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Latest update : 2013-06-25

Celebrating in Tehran, dancing to save opera in Cairo, 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 the election in Iran, and a result that was surprising to many inside and outside the country. After eight years under the conservative Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iranians have elected a moderate, Hassan Rohani, as their new president. It was a dream come true for many younger Iranians, like our Observer Shirin, who celebrated with her peers in the capital, Tehran.

 

Story 2: Egypt

Now to the Egyptian capital Cairo, and a sit-in in front of the culture ministry. Intellectuals and artists are furious at a series of recent firings by the new culture minister, including that of the director of the Cairo Opera. The minister was appointed by President Mohammed Morsi, and culture workers are concerned that he's on a crusade to purge Egyptian culture of non-Muslim elements. Our Observer has been at the sit-in.

 

Story 3: World

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

First stop, Ivory Coast in West Africa, in the town of Bagohouo, with an exclusive video sent in by one of our Observers. It shows the arrest of Amadé Ouérémi, a cocoa planter and - militia leader. He is accused of being behind a massacre during the country's near-civil war two years ago. The Ivorian authorities said the arrest went smoothly, but that's not what it looks like on this video. Ouérémi certainly looks like he has been mistreated.

Now to Turkey, and the demonstrations against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. This video, filmed from a balcony in Istanbul, shows a journalist being wrestled to the ground, then kicked by police officers. Our Observer Safak works at the same TV station as the journalist and was exchanging Twitter messages with him moments before his arrest. She says he was just doing his job, and the police's heavy-handed tactics are an attack on the freedom of thre press.

Our last stop today is in France, the port city of Marseille and its tough northern suburbs, where kids like to show off - on video. They act tough, and pose with their motorbikes, with baseball bats, and sometimes even with guns. Our observer Medhi is an educator in the community. He says the videos stem from neighborhood rivalry, different gangs of kids trying to be tougher and harder than the others. But most of all, Mehdi says, the videos show that these kids from northern Marseille just don't have anything better to do with their time.

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