Today on the net: reports of the violent clashes in Cairo between pro and anti-military protesters; an American hunter sparks outrage with her photo of a dead lion; and Harry Potter wanders around a train station in New York City.
Egypt: violent clashes in Cairo
As we can see from this footage filmed in Cairo and posted to Egyptian website "ahramonline", violent clashes broke out between pro and anti-military protesters in Tahrir Square on Tuesday, leaving at least one person dead and many others wounded.
Thousands of protesters had gathered in the Egyptian capital to mark the anniversary of the week of deadly rallies which began on November 19th 2011 and saw some 40 demonstrators killed by security forces. As we can see from this amateur document, it was intended to be a peaceful protest and began as such in a pleasant and friendly atmosphere
But this was before the arrival of a handful of supporters of General al-Sisi, the head of Egypt’s armed forces which ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi back in July. Anti-military demonstrators took offence to their presence and as we can see from these images available on the Citizenside website, tensions soon boiled over.
The army then intervened to disperse protesters, and as these photos taken in Cairo on Tuesday night would suggest, the operation was successful. We see Tahrir Square completely empty, suggesting that, for the time being, the authorities have things under control.
American hunter sparks outrage with photo of dead lion
American TV producer and presenter Melissa Bachman sparked outrage when she posted this shot to her Twitter page at the beginning of November. We see Bachman, a keen hunter, posing triumphantly over the body of a dead lion she stalked and killed in a South African hunting park. The picture has been met with widespread condemnation, with thousands taking to the web to voice their disgust.
Social networkers, famous or otherwise, have been expressing their horror. British comedian and actor Ricky Gervais for example has joined the barrage of criticism, slamming hunting and slamming Melissa Bachman for killing animals, including endangered species like lions, solely for her own pleasure.
Furious web users want her stopped and have been busy campaigning. This petition has been signed by over 344 000 people and counting. It’s addressed to the South African authorities, urging the government to protect the animals of South Africa by denying Melissa Bachman access to the country and its natural resources.
The petition also has the backing of this Facebook group "Stop Melissa Bachman" which has some 148 000 members, all hoping their campaigning will pay off and the hunter will find herself another hobby.
Now trending on social networks
Norwegians of various ethnic backgrounds have been posting under the #Norskrasisme hashtag denouncing their experiences of racism in the country. The hashtag started trending on Monday after Warsan Ismail, a Norwegian student of Somali descent, posted a series of tweets about the difficulties she has encountered because of the colour of her skin. Her posts have been widely retweeted, inspiring other social networkers to share some of the racist comments they have received.
Digital attack map
The most popular method used by hackers across the globe is the Distributed Denial of Service attack which consists of saturating a website’s servers with volumes of traffic far too large to handle. And to illustrate the scale of this phenomenon, Google has teamed up with computer security firm Arbor networks to produce an interactive map, the “Digital Attack Map”: a tool that visualizes, on a day to day basis, the volume of these DDoS attacks, where they are coming from, and what countries are being targeted.
Video of the day
Harry Potter wandering around a New York City train station, with his owl, looking for the famous platform 9 ¾ to take him to the Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry… here’s the latest offering staged by the team at Improv’ Everywhere. The video will no doubt prove popular with fans of the J.K.Rowling character, and it’s available to view on YouTube.