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A new dawn for Egypt

Egyptians share their expectations in the wake of Hosni Mubarak’s resignation. In Yemen, president Saleh’s opponents are trying to make their voices heard. And an American footballer has posted a video of his sporting exploits online.

A new dawn for Egypt

Since Hosni Mubarak stepped down from power, there is an ongoing euphoric feel on the Egyptian web. This video clip by musician Amir Eid was filmed over the past few days amongst the crowds of protesters at Square Tahrir and is currently circulating on the local web. The song is called “The sound of Freedom” and pays tribute to the protesters’ determination during the anti-government mobilization.

And on Saturday and Sunday, after celebrating the ousting of the President, the demonstrators turned their attention to cleaning up Tahrir Square, which has been at the centre of the action over the past 18 days. An army of volunteers swept the streets, scrubbed statues and replaced paving stones, as if to symbolize the dawning of a new era.

Bloggers are stating nonetheless that the cleanup operation is not quite finished within the political class. Some, like Mahmoud Salem and Wael Abbas, remain cautious over the army and believe it could be planning to seize power.

Journalist Hani Shukrallah does not share the same concern, and is convinced the army will keep its promises. Draw up a new constitution, found a political party to represent the youth and also create independent trade unions. On the site Ahram online, he lists the measures that, in his opinion, need to be taken immediately in order to guarantee the transition towards civilian rule.

Many web users are now turning their thoughts towards the construction of a new Egypt. And an online forum has been set up to structure debates, so that citizens can put forward their suggestions and then vote for the best ones.

 

Protests in Yemen

As international public opinion is currently focused on the situation in Tunisia and Egypt, the Yemeni opposition is trying to ride the wave of revolution sweeping through the Arab world to force President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who took power 32 years ago, to step down. The authorities appear to be determined to contain this uprising as quickly as possible.

Rallies took place on Friday night and on Saturday and Sunday in several cities across the country: in Taiz, in South-western Yemen and also in the capital Sanaa, as we see in these images available online. They were originally organized to celebrate the fall of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, but the rallies quickly turned into anti-government protests, with demonstrators calling upon President Saleh to resign and demanding immediate political change.

But it would seem the authorities are using force to repress this protest movement. Numerous Twitter users are mentioning the violence used by security forces towards demonstrators, many of whom have allegedly been arrested by the authorities. Some even claim the police have opened fire on protesters, notably in Sanaa.

NGO Human Rights Watch deplores the situation, and denounces the violence here. The organization states that it is not just the police using violence and says that on several occasions, demonstrators have been confronted by pro-government gangs carrying clubs, axes, and also daggers.

And in view of this repression, the country’s web users fear the Internet will soon be censored. Some are already explaining how to bypass such measures, by using “Speak to tweet” in particular. This service was set up for Egypt by Google and can be used to leave messages on the Internet by using a telephone voice connection.

 

Happycow.net

Specialist site Happycow.net will help you find a vegetarian restaurant in your neighbourhood or at the other ends of the earth … It is a guide that catalogues all the vegetarian and vegan establishments across the globe as well as providing a host of recipe ideas. This site is sure to be a hit with meat free fans everywhere.

 

Ads vs. reality

The aim of the site "Photos non contractuelles" is to compare the photos shown on food packaging to what you actually get on your plate. Dozens of shots are available on the site, illustrating the most obvious differences between the ads and reality. It’s an interesting project but will probably make quite a few web users lose their appetite.

 

Video of the day

Johnny McEntee is the quarterback for Connecticut University American football team and has decided to show off his talent and technique in this video. The young sportsman pulls off a series of impossible throws with ridiculous ease. It remains to be seen if this video has been edited and if so, how many attempts were necessary for each throw.

 

By Electron Libre

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