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Bahrain police attack on woman stirs anger

There's outrage online over the brutal arrest of a female activist in Bahrain. Also, how Twitter is helping saving Filipino street kids, and swimming in the snow in Finland...

Bahrain police attack on woman stirs anger

The arrest of activist Zahra Al-Shaikh by Bahrain police at an anti-government demonstration last Friday has been met with outrage within the kingdom. As we can see in these two pieces of amateur footage (here and here) that are circulating online, several dozen officers in riot uniform were brought in to arrest the young woman. A particularly brutal arrest; and although others did try to intervene, Al-Shaikh took a number of blows to the face and was stripped of her hijab.

The videos have been widely relayed online, shocking many web users across Bahrain who have taken to social networks to voice their anger. These tweets are condemning the authorities’ treatment of Zahra Al-Shaikh. Web users have also been sharing photos of the young woman, bleeding from the mouth. Her hair was on display because her hijab had been ripped off, but has been blackened out in the pictures, out of respect.

And with many expressing their disgust and outrage over the arrest and police conduct via the web, some have taken to the streets of Bahrain, openly expressing their anger and reacting to the videos of Al-Shaikh’s arrest. Like here in the northern village of Nuwaidrat, where violent clashes broke out over the weekend between security forces and protesters.

Saving Filipino street kids through Twitter

Over the past few weeks’ Filipino social networkers have been reporting sightings of street kids on a Twitter account set up by the government. It’s an experimental program, currently being tested in the capital Manila, aimed at helping the Department of Social Welfare and Development track and rescue these children who live and work on the streets.

Last week, one user tweeted about a group of street vendors, the authorities posted a response saying they had since intervened and told the parents to send their children home.

But most of the time the Twitter account is merely used to confirm an onsite intervention, without providing any additional information.

And so Filipinos are questioning the effectiveness of the system via social networks. Some are disappointed the children they reported have yet to be taken care of. This other web user says the system is useless as the phenomenon is too widespread.

According to United Nations estimates, the Philippines has around 250,000 urban street children and teenagers, and as the NGO Virlanie which helps care for these children states they are often pushed into forced labour, and are subject to mistreatment or sexual abuse.

Kids get a puppy after winning Facebook bet with parents

One American couple promised their children they could have a puppy if they managed to rack up a million likes on Facebook. This might seem like an impossible challenge, but the five brothers and sisters pulled it off. They posed for this photo which they posted on the social network last week, appealing to web users to click the like button, and in just 13 hours, they ended up getting more than one and a half million clicks. Good losers, the parents kept their word and have adopted a puppy from a local rescue center.

Now trending on social networks

"Find Momo" is a game available on social networks, created by Canadian graphic designer Andrew Knapp. He started posting these photos to Instagram back in September, photos of his dog Momo in front of landscapes where the dog would blend in. This doggy version of the famous “Where’s Waldo?” game has proved so successful that a site has been created to display the collection of shots of Momo who has become an Internet sensation. There’s even talk of a “Where’s Momo” book. 

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In Finland in the deep midwinter, there aren’t many open air swimming pools about, and so a group of Finnish swimmers has invented a new sporting discipline: snow swimming. Astonishing images and an unusual sport but we don’t think it is going to catch on any time soon…

By Electron Libre

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