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Online campaign to boycott Greece's 'blood strawberries'

An online campaign emerges to boycott Greece’s "blood strawberries"; Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is a star among stars; and a new platform brings crowdfunding to kids.

Online campaign to boycott Greece’s "blood strawberries"

Over the past few days Greek web users have been urging consumers and retailers to boycott strawberries from farms in Manolada. Activists are calling them “blood strawberries” following the recent shooting in one of the fields in the small village in Greece’s Peloponnese region.

As we can see from these amateur images relayed by local media, around thirty strawberry pickers, mostly Bangladeshi immigrants were wounded last Wednesday when they protested because some of them had not been paid for six months. They demanded their wages and things degenerated when the foremen arrived with rifles and opened fire on the migrant workers.

The alleged perpetrators have since been arrested but a lot of web users remain outraged and angry. Many have taken to social networks saying it is trivializing the escalating xenophobic violence across Greece which is in the midst of a social and financial crisis.

Others are highlighting the plight of seasonal migrant workers in farms in Manolada. Some describe the farm laborers’ working conditions as modern day slavery, and point out they are generally employed illegally or paid under the counter, if at all.

All manner of reasons to boycott strawberries grown in this region: and with the fruit exported to a number of European countries, activists are also reaching out to consumers there.

Astronaut Chris Hadfield is a star among the stars

With close to 700,000 followers on Twitter, Chris Hadfield is without a doubt, the most popular astronaut ever on the web. Currently on a mission due to be completed late June He owes much of this popularity to the videos and photos he posts on a regular basis from the International Space Station.

The 55-year-old Canadian astronaut is in fact a big fan of social networks and uses them to share news on the progress of the various missions he and his colleagues carry out in orbit around earth. He often conducts experiments and posts the videos online. These clips rack up huge amounts of views and answer interesting, often fun, questions like: what happens when you cry in zero gravity?, or how do you brush your teeth in space?

Chris Hadfield also shares numerous photo online, showing unprecedented views of earth, taken aboard the space station. Stunning shots of the Australian outback for example, or nighttime images of various cities across the Middle East and also the shores of America…

And finally Chris Hadfield also posts messages, sometimes with a photo, to show what life is like on board the international space station. He will comment on what he had for breakfast for example or what on his agenda for that day: posts that give web users an insight into what it‘s like to be an astronaut… 

Piggybackr: crowdfunding for kids

Piggybackr brings crowdfunding to kids, based on the kickstarter model it teaches them, and their parents, how to raise money for projects that are important to them. Whether it’s paying for a school trip, helping out a wheelchair basketball team in need of new equipment or financing extra-curricular activities, children now have a platform where they too can appeal to the generosity of web users.

Now trending on social networks

Twitter officially launched its new music app last week: #music, a new service available on mobile phones and the Internet that helps you discover new music and emerging artists based on what’s popular; so what web users are commenting on and what’s trending. Social networkers and professional musicians in particular are very happy with this new development as they feel it will facilitate interaction with fans and make it easier to share new tracks via the web. 

Video of the day

How much food can you buy with five dollars in different countries around the world? This video was uploaded by the site buzzfeed and answers that very question; so you can compare for example the quantity of rice, potatoes, eggs and also meat five dollars will get you depending on where you live. It’s a very informative video, and you can check it out in its entirety, free of charge, on all good video sharing platforms.

By Electron Libre




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