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Syria: Damascus hit by double bombing

Syrian web users report on Thursday’s double bombing in Damascus. An Argentine advert for the London Olympic Games sparks huge controversy online. And a man diving among jellyfish…

Syria: Damascus hit by double bombing

A first explosion, smoke billows up into the sky, and then all of a sudden, a second blast… These images were apparently filmed by a Damascus resident this Thursday morning when the Syrian capital was hit by a double bombing that left dozens dead and many others wounded.

There have been other bomb attacks across the city over the past few months, but according to accounts doing the rounds on social networks, this was the most powerful and violent blast to be felt by the people of Damascus since the start of the anti-government uprising.

This amateur video is thought to have been filmed shortly after the explosions when visibly shocked civilians start to flee; we can the scale of the damage caused. The attack was apparently aimed at a military intelligence building located in the south of the capital.

This video was posted to Facebook by activists and suggests debris was flung as far one kilometer away from where the explosions took place.

Official state media claims terrorist groups were involved in the attack. But cyber activists are questioning this version of events and say the bombing was orchestrated by the government.

 

Argentine Olympic ad causes controversy

This advertisement, made by Argentina’s Olympic Committee, has been at the center of controversy ever since it was released online and aired on local television at the beginning of May. It shows Argentine sports star Fernando Zylderberg training for the 2012 Olympic Games in various locations across the disputed Falklands, which has been the object of a war of words between Buenos Aires and London. The video ends by saying the islands, which are located in the South Atlantic Ocean, belong to Argentina and has stirred up lively reaction around the British blogosphere.

Many have been voicing their outrage on social networks, some directly criticizing the Argentine president Cristina Kirchner, accused of financing the controversial video. Others are reproaching the marketing company behind their ad for the lack of sensitivity and judgment in portraying the Argentine athlete training on the steps of a war memorial for the British dead.

Members of the local Legislative Assembly, like Ian Hansen, are equally annoyed. In this online statement he says the video was filmed without the knowledge of the Falkland Islands authorities and that in no way does the ad reflect what the islanders actually believe, as they consider themselves British.

In the meantime even though the Argentine government still refuses to make an official apology, the advertising agency that produced the video is trying to make amends online. It has posted a short statement on its website, apologizing for any offence caused and saying it is doing everything it can to persuade Buenos Aires to stop airing the video as soon as possible.

 

Live Below the Line challenge

Could you feed yourself with just one and a half dollars a day? This is the challenge Hugh Jackman has set web users, as part of the “Live Below the Line” project, an Internet campaign aimed at raising awareness about extreme poverty, with one and half billion people across the globe having to survive on less than two dollars per day. Participants are also encouraged to tell others about what they have been doing, by sharing photos of their meals on social networks up until the May 11.

 

Now trending on social networks

Micro blogging site Twitter is defying the American justice system, and refusing to hand over Malcolm Harris’ personal information and tweets to the district attorney’s office in Manhattan. Mr Harris is being prosecuted for disorderly conduct after being arrested at an Occupy Wall Street protest last year. Twitter argues the court’s request to see all the man’s messages, some of which have probably since been deleted, goes against the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution concerning protection of and the right to privacy. Twitter has been widely praised for taking this stance.

 

Video of the day

Immerse yourself in a sea of jellyfish, somewhere between dream and reality: New York based photographer Sarosh Jacob produced this video which was filmed in “Jellyfish Lake” in Palau an island nation in the Pacific Ocean. These marine creatures have been stuck in this fresh water lake for thousands of years; they have developed a bad reputation over the years, because of their nasty sting, so this video means you can now see them up close, and not worry about a thing.

By Electron Libre

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