French actress is plugging a pair of false breasts which stick to the forehead. It’s an offbeat way to denounce sexual harassment in the workplace.
 
 
 
 

 

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