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Yemen protests continue despite crackdown

Popular protests continue in Yemen despite crackdown by the authorities. The use of spyware by the German authorities causes controversy in the country. And a site pinpoints pretty girls wandering around New York museums.

Yemen protests continue despite crackdown

A bloody week-end in Yemen. On Sunday, government forces opened fire in the capital, Sana on protesters calling for the departure of President Ali Abdallah Saleh, who has been in power for thirty three years. The day before, a similar gathering was dispersed as shown by this amateur video diffused on the net by Yemeni activists.

The repression does not seem to be discouraging the opposition. In this sequence, thought to have been filmed on Saturday, protesters dance while bullets rain down around them.

On social networks, images taken in a field hospital set up by protesters denounce this violence; thought to have killed at least twenty in two days. Among the victims, Abdul Rahman al-Shami who left his will in his pocket just
in case, and in which he encourages his compatriots to continue fighting.

And the opposition is now calling on the international community to end the bloody repression which is ravaging the country. In this video, created as part of the ‘Support Yemen’ campaign, young activists express their predicament
and urge net users around the world to support their revolution.


German government under fire over controversial spyware

The German government is at the centre of a fierce debate following revelations on Saturday about police use in several German regions, of spyware to monitor and control computers on which it is installed. A discovery generating many reactions on the local web.

The Chaos Computer Club, a German hacker organisation explains that following analysis of the spyware, it seems it is a ‘Trojan Horse’: an illegal IT programme according to members of the organisation, as it allows not only to listen to phone conversations via Internet, but also to allow authorities to read sent and received emails on the computer, or to activate a microphone or a webcam to see and hear what the user is saying in the room.

A simply intolerable situation for this member of the German Pirate Party. For him those in charge of this illegal spying must resign and be held responsible, starting with Joachim Hermann the Bavarian Interior Minister, who admitted that the software was developed in 2009 by his regional police force.

And faced with these revelations net users are rallying to ensure their rights are respected. An online petition has appeared encouraging authorities to stop using spyware and to open an official inquiry to understand the reason for this loss of control. A petition signed by over fifty four thousand Germans, in only a few days.

Meanwhile, videos are flooding in on share sites to explain how to rid yourself of the pesky programme or warning net users that the ‘Internet Explorer’ browser is more vulnerable to the virus than others; such as in this video created by members of Anonymous.


My Holy Smoke

The US site ‘My Holy Smoke’ offers a particularly unusual service to net users as it proposes to insert the ashes of a deceased loved one in ammunition for pistols or guns. Those interested can purchase 250 of these unique bullets for 850 dollars. A surprising service which could appeal to fire arms fans.


Babes at the museum

The creators of the ‘Babes at the museum’ blog decided to team up two of their passions on their site: museums and pretty girls. They take pictures (with authorisation of course) of all the women they spot in museums and art exhibitions in New York and suggest they go online to see the snaps. A wacky initiative which is sure to encourage many men to head more frequently to the Big Apple’s museums.


Video of the day

Make net users feel like they are participating in a parachute jump from the roof of a hotel: this is the idea hatched by 3 base-jumping enthusiasts who filmed their exploit for which they first needed to climb 160 metres up the external staircase of the building, before throwing themselves off, and landing in the centre of Benidorm in Spain.

By Electron Libre




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