The American blogosphere comments on the growing power of the Tea Party Movement. An online campaign has been launched in support of soldier Bradley Manning. And the Chinese authorities open a ‘direct line’ to the government
TEA PARTY MOVEMENT GAINS POWER
In the United States, the ultra-conservative Tea party Movement appears to be stronger than ever as November’s mid-term elections draw nearer. The latest victory is Christine O’Donnell winning the Republican nomination for Senate in Delaware. The movement’s growing power is receiving much commentary online.
This journalist blogger says that the rising popularity of this ultra-conservative movement is a source of concern for moderate Republicans; in order to survive politically and to avoid being seen by some republican voters as too conciliatory with Barack Obama they would be forced to align themselves to the sometimes extreme positions of members of the Tea Party.
This web user thinks that by winning several primaries, members of the Tea Party are sending a clear message: a republican victory at the mid-term elections can only happen with the help of the ultra-conservatives.
The situation could end up benefiting the Democrats, as this political analyst from the Wall Street Journal explains. He thinks moderate republican voters could turn towards Obama’s party to make their rejection of over radical positions known.
Meanwhile, Tea Party Movement enthusiasts continue their online campaign. Several sites like these ones are asking citizens to fight to uphold the country’s traditional values. And to prove the ultra-conservative movement is in it for the long term, a song has been created by supporters. It’s called “We Ain’t Going Away”.
FREE BRADLEY MANNING CAMPAIGN
Save soldier Manning. A web 2.0 campaign was launched on Thursday in support of this American soldier who has been in prison since the end of May. If he is found guilty, Bradley Manning could be sentenced to up to 52 years in prison.
He is accused of supplying web site Wikileaks with footage from a US army helicopter in Iraq. The video, called “Collateral Murder”, shows a military operation where a dozen or so civilians, including two employees from press agency Reuters, were killed during a helicopter attack.
Manning is considered by the Pentagon to be a “person of interest » in this affair where last July, thousands of pages of documents were posted online, leaking inside stories of the war in Afghanistan between the years of 2004 and 2009.
On the site Free Bradley, Manning’s supporters say he does not deserve to go to jail. They believe that if he is convicted, he will be a hero.
The site offers a list of useful things to do to campaign for this young soldier’s freedom like circulating news concerning Bradley Manning via Twitter, or by spreading images across the web.
American film maker Michael Moore broadcast Thursday’s main pro-manning demonstration live on his web site. He thinks the US army is showing itself to be extremely hypocritical by saying the publication of these documents put the lives of Afghan informers’ in danger.
But one of the main demands made by Manning’s supporters is that his trial must be public.
Meanwhile, the fundraising efforts have already enabled Manning to choose a lawyer. Another day of action is planned for the 19th of September.
CHINA : A ‘DIRECT LINE’ TO GOVERNMENT
In an unusual gesture of openness, the Chinese government has launched a web site that promises to send citizens messages to the government. Web users can write directly to top government leaders including President Hu Jintao. The official discussion forum was launched last week and near to 50 000 messages have already flooded in: some of which approach subjects like freedom of speech, or collusion and corruption in China. It is a first. Although it appears there is some control over it.
Alejo Malia has imagined what the world would look like if the Google Maps icons were real. The young Spanish artist has posted photos of his paintings online that represent the site’s symbols and icons. Huge logos will without a doubt help people find places more easily. These creations are grouped under the theme “Google’s World” and can be seen on his Flickr page.
VIDEO OF THE DAY
Some jobs are more dangerous than others. This video shows a radio tower repair man climbing to a height of 518 meters … without a harness. These are spectacular images, but vertigo sufferers are advised to look away …