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Antisectarian campaign in Egypt

Today on the net, an anti-sectarian campaign in Egypt. "Hallway swimming" becomes the latest craze to sweep the net. And social networkers in India campaign against a proposed ban on Internet pornography.

Antisectarian campaign in Egypt

Activists in Egypt are encouraging citizens to cover up the section of their national identity cards that states their religion to denounce the state’s interference in people’s private lives and tackle discrimination on the basis of religion. For the initiators of the campaign that has just been launched on social networks: faith is a personal matter and should be of no concern to the public authorities.

The campaign, which is called “It’s none of your business”, is seeking to have religion removed from all official documents. The anti-sectarian initiative is presented in this music clip available on YouTube which urges web users to get on board by hiding the religion section on the back of their ID cards with a sticker.

As we can see in these photos which have been posted to social media platforms, a number of Egyptians have already responded to the appeal and masked the mention of their religion on their ID cards with messages like “my faith is my own business”.

One of the organizers, blogger Sarah Carr has written an article published on the website of the daily "Egypt Independent" explaining the campaign was launched in the wake of the deadly clashes that erupted between Christians and Muslims a little over a week ago just outside Cairo. These are symbolic protests against the way the state classifies citizens according to their religion; something she feels only serves to fuel religious tensions in Egypt. 

Hallway swimming is the latest Internet craze

Forget “Harlem Shaking”, “vadering” and “quidditching”: over the past few days a new, equally wacky craze has been creating a buzz on social networks: “hallway swimming”. 

It was invented by a Canadian high school student who posted this video online early April, we see him sliding on the floor from one wall of lockers across to the next with a great kick, just as swimmer do to launch off the edge of the pool. The video soon went viral, inspiring other web users along the way.

Dozens of videos featuring young people going "hallway swimming" in all sorts of unlikely scenarios have now started appearing on sharing platforms. Some have taken to synchronized hallway swimming in pairs whilst others have opted for, let’s say freestyle group formations.

Even toys and video games characters are taking to the new trend, as we can see here with a Lego figure or an avatar from the famous Minecraft game also slipping and sliding across the floor.

And with many copying or parodying the original “hallway swimming” some web users have developed the concept and are proposing alternative ways to go to hallway swimming, like here for example, this young man is doing the back stroke…

Now trending on social networks

Social networkers in India have been posted under the hashtag #PornBan to voice opposition to a petition arguing that all pornographic content should be banned in India as it encourages violence against women. Many oppose the petition, as they feel such censorship measures will do little to tackle the real problem and can be easily bypassed. They think attention should be focused on changing people’s mindsets as in India victims of sexual attacks are often accused of or viewed as being partially responsible for what has happened to them. 

Recycled movie costumes

This dress made its screen debut in the 1994 movie “The Madness of King George”; it has since been reused at least 6 times in feature length films and documentaries. This blog is called “Recycled Movie Costumes” and compiles costumes or accessories that have been worn in one production and then gone to have appeared on other actors in other productions. Film buffs and costume enthusiasts can also participate by submitting their own finds. 

Video of the day

Wingsuit and base jump athlete Alexander Polli has pulled off an staggering feat in Spain: this video shows us the dare devil falling at top speeds and managing to fly through a narrow cave opening on a rugged mountainside. The clearly fearless flier spent hours and hours in training to successfully complete this extraordinary exploit.

By Electron Libre

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