Time Out upsets both Muslim and LGBT communities

A cover from Israel's Time Out magazine, showcased at last week's Gay Pride parade, has caused quite a scandal. The image is a photograph, taken from behind, of Muslims kneeling to pray, along with the title "You see here a threat, we see here an opportunity" (we decided not to publish it, you can see it here). Have they gone a step too far? Read more...

Bush in Japan: slow, stupid and dressed in a floral suit

An ad campaign for a tea-based drink that pokes fun of former US President George Bush, has been on the Japanese airwaves for over a month. Read more and see the clips...

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Mobile phones against censors

Here's one of the pictures we received direct from Thursday's demonstrations in Tehran. While the media is banned from reporting events in Iran, the protestors continue to defy the information clampdown by flooding the web with amateur photos and videos.

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Obama boosts joystick funding for war on terror

The Obama administration has just handed over five billion dollars to the armed forces to buy more robots. The country's ongoing "War on Terror" employs more unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for its operations in Pakistan and Afghanistan than it does manned planes. Our Observer and expert in robotics tells us that the ethical concerns behind the programme have gone unnoticed. Read more...

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Neo-fascists want to patrol Italy’s streets

A neo-fascist group has been disqualified from patrolling the Italian streets after showcasing their uniform — strikingly similar to that of Benito Mussolini's Black Shirts — at a press conference on Saturday. Read more...

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Direct from Tehran, despite the crackdown

The Iranian authorities are trying very hard to control information about the post-election protests. Hani, one of our reformist Observers in Tehran, however, has managed to send us this webcam video, explaining how they are going about it. See her video...

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Torrential rains in Abidjan: “The ground gives way and homes too”

Rainy season in Cote d'Ivoire has taken a heavy toll on the country's financial capital, where 19 people have been killed by mudslides. Our Observer in Abidjan says that it's negligence on the part of the authorities that's to blame. Read more...

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Jewish Americans bash Obama in Jerusalem beer fest

The night before Obama’s historic speech to the Muslim world, a shocking video from Jerusalem captures a group of drunken American Jews bashing President Obama with racial slurs and physical threats. Read more and watch the video...

Jacko’s “Smooth Criminal’’, Saudi style

One of our Observers for Saudi Arabia, Ahmed Al-Omran, alerted us to these videos. Watching the first one, you might think that southern Saudis are choreographing dance routines to Michael Jackson classics. Watch the second however, and, disappointingly, things fall into place. See the clips...

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Amazon’s toxic waste: natives blame Texaco

Multinational oil giant Chevron Texaco is facing the most expensive environmental lawsuit in history. Accused by an Amazonian indigenous community of contaminating the land with toxic waste, the world's third biggest petrol supplier could face a fine of 27 billion dollars. Read more...

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