Today on the net, cartoonists chronicling the ongoing violence rocking Egypt. Michelle Obama to release a hip-hop album as part of her campaign against childhood obesity. And a New York artist creating collages with bank notes…
Egypt violence seen by cartoonists
Cartoonists in Egypt began chronicling political developments in their country, during the 2011 revolution, publishing in newspapers and online. Over the past few days their work has focused on clashes between security forces and supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi.
Amr Okasha contributes to the Liberal Party’s paper Al Wafd. In this drawing he presents the situation from the army’s point of view and depicts the Muslim Brotherhood as dangerous terrorists prepared to put the country to fire and sword if it means gaining power.
Writing on the site TheWorld.org, American researcher Jonathan Guyer says the Egyptian press tends to support the ruling military, as shown in this illustration featured in daily newspaper Al Akhbar. The picture compares General al-Sisi to Nasser, the founder of modern Egypt.
It would seem that those more critical of the army prefer to publish their works on the Internet to avoid being censored. Like Ganzeer for example, the artist behind this drawing which was widely shared by Egyptian web users on Wednesday when the military forcefully evicted pro-Morsi supporters from their protest camps.
And Mohamed Tawfik has also criticized the armed forces in these satirical cartoons posted to Facebook. In this drawing, he imagines a thank you card in which the army expressed gratitude to the people of Egypt for their support and giving popular legitimacy to a coup d’état.
Michelle Obama’s hip-hop album
Michelle Obama has teamed up with not for profit organization Hip Hop Public Health to release a hip hop album promoting healthy balanced diets as part of her “Let’s Move” campaign that she began in 2010 in a bid to combat childhood obesity in the US.
The album, called "Songs for a healthier America" will be released at the end of the September and features 19 tracks with titles such as “U R What You Eat” or “Veggie Luv”. The First Lady has signed up a host of rappers, well known faces from the world of showbiz and also doctors to collaborate on the album, which will be available for free-download and hopes to teach young people about the importance of eating healthily.
And although Michelle Obama won’t be rapping or singing on any of the tracks, she will feature in some of them; like “Everybody” for example which is the only song available to download for now and has extracts from one of her speeches on childhood obesity mixed to the music.
An interesting initiative which appears to be receiving a positive reception from social networkers who have been hailing the project, saying it’s a great way to reach out to kids and convey a message that is so important for their future well-being.
Facebook game to help save Britain’s ash trees
The UK’s millions of Ash trees are under threat from the Chalara fungus, which causes a serious disease of trees known as ash dieback, and could prove deadly to British woodlands … and so in a bid to combat the epidemic researchers from Cambridge University are trying to identify how the tree’s DNA affects it’s resistance to the disease. And so they’ve put together this sequence matching Facebook game called Fraxinus, so they can also get input from web users and hopefully gain vital clues on how the disease works on a genetic level.
Currency collages by Mark Wagner
New York-based artist Mark Wagner uses somewhat original material for his creations: one-dollar bills. He rips them up and then produced collages of faces, landscapes, animals… and you can get a closer look at these very interesting pieces on his website.
Video of the day
This four-minute video filmed and edited by Oklahoma based Matt Skuta provides a resume of eight months of his life. He started filming back in December, and has since taken one second of footage from each day and edited them together in this aptly named project “One second in a day”…