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Latest update : 2014-04-06

Algeria : web users mock Abdelaziz Bouteflika

In this edition: Algerian web users make fun of their president Abdelaziz Bouteflika; an anti-feminist campaign in Germany sparks lively debate; and a two legged dog becomes a web sensation…

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American web users have been posting under the #PrayingForFortHood hashtag following April 2nd`s deadly shooting at the Fort Hood military base in Texas. Shocked citizens have been posting messages to social network paying tribute to the victims and voicing their sorrow as the US mourns yet another shooting tragedy.
 

ALGERIA: WEB USERS MOCK ABDELAZIZ BOUTEFLIKA

With campaigning for Algeria`s April 17th presidential election well underway, web users have been having all sorts of fun poking fun at Abdelaziz Bouteflika who has been in power for the past 15 years and is hoping to be re-elected for a fourth presidential term. The 77 year old head of state has been the butt of all manner of online jokes, with many saying he is no longer capable of governing the country.

His state of health appears to have inspired Algeria`s online comedians who have been producing parodies of his rare appearances on television. Satirical clips like this one which has been doing the rounds on Facebook over the past few days, poking fun at last week`s meeting between the president and the Algerian army`s chief of staff Ahmed Gaïd Salah and depicting a very weak Bouteflika, making no sense when he speaks.

Another initiative designed to highlight his absence from the campaigning; this Facebook game entitled “Find Boutef”. You have to turn over two matching photos of various Algerian politicians to slowly reveal a photo of Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Players have a challenge ahead of them however as despite their attempts no-one has found the president so far.

Algerians are also sharing cartoons and caricatures of the president. Again openly making a joke about his state of health and illustrating people’s doubts as to whether he will be fit enough to lead the country for the next five years.
 

ANTI-FEMINIST CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED IN GERMANY

Members of the youth wing of the conservative Alternative for Germany party, the AfD have launched an anti-feminist Facebook campaign called “Equality instead of Egalitarianism” which sees activists posing with a sign explaining their opposition. Messages like “I am not a feminist because sometimes I need a man by my side to support me” or “because I want to achieve my goals through effort and not through a quota.

The campaign is in response to plans to mandate a 30 per cent of non-executive company board seats to women by 2016. Angela Merkel`s government unveiled the proposed legislation recently but critics say women are not defenceless creatures and do not need to be given preferential treatment.

The opposition to the quota policy has angered women’s rights campaigners who have criticized the AfD`s Youth movement, reminding members that if it wasn`t for feminism then women wouldn’t even have the right to work, and the fight continues to counter sexual inequality in the workplace.

Young socialists from Munster have been sharing similar sentiments via a campaign launched on Facebook to coincide with International Women`s day on March 8th. Campaigners are asked to explain why they believe the ideology of feminism is important to society.
 

STATS OF THE DAY

If you want to develop some serious muscle power, we`re talking Incredible Hulk like proportions then take a look at this infographic put together for online training and nutrition guide Neilarey.com. Seven exercises are outlined in the Hulk workout; you have to do them every day for the best results.
 

WEBSITE CALCULATES TIME SPENT WATCHING TV SHOWS

How much time have you spent in front of the television watching your favourite shows? Well this new website answers that very question. So “Friends” fans will have spent the equivalent of 4 days and 22 hours watching the full ten seasons of the hit show. And if you`re a “Breaking Bad” addict, well 2 days and 14 hours of your life have been spent completing the five season run. If you were a Dallas lover however, you would have used up 14 days and 21 hours in front of this legendary soap opera.
 

VIDEO OF THE DAY

He may have been born with deformed hind legs that had to be removed but this doesn`t stop adorable Boxer Duncan having fun with his owner. In this video recently posted online we see him having a ball on a beach in western Canada. Heart-warming images available on YouTube.

By Electron Libre

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