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Uganda’s online response to "Kony 2012"

Uganda’s online response to the « Kony 2012 » viral campaign. A revival of tensions in Bahrain, more than one year on from the start of the popular uprising. And web users will soon be able to follow the Titanic’s tragic journey in real time via Twitter.

Uganda’s online response to "Kony 2012"

"Uganda is not in conflict. Uganda is a modern, developing country which enjoys peace, stability and security”. In this YouTube video Ugandan Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi responds to the controversial Internet campaign started at the end of February by NGO “Invisible Children” to stop Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony who is wanted by the International Criminal Court.

Ever since the documentary highlighting his crimes, and in particular the recruitment of child soldiers, was released online, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army has become a hot topic on social networks. The film has been viewed tens of thousands of times, but the Ugandan government feels it creates a false impression of the country, and has turned to the web to set the record straight.

In addition to the video, in which he denies Uganda is harboring Joseph Kony, the Prime Minister has also taken to Twitter to urge all the well-known figures that have supported the “Kony 2012” campaign to come to Uganda and see the situation for themselves.

Critics of the Invisible Children documentary have also taken to the micro blogging site, and have been using the hashtag “What I Love about Africa”, in a bid to convey a more positive image of the continent.

 

A year after revolution, tensions rising in Bahrain

Fresh conflict in Bahrain in recent days; more than one year on from the start of the unprecedented popular uprising; a revolution calling for constitutional reforms, which has been harshly repressed by the ruling Sunni authorities. There are numerous reports available on the web of the mounting tensions across the Kingdom.

Anti-government activists organized a mass rally on the 9th of March to mark the one year anniversary of the revolution. As we can see in this footage uploaded by cyber activists, tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of the capital Manama, to voice their anger, and urge the monarchy to adopt the reforms promised a year ago.

A peaceful demonstration and far removed from other incidents across the Kingdom this weekend. As we can see in this amateur video footage filmed on Friday in the north eastern region of Al-Dair, things got heated between police and groups of protesters, with security forces using tear gas canisters to try and disperse them.

But in some cases regime opponents managed to force police to retreat, as we can see in this video which was also filmed in Al-Dair, over the weekend. We see men armed with stones and Molotov cocktails trying to stop one of their fellow protesters being arrested by taking on anti-riot police officers. Mission accomplished because the protester managed to break free and escape arrest.

There have been similar outbreaks of violence in other Bahraini towns and cities, like Sitra or Diraz over the past few days, illustrating the revival of unrest across the kingdom and which could well prompt the authorities to launch a brutal crackdown on the protest movement.

 

Tweets chronicle the journey of the Titanic in real time

The 15th April 2012 will mark the 100 year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. And to commemorate this sad event, British magazine “The History Press” has decided to create a Twitter account on which web users can follow, in real time, all the different stages of this tragic voyage. The “TitanicRealTime” account will be regularly updated with all sorts of information on the most famous shipwreck of all time.

 

Changing your looks without plastic surgery

Japanese web site "Japan Trend Shop" offers a wide range of gadgets which supposedly change your looks without having to go through plastic surgery. All sorts of odd devices are available, to help you change the shape of your nose for example, plump up your lips or get rid of wrinkles around the eyes … it remains to be seen however whether or not these gadgets actually work and if they really can replace plastic surgery.

 

Video of the day

Over 4 kilos of milk chocolate, 5 bags of toffees and 2 bags of puffed rice: this is what one British lady used to recreate a giant version of her favourite chocolate bar. Her culinary creation will most likely be a huge hit with sweet-toothed web users, and is available to view on sharing sites…

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