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This week we’ve got reflections on the Chick-Fil-A controversy, a labyrinth of books, and a spoken word tribute to Muhammad Ali. It was a great week for musical parodies so we begin with an Olympic-themed cover of the hit song Call Me Maybe – reimagined from the perspective of US swimmer Ryan Lochte.
Myanmar’s stateless Rohingya have come into sharp focus following the deadly sectarian violence that has plagued the minority Muslim community over the last two months. A hard-hitting Human Rights Watch report this week accused security forces of killing, raping and carrying out mass arrests of Rohingya Muslims. Show More Summary
As if being an Olympic diver weren’t enough, Australia’s Matthew Mitcham revealed a hidden talent on Thursday when he posted this video of himself playing the ukelele to his own rendition of Beyonce’s ‘Single ladies’.
Anti-Assad fighters operating in central Aleppo, in a district near the city’s famous citadel, known as Bab al-Neirab (?? ??? ??????), are at the centre of a storm of controversy over an apparent extrajudicial killing [above]. The events took place as rebels overran several security facilities in the south of the city. Show More Summary
Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy may not have been aware of the storm that his remarks on same-sex marriage would cause back in July. But when Wednesday was declared “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day”, the floodgates opened online. Cathy said on radio that the US was “inviting God’s judgement” by questioning the traditional notion of marriage. Show More Summary
Attendees at an Olympics celebration in Victoria Park, London, were caught by surprise when they looked up to see the Mayor of London dangling a few feet above them. Boris Johnson was a ‘special guest’ at the park, choosing to ride the zip line and donning a hard hat and two Union flags as he attempted to sail down.
In a social media saga that keeps on rolling, The Independent’s LA correspondent @guyadams is back online. Adams became a trending topic on Twitter after his account was suspended on Monday following a tweet containing the email address of NBC’s Gary Zenkel. Show More Summary
Heavy monsoon rains accompanying Typhoon Khanun drenched North Korea earlier this week. This video shows the flooding in Anju city, 65 kilometres north of the capital, Pyongyang. Anju, with a population of about a quarter million people — comparable to Orlando, Florida, or Buffalo, New York — lies on the Ch’ongch’on River. Show More Summary
If you weren’t following The Independent’s LA correspondent @guyadams before Monday, you would have missed a number of caustic tweets about NBC’s coverage of the Olympics. Adams was not alone – the hashtag #NBCfail has been trending since Friday’s Opening Ceremony was broadcast after a time delay to capitalize on the US prime time audience. Show More Summary
This week at Storyful we’ve been looking at a tour of Hobbiton, some crowd zorbing, and an online collaborative art experiment, but we start with a combination of culture and the Olympics. Renowned Czech artist David ?erný’s latest piece is a London double-decker bus doing push-ups. Show More Summary
Where were you between just before 9am and 10.25am Pacific time on Thursday, July 26? Because you sure as hell weren’t on Twitter. The company announced that parallel systems failures caused an outage that brought down Twitter worldwide, forcing users of the social media platform to find amusement, entertainment and emotional outlets elsewhere. Show More Summary
On the eve of the Olympic Games in London, Pakistan’s Twitterati got inventive about the sports they imagined their country stood a chance of winning. Hundreds of comments flooded Twitter, ranging from light-hearted to hard-hitting criticisms of aspects of Pakistani life and politics. Show More Summary
First, it was the anonymous quote by a Romney adviser on America’s “Anglo-Saxon heritage” which he said Obama didn’t understand. Then came the NBC interview in which Romney himself said there were “disconcerting” signs about the Olympics organization. Show More Summary
The biggest flood peak in nine years passed through the Three Gorges Dam early on Wednesday morning, with approximately 70,000 cubic meters of water passing through per second. The flood peak came after heavy flooding swept across parts of China, including Beijing, on July 21 and 22. Show More Summary
Paraskevi ‘Voula’ Papachristou made Olympic history on Wednesday, but not in the way she might have dreamed. The Greek triple jumper found herself the first athlete ever to be expelled from the Olympics over a tweet, after she published a comment about Greece’s African immigrants on Twitter.
News that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was newly married sent Twitter users scrambling to be first with the puns and parodies on Wednesday. North Korea’s state-run news channel made the official announcement, confirming that the woman [pictured above] who had been seen by his side at a number of recent public events was in fact his wife.
The London Olympics kicked off today with women’s soccer, but social media has already been buzzing in advance of the Games. The athletes arrived in England last week (with a welcome from the Rock Choir, above) to get set for the biggest month of their lives, and though the opening ceremony is still days away, they’ve already provided us with plenty of entertainment.
Last week the president of the fast food chain Chick-fil-A Dan Cathy found himself at the center of a political storm after he waded into the debate on same sex marriage. His comments, and the subsequent reactions from companies, politicians and celebrities, have set off a social media ballyhoo as Twitter users weigh in on both sides.
After rapidly intensifying during the course of Monday, July 23, typhoon Vicente battered the city of Hong Kong throughout the evening and into Tuesday morning. Maximum sustained winds reached almost 140 mph, the equivalent a category four hurricane. Show More Summary
The listings magazine Time Out in Dubai has been in the eye of a social media storm after it printed an article recommending the top five bars to visit during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Time Out issued a public apology on Twitter on Tuesday following a Twitter campaign calling for the magazine to be shut down with #StopTimeOutDubai. Show More Summary