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Man accused of carrying out attacks in Norway had apparently been planning it for years

The man accused of carrying out the attacks in Oslo had apparently been planning it for years. A satirical comic strip parodying political life in Kosovo. Celebrities have been paying tribute to Amy Winehouse.

Norway attack suspect's online manifesto

Anders Behring Breivik posted this message on Twitter, 6 days before the double attack in Oslo: "One person with a belief is equal to the force of 100,000 who have only interests".

According to this 1 500 page manifesto, the main suspect in Norway’s twin terror attacks had been planning the operation since autumn 2009. In this document, which he finished writing just several hours before embarking on the shooting spree, he explains, amongst other things, how one can acquire fire arms and explosive ingredients.

He also says he used video games to practice shooting, but also to provide a cover for what he was planning. He wanted people to think he was addicted to playing online role play video games and that was why he was so detached from his friends and family.

This video sums up the ideological part of the manifesto written by the 32 year old, who police describe as a Christian fundamentalist. In the 12 minute film he pays tribute to the crusades of the Middle Ages, and attacks Marxism, Islam and multiculturalism. 14

He also shared his views on this political debating site. He used to be a member of the Progress Party, and said he was disappointed with the policies advocated by Norway’s right wing populist party.

 

Political satire in Kosovo

« The Pimpsons » is a series currently enjoying huge success on social networks in Kosovo. Kosovar artist and advertising executive Fisnik Ismaeli has parodied the characters from famous American cartoon series “The Simpsons”, and turned them into recognizable figures from the young Republic, which became an independent state on February 17th 2008.

The artist launched the satirical series, known as the “Kosovar reality show” on the 13th of April. He has now posted over 80 editions online and says they have been viewed over 5 million times. The series’ Facebook page now has over 16 000 fans.

The artist feels there were high hopes for the state when it became independent over 3 years ago and the politicians have failed the people. Fisnik feels this political class is selling out Kosovo to foreign powers. The main character in the series and leader of the pack, is based on Christopher Dell, the US Ambassador to the Republic of Kosovo, whose interference in internal affairs annoys the artist.

In April in fact, with the country plunged in a deep political crisis, it was the ambassador who negotiated a compromise between the ruling coalition and the opposition. The agreement led to the election of the current president, Atifete Jahjaga a high ranking official of the police force, who most people had never heard of. Many Kosovars share the artist’s disgust with these political interventions. Fisnik Ismaeli had also designed this sculpture in Pristina, a symbol of optimism for the newly independent Kosovo. 

Stars pay tribute to Amy Winehouse

 

Rihanna, Brian Adams, Lily Allen, Kelly Osbourne and also Ricky Martin… Tributes have been pouring onto Twitter, paying tribute to British singer Amy Winehouse who was found dead in her London flat on Saturday. Some celebrities, like Moby have been saying they wish they could have done more to help the singer overcome her addictions to drugs and alcohol.

Un parc d’attractions relié au web/ Splash your water park photos onto Facebook
If you want some souvenir shots of your day out in this water park, you no longer need to bring your camera, because the Great Wolf Lodge in the state of Washington now takes care of that for you. Visitors to the park can purchase an electronic wristband which they can scan at different digital camera locations in the park. The souvenir photo is then immediately uploaded to the person’s Facebook profile.

 

Video of the day

The latest online craze is cone-ing! it involves ordering an ice cream at a drive through restaurant and then grabbing hold of the ice cream, rather than the cone when served. Australian man Alki Stevens claims to have invented this new trend, which seems to be enjoying growing success online. Millions of web users have watched his exploits, and now cone-ing videos from all over the world are appearing online.
 

By Electron Libre

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