Thursday, February 22, 2007
The Situation Online: Egyptian blogger jailed, space vacations


Blogger was convicted of insulting Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Free speech crackdown?
An Egyptian judge has sentenced 22-year-old Abdel Karim Suleiman to four years in prison for insulting Islam and criticizing Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak on his blog. Human rights groups and fellow bloggers are condemning the action, and the State Department is also "very concerned," saying today that free speech is "critical" to democracy in the Middle East.

Galactic partnership
How much would you pay for a flight into space? NASA and Virgin Galactic have signed an agreement to explore future collaboration in developing space suits, rocket motors, and other space technologies. The agreement puts Virgin Galactic one step closer to becoming the first commercial "spaceline." Flight reservations are currently selling for $200,000.

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Posted By Eric Weisbrod, CNN Internet Team: 2/22/2007 06:08:00 PM ET | Permalink
Monday, February 19, 2007
The Situation Online: JFK, Dems in Denver, Madrid, JetBlue


This image made from a home video released Monday shows JFK and his wife moments before his assassination.

New JFK footage
Haunting new footage of John F. Kennedy's final moments has just surfaced online. The newly discovered video, donated to a Dallas museum, shows President Kennedy and the first lady in their Dallas motorcade seconds before the President was shot.

Will the real Democratic Convention Web site please stand up?
Will the 2008 Democratic National Convention look anything like the infamous 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago? A group of liberal political activiists are using an unusual Internet tactic to make sure their voices are heard next year in Denver. While the official site of the convention's host committee is DemocraticConvention2008.com, a number of Web addresses with key words related to the 2008 convention all redirect to recreate68.org, an organizing hub for several convention protesters.

Madrid bombing trial online
Today at the Madrid train bombing trial, three of the twenty nine defendants denied playing any role in the 2004 attacks that killed 191 people. Because of the high public attention being paid to the proceedings, officials are streaming the entire trial online for free. The Web site is only available in Spanish, but they do plan on translating the proceedings into English in the coming weeks.

Jet Blues
After a week of cancellations and an incident leaving hundreds of passengers stranded on the tarmac at JFK airport in New York for more than eight hours, JetBlue has announced they will unveil a "Customer Bill of Rights" tomorrow. One victim of the stranded Valentine's Day flight has launched a Web site and MySpace community in an effort to rally together the flight's passengers and fight back against JetBlue.

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Posted By The Situation Online Producers: 2/19/2007 06:31:00 PM ET | Permalink
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