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A show produced with photos, videos and personal accounts from our Observers around the world - all checked by our staff here in Paris. Saturday at 10.15 am Paris time.

Latest update : 2012-03-20

Photos of daily life in the embattled city of Homs, a "potato revolution" in Greece, 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: SYRIA

We begin today in Homs, Syria, with Mulham Al Jundi? Originally from Homs, he was working in Saudi Arabia when the anti-government uprising in Syria began a year ago. Last month, he decided to return and document daily life in his embattled hometown.

STORY 3: GREECE


We now head to Katerini, in northern Greece, with our Observer Elias Tsolakidis. He and a group of local volunteers started a potato craze that is now sweeping the nation. The concept is simple: austerity-hit greeks save money by bypassing supermarkets and buying potatoes straight from farmers. The farmers get to cut out the middleman.

 

STORY 3: WORLD

Now for our weekly roundup of the best images and stories sent in by our Observers.

We head first to Misrata, Libya, with this disturbing video? These men are locked up in a cage in a zoo. In their mouths are green flags, the symbol of the fallen regime of Muammer Gaddafi. Our Observer Ibrahim Al Oujaly has family in Misrata. He tells us these men are not immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa - but black Libyans, who live in a nearby town that served as a base for Gaddafi's troops during the revolution. Ibrahim says the men cheering are former rebels seeking revenge. Today, they've turned into militias that the Libyan government has a tough time controlling.

Next up, Stockholm, with our Observer Elia Tabesh. She and other Iranian women living abroad have taken off their tops to promote women's rights. Elia says she wanted to send a message to the authorities back in Iran that women should be able to dress how they wish, and do what they want with their bodies. This video created quite a stir among Iranians: some argue nudity distracts from the women's message; others admire their courage...

Last stop, China, where Internet users are keeping track of which politicians spend the most money on their wardrobe. In a country where the average income is between 200 and 300 euros, many are outraged to see their representatives spending thousands of euros on Chanel, Hermés or Louis Vuitton... They're hoping online shaming will put a stop to this high-powered catwalk.

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2017-03-25 Ivory Coast

How traffickers lie to migrants wanting to go to Europe; and the gold rush polluting rivers in Ivory Coast

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2017-03-11 India

Corruption at Guinea's roadblocks; and a new episode of moral policing in India

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2017-02-25 Brazil

Ukraine's illegal mafia-run amber mining; and the street art being destroyed by authorities in Brazil

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2017-02-18 Chile

Prison guards turn guns on prisoners in Chile, and thousands of migrants stuck in smoky warehouses in Serbia

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2017-02-11 Guinea Conakry

Exclusive footage of horrific jail conditions in Cameroon, and 'waste-selfies' encourage Guinean govt to clean up their act

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