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Crowdfunding campaigns for Boston bombing victims

Crowdfunding campaigns are underway to support victims of the Boston bombings; a controversial court ruling sparks a public outcry in Kurdistan; and a petition seeks the inclusion of female players in football video games.

Crowdfunding campaigns for Boston bombing victims

Over 10 million dollars has now been raised for the "One Fund Boston" campaign for victims of last week’s bombing attack. Citizens from all over the US have donated money, and t-shirts are being sold online, with all proceeds going to the fundraising appeal, set up in the wake of the tragedy by the city’s mayor and the governor of Massachusetts.

But the money won’t reach those affected and in need immediately and so friends and families of victims are calling upon the generosity of web users to help them pay their medical expenses. Over 570,000 dollars has been raised for Jeff Bauman Jr. via the site Go Fund Me. This photo of him being escorted from the bomb site in a wheelchair has been widely circulated; he has since had both his legs amputated.

Another campaign has brought in over 530,000 dollars for Celeste and Sydney Corcoran, a mum and daughter who both sustained serious injuries; they were standing near to the Boston marathon finish line when the blasts went off.

But there could be some scams among these numerous online initiatives for victims of the Boston bombings. Specialist site “The Domains” states there are now at least 125 domain names that have been recently registered relating to the bombings, and urges web users to make sure they are licensed and regulated charities before making a donation. 

Public outcry in Kurdistan after man paraded in female clothing

This footage shows the authorities parading a man through the streets of Marivan after dressing him in women’s clothing, after a local court found him guilty in a case of domestic violence. Activists from the “Iran Human Rights” website say the images were filmed last week in this small town in Iran’s Kurdistan province. His punishment has sparked lively reaction across the country.

Several dozen women from Marivan staged a demonstration the day after the controversial display, arguing it was particularly insulting to women. They also objected to the fact that a court could consider being dressed as a woman legitimate punishment and demand the authorities stop treating them like second class citizens.

And a lot of men have also shown support by joining this Facebook page called “Kurd Men For Equality” reminding people that being a woman is not an instrument to punish or humiliate anybody. Many have been photographing themselves dressed as woman as a mark of solidarity.

The mobilization is reminiscent of previous online campaigning in Iran late 2009 when the authorities tried to humiliate student activist Majid Tavakoli, by publishing these images showing him wearing a Muslim headscarf. It sparked an outcry and a massive wave of support with hundreds of men posting photos of themselves in women’s clothing, to clearly voice their condemnation. 

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Chen Ying, an anchorwoman at a television station in earthquake zone Ya’an was getting married on Saturday when the quake hit this small city in China’s south western province of Sichuan. She dropped everything and along with a cameraman colleague who was there to film her wedding, she rushed back to her job, to report on events, and interview those affected by the deadly quake, in her wedding gown. The pictures soon went viral, with many Chinese web users expressing their admiration and praise for the journalist’s professionalism.

Online petition calls for female players in soccer video game

An American woman has stated this e-petition and sent it to the FIFA development team at games manufacturer EA Sports seeking the inclusion of female players in any upcoming FIFA video games. The document states that 47 % of video games players are women and its high time female characters were included in the highly popular games. The initiative is proving pretty popular indeed: some 10,000 web users have already signed the petition.

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This video is great fun and must see - imagine what humans would looks like if they crossed the street like animals: a squirrel for example, or a deer or even a kangaroo!

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