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Threat of Libya arms proliferation

Concern over the proliferation of arms in Libya. Men growing moustaches for prostate cancer throughout the month of November. And a paraglider crashes with an eagle over the Indian Himalayas.

Threat of Libya arms proliferation

Empty ammunition boxes strewn across the floor… These photos were taken by the journalist Anissa Naouai in Tripoli last week. Weapons and ammunition which used to belong to Gaddafi’s army has now gone missing. The National Transitional Council of Libya is highly concerned and is urging the people of Libya to hand in any weapons in their possession.

Objective: disarm the country after 8 months of unrest and civil war. But as this video, which was uploaded online by NATO illustrates assault rifles are still common place in the streets of the Libyan capital. Many, like mechanic Osama Omar Alwani, say they want to hold on to their weapons until some sort of stability has been restored to Libya.

The international community fears that heavy weapons will fall into the wrong hands. Depots have been left unguarded, like here in Sirte where researchers for Human Rights Watch inspected two unsecured hangars on the 22nd of October. They found empty crates which used to hold thirty or so SA-24; surface to air missiles made by Russia, which are powerful enough to bring down a civilian plane.

The looting means that all sorts of weapons, are making their across the country. Sam Benshimon has written on the site “Sahel intelligence” that mercenaries from Mali, who were employed by Gaddafi, have gone home, taking weapons from Libya with them. The former lieutenant for the Israeli army says these well-armed soldiers will be ideal recruits for the Maghreb branch of al-Qaeda.


Movember: fighting prostate cancer with mustaches

In November, grow a moustache for charity … this is what the « Movember » movement is all about. The aim is to raise awareness about prostate cancer, the most common cancer in men, and raise money to help fund research into this illness.

As the official « Movember » web site explains, the idea was largely inspired by the breast cancer awareness campaigns on the Internet over the past few years. The aim is for the moustache to become the universal symbol for the fight against prostate cancer, as the pink ribbon has become for breast cancer.

The campaign has the support of certain web giants, starting with Google. The Mountain View Firm has posted this video online to present the “Movember” operation and encourage men to grow a moustache. The clip reminds us that we have the power to help advance research, by mobilizing en masse and by making financial donations.

It looks as if the operation is proving popular : there are all sorts of videos and photos circulating on the web, showing men either with the beginnings of a moustache or having their last shave before they let their facial hair grow throughout the month of November.

And finally, although operation « Movember » focusses on a cancer that affects men only, woman can also support the movement by wearing false moustaches or quite simply by putting up with their partners’ moustaches for an entire month; as we can see in this comical video clip, kissing someone with a moustache can cause a rash.


Polar bear migration webcam

A program has been set up in the Tundra around the city of Churchill making it possible to watch polar bears migrate in northern Canada. Every year hundreds of bears gather here to wait until the Hudson Bay has frozen over so they can hunt seals. But as was the case last year, it takes longer to freeze than in the past, which reduces their hunting season. The polar bear is indeed one of the species directly affected by global warming and melting ice.


Now trending on social networks

America’s national motto « In God we Trust » has become one of the most popular trending terms on social networks in the US over the past few days. On Tuesday, the House of Representatives voted to encourage the use of this phrase which is printed on US bank notes. It’s a symbolic measure, proposed by the Republicans and has no force of law. And whilst the religious base of the conservative party may see the importance, many web users do not see the point of it. They feel the politicians’ time would have been better spent trying to find ways of creating new employment opportunities in America.

 

Video of the day

The person filming this video was given a huge fright. As we can see here, the man was paragliding over the Indian Himalayas when an eagle swooped by and got caught up in his chute. The long fall to the ground was somewhat slowed down by the paraglider’s emergency chute and all’s well that ends well, the man’s crazy descent ended when he fell into trees, and came out completely unscathed.

 


 

By Electron Libre

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