If you don't speak English, don't bother coming to Nashville!

Next Tuesday, Nashville, Tennessee could become the largest US city to ban government use of any language other than English. Civil rights groups, business leaders and even the local mayor are against the proposition. So how has the idea reached referendum level? Read more...

France faces up to campaigns that disgust smokers

Smoking turns your teeth into stumps and makes you impotent: that's the message increasing numbers of smokers are facing when they reach for a fag, and the illustrations are getting increasingly gruesome. Last week, it was the French government's turn to adopt the measure of printing graphic images on cigarette packets. Not something that Parisian tobacconists quite understand... Read more and see the campaigns.


Exclusive raw video: through the wardrobe… into Gaza

This exclusive video shows one of the famous tunnels linking the Gaza Strip to Egypt. The underground passage begins... inside the wardrobe of a Rafah bedroom. This document was sent to us by one of our Observers there, who got it from an Egyptian police officer. Read more and see the video...


Israel justifies deadly UN school attack on YouTube

Following huge criticism over their deadly shelling of a UN school yesterday, the Israeli army has posted a video justifying the attack on YouTube, insisting that the army was targeted by militants from the school premises. They also highlight a previously posted video which they say shows aerial view images of Hamas firing from a UN school in 2007. Read more and see the videos...

Scandal in China: mental patient abuse caught on CCTV

The family of the woman in this image got hold of the surveillance footage after she died in a mental institution. The extent of the abuse they found, is inconceivable. Read more and see the video...


Shocking police blunder caught on phone camera

A few hours after midnight on New Year's Eve, a 22-year-old African American was detained by transport police on a subway platform in Oakland, California. The man, who was unarmed, was pinned to the ground and fatally shot in the back. Filmed by several witnesses, evidence of the outrageous scene is now online and circulating the blogosphere. Could the images spark social unrest? Read more and watch the amateur videos...


Gaza: a war behind closed doors

While the Israeli Army keeps the doors to Gaza firmly shut in the faces of enquiring journalists, the pro-Palestinian press has images of corpses on a loop, a Molotov cocktail of information. Read more...

In Naples, reporters have to wear helmets on New Year's Eve

In Italy it's tradition to fire into the air on New Year's Eve. A custom that left one man dead this year when a 25-year-old was accidentally shot in the head. A Naples journalist was reporting the celebrations on Sunday. The scene is quite comical. See the video...


The most striking amateur images from 2008

Team Observers has made a selection of the best videos, photos and Observers' accounts of 2008. Vote for your favourites.


Best amateur videos of 2008

We've selected what we think are the best amateur videos published on The Observers in 2008. Vote for the one that impressed you most.