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Latest update : 2011-12-02

Violence in Russian women's prisons, closed universities in Ivory Coast, 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: RUSSIA

We begin today with a peek inside the Russian prison system. It's not pretty. What you're about to see happened at a women's prison in the far eastern province of Amur, on the border with China. The man in the video is the deputy warden. We asked human rights campaigner Lev Ponomaryov to take a look.
 

STORY 2: IVORY COAST


Next up, we head to Abidjan, in Ivory Coast, with our Observer, who uses the name Nemo.
He's been talking to students there, who are wondering why they can't go back to university. It's been seven months now since the country came back from the brink of civil war, but the universities remain closed. Nemo says whatever the reasons were for closing them, it's time now to get them open again.
 

STORY 3: WORLD


Now a look at some of the images sent in this week by our Observers.

First stop, Bahrain, with a story sent in by one of our Observers, who goes by the name of Ahmed Bahrain.

The video was filmed during a protest march in a village west of the capital Manama, on the 4th of November. You see the protesters being chased by vehicles belonging to the security forces. It's a reminder that anti-regime protests are continuing in Bahrain. Since the crackdown on Pearl Roundabout in March, the protests have moved to Shiite neighborhoods in and around the capital. They're not making headlines, but they do go on.

We head now to Texas, Aransas County, with a video shot by Hillary Adams. Be warned... it's disturbing. The video was filmed seven years ago, when Hillary was 16, but she just put it online a few weeks ago. You see her father beating her with a belt for illegally downloading files from the internet. It's caused a lot of controversy because her father is a judge - a family law judge no less. A lot of people are asking how a man who uses such violence at home is fit to rule on other families' cases. Judge Adams has publicly apologised, but says the video "looks worse than it is."

We end the show on a lighter note... with a little girl playing dress-up. It looks like she couldn't decide between being a princess, or Darth Vader. In the end she came up with a solution... Pink Vader.

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