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Latest update : 2014-09-01

Ukraine: Web users call for international assistance

In this edition: Ukrainian web users call for international assistance; an anti-rape nail polish stirs up lively debate; and some surfing action along the Indonesian coastline.

UKRAINE: WEB USERS CALL FOR INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE

Thousands of Ukrainians have taken to the web in recent days posting under the #UkraineUnderAttack or #RussiaInvadedUkraine hashtags sharing their concerns over the increased presence of Russian troops across their country. A lot of the messages are calling on the international community to intervene and force the Russian authorities to end all operations in Ukraine immediately. 

Indeed, many, including the Prime Minister of Ukraine have appealed for urgent intervention from the UN, the United States or the European Union. Web users say Moscow should be sanctioned for its actions in Ukraine and urge the international community not to turn a blind eye to the current conflict.

And it seems leaders of the European Union have listened. Meeting in Brussels this week, they issued an ultimatum on Saturday, giving Russia one week to reverse course and withdraw all troops from Ukraine or to face a new round of sanctions from the EU.

Ukrainian web users have hailed the threat of fresh sanctions, although some feel this is not enough. These Twitter posts say the international community must now take more concrete action to stop Russia`s military offensive in Ukraine. Concerned citizens are suggesting one week is too long as the situation is getting steadily worse.

ANTI-RAPE NAIL POLISH SPARKS ONLINE CONTROVERSY

This nail polish was developed by four American students in a bid to combat sexual assault on US campuses; it changes colour when it comes into contact with the “date rape drugs” used to spike victims’ drinks. Although the nail varnish is not yet available on the market it has stirred up lively debate on social networks.

The product’s Facebook page is full of approving and encouraging posts, with web users saying it is an effective way of preventing sexual assault. This beauty salon owner says he will be offering it to his clients. And this woman says she would like to see university students given this nail polish free of charge.

But it has come in for some criticism, with many saying women should be seen as potential victims, but that men should learn to control themselves. Feminist blog “glosswatch” has even stated that this type of invention actually reinforces a pervasive rape culture in American society.

American blogger Soraya Chemali has expressed a similar sentiment. She thinks it’s a shame that the focus is on the drug, which she says is a rarer factor in sexual assault. She explains that less than 3 % of rapes on American campuses are drug facilitated.

NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS

Web users in Scotland have taken to social networks in their droves, in response to the “Better Together” coalition`s TV campaign ad aired in the run up to the September 18 referendum on Scottish independence. They have been criticising the sexist nature of the clip which features a woman sat in her kitchen, admitting she knows very little about politics… yes, the ad has stirred up strong reactions from social networkers, who are less than impressed with in their words the “patronising BT Lady” …

POSTCARD PORTRAITS BY AMIR ZAINORIN

Malaysian artist Amir Zainorin has created portraits of well-known political leaders, past and present, including Georg Washington, Chairman Mao, Queen Elisabeth II and also Barack Obama, using post cards collected from restaurants and galleries across Denmark where he currently resides. These incredibly lifelike portraits are available to view on his Pinterest page.

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF ICONIC MONUMENTS

American photographer Richard Silver, has explored how iconic buildings and monuments, like the Palace of Westminster in London or the Coliseum on Rome, change in appearance from day into night. He took 36 photos at intervals over twenty fours and then layered them into a final composition, illustrating a day in the life of that particular iconic monument. You can see the collection on the artist`s website.

VIDEO OF THE DAY

This video should be hit with thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies everywhere. Surfer Kalani Chapman attached a camera to his board so he could take web users along for the ride when he hit the waves along the Indonesian coastline. You can see him in action on the Go pro YouTube channel.

By Electron Libre

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