Today on the net, mothers of missing Mexicans go on hunger strike; online coverage of the Cannes Film Festival; and two American men find out what labour pains feel like.
Mothers of missing Mexicans go on hunger strike
Ten or so mothers camping out in front of the attorney general’s office in Mexico City. They have been on hunger strike since last week demanding the government of new president Enrique Pena Nieto does everything in its power to find their missing sons and daughters.
News site Animal Politico is providing coverage of their strike. Irma Alicia Trejo is searching for her 22 year old son. She has not seen or heard from him in over a year. She says she feels abandoned by the authorities, and says they have not made a proper enquiry into his disappearance.
There are hundreds of others, also with missing loved ones who feel the same way, as we can see in these online images filmed in the streets of Mexico City on the 10th May, which was Mother’s Day in Mexico. According to official statistics, over 26,000 people disappeared during former president Felipe Calderon’s time in office between 2006 and 2012.
Most of the disappearances are in some way linked to the drug trafficking and merciless war against and between Mexico’s drug cartels. And according to a report published by the NGO Human Rights Watch back in February, security forces also have their part to play, with policemen and soldiers involved in an least 149 kidnapping cases.
The 2013 Cannes Film Festival online
The 2013 Cannes Film Festival which opened on Wednesday and will run until the 26th May is a very popular event among web users. In addition to the official website and Twitter thread, there are some number of blogs and social media accounts providing coverage from the famous “Croisette” throughout the duration of the festival.
Gilles Jacob has been President of the festival for the past 12 years, and is a great fan of Twitter. He has been posting regular tweets, sharing his thoughts on proceedings, taking his 10,000 followers behind the scenes of the festival. His comments are often illustrated with photos, like this one of him dining with Steven Spielberg, president of the jury for this the 66th Cannes Film festival.
There are other platforms available giving insider glimpses of the festival: Sandra Mézière is a scriptwriter and a festival regular, this year is her thirteenth time in Cannes. She has set up the site "In the mood for film festivals” as well as a Twitter thread, and uses them to share her reviews of films, and also describe the atmosphere in Cannes in general, and the evening events.
The blog "Madame à Cannes" is a little more offbeat, run in collaboration with daily newspaper Le Figaro, it has a light hearted tone and focusses on all the gossips and who’s wearing what. It also has drawn up a list of all of the “not to be missed” parties and receptions during the festival.
And there’s also the hashtag #Cannes2013 providing real time updates on everything that’s happening in Cannes right up until the end of the festival which closes on the 26th May.
Mother photographs daughter as iconic women
When her daughter Emma turned five, American mum Jaime Moore decided to dress her up and get her to pose as women who have made their mark on history, like Coco Chanel, Amelia Earhart the first female pilot to fly solo over the Atlantic Ocean, or primatologist Jane Goodall. It’s a very interesting and original idea which she hopes will show little girls everywhere that they can do anything if they put their mind to it.
Now trending on social networks
NBA team the Dallas Mavericks is asking fans to help design its new kit. Mark Cuban, the clubs president has posted a message on his blog asking web users to submit ideas. And all sorts of suggestions have flooded in, some more serious than others. The winner of the competition which runs until June 1st will relinquish the patent for 600 dollars and there might well be some match tickets thrown in tot, to go and see the Texan team in action.
Video of the day
These two American men wanted to see what it felt like to be an expectant mother… and so they had electrodes stuck to their abdomen to simulate labour pains. An astonishing experiment which although their wives found it highly amusing, is not something they are likely to do again in the near future…