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Latest update : 2014-05-15

USA: Ann Coulter mocks #BringBackOurGirls campaign

In this edition: an American political commentator sparks outrage; video campaigns fight abstention in the European elections; and artists from 58 countries perform "Bitter Sweet Symphony".

USA: ANN COULTER MOCKS #BRINGBACKOURGIRLS CAMPAIGN

Well known American political commentator Ann Coulter, who is famed for her conservative views, has been in the midst of a social media storm over the past few days. And here`s why; she posted this selfie to her Twitter page on Sunday holding a sign saying #bringbackourcountry. The pic came with a sarcastic comment mocking the #bringbackourgirls campaign currently underway calling for the release of the hundreds of kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls. Her tweet has sparked lively reaction online.

Many have taken to the web sharing their outrage, saying the post is in very poor taste. Social networkers are slamming Ann Coulter`s attitude, saying she will do anything to get people talking about her. They say the pundit should have kept quiet for once, and are making their contempt for her very clear.

Some have decided to give Coulter a taste of her own medicine and have been posting parodies of the controversial selfie. These satirical offerings see the commentator holding signs reading “bring back my soul” or saying she`s a miserable person. It`s certainly one way of showing her they feel her actions are wholly inappropriate.
 

FIGHTING ABSTENTION IN THE EUROPEAN ELECTIONS

The star of this short animation is "Vote man"; he is a fictitious character dreamt up by the Danish parliament and his mission is to get people to vote – even if it means using force. The video has certainly stood out from other online clips aimed at fighting abstention and voter apathy in the upcoming European elections due to be held between the 22nd and 25th May.

The "Europeans without Borders" initiative has opted for a more sober approach and some well-known faces, with a series of short clips entitled “rock the eurovote”, featuring French actors Dany Boon and Guillaume Galienne amongst others, explaining why these elections are so important for the people of Europe.

And the "Happy" fever is also sweeping the campaign to fight abstention in the European elections. The League of Young Voters has put together a version of the Pharrell Williams mega hit. It’s called “Happy Voting” and aims to reach the under 25s, an age group that has shown poor voter turnout for these elections in the past.

The European parliament has produced several educational videos available on its YouTube channel, aimed at convincing voters their choice will have a real impact on their day to day lives. Again with the same objective; lower the rate of abstention which reached record highs in 2009 when it rose to 57 %.
 

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British daily local The Journal has launched the #100reasons Twitter hashtag asking web users to tweet why it`s great up in the of north-east of England. Proud northerners have evoked the beauty of the countryside, the wealth of culture, and the rich history. The hashtag was started in response to an article that appeared in the Guardian newspaper recently which drew parallels between the north-east of England and the bankrupt US city of Detroit.
 

FAIL OF THE DAY

It`s probably not the best idea to pose for a selfie just before you set out to rob a supermarket … as the website The Smoking Gun reports, a 28 year old American man from Kentucky found this out the hard way last week. The suspect was stopped by police after officers found an incriminating photo on his cell phone. The photo most definitely helped them in their enquiries as the suspect was posing in his white burglar’s mask.
 

ARTISTS TRANSFORM BEACH SAND INTO 3D OPTICAL ILLUSIONS

New Zealand artists Constanza Tagini Nightingale, Jamie Harkins and David Rendu create large 3D sand drawings on local beaches. Their optical illusions are extremely realistic and you can take a closer look on the 3DSD Facebook page.


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Musicians and artists from 58 different countries have come together for the latest "Wall of Sound" project, to perform "Bitter Sweet Symphony" by British band The Verve. The end result is pretty impressive indeed and demonstrates that music has no boundaries…

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