A concerted effort appears to be underway to keep footage of a Saudi woman driving through the streets of Khobar off the web.
Manal al-Sharif was arrested Sunday after she posted a video of herself driving while encouraging other women to flout the Saudi ban on female drivers. Sharif and other like-minded women were organizing a June 17 “drive-in” protest when she was arrested; the Facebook page for the event was deleted despite amassing over 12,000 likes, and a fake Twitter account appearing to belong to Sharif claimed the campaign was off.
Saudi blogger Eman Al Nafjan, who discovered the fake account, wrote: “Someone pretending to be her tweeted that she has repented once she realized that the call to lift the ban is an Iranian and atheist conspiracy that will lead society to moral decadence.”
Nafjan and other Saudi bloggers have been working round the clock to counter the government’s maneuvers, reviving the protest’s Facebook page, reuping the deleted YouTube video (above), and reposting the rules for participating in the June 17 movement.
Wajiha Howeidar, who was operating the camera during Sharif’s joy ride, told France 24: “I’m under the impression that this mobilization has somewhat changed mentalities inside the country, but I also see that authorities haven’t budged an inch. Our leaders are like many others in the Arab world: they don’t take their people’s opinions and aspirations into account.”
Missourian Aaron Fuhrman — a self-taught landscape photographer — has been traveling around Joplin, photographingheartrending panoramic shots of the devastation left in the aftermath of Sunday’s tornado.
Fuhrman lined up one of these panoramic photos with a Google Street View screencap of the same intersection to illustrate the comprehension-challenging extent of damage caused by the twister.
Aelita Andre’s art has been celebrated all over the world: From art galleries in Europe and Asia, to television specials in Australia and North America. She has been lauded in the press, and even received a special birthday phone call from the BBC. Next month, she will open her first solo show in New York City, at the Agora Gallery in Chelsea.
Oh, did I mention Aelita is only 4 years old?
Minnesota’s Republican-led House of Representatives decided last night to follow up the controversial decision to allow anti-gay “nu-metal minister” Bradlee Dean’s to recite Friday’s opening prayer with a vote in favor of putting a constitutional same-sex marriage ban on the state’s 2012 ballot.
A concerned constituent named Stephanie decided to e-mail her state representative, Tony Cornish (R-Good Thunder), using a form letter found on the Human Rights Campaign website. She promptly received a rather blunt response: “Give it a rest!!!!!!!!!!”
Taken aback, Stephanie took to Tumblr to write: “Correct me if I’m wrong, but this isn’t how my state representative is supposed to respond to his constituents about key issues, correct?”
Apparently Stephanie is not alone: Several others are reporting similar curt retorts from Cornish. “Emailed Rep. Tony Cornish via @HRC expressing disappointment,” tweeted Sommer Berg. “Response: ‘Cool off & try writing a sane letter.’ Nice.”
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at the LA premiere of Tree of Life tonight
Come on, don’t you have a heart,
you don’t want these animals to depart,
forget the X-factor and the top-ten singing chart.
Look at the world’s most endangered animals and the poisoned dart.
The Armur Leopards, Siberian tiger and the polar bear,
they’re so gorgeous, it is just not fair
If I say their Latin names, will you listen more?
Oh Louis please don’t say this is a bore.
Varanus komodoensis, Comodo dragon by the way
Why does man have to take them all away?
Man you’re such a fool
snake skin to life a handbag, that is just not cool
Please listen to my passion although it may not be in fashion
I cannot sing it, you might laugh
I cannot dance, you’d say that I stuffed
But I am seven and I want these animals to last
Lady Gaga & Polaroid Interactive Grey Label Window @ Bloomingdales
This morning Lady Gaga and Polaroid unveiled a special interactive window display at Bloomingdales which showcases their first Grey Label product, the GL10 Instant Mobile Printer. Bloomingdales customers and passerby can now experience the storefront window display which was designed in collaboration with the House of Gaga, and they can even have some fun by becoming apart of the exhibit themselves by getting their picture taken and printed on the spot.
All they have to do is stand on the Polaroid logo emblazoned on the sidewalk and their picture will be taken by the Gaga dummy behind the window. Almost immediately, their photo will be printed out on the other side of the glass window. This interactive storefront window display really is a fun and unique way to showcase what the GL10 mobile printer is all about.