On today’s show: South Sudanese web users call for national peace and reconciliation; Spanish campaigners defend a woman’s right to an abortion; and a spot of bike parkour in San Francisco.
WEB USERS CALL FOR PEACE IN SOUTH SUDAN
Civilians flee the ongoing and escalating violence in Bor, South Sudan, seeking refuge in this UN compound. According to the United Nations, some 62 000 people have been displaced by the conflict between supporters of the current president Salva Kiir, and those of the former vice-president Riek Machar, accused of orchestrating an attempted coup d’état last week.
Many in the young South Sudan, which only became an independent state in 2011, fear the fighting between the two ethnic groups could lead to civil war. Web users within the country, as well as the South Sudan diaspora, have taken to social networks calling for national peace and reconciliation under the #IChoosePeace and #MyTribeIsSouthSudan hashtags. Blogger Eva Lopa for example is asking her fellow citizens to put their ethnic backgrounds to one side and stand united as the people of South Sudan.
Scores of web users are fearful of the possibility of armed conflict and have posted photos like these ones online, in which they are holding signs voicing their concerns. The pics have been compiled to the Talk of Juba magazine’s Facebook page which is asking its readers to get involved in the campaign.
Others have recorded videos in which they share their worries. Stood next to a Christmas tree, this South Sudanese family living in the United States for example has a very clear message to convey.
SPANISH WOMEN REACT ONLINE TO NEW ANTI-ABORTION LAW
Carrying out a pledge that was part of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s election campaign in 2011, the Spanish government approved a restrictive abortion law on Friday. If the bill is approved by parliament then abortion in Spain will only be allowed in the case of rape or when there is a serious psychological or physical health risk to the mother. The restrictions have been slammed by countless people across Spain, and women in particular, and they have taken to the web to voice their outrage.
Web users have been posting under the #MiBomboEsMio hashtag meaning “my belly is mine” hashtag, slating a law that’s a step backwards thirty years as, if approved, Spain will be rolling back the abortion law to what it was in 1985.
Women have also used the thread to defend a woman’s right to choose what she does with her body and to remind the authorities that the government should not be making that kind of decision for them, particularly when it concerns something as consequential as abortion.
And with many turning to online channels to oppose the government decision, others have taken to the streets. As we can see from these photographs that have been doing the rounds online, rallies were staged across Spain over the weekend to protest against the proposed anti-abortion measures. Thousands of men and women took part in the demonstrations, determined to convince the Spanish authorities to backtrack and revoke their decision.
NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS
Justine Sacco, the communications director for an American media conglomerate sparked an avalanche of criticism and condemnation when she posted this message to Twitter on Friday. Published just before she boarded a plane to South Africa the offensive tweet read “going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white". The tweet went viral over the weekend, with comments pouring in from furious web users. The social media revolt was such that Justine Sacco has since been fired from her position.
BRITISH LIBRARY ADDS ONE MILLION IMAGES TO FLICKR
Geographical maps, scientific diagrams, old photos… The British Library has uploaded over one million public domain images from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries to Flickr. The library wants to improve knowledge of and about these images and to encourage research with a soon to be released application that will allow web users to complete missing data…
CHAMP, THE CLASSIEST DOG ON INSTAGRAM
Over the past few months Candice Sedighan has been posting photos of her 11-year-old golden retriever, Champ, on Instagram: cleverly staged shots, depicting the pooch in all sorts of scenarios. You can check out the pics on the candiceandchamp Instagram account which already has thousands of followers.
VIDEO OF THE DAY
In this video we see BMX and trial bike champs take to the streets of San Francisco for a very impressive display of bike parkour, pulling off one stunning stunt and trick after another. This is the latest video from YouTube favourite Devin Supertramp and you can check it out in its entirety on the video sharing platform.