Global Voices Digest


January 31, 2006, 1:36 am
Filed under: Digests

Indonesian Bloggers Get Proactive

Twenty representatives of various blogging communities met last week to discuss ways in which more Indonesians could be encouraged to blog as well as ways to raise the standard of online dialogue throughout the country. Enda Nasution reports that among the various proposals were: a definitive source of blogging information, an online blog magazine, an “Indonesian Blog Year,” and 5,000 free CD’s about blogging. Make sure not to miss the link to the new weblog of Miss Indonesia 2001 whose last post has already drawn 400 comments.

Chinese New Year in Malaysia

Soon Kheng Thew, reporting from Malaysia, continues this week’s series on celebrations of Chinese New Year throughout Asia. While most Chinese-Malaysians brought in the Year of the Dog with family dinners and fireworks, one dedicated blogger managed to post 22 entries … just short of his goal of 40.

Bahraini Royal Family Needs PR Makeover

Mahmood Al-Yousif scans the Bahraini blogosphere and finds some consensus that the royal family needs to hire a new public relations firm to repair injured relations between the monarchy and citizenry.

Tet: Lunar New Year in Vietnam

Tu Van Cong, writing from Hanoi, explains the typical celebrations surrounding Tet, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year. Fireworks have been banned, but shopping sprees, big dinners, and tasty treats seem plentiful among Vietnamese bloggers.

Afghani Bloggers React to London Conference

Beginning today, the London Conference on Afghanistan will set out to “establish a framework for cooperation between Afghanistan and the international community,” but Farid Pouya says Afghani bloggers have mixed feelings about the viability of such an endeavour including a distrust of non-governmental organizations’ use of funding. Pouya also links to two bloggers worried about recent media censorship despite the boom in private TV networks.

The state of Nepalese immigrants in Malaysia, political punditry in Barbados, lesbian envy, and much more can be found in today’s Global Roundups.

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