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A show produced with photos, videos and personal accounts from our Observers around the world - all checked by our staff here in Paris. Saturday at 10.15 am Paris time.

Latest update : 2013-03-18

Water wars in Iran, freedom parsley in Tunisia, and more…

This show is made up entirely of amateur images. We've seen time and time again how images captured by ordinary citizens then uploaded onto the Web can change history, or at least shift the balance of power. This week, we take a look back at some of those moments.

Story 1: Iran


We begin the show in Iran, where two cities are battling over precious water supplies. Outraged that water from their local river is being diverted, last week a group of farmers in Isfahan destroyed a pump channelling water to the city of Yazd. They’ve been guarding the pump day and night ever since, refusing to let the authorities fix it. Meanwhile, residents of Yazd are suffering from a severe water shortage, leading to fears of unrest there.

 

Story 2: Tunisia


The symbol of the Tunisian revolution was jasmine, a far more common plant — parsley — took over the streets of Tunis last week. An opposition TV station organised a massive sale of parsley bundles to raise funds and fight back against perceived suppression by partisans of Ennahda, the ruling Islamic party.

 

Story 3: World


An imprisoned illegal immigrant has managed to send us photos from inside his detention centre in Corinth, Greece. He told us about the poor conditions he and hundreds of other detained illegal immigrants live in.

We check out a Burmese Facebook page designed to shame dangerous drivers. The idea is to encourage people to take photos of poor driving, and publish it on the page.

Political instability, economic hardship and now a locust infestation: the list of Egyptian woes keeps on growing. The insects were expected to bypass Cairo on their journey up from sub-Saharan Africa towards Saudi Arabia. But a change in wind direction steered them off course, into the skies above the Egyptian capital.

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