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Latest update : 2013-11-20

Banning sugar dolls in Tunisia, "ultra girls" 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: Tunisia

The Muslim world has just celebrated the beginning of the New Islamic Year. In the Tunisian town of Nabeul it's a festive time... You see something special in the market - colorful dolls and animals made of sugar. The tradition dates back to pagan days, and that is causing problems with the newly radicalised form of Islam that has been growing in Tunisia since the revolution that removed President Ben Ali two years ago.

 

Story 2: Egypt

To Egypt now, where Islamists have suffered a very different fate from in Tunisia. In Egypt, they were democratically elected, only to be unceremoniously removed from power by the military. Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood regularly take to the streets to demand the reinstatement of their president, Mohamed Morsi. With many of the movement's men arrested, women play a prominent role in the demonstrations, especially those who - like our Observer - are proud to call themselves 'Ultra Girls'.

 

Story 3: World

Now for our weekly look at some other reports and images sent in by our Observers.

First stop Cameroon, in French-speaking West Africa. Our Observer Jean was relaxing in his dorm room when he heard shouting outside his window. He saw some motorcycle taxi drivers beating a man they said had stolen one of their vehicles. Jean tried to intercede, but they started beating him too, so he retreated. The angry drivers ended up beating the suspected thief to death before the police arrived - rough justice in a city plagued by crime. Jean says it's time for a campaign against such vigilante justice.

Now to Iran, the city of Abadan, and the last-minute cancellation of two very different concerts. Two groups - one pop and one traditional - had managed to get permits for concerts. This is not easy in a country whose religious rulers often deem music un-Islamic and indecent - whatever kind it is. That opinion is shared by Abadan's new imam for Friday prayers, the top religious figure in the city. He organised a campaign of text messages, sermons and picket lines, which led to the cancellation of both concerts. Our observer Assan says it was a shame, in a city where young people don't have much else to do.

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