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Latest update : 2014-05-29

Backlash over "stealthy freedom" in Iran

In this edition: the "Stealthy Freedoms of Iranian Women" movement facing a growing backlash in Iran; residents of Recife in Brazil halt historic site demolition; and a base jumping daredevil taking web users along for the ride …

BACKLASH OVER "STEALTHY FREEDOM" IN IRAN

The "Stealthy Freedoms of Iranian Women" movement which began last month and has seen thousands of Iranian women posting pictures online of themselves with their hair uncovered is facing a growing backlash. Iranian men are taking to this so called "Men`s Stealthy Freedoms" Facebook page poking fun at the initiative by posing for photos wearing sheets and scarves on their head or around their body. 

The original campaign has been ridiculed but it has also prompted more radical reactions from the more conservative sections of the Islamic Republic. Rival Facebook groups have been set up, including the Real Freedom of Iranian Women page, where some contributors remind women that it is compulsory to wear the hijab, others posts are openly threatening women who dare to be seen in public without the Islamic veil. 

An article on the website of Business Week magazine claims some Iranian web users are even trying to identify these women, and that a purpose built Facebook page has been started so members of the public can expose women who have appeared online without their hijab. 

There have also been demonstrations in Tehran where hundreds of people took part in one protest saying women who go against Islamic law should be arrested. Despite the resistance, both online and on the streets, the "My Stealthy Freedoms" campaign continues and now has support from over 378,000 web users from all over the world. 

WEB USERS HALT HISTORIC SITE DEMOLITION IN BRAZIL

The reconstruction of historic warehouses at José Estelita Pier in Recife, Brazil, has been temporarily halted by protesters who oppose an ongoing government initiative to reshape the city. The news has been greeted with relief on social media where activists have been campaigning in numbers for some months now, voicing their opposition to the planned demolition of these buildings.

Opponents of the real estate development project which would see the historic landmarks pulled down have been coordinating the protest movement online. Locals in Recife have been busy posting under the #OcupeEstelita and #ResisteEstelita hashtags to voice their opposition to the project and urge local authorities to protect the city`s heritage.

Demands backed by this online petition to the mayor of Recife, Geraldo Julio, which has garnered some 12,000 signatures. The document denounces the real estate project describing it as an ecological aberration and calls for construction work on the José Estelita pier to be stopped immediately. 

Although many have taken to the web to voice opposition, protesters have also taken to the streets to protect the famous warehouses. As we can see from these pieces of amateur video footage, there have been a number of rallies staged near to the proposed construction site. And with demolition now put on hold, it seems the online and offline campaigning has paid off. 

NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS

An anonymous Twitter user has been posting under the @HiddenCash hashtag, with messages leading followers to free cash around San Francisco. That`s right, the mystery individual began sending out clues last week and the Twitter feed has since exploded with residents of the Californian city hunting for envelopes containing 20 or 100 dollar bills. As we can see from these shots that have been shared online, a number of lucky social networkers have already walked away with the giveaways… 

FAKE OF THE DAY

The American Psychiatric Association has classified selfie-taking as a medical disorder … an obsessive compulsive desire they call "selfitis"… well this is according to fake news site the “Abobo Chronicles” … a lot of social networkers fell for it though … and so will doubt be very relieved that this incurable condition doesn`t actually exist …

METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART OFFERS ACCESS TO 400.000 IMAGES

NYC`s Metropolitan Museum of Art has made some 400.000 high-resolution digital images of its collection available for free download, and includes masterpieces by the likes of Pablo Picasso, Édouard Manet and Vincent van Gogh … Web users can now browse the rich collection and see photos of some of the oldest examples of pottery known in the world, Aztec stone sculptures from the 15th century and also Japanese calligraphy and paintings. 

VIDEO OF THE DAY

Well this should get your pulse racing … base jumper Jokke Sommer attached a camera to his equipment as he set off jumping off buildings in Spain, so he could take web users along for ride, and the thrilling footage is available on the YouTube channel for camera manufacturer Go Pro.

By Electron Libre

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