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Latest update : 2013-09-23

German citizens give their vote to foreigners on Facebook

Today on the net: German citizens giving their vote to foreigners via Facebook; thousands of web users campaign for the release of two Canadians held in Egypt; and a point-of-view video that lets us fly like an eagle.

German citizens give their vote to foreigners on Facebook

Germany heads to the polls on Sunday for the country’s general election, and Rick will be voting as instructed by Lola, a 70-year-old Spanish woman. Scores of Germans like Rick are handing over their vote to foreigners so they too can have their say.

As Luisa explains in this video, the outcome of this election will have a significant impact on Europe and the rest of the world. She has also joined the “Electoral Rebellion” Facebook page and will be voting on behalf of someone outside of Germany.

So via this page, German voters can give up their vote to a web user from a different country, who will have to explain their voting preference and why the election in Germany, which has been the biggest contributor to bail-out funds across the Eurozone, is something they want to be involved in.

Victor Rodriguez from Spain for example thinks a left wing government would handle the financial crisis more effectively and adopt more flexible austerity measures for southern European countries.

The campaign, which carries symbolic weight, was launched by the group “Egality Berlin” and was inspired by a similar initiative in Israel back in January for the parliamentary elections, when Israeli citizens donated their votes to Palestinians. 

Online campaign to free two Canadians jailed in Egypt

Canadian nationals Tarek Loubani and John Greyson were arrested in Cairo on August 16th for breaching the nighttime curfew in force in the Egyptian capital, and have been detained ever since without any official charges being brought against them. They embarked on a hunger strike on Monday in protest of their detention conditions. This information has come from a blog post written by John’s sister Cecilia Greyson, who is appealing to the international community to join her in campaigning for their immediate release.

The appeal has been widely relayed online, and this petition urging Canadians to lobby the government to do everything in its power to secure the release of the two men, has garnered some 137,000 signatures. Web users are encouraged to write to the Prime Minister Stephen Harper or to the Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird and ask them to prioritize the matter.

John Greyson who teaches film at York University in Toronto also has his students behind him, fighting for his freedom. They have produced this video saying they hope their campaigning will contribute to getting him home as soon as possible.

Strong ongoing campaigning for the two Canadians which looks set to grow over the coming days. Web users are voicing concerns they will meet the same fate as a French national, who was held in Cairo in similar conditions and who died in detention on Tuesday after being beaten to death by fellow prisoners. 

Now trending on social networks

With the Philippe armed forces locked in a stand-off with a handful of independence seeking Muslim rebels in Zamboanga on the island of Mindanao, both sides are waging a war of words on social networks, and have been extremely active online since the rebels began their attack ten days ago. The army has posted a series of messages to the Twitter handle belonging to a member of the Moro National Liberation Front, urging the separatist movement to lay down their weapons. The MNLF responded by saying the rebel leader Ustadz Khabir Malik was prepared to die for the cause. 

Cars and films

The Aston Martin driven by James Bond in "Goldfinger", the DeLorean come time machine from "Back to the Future" and also the Cadillac from "Ghostbusters" … Spanish graphic designer Jesús Prudencio has produced a poster collection featuring these iconic cars from the movies. The name of the film is not featured on the poster; so film buffs can have some fun guessing. 

Video of the day

Fly like an eagle… This incredible video was filmed in Chamonix in France and was made by attaching a small camera to the bird’s back. A fantastic idea, with stunning results, a definite must-see for nature lovers.

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