In this edition: a week of unrest in Bosnia; the "Mispterz" movement, the self-described hipsters in hijabs; and four Americans in a pretty impressive juggling display…
UNREST IN BOSNIA
Bosnia has been rocked by unrest for the past week. There have been unprecedented rallies across the country with demonstrators protesting against unemployment and poverty in Bosnia and the governments perceived inability to do anything to improve the situation. Social networkers have been sharing accounts online attesting to the building tensions.
They have been posting under the #BosniaSpring hashtag in reference to the Arab Spring revolutions, circulating amateur pictures and footage illustrating, amongst other things, how recent protests have descended into violent clashes with police. Groups of protesters also stormed and ransacked government buildings in various Bosnian cities over the weekend to vent their anger.
And demonstrators are now trying to convince the police to join them. This woman was filmed in Sarajevo on Sunday begging riot police officers deployed to the Bosnian capital to join the protest movement. The video appears to be proving inspirational to Bosnian web users as it has racked up over 21,000 views in just a few days.
And citizens are also using the web to openly voice their demands. In Prijedor for example, a growing number of government opponents have been taking to Facebook sharing their hopes and expectations for the future. There are all manner of posts but they are dominated by fighting corruption and the measures to be taken to get the Bosnian economy back on its feet.
MEET THE MIPSTERZ: HIPSTERS IN HIJABS
They describe themselves as “Muslim hipster” women - and their “Mipsterz” movement has been making waves online. Social networks are abuzz with pictures of Muslim women who coordinate their hijab, the Islamic veil, with colorful and trendy outfits.
The “Mipsterz” trend became something of a talking point after this video was released online. Entitled “Somewhere in America”, it features young women across the US having fun, skateboarding in high heels, to the sounds of Jay-Z. The clip is intended to challenge the stereotypes surrounding the Islamic veil, often associated with oppression, and to show stylish, edgy and fun loving women can also practice the Muslim faith.
“Mipsterz” share a common philosophy, and describe themselves as “at the forefront of the latest music, fashion, art”, whilst continuing to seek inspiration from the Sacred Texts of Islam. This is what is written on the Facebook page for American “Mipsterz”, where members share information and news about the Muslim world for example and also women’s rights.
And the movement is not all about feminism and activism; there is also a “Mipsterz” dating site for Muslim women and men the world over. The “Hipster Shaadi” platform went live back in Autumn, and its creators hope it will help connect “open minded” people who enjoy “learning abut the Muslim culture” just as much as they like “cooking, discussing art or fashion and so on...
NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS
Web users from Iran have been posting under the #FreeIranianSoldiers hashtag in support of the five Iranian soldiers kidnapped by a rebel group on Friday near the Iran-Pakistan border. They have been sharing their fears for the soldiers’ safety and urging the abductors to free them. Web users are also calling on the international community to take urgent action to secure their release.
STATS OF THE DAY
This infographic put together by NGO “Sustainable America”, tells us that Americans buy some 3 billion loaves of bread each year, but 25% of them end up in the trash. Fortunately it also provides a list of ten things you can do with stale bread, and thus avoid waste. You can use it in recipes, cutting it up and making it into croutons for example. You can also put dry bread in the fridge as it helps absorb moisture and keep vegetables fresh.
ROBOTS TO ROAM TATE BRITAIN AT NIGHT
London`s Tate Britain is set to have robots roaming around at night. Three artists won a new digital arts prize offered by the prestigious gallery and received a budget to turn their plans into reality. They want to put robots, complete with cameras and lighting, into the museum, robots that people will able to control from the comfort of their own homes, giving them unique after-hours access to exhibits, and the ability to zoom in on the works they choose. The project is called “After Dark” and should be completed by the summer.
VIDEO OF THE DAY
This video features four Americans in a pretty impressive juggling display. The clip`s called “Carpool Lane” and features the pros showcasing their amazing talent with one stunning trick after another. You can check out their performance in its entirety on Tom Gaasedelen`s Vimeo account.