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Latest update : 2012-10-23

Kuwaitis protest electoral law changes

Kuwaitis protest against electoral reform. Meanwhile, the Boy Scouts of America are rocked by a child abuse scandal. And Twitter users mobilise against homophobia.

Kuwaitis protest electoral law changes

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Kuwait city on Sunday night in protest against electoral law changes which the opposition says will work against them and favours candidates from the ruling party. Parliament was dissolved on October 7, and elections have been scheduled for December 1 to elect a new one.

The protest movement has been widely relayed on social networks, with users encouraged to turn their profile pictures orange as a sort of online rallying cry.

But what should have been Kuwait’s largest rally ever was brutally dispersed by police who had been deployed en masse. These amateur images appear to show how clashes erupted when riot police appeared on the scene, using tear gas and stun grenades.

Human rights activists report that around one hundred protesters were later admitted to hospital, the authorities meanwhile are saying that 11 police officers were injured in the violence.

Extensive mobilization in a country that has endured political crisis upon political crisis since 2006, tensions are escalating meanwhile between the ruling Al-Sabah dynasty and the Islamist led opposition which has decided to boycott the upcoming elections.

USA: scout abuse files release sparks public outrage

The Boy Scouts of America has been rocked by an unprecedented scandal after posting thousands of files online, upon judicial order, detailing decades of apparent child abuse by over 1,200 scout leaders from 1965 to 1985, cases that were allegedly covered up by the powers that be within the organization. The revelations have sparked lively reaction on the web.

Numerous online media outlets have been covering the story and trying to decipher the data in the files released online. Painstaking work. The Los Angeles Times for example has produced an interactive map for its website pinpointing the attacks on minors committed by adults from the Boy Scouts of America across the US. The daily is also providing all sorts of additional information on the suspected perpetrators, starting with their names and the accusations made against them. 

Social networks have been inundated with reactions from outraged web users voicing their anger under the hashtag “perversion files”. They condemn the guilty silence of the Boy Scouts of America organization, and demand justice be done for the countless victims of these appalling acts.

The Boy Scouts of America national leader Wayne Perry has responded to the growing uproar in a short statement posted to the organization’s website. He begins by apologizing to the victims, and goes on to say that although the Scouts of America had failed to protect children in the past, there is now a monitoring system in place to ensure their safety. It’s unlikely however his words will do much to convince the masses. 

Now trending on social networks

Over the weekend, some web users found it funny to post dozens of homophobic comments under the Twitter hashtag #Signsyosonisgay. But the majority of social networkers found their attitude totally unacceptable and decided to use the same key words to slam the intolerance of certain web users and celebrate sexual diversity. And their approach had the desired effect, with anti-homophobia tweets largely outnumbering those attacking the gay community.

Help Mitt Romney catch women in his binder

It was during the second presidential debate on the 16th of October when Mitt Romney talked of his “binders full of women”. An unfortunate choice of words that made the Republican candidate the butt of many jokes and it continues to inspire web users. Take this fun new video game for example; the aim is to help Romney catch as many women in his binder as possible, as they fall from the sky…

Video of the day

Global mega hit Gangnam Style, by Korean performer PSY has racked up over half a billion hits on YouTube and continues to inspire all sorts of parodies. Here’s the latest offering, a probable future hit with video games enthusiasts as it pays tribute to the well know Minecraft game. This version is a must see, and just as catchy as the original…

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