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A show produced with photos, videos and personal accounts from our Observers around the world - all checked by our staff here in Paris. Saturday at 10.15 am Paris time.

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Latest update : 2013-06-03

Hidden singers in Iran, Casablanca's crumbling historic centre, and more

This show is made up entirely of amateur images. We've seen time and time again how images captured by ordinary citizens then uploaded onto the Web can change history, or at least shift the balance of power. This week, we take a look back at some of those moments.

Story 1: Iran

We begin today with a rare account from Iran: A young woman who dares to defy the mullahs' ban on singing. She calls herself 3P. She can't use her real name because since the 1979 revolution female singers have only been allowed to sing to all-female audiences. Famous singers like Googoosh or Hayedeh went silent, or fled. But there's a new generation like 3P, who are making Persian pop and using the Internet to reach their fans. That means making videos, but how do you make a video, when you can't show your face? Here's 3P.

 

Story 3: Morocco

We head now to the legendary city of Casablanca in Morocco. It's legendary because of the film. In reality, it's a sprawling port city, the biggest in North Africa, much of it modern and industrial. The historic center, the medina, is still there, but residents say it's crumbling under their feet. Desperate for space, people have been building upwards, and the buildings underneath can't take it. Here's Touria Zehaîchi.

 

Story 3: World

Now for our weekly roundup of other stories and images sent in by our Observers.

This video is a reminder of how the civil war in Syria is spilling across the border into Lebanon. This little girl, maybe 7 or 8 years old, is a Sunni muslim. She's firing across the street at her neighbors who are Allawite, the same sect as Syrian president Bashar al Assad. Our observer Omar says the video is most likely propaganda, a response to a video showing a young boy firing in the other direction last week. Omar says children aren't actually doing any fighting in Lebanon, but putting them into videos - in a street where snipers have been shooting to kill - is a sign of how bitter the conflict is becoming.

Last stop, the Chinese capital Beijing, and a mystery figure: a naked man, running through the streets at night, sometimes with a cross, sometimes with an inflatable sex doll. The man has now revealed himself. He's Li Binyuan, a recent graduate from China's top art school. He says he runs around just to let off steam. But the critics see more at stake, with one blogger saying Li's antics are a Dadaist, subversive way to shock the public into greater awareness.

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