Today on the net: Saudi women campaigning for the right to drive; Anonymous is planning a mass rally for November 5; and the Madeleine McCann case is back in the headlines.
Saudi women defy driving ban
This video has been widely shared by web users in Saudi Arabia. Filmed last week, we see a fully veiled woman driving around Riyadh, defying the kingdom’s ban on women driving. Other motorists she passes along the way show their support by giving her the thumbs up.
In this ultra conservative kingdom, where women must have a male guardian and ask for permission if they want to travel for example, or open a bank account, more and more women now want the right to drive, and have been demanding as much in videos and photos posted online. Something which has in some cases got them into trouble with police, or alienated them from religious leaders…
One Saudi cleric, alarmed by the scale of the movement, recently warned women that driving would affect their ovaries and cause birth defects in their children. His comments sparked a wave of mockery online and the campaign to end the ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia is now about to gain further ground.
Activists are planning a nationwide day of defiance against the ban on October 26th. There is also a petition circulating online which has garnered over 15,000 signatures appealing to the government to give Saudi women the green light, so they can finally get a license and get behind the wheel.
Anonymous plans "Million Mask March" early November
Members of the informal hacker collective Anonymous are planning to stage a mass rally in Washington, US on November 5, to protest against the actions of the powers that be and what they see as the government’s oppression of the American people.
The "Million Mask march" as it is called, is essentially being promoted via social networks and videos and other posters like these ones urging people to take part, have been multiplying online over the past few weeks.
As stated on the dedicated website, the organizers want the anti-government protest to be a peaceful one. As they explain here, they want to express their concerns, and voice their demands without resorting to violence, and they ask all potential participants to respect this, and demonstrate how you do not need to use force to achieve change.
And although the rally was originally planned for the US capital only, it has inspired other events across the globe. As we can see from this interactive map produced by Anonymous, some 338 similar protests will be taking place all over the world on November 5. How many people will respond to the rallying cry? We’ll find out early next month.
Now trending on social networks
Four years old at the time British girl Madeleine McCann mysteriously disappeared in 2007 from where she was holidaying in Portugal with her parents. The case is back in the news, and the subject of widespread debate in the UK, after police released to the press two e-fit images of a man they are looking to question in connection to the enquiry. As many social networkers are saying this new and sudden development could well be the key to unlocking the investigation, a story that has fascinated the entire planet for the past six years...
"Brides throwing cats"
It’s a wedding tradition, the bride throws her bouquet and whichever one of her single friends catches it, will be the next to marry. So what would happen if they replaced the flowers with a cat? This aptly named “Brides throwing Cats” Tumblr blog hosts some hilariously doctored photos depicting just that. But please rest assured, no cats were harmed in the making of this blog…
Video of the day
Here’s the latest offering from popular YouTube regular Devin Supertamp… Spectacular images of base jumpers throwing themselves off a bridge or from a hot air balloon. This action packed clip will be a sure fire hit with adrenaline junkies everywhere…