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Latest update : 2014-03-05

Ukraine crisis seen by cartoonists

In this edition: the crisis in Ukraine seen by cartoonists; Algerians oppose Abdelaziz Bouteflika`s reelection bid; and a professional racecar driver in a hidden camera prank…

UKRAINE CRISIS SEEN BY CARTOONISTS 

The world watches as the crisis in Ukraine deepens, and cartoonists from across the globe have been posting all manner of artworks to social networks, with their takes on the current upheaval. 

For many Ukraine has become a geopolitical game of chess between Russia and western countries, the United States in particular. British artist Andy Davey foresees bloodshed as both sides dig in their heels as they try to intimidate the opponent into making mistakes. 

While some have used chess to illustrate the power play in Ukraine, others have depicted more direct confrontation. Hector Curriel for example has sketched a hockey match between Russia and the United States, with Ukraine portrayed as nothing but a puck… 

The Russian Bear is also featuring prominently in cartoons. Aggressive creatures that will do anything to defend what is theirs: in this instance, Ukraine. This drawing shows the country as a bear cub being protected by its strong and powerful mother; Russia. 

The artist behind this poster sees Russia and its president obsessed by its neighboring country. We see Vladimir Putin as Gollum from Lord of the Rings, suggesting the Russian leader has an unhealthy infatuation with the “precious” Ukraine…

 

ALGERIA: WEB USERS PROTEST BOUTEFLIKA’S BID FOR FOURTH TERM 

There have been growing protests in Algeria following the Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal`s announcement on February 22 that the president Abdelaziz Bouteflika was intending to run for a fourth term in office. An application officially accepted on Monday. As we can see in these online images, Saturday saw demonstrations in Algiers, Béjaïa and Constantine. 

Citizen group « anti 4 » called for the protests online. The movement began on Facebook, where over 9,000 web users are following the “no to a fourth term for Bouteflika” page. Many have replaced their profile picture with the number four struck through, symbolizing their outright opposition to the head of state taking on another five year mandate. 

Web users have also been sharing cartoons and parodies on Twitter, saying their president is incapable of carrying out his functions, as the 76 year old suffered a stroke last year and is only just back on his feet. Satirical pics that compare Abdelaziz Bouteflika to an Egyptian mummy or a zombie, and highlight his poor state of health and the fact he has rarely been seen in public in recent months.

His political track record is also under fire. This online petition, which has garnered over 13,000 signatures since its launch on February 22, points out that his three terms as Head of State have been clouded by financial scandals, growing crime rates and escalating fraud. The document urges the leader to abandon his plans to run for reelection on April 17th.

 

NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS 

When American television star and Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres posted the now famous star studded selfie online on Sunday, she was probably not expecting such a phenomenal response. Not only was the photo retweeted over 3 million times, it also inspired social networkers to produce some parodies. And they`ve been having a field day, as we can see from this pick of just some of the shots currently doing the round online.

 

HOAX OF THE DAY 

“This is the deadly snow snake. One bite and your blood starts to freeze” so reads the caption for this photo that has been circulating on sharing platforms, getting some American web users pretty worried. Said to strike in Ohio and Pennsylvania, the snake it turns out is totally fictitious. As the site snopes.com reports, there is no such species, and although snakes are cold blooded, they are not able to cause a human`s blood to freeze.

 

CORPUS LIBRIS: LENDING BODIES TO BOOKS 

American bookseller Emily Pullen`s photography project sees subjects incorporating their body into a book cover … creating literal mashups of reality and book art. The shots are available to view on the “Corpus Libris” Tumblr blog, and feature submissions from book lovers everywhere…

 

VIDEO OF THE DAY 

Around a year ago, professional racecar driver Jeff Gordon teamed up with a soft drinks manufacturer to produce a hidden camera video in which he took a car salesman on a ride to remember. The clip proved extremely popular online but many said it had been faked. Something that didn’t go down too well with Gordon. So he decided to make a new video and prank one journalist who had questioned the authenticity of the original one, a certain Travis Okulski who`s unlikely to forget this taxi journey in a hurry…

By Electron Libre

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