International support for the Egyptian protest movement is growing. In the Philippines, the debate on mandatory SIM card registration leaves web users divided. And the Museum of the City of New York releases thousands of images on its web site.
Worldwide protests in support of Egypt
The situation in Egypt remains tense as anti-government demonstrations across the country continue to draw thousands of protestors. The authorities are trying, with great difficulty to control the demonstrators who can now depend on the support of many citizens across the globe.
The Egyptian community abroad seems intent on joining the mobilization for change in the country’s political system. As these images illustrate, several hundred demonstrators gathered in Los Angeles, California, this weekend, to show their support for the Egyptian protest movement. Demonstrators notably chanted slogans demanding greater freedom for the people of Egypt and for President Hosni Mubarak to step down.
Protestors in New York City gathered outside the UN headquarters, singing the Egyptian national anthem to express their frustration with Mubarak’s policies and demonstrate that the entire population is hoping for reform.
And similar rallies were organized across the globe by Egyptian expatriates. Numerous videos and other images are circulating on sharing sites and show the thousands of demonstrators gathered in London in the UK, in Barcelona, Spain and also in Lebanon.
This huge international mobilization could well continue until the political situation in Egypt changes. This is what NGO Amnesty International is hoping for in any case, and is using its blog to encourage web users to continue the support rallies and also to contact their Egyptian ambassadors , asking the authorities to control the security forces’ handling of protestors.
Philippines: mandatory SIM card registration debate
Should the registration of cellphone SIM cards become mandatory? The debate has been revived in the Philippines following last Tuesday’s bus bomb attack in the capital Manila. Five people were killed when a homemade bomb exploded, set off by a mobile phone. A proposed bill to identify every owner of a prepaid SIM card has been put back on the agenda. Objective: fight terrorism and crime. The bill had left local web users divided.
Blogger Jadestone explains he was the target of a smear campaign run via anonymous SMS. He hails this initiative and stresses that it could it act as a deterrent for potential criminals. He adds that there is nothing shocking about this sort of legislation as it already exists in many other countries.
Francis Tan, a journalist for the site The Next Web, also thinks it will be a step forward. He does say however that if this bill is adopted it will not be a miracle cure against terrorism and will even be very difficult to set up in a country where 80 million SIM cards are already in circulation.
Tonyo Cruz expresses a similar sentiment on the site Asian correspondent. He also emphasizes that the theft, trafficking and even cloning of SIM cards will allow criminals to get round this system relatively easily.
For anonymous blogger Blue Pax meanwhile, it is nothing more than a privacy infringement. He mentions the corruption that currently reigns in the country’s public institutions and expresses his concerns about how the authorities could use the data collected through the mandatory registration.
Museum of the City of New York
50 000 photos from 1880 to present day, immersing you in the history of New York : The Museum of the City of New York is currently digitizing its archives and has released thousands of images on its web site, which can be viewed by period, or by neighborhood. It is not just a succession of images of buildings, retracing the city’s architectural development; there are many photos illustrating the everyday life of New Yorkers across the decades.
Searching for a hero
French sailor Maud Fontenoy and mountain climber Arian Lemal, both support environmental causes. Fontenoy has become involved in protecting the oceans and Lemal climbs the world’s highest summit to clear up debris left by other mountaineers. Their combat is the subject of the first episode of “En quête de héros” meaning “in search of a hero”, a web documentary launched by MSN and which each week focuses on two people, famous or otherwise, who are committed to making the world a better place.
Video of the day
Fly over Canada’s British Colombia in a helicopter and admire its impressive natural landscapes, mountains and forest, with a panoramic view: this is what NorthStudio360 is offering in this video, filmed for promotional purposes for this Canadian province. The clip is available on the site nimmobay.com and comes with a second video, which is interactive and gives web users the chance to take a 360 ° visit of British Colombia.