Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

To smack or not to smack?

Read more

DEBATE

Soft on Smacking? France slammed for not banning corporal punishment (part 2)

Read more

FOCUS

French Muslims refuse to be scapegoats for extremists

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Obama needs to provide real answers to Netanyahu's arguments'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Hollande: 'We have to tear voters away from the National Front'

Read more

FACE-OFF

French local elections: Far-right National Front in pole position

Read more

ENCORE!

Film Show: 'Citizen Four', 'The Circle' and 'Wolf Totem'

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Tangerine Dream: Afropolitan star Yemi Alade chats to FRANCE 24

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Iraq: Islamic State group's child soldiers

Read more

News seen on the web and about the web. From Monday to Friday at 8.20 am Paris time.

WEB NEWS

WEB NEWS

Latest update : 2011-09-19

Barack Obama launches "Attack Watch" website

The latest website from Barack Obama’s campaign team. Campaigners in Iran continue their fight to save lake Urmia. And Wikipedia is organizing a photo competition aimed at promoting Europe’s monuments.

Barack Obama launches "Attack Watch" website

With the 2012 presidential election looming, Barack Obama’s campaign team has launched a new web site called "Attack Watch", to challenge negative comments from Republicans about the US head of State.

And making the front page is an article refuting a recent statement by the governor for Texas, Rick Perry. During a televised debate, the White House hopeful had criticized Obama’s Federal Reserve Plan, claiming no jobs had been created. Attack Watch says that the stimulus did in fact create or save at least 1,3 million jobs.

This scheme is reminiscent of the "Fight the Smears" campaign launched during the 2008 Presidentials to address the rumours being spread about Barack Obama. A Twitter thread has also been set up so that democrat activists can report any attacks on their candidate, but Republican web users have seized the opportunity to make a mockery of the campaign.

This parody commercial for Attack Watch is currently doing the rounds on social networks. With its intimidating colours and design, conservatives have interpreted this campaign as encouragement to inform on others. Web user Brad Thor for example states that the Obama administration has become paranoid.

Miranda Sullivan from Examiner.com even compares it to the "Big Brother" character in George Orwell’s novel 1984. It would appear that all that Barack Obama has achieved with “Attack Watch” is to fire up Republican campaigners.

 

Iran: ongoing mobilization to save lake Urmia

These pictures are part of a campaign to save Lake Urmia, a vast salt water lake in northwestern Iran, which is gradually drying out. Local activists are hoping to convince the Tehran regime of the importance of preserving this lake, so as to avoid an economic and environmental disaster for the region.

Lake Urmia campaigners have turned to the web to raise awareness, and try to save the lake, while there is still time. A Facebook page has been set up and already has over 4 800 active members. A petition is also circulating online, calling upon the authorities to take immediate action. It has already gathered near to 3 500 signatures.

The Association for Defense of Political Prisoners in Iran, or ADAPP, is asking the international community for help in preventing a potential environmental catastrophe, which would have disastrous consequences for 13 Million locals. The organization is also calling upon the Iranian government to end its repression of protesters and engage in peaceful negotiations with them, in order to find a solution for this highly pressing problem.

The NGO "Human Rights Watch" has reported that hundreds of Iranians have been arrested in Lake Urmia protests in recent weeks, in various towns and cities across the country. But this does not appear to have put the protesters off. They continue to take to the streets on a regular basis, as we can see in this amateur video footage, filmed last week. We can also see that security forces had been deployed en mass to quash the protests.

 

Tumblr passes 10 billion posts

Things are looking good for micro blogging service Tumblr. According to a statement released by the company, it has now surpassed 10 billion total posts! This time last years it was at the 1 billion post mark and the figures keep rising for Tumblr, 36 million articles, photos or videos are posted on the social network every day.

 

Wiki Loves Monuments contest

The online encyclopaedia, Wikipedia, has launched the “Wiki loves monuments” contest aimed at promoting Europe’s historical monuments. Participants are asked to take photos of famous buildings or monuments and then upload them on to the Internet, as freely licensed images. Over 7 000 budding photographers have taken part so far and prizes include a helicopter trip and photography equipment.

 

Video of the day

Jorian Ponomareff is a veritable motorbike prodigy. In this video, the French rider gives a mind blowing demonstration of his skills, an array of incredible moves, where he and his bike become one.

 

 


 

By Electron Libre

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2015-03-04 Egypt

Egyptians mock IS group online

In this edition: Egyptian web users mock the Islamic State terror group; online support for a Canadian Muslim woman; and a skateboarding pussycat.

Read more

2015-03-03 USA

Facebook video shows LAPD shooting of homeless man

In this edition: the Los Angeles Police Department under scrutiny from American web users; Spanish students protest against changes to higher education degrees; and global ship...

Read more

2015-02-27 Venezuela

Venezuelan president accused of murdering students

In this edition: The Venezuelan president is accused of murdering students; Cameroonian web users rally behind the #StopBokoHaram campaign; and we step onto the ice with a pro...

Read more

2015-02-25 Mexico

Mexicans demand the government they deserve

In this edition: Mexicans demand the government they deserve; Indonesians unhappy with the Australian Prime Minister; and a revamped version of the Daft Punk hit "Get Lucky".

Read more

2015-02-24 Egypt

Egypt sentences blogger to five years in prison

In this edition: Egypt sentences a blogger to five years in prison; men wearing short skirts as they campaign for women's rights in Turkey; and wakeboarding in a drainage ditch,...

Read more