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Feminist activist gone missing in Tunisia

Today on the net, an activist from the Tunisian branch of feminist group Femen is missing; the ongoing Twitter spat between the mayor of Ankara and a Turkish hacker group; And the FBI turns to the Internet in search of artworks stolen over 23 years ago.

Feminist activist gone missing in Tunisia

Tunisian activist Amina posted this photo to Facebook around two weeks ago, written across her chest, in Arabic, is a slogan "My body belongs to me, and is not the source of anyone’s honour". She was hoping to raise awareness of the deteriorating women’s rights situation in Tunisia and promote the Femen movement in her country.

But the feminist group which is known for its topless activists says it has not heard from Amina for several days. According to this blog created after she disappeared, her family has admitted her to a psychiatric facility: this online video apparently shows her father and brother taking her away in a car.

Amina’s "topless" photos have been the source of much controversy in the country. On Thursday, Islamist hackers infiltrated the Tunisian branch of Femen’s Facebook page, and a number of other pages were also set up on the social network, condemning her actions.

But there has also been a great show of solidarity for Amina. The Femen organization has uploaded dozens of photos sent in by feminists from all over the world, also posing topless, in support of the young activist.

French journalist Caroline Fourest has written a blog post, calling for a day of action on the 4th of April. The petition has been signed by a number of feminists from the Arab world, including Egyptian blogger Aliaa Elmahdy and Tunisian filmmaker Nadia El-Fani.

 

Ankara mayor clashes with Turkish hackers on Twitter

Last year, the mayor of Ankara Melih Gökçek posted the telephone number of a college student to his Twitter account, saying she had insulted him. But by publicizing the young woman’s contact details, he incurred the wrath of Turkish hacker group Redhack who decided to settle their scores with the mayor by giving him a taste of his own medicine: they posted his telephone number online along with a series of communications that seem to prove his involvement in corruption dealings.

Heated Twitter debated between Redhack and Melih Gökçek ensued. The mayor claimed the number was not his and demanded an apology from the activists, who instead of giving in to his demands reiterated their accusations.

 

And the squabble was reignited last month when the mayor of Ankara had a go at another web user via Twitter. Gökçek said that a young women had been taken into custody for also insulting him, and as if to justify the move, Gökçek posted pictures from the girl’s Twitter account on to his page, in which she is drinking alcohol, which the mayor of Ankara thought was a sign she was not, quote ‘as innocent as all that’.

But this time it wasn’t just Redhack challenging the politician, individual Twitter users have joined in too. Some criticized him for being so hard on young people, and others posted photos of him drinking Raki. And members of Redhack also joined in the fray saying Gökçek would do well to look into his own backyard before attacking a teenage girl…

 

FBI takes to the internet in search of stolen art

In 1990, two robbers disguised as policemen, stole 13 works of art from the Gardner museum in Boston. And now 23 years on, the American authorities believe they have identified those behind the heist, although the loot, worth an estimated 500 million dollars, is still missing. So the FBI has set up a web site with photos of the missing pieces of art and is offering a 5 million dollar reward for information leading to a successful discovery.

 

Famous paintings recreated with food

Norwegian artist Ida Frosk has been recreating famous paintings using food … with pretty impressive results, as we can see in these replicas of works by René Magritte, Vincent van Gogh, Edvard Munch and also Frida Kahlo, and they are all on exhibition on the artist’s Instagram page.

 

Video of the day

Live drawing at The Book Club art gallery in London. Each student sketched the model from a different perspective and the drawings were then compiled into this video, bringing the nude model to life…

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