Children also have their part to play in the Libyan revolution. American citizens inspired by the death of Osama Bin Laden. And web users can express their solidarity with victims of the Marrakech bomb attack online.
Kids and the Libyan revolution
One of the things young boys in Benghazi like to do the most is play « revolutions » with plastic machine guns. This appears to be what’s happening in this video available to view on the website ‘Alive in Libya’, and filmed in the rebel stronghold. The schools here have been closed for over two months now and children are doing what they can to keep busy.
Which is why one group of children has put together a play to amuse the younger children. Most of them are suffering from boredom, and most parents have forbidden their sons and daughters from going out, as they feel the streets of Benghazi are still unsafe. These initiatives are aimed at boosting children’s’ morale, as some have been left traumatized by the fighting in the country.
Children have not been spared from the violence between rebels and Colonel Gaddafi’s troops. According to reports from Libyan cyber activists, these images were filmed in a hospital where a little girl was having a bullet removed from her leg.
Children have also taken part in rallies against the Tripoli regime. In this video, we see an anti-Gaddafi demonstration which took place in Benghazi last month. We can see that many boys and girls were present, denouncing amongst other things, the loyalist troops’ siege of Misrata.
Ali is thirteen years old and has decided to get involved on a daily basis, by volunteering for the emergency services. He only undertakes simple tasks, but his help is very welcome as hospitals across the country are severely lacking staff.
Bin Laden’s death inspires web users
The announcement of Bin Laden’s death has triggered a strong wave of emotion across the United States and on the net in particular, where web users are having a field day celebrating what they consider to be a victory for freedom, and mocking the man who was for a long time the world’s most wanted person.
Over the past few days, there has been a boom of photo shopped images of Bin Laden on specialist sites like "Know your meme". In some of these wacky photos, web users are hailing the “hide and seek” playing talents of the former leader of the terrorist network Al Qaeda. Others have uploaded a property ad for the house in Pakistan where Bin Laden was living. The building is resented as an exceptional asset on sale for 30 000 dollars. And numerous photomontages paying tribute to Barack Obama have also been uploaded, portraying him as the man who brought down the public enemy number one.
And parodies are also dominating social networks. As soon as Bin Laden’s death was announced, numerous Facebook groups, like this one, were set up. This group states, with photos to back up their theory, that the terrorist is not dead and is spending time with the rapper 2Pac who died in 1996.
This hype surrounding the death of the Al Qaeda chief is proving to be a blessing for pirates and other online crooks. According to this computer virus expert, there are currently numerous online scams in action; he explains that when web users click on certain images or videos of Bin Laden available on search engines, they are redirected to dubious web sites.
A picture for Marrakech
As a way of expressing their solidarity with victims of the bomb attack in Marrakech as well as the city’s residents, Moroccan bloggers have set up this web page to collect messages of support in the form of photos, from web users all over the world. From Lebanon to the US, and also France, dozens of shots have already been posted on the site, all carrying the same message "I Love Marrakech".
Soviet films on YouTube
Fifty or so of the most famous soviet classics made by Mosfilm studios are now available to watch on YouTube, in their original version with subtitles. Each week five new films will be added to the batch. Numerous cult films are already available, like « White sun of the desert », a soviet « eastern » which follows the adventures of a soviet soldier. During the soviet era, Mosfilm was one of the largest film studios in the world, the authorities considered film to be an essential propaganda tool for both at home and abroad.
Video of the day
A flipbook made with rubber balloons lined up on a 200 meter long track. This is how a famous International music channel is celebrating 21 years in Brazil. 600 balloons were required for this impressive project.