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Ukraine: Pro-European protests continue

Today on the net: Ukraine’s pro-Europe movement continues online; Amnesty International releases an alarming report on North Korea’s prison camps; and a false Nelson Mandela quote has been doing the rounds on social networks.

Ukraine: pro-European protests continue

Ukraine’s pro-Europe movement continues on social networks with activists calling for closer relations with Europe and voicing their anger and frustrations with the Ukrainian president.

They say Viktor Yanukovych is trying to sell Ukraine to Russia. This film poster parody, which has been widely shared on Facebook, suggests he won’t be leading the country for very much longer.

The head of state has been targeted by opposition activists since the start of this pro-EU movement. A petition was started on the White House website calling on Washington to impose sanctions on the Ukrainian president and his cabinet of Ministers. The document has garnered over 135,000 signatures.

Representatives of Ukrainian civil society say he is guilty of corruption and have set up this website urging the US and the EU to investigate assets belonging to Viktor Yanukovych and his son Oleksandr, as well as freeze their bank accounts and liquidate any companies they own.

Photos show scale of North Korea’s repressive prison camps

Amnesty International has released a report with these satellite images showing the ongoing development of two of North Korea’s largest prison camps. The NGO has compared these images with older ones and it would seem new buildings have recently appeared in camps 15 and 16 which hold political prisoners.

Amnesty International says the new buildings and increased security suggest the inmate population is expanding in these two political prison camps, where detention conditions are said to be appalling, with prisoners subject to forced labour, in mining or logging for example.

A former security guard, who did not reveal his identity, told the NGO that in these camps, rape and suicide are frequent. And Kim Young Soon, who was detained for 9 years for criticizing the former North Korean leader, has described a public and particularly gruesome execution of two fellow inmates caught trying to escape.

This report is one of a number of damning documents against the North Korean regime. The International Federation for Human Rights published a paper back in May, detailing the “routine” executions and rampant torture in these work camps which according to a recent UN report hold some 200,000 prisoners. 

Has your email been compromised in data breach?

This website will tell you if your email account has been “pwned” compromised in a data breach over the past few years. Software company Adobe was hacked recently for example with data and passwords belonging to some 150 million users being stolen. So if you want to find out if your safe then you just have to visit the site created by Australian developer Troy Hunt, type in your email address, and hit the enter button! 

Now trending on social networks

Web users the world over have been paying tribute to Nelson Mandela, who died last Thursday, by posting the quote: "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure." They have attributed the words to South Africa’s anti-apartheid hero but they actually come from a book published in 1992, written by American self-help author Marianne Williamson. 

Video of the day

As we can see in this video posted online last week, Adam Bohn and his fiancée Michelle Chang put together a little surprise for their ceremony. The groom had to fight off a host of challengers, including a knight in armour and a group of ninjas working for a mafia boss, before he could finally kiss the bride. The epic battles were a great hit with guests and you can check out the video in its entirety on all good video sharing platforms.

By Electron Libre

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