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A show produced with photos, videos and personal accounts from our Observers around the world - all checked by our staff here in Paris. Saturday at 10.15 am Paris time.

Latest update : 2012-03-23

This week: Bloodbath in Iraq's camp Ashraf, army crackdown in Syria and risky art in Ukraine

This week, our Observers tell us about violent clashes between Iranian opposition activists and the Iraqi army, they witness the military crackdown on Syrian protesters, and comment a provocative art event in Ukraine.

Presentation: Lorena Galliot. Editorial team: Julien Pain, Ségolène Malterre, Sarra Grira, Peggy Bruguière.


Several thousand Iranian opposition activists, members of a group called the People’s Mujahedeen of Iran, have lived in a camp on Iraqi soil since 1965. The group was sheltered under Saddam Hussein’s rule, but the new Iraqi government, which has developed close ties with Tehran, now wants to get rid of these bothersome activists. Our Observer filmed violent clashes with Iraqi troops that happened in the camp on Friday, April 8.

Observer: Arman, in Camp Ashraf


The Syrian uprising was initially limited to two cities, Deraa and Latakia, but by mid-April it had spread across most of the country. Our Observer lives in a city that has recently come under siege by the Syrian army. He describes the situation.

Observer: Mohamed Abdallah, in Banias.


Our last Observer will tell us about a performance that landed one of his artist friends in jail. The young woman apparently crossed a red line when she fried an egg over an eternal flame comemorating fallen soldiers.

Observer: Dmytro Linko



2017-01-14 Burma

Burmese policemen abuse Rohingya in a video, and a Malian is deported from France in handcuffs

A video emerged of Rohingya attacked by Burmese policemen, a Malian was handcuffed on a plane and deported from France, and a controversial new song hit the airwaves in Saudi...

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2016-12-31 Afghanistan

The Best Of 2016 at The Observers

For our last show of 2016, we look back at our favourite Observers from the year. A weekly news show produced with photos, videos and personal accounts from France 24 Observers...

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2016-12-27 Burkina Faso

Round-up of migrants in Algeria, and militias in Burkina Faso replace police in crackdown on crime

Random, mass arrests of migrants have been taking place in Algeria; militias in Burkina Faso are replacing the role of police and imposing their own form of justice; and male...

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2016-12-10 Botswana

Painting eyes on cows' behinds and the group of young women fighting harassment in Mexico

A biologist has a funny idea for stopping lions from attacking herds of cows in Botswana, a group of young women walk through the streets of Mexico City armed with a GoPro to...

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2016-11-26 Greece

A racist attack in South Africa is exploited by political parties, and migrants describe the appalling conditions of camps in Greece

A weekly news show produced with photos, videos and personal accounts from France 24 Observers around the world - all checked by our staff here in Paris.

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