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Latest update : 2014-03-20

Online reactions to Russia's annexation of Crimea

In this edition: online reactions to Russia`s annexation of Crimea; Icelanders campaign for a referendum on EU accession; and an American Frisbee champ in an impressive display.

ONLINE REACTIONS TO RUSSIA’S ANNEXATION OF CRIMEA

On Tuesday, Vladimir Putin signed the bill to absorb the Crimean peninsula into Russia, and as we can see from the dozens of photos doing the rounds online, Ukrainian web users have reacted strongly, offering the middle finger salute in front of their television sets as the Russian president delivered his speech; they say Russia is seizing part of their country, and they will never accept it.

Russians are far from angry however and have taken to social networks, hailing Vladimir Putin`s decision to annex Crimea. Some of his supporters have been using the keywords “Thank you for Crimea Putin”, happy the peninsula will be joining Russia and criticizing the Ukrainian government for failing to look after it properly.

The situation has generated widespread commentary on the web and, it seems, has inspired comedians from all over the world. There are all sorts of photomontages and parodies circulating online, somewhat offbeat creations like this drawing by Armenian web user Zinvor; depicting Vladimir Putin celebrating Russia`s annexation of Crimea.
 

ICELANDERS DEMAND A VOTE ON EU ACCESSION

51,566 people, so around 21 % of voters in Iceland have signed this online petition, demanding a vote on joining the European Union, after the government dropped its EU membership bid without holding a referendum. The move has angered many across Iceland who want to have a say in whether or not the country continues its membership negotiations that began in 2009.

Some have taken the cause to the streets, as we can see in these pictures of a rally staged in the capital Reykjavik last weekend. The protest movement began three weeks ago after the government suspended talks with Brussels on February 21st. Both pro and anti EU membership protesters participate in the rallies, as they share the belief that the authorities need to listen to what the people have to say.

There has also been online campaigning, under the #vor14 hashtag which means spring 2014, because protesters want the referendum to be held in spring at the same time as the local government elections. This is all explained on the movement`s Facebook page, where initiators say they will continue campaigning until the government honors its campaign promise made last year, to allow citizens a vote on EU membership.
 

NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS

The #FindLee hashtag has been trending in the UK with web users intent on finding Lee, a good Samaritan who left a note on a woman`s car with the registration number of a truck he saw scraping the car and driving away. Social networkers have hailed his act of kindness, as has the owner of the car who wants to thank Lee in person and buy him a beer.
 

STATS OF THE DAY

United Arab Emirates based company Hostware has put together this infographic entitled “Where Is The Internet” to help visualize what the Internet represents on a global scale. Available on the visual.ly platform, it shows us that it now consists of 75 million servers worldwide, as opposed to 30 million back in 2008, and 885,000 kilometers of undersea cables. Staggering figures that illustrate the scale of this communication tool which now has some 3 billion users worldwide.
 

COSPLAY FANS CREATE LOW COST COSTUMES

The motto for “Low Cost Cosplay” is “Everything is cosplay”; it’s a new trend which involves creative and often absurd attempts at recreating the costumes of manga, cartoon, movie or TV characters using everyday items, whatever`s on hand really. So you just need a pillow and some sheets to become the Snow Queen or a Disney Witch. The concept comes from Thailand but has soon spread further afield, as we can see from the “Low Cost Cosplay” Facebook page.
 

VIDEO OF THE DAY

Brodie Smith is back with another Frisbee video, showcasing another series of amazing trick shots. The clip is called “March Madness Trick Shots” and you can check it out in its entirety on Brodie`s YouTube page…

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