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Two Tunisian graffiti artists to face trial

Two street artists from Tunisia are awaiting trial. An American woman is fired over a photo she posted to Facebook. And the Red Cross launches a website to help reunite families with loved ones.

Two Tunisian graffiti artists to face trial

"Graffiti is not a crime" - this campaign was launched by Tunisian web users in support of Oussama Bouagila and Chahine Berriche, the two students arrested on November 3 as they were drawing graffiti in Gabès in south eastern Tunisia.

They were stopped for, amongst other things, causing a public disturbance; they have been released, pending their trial, scheduled for December 5. In this video posted to independent collective blog Nawaat, Oussama says that at the moment they were caught be police they were writing a message on a wall which read “the people want rights for the poor”.

Both men belong to "Zwewla" a group of street artists that paints messages bearing social demands on walls, with tags confronting problems including unemployment and poverty.

The blog Tawa Fi Tunis from the website Slate Afrique, explains that this network of artists brings together young people who feel discriminated or marginalized and think that around two years on from the uprising against the Ben Ali regime, nothing has changed for the most vulnerable sectors of the population.

Many Tunisians feel the charges made against the Gabès graffiti artists represent an infringement on their freedom of expression. Female blogger Lina Ben Mehnni for example recently took part in a support rally for the two artists, staged in Carthage. 

USA: woman fired over "disrespectful" Facebook photo

Posting a photo on social networks can have serious consequences. This is something Lindsay Stone has learnt, the 30 year old American woman was fired from her job last week after posting this shot to her Facebook page. We see her making a rude gesture and pretending to scream next to a sign in the Arlington military cemetery in Virginia; a sign asking for “silence and respect”. She thought it was funny, but it has had quite the opposite reaction.

The photo soon went viral, sparking widespread outrage across the country. It has shocked many who feel Stone’s photo is disrespectful to soldiers who died on the front line. Angry netizens soon took to the web to make her pay for her offensive photo, posting messages to Facebook, or starting e-petitions like this one, urging her employer to fire her.

Lindsay Stone was taken aback by the backlash and tried to defend herself via the web, saying she did not want to upset anyone, and the photo was just meant to be a bit of fun. But the charitable organization for which she worked didn’t see it that way and decided to end her employment last Friday, making it clear that in no way did the photo represent the opinions or values of the organization. 

New Red Cross website for families scattered by crises

The International Committee of the Red Cross has set up a website to help reunite families ripped apart by conflicts and natural disasters around the world. The online platform hopes to help families in their search for missing loved ones, and relies on a vast network of volunteers already on the ground. The system has already proved its worth, particularly so after the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan back in March 2011. 

A guide to legal marijuana use in Seattle

Voters from the North-western US State of Washington recently legalized the recreational use of marijuana. And so from the 6th of December, over 21s will be able to legally carry around one ounce, that’s 28 grams of marijuana. The Seattle police has posted a practical guide online to help smokers understand what this change in legislation will mean to them, an initiative that is already proving popular, and the light hearted tone employed by law enforcement officials has gone done particularly well with web users.

Video of the day

Discover the wonderful landscapes and hidden beauties of Alaska … filmed in July, this video, entitled “Uncharted Waters” was put together by Devin Supertramp. A beautiful piece of work that will no doubt make many web users want to go and see this northwestern extremity of the North American continent for themselves.

By Electron Libre

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