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Libya: underground activists try to resist in Tripoli

Underground anti-Gaddafi activists at work in the Libyan capital. The Maldives rocked by an anti-government protest movement. And one website has drawn up a list of the most expensive domain names of all time.

Libya: underground activists try to resist in Tripoli

In this video which is thought to have been filmed in Tripoli, young activists are preparing pamphlets bearing the colours of the Libyan revolution to distribute to people in the capital. The city is still under Colonel Gaddafi’s control, but despite the repression the opposition has not given up and is carrying out acts of protest there on a regular basis, sometimes underground.

This blog which is written by cyber activists based in the capital is relaying news of these operations. These challenges to the regime prove that certain Tripoli natives remain hopeful their city will end up under rebel control.

As this amateur footage shows, activists attached the rebels’ flag to pigeons which were then set free in the capital. In a phone call to an opposition site, one resident says that security forces wasted no time in gunning down the birds.

Several days later, activists made a red, black and green revolution flag as well as a banner paying tribute to victims of the repression. They were then hung above the Al-Nasr Road. This was a tactical choice of location as the road is near to the local state television station.

And certain armed opposition members are reportedly carrying out night time attacks on the Libyan army. This video is said to have been filmed by a sniper who pledged allegiance to the revolution before shooting down a man in what is presented as an attack on a loyalist soldiers’ checkpoint.

 

Tensions in Maldives

Tensions in the Maldives have been at their height for over a week now. As these images show, thousands of protesters gather in the streets of the capital, Malé, on a daily basis, demanding President Mohamed Nasheed’s resignation and denouncing the rising prices of basic food products. 

These anti-government rallies have been marred by numerous clashes between security forces and protesters. In these YouTube videos, we see protesters and police involved in particularly tense confrontations, leading to numerous arrests. These images also indicate that the authorities have been using tear gas to disperse demonstrators.

This violent situation leads Twitter user Epic Loser to fear the worst, he says his country is quite simply on the verge of anarchy. He also says that gangsters have reportedly joined the protesters and are thought to be largely responsible for the current chaos.

The authorities have decided in turn to take action against this opposition movement. As we can see in this video filmed in Malé last week, the government and government supporters have also organized rallies, in support of President Nasheed.

And for local blogger Hasan Himly, the head of state’s supporters and detractors must put an end to these clashes as soon as possible, for the good of the country. He says protesting is not the way to revive the economy of the Maldives, and that pro-government demonstrators are not achieving anything either by protesting against the protesters.

 

The most expensive domain names of all time

The site "Business Insider" has drawn up a list of the twenty most expensive domain names of all time. And it comes as no surprise that the sex industry monopolizes the top of the list with two of the top three. "Sex.com" comes in first place with a sales price of 13 million dollars and "Porn.com" comes in third position.


Interactive night sky map

Nick Risinger, a 28 year old American astronomy enthusiast, travelled near to 100 000 kilometers across the US and South Africa to create the largest ever night sky map, available to view on the site "Sky Survey". He used 6 different professional cameras for this project and took between 20 and 70 shots each night. 37 000 photographs were taken in total and then brought together to make one single interactive 360 degree picture.

 

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Snowmobiles are very practical for travelling across mountains and getting up steep slopes. But can prove to be dangerous if the pilot does know how to handle them. Well, this is what this video suggests, we see a rider lose control and then fall down the mountain brutally and backwards, narrowly missing a collision with his snowmobile.

 


 

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