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Burma: Aung San Suu Kyi heckled at mine protest

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi faces criticism over a Chinese-backed mine project. Hacker group Anonymous takes on the movie industry. And a video game depicts the world through the eyes of a child with autism.

Burma: Aung San Suu Kyi heckled at mine protest

Since her return to the political scene, Burma’s democracy icon, Aung San Suu Kyi has become more vulnerable to criticism. Last week, the leader of the opposition was heckled and jeered by villagers as they protested against the expansion of the Leptadaung copper mine in the north of the country that would force them off their land.

The mine is a joint venture, run by the Burmese military and a Chinese arms manufacturer and despite active opposition from locals, the Lady of Rangoon is backing the project. As we can see in these images circulating online residents have been voicing frustrations for months now: denouncing the insufficient compensation, as well as the potential environmental impact. Back in November one of these protests was violently dispersed by police, triggering a national outcry.

Aung San Suu Kyi was appointed to lead a parliamentary committee tasked with investigating the mine and this particular episode. Although the resulting report is damming of the riot police, the opposition leader recommends the controversial mine project should proceed, for the economic benefit of the nation.

The report has been strongly criticized, although as blogger Chan Myae Khine highlights on her Facebook page, a lot of web users have been standing up for the Nobel Peace Prize winner, hailing her mediation work and bridge building in this affair. 

Anonymous to boycott movie industry

Hacker group Anonymous has launched Operation No Show in protest of the graduated response “Copyright Alert System’ which came into force in the US at the end of February in a bid to stop people from downloading music and movies illegally.

Anonymous wants web users across the US and anyone who thinks this anti-piracy system represents a threat to individual freedoms, to boycott one film produced by a big Hollywood studio per month. The idea is to hit the movie industry in the wallet and the first feature length to be targeted is “Oblivion” with Tom Cruise, set to hit cinema screens in April.

To ensure the greatest number of activists on board as possible, members of Anonymous have been multiplying appeals on social networks, and on Twitter in particular where supporters have been promoting the movement under the hashtag #opnoshow.

The hackers hope this operation will prove more successful than a similar attempt launched last year. The operation called “Black March” encouraged web users to stay away from the cinema and not buy any DVDs throughout the month of March. There was a very poor response to the appeal however, and Anonymous was forced to abandon the operation soon after going live.

Video game mimics childhood autism

The aim of video game "Auti-Sim" is to raise awareness about some of the daily challenges for children with autism by depicting the world through the eyes of a child with hypersensitivity: so players are immersed in a world of information and sound overload, making interaction with other people extremely difficult. It’s a very interesting project and gives us a better understanding of what it’s like to be a child living with autism. 

National Geographic sharing rare photos on Tumblr

National Geographic has created a Tumblr blog entitled “Found” to celebrate its 125th anniversary: the page features a collection of rare images from its archives, previously unpublished pictures, which have been unavailable to the general public, until now! The initative aims to bring new life to these old photos and get web users involved by asked them to send in any insights they may have on the photo, like when and where it was taken, so that the magazine can better describe and tag the images. 

Video of the day

Spanish photographer Enrique Pacheco produced this magnificent video upon return from his trip to Morocco, and uploaded it to Vimeo. Breathtaking images of some the country’s most beautiful landscapes, from the Rif Mountains to the Erg Chebbi desert, and the Medina of Fez…

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