The trial of Hosni Mubarak has opened in Cairo - we look at reactions online. A group of American millionaires is asking to pay higher taxes. And the streets of New York, as seen from underneath a skateboard.
Hosni Mubarak on trial
The trial against ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak began in Cairo on Wednesday and has now been adjourned until 15 August. The former ruler faces charges of murder and corruption, less than six months after the fall of his regime. This is a historic trial for the people of Egypt, and is generating a great deal of online commentary.
On hashtag Mubarak Trial, Twitter users are sharing information and thoughts on the court proceedings, in real time: their opinions of the accused and also their views on the trial itself.
Some are delighted the former dictator has finally been brought to justice in his country, whilst others are feeling sorry for him.
And these feelings of sympathy towards Hosni Mubarak can also be seen in the streets of Cairo. A number of web users have uploaded photos like these ones, of the dozens of supporters of the ousted president who gathered in the Egyptian capital on Wednesday morning. They were met with a much larger crowd of opponents of the former head of state, who were demanding an exemplary punishment for him, some, like this man who is holding a noose even called for the death penalty …
To avoid any potential confrontations between Mubarak’s supporters and detractors, security forces were deployed en masse by the Egyptian authorities, as we can see in these images currently circulating online. This did not stop a few clashes breaking out however, as we can see in these amateur photos which were posted online Wednesday morning.
The Patriotic Millionaires want to pay more taxes
« Tax me, Tax me, Tax me….because my country, our country means more than my money »
Over 200 American millionaires have made this heartfelt appeal to President Obama and the US Congress. The request was initially made several weeks ago, but is now more relevant than ever as a compromise to raise the US debt limit, without raising taxes, has been agreed in Washington.
The Patriotic Millionaires, as they call themselves, have been spreading their message online, saying they want to pay more taxes to help the US economy recovery and improve the country’s fiscal health. It’s their way of showing their gratitude to the country which helped them become rich and also to contribute to the durability of the system which made this possible.
The initiative is led by two organizations that campaign for American tax reforms: « The Agenda Project » and « Wealth for Common Good », which recently launched an online petition to increase millionaire’s tax rates. Objective: generate 78 billion dollars of extra income to reinvest in the public domain.
The campaign for greater taxation on the country’s richest households is gaining ground on the web. The group “« Rebuild the American Dream » says that the current system threatens the American dream, and must be reformed: to make it fairer for all, and to give hope to those that can no longer make ends meet.
Google strikes deal with French publisher Hachette
Hachette has given Google the go ahead to digitize out of print books from its catalogue. France’s biggest book publisher and the American giant have struck a deal to publish works on Google Books, giving web users the option to buy the paperback version. This is the first agreement of its kind in France, and applies to over 40 000 books.
Badly stuffed animals
This is what happens when taxidermy goes wrong … British daily “The Daily Mail” has rounded up the worst cases on its web site. There’s a leopard in a state of shock, a cat which looks like an owl, a wolf with a squint, to name but a few … you can also visit this house of horrors on the Facebook page « Badly stuffed animals ».
Video of the day
The people behind this video, which is currently doing the rounds on sharing sites, placed a tiny camera underneath a skateboard, and then sped through the streets of New York: an original and novel way of visiting the Big Apple.