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Latest update : 2011-10-19

Deadly clashes in Egypt, rock and roll in Afghanistan and more...

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: EGYPT

We begin today in Egypt, post-Hosni Mubarak. The country is being run by the army, and will be until elections are held. There's growing frustration at the pace of reform, and that's boiled over into violence. It happened at a march by Coptic Christians. They say the generals aren't doing enough to stop attacks on their churches.

At the end of the night at least 24 people were dead. Our Observer was there, and could not believe he was seeing the same kind of repression that he'd seen during the revolution eight months ago. We head to Cairo, with our Observer, Khaled Hamdy.


STORY 2: AFGHANISTAN

Our next stop is Kabul, Afghanistan. It's been 10 years since the Taliban were kicked out, but the Afghan capital has remained a pretty conservative place. Only now is the city enjoying a rock festival - its first since 1975. Our Observers Pedram and Qasem are members of an Afghan death metal band. They say the festival was a way of getting back at the Taliban, who had banned all forms of music.

STORY 3: WORLD

Next up, a look at some of the images sent in this week by our Observers.

We begin in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand with Nuttaporn Surapitayanon. Thailand has been suffering some of the worst floods in its history, with more than 100 people killed.
Nuttaporn sent us these images of her parents' house after the rain. She's been holed up on the second floor of the house. She says there are dangerous animals all around.
A snake, for instance, swimming calmly through her garden. The water is now subsiding, she reports, and it's time for the cleanup.

Now to Deraa, in Syria, with our Observer, who uses the name Kalaswad. A video circulating on the Web claims to show soldiers in Deraa who have deserted from the Syrian army, singing an anti-regime song. But the video is fake. We showed it to Kalaswad. He confirmed it was shot in Deraa and even recognised one of the soldiers. He knows for sure that the soldier in question is still loyal to the regime of Bashar al Assad. The soldiers are actually singing a pro-Bashar song, but whoever posted it on YouTube switched the music. It's impossible to know whether he wanted to mislead people, but since our report, he's changed the posting to make it clear he added the music himself. It's a reminder to check everything that's posted online.

Finally, some more hard rock - classic Metallica courtesy of the Mini Band in England. The singer and guitarist are 8 years old; the drummer and bassist are 10.

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