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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 : 2011-08-31

Syrian army cracks down on protesters after a UN visit, and criminal 'flash robs' inspired by 'flash mobs'

This show is made up entirely of amateur images. We've seen time and time again how images captured by ordinary citizens then uploaded onto the Web can change history, or at least shift the balance of power. This week, we take a look back at some of those moments.

STORY 1: SYRIA

We begin this show with the popular uprisings in Syria - and the brutal repression they've faced for going on 6 months now. According to President Bashar al Assad, the repression is over. That's what he told the head of the United Nations, so the UN sent a team to check it out. They went to Homs, one of the epicenters of the unrest. But the moment they left, the killing resumed. Our Observer was there.

We go to Homs, in western Syria, with our Observer, who uses the pseudonym Abou Maymouneh.

STORY 2: USA

Next up is a story about flash mobs - or what you could call the dark side of flash mobs, when people get together not just to dance in Grand Central Station or have a pillow fight, but to commit crime.

We head to Germantown, in the US state Maryland, with Jorge Ribas, head of the local Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

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