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Russian politician on hunger strike to protest "rigged" local elections

A Russian politician on hunger strike to protest his defeat in March’s local elections. The Republicans declare war on US President Barack Obama. And web users pay tribute to French Resistance hero Raymond Aubrac who died on Tuesday.

Russian politician on hunger strike to protest "rigged" local elections

A protest under strict surveillance in Astrakhan in southern Russia; on Tuesday activists from Moscow gathered in this city of 500 000 inhabitants to support opposition politician Oleg Shein, who says he was unfairly beaten in local elections on the 4th march, elections won by the candidate for the ruling party, United Russia.

Oleg Shein has backed up his allegations of electoral fraud with video footage filmed in polling stations. And he and around twenty or so of his supporters began a hunger strike around one month ago to protest what they claim were ‘rigged’ elections. They are vowing to continue their strike until the authorities agree to organize another, free and fair, election.

Some key figures of the opposition movement which arose after last December’s legislative elections in Russia are lending their support. Anti-corruption blogger, Alexeï Navalny, has made use of social media platforms, to urge web users to go to Astrakhan to demonstrate their solidarity with Oleg Shein.

The rally took place hundreds of kilometers away from the capital, Moscow, and this apparently illustrates the new strategy adopted by the Russian opposition. Political analyst, Alexei Mukhin spoke to the Russian International news Agency, RIA Novosti; he thinks the anti-Kremlin movement is now trying to mobilize people from the provinces to give the movement a second wind following Vladimir Putin’s victory at the presidential election. All eyes are currently on Astrakhan, where a fresh protest is due to take place on Saturday.


Republicans declare war on President Barack Obama

With a little over 6 months to go before November’s presidential election in the United States, the Republicans strategy seems clear: relentless attacks on the current White House resident, Barack Obama, criticizing his time in power and urging voters not to grant him a second term in office.

The web is playing a major role, the Republican Party and its supporters are inundating the net with viral videos, slamming Obama. In this satirical clip, which was recently posted online, American Crossroads, an organization with close ties to the Republicans, criticizes the president for being too flexible when handling foreign affairs and allowing Russia to take America’s place on the global scene. And this other campaign ad pokes fun at a head of state who believes he is one of the greatest presidents in history, when he is actually the best at increasing unemployment and debt.

And Mitt Romney, who in all likelihood, will be taking on Barack Obama in November, is using the same argument. In this video he says the president is to blame for America’s record deficit, and the country simply cannot continue in this way for another four years. And because it would appear, anything goes, in another clip available on the Mormon candidate’s website, he condemns Obama’s attitude, saying he pours money into producing negative and misleading videos aimed at disparaging his future opponent.

And the Republican National Committee has also been sticking the boot in. In this online ad, the organization states that between 2008 and 2012, Barack Obama has gone from being a symbol of hope to the embodiment of hypocrisy. The president is depicted as a man who has run out of steam, with no new ideas, and who is clearly incapable of getting America back on track.

 

Now trending on social networks

Raymond Aubrac, one of the last major figures of the French resistance during the Second World War, died on Tuesday and has since become a top trending topic on social networks. Messages have been pouring in, with web users mourning a hero who played an important role in saving the honour of France. Tributes from France and also abroad, praising Raymond Aubrac’s incredible bravery throughout his life and saying he must never be forgotten and is an example for future generations.

 

Twisted historical animated GIFs

Kevin Weir has taken public domain images, and given the old photos a new lease of life. The American student takes historical shots from the US Library of Congress, and then uses his imagination to turn them into animated pictures. The end results range from horror, to comedy to science fiction, and you can view the photo collection on the “Flux Machine” Tumblr blog.


Video of the day

This video has children playing adults to denounce the corruption, violence and poverty in Mexico and urge the candidates in July’s presidential election to tackle these problems … the clip was produced by the NGO “Our Mexico of the Future”, and is proving highly popular on sharing sites: since it was uploaded on Monday, it has already been viewed close to one million times.

By Electron Libre

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