Global Voices Digest

February 7, 2006, 2:23 am
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Global Voices Online – Feb. 8, 2006

Democracy in Afghanistan

Farid Pouya covers Afghanistan’s weblogs of late and finds one blogger who thinks that the majority of Afghans are too poor and illiterate for the responsibilities of democracy.

Jordanians Speak Out on Cartoons

Roba Al Assi sums up the diverse reactions by Jordanian bloggers to the irreverent Danish cartoons.

Busy Week in Kenya

Nairobi-based contributor, Marc points out that Kenyan bloggers have had plenty of fodder to digest this past week. A sample includes: an implicating anti-graft report, the collapse of a building, a “gift” of dog food, and the myth of the “strong Black woman.”

Chinese Geisha Draw Bloggers’ Ire

Two big Hollywood productions – Memoir of a Geisha and Brokeback Mountain – have been banned in China, inspiring reaction by many of the country’s biggest bloggers. Supposedly Chinese officials were worried that Memoir of a Geisha would fan the anti-Japanese flames that are just now beginning to subside, but Tian Yi reveals that Chinese actresses in the film did not escape bloggers’ ire.

Venezuela’s Divine Shepherdess

Venezuelan Flickr photographer, Ram Martinez was in Santa Rosa on January 14th where he took an exquisite photograph of the annual Procession of the Divine Shepherdess. Below the photograph is an interesting history of the religious icon which originated in Sevilla, Spain.

A protested smelter plant in Trinidad and Tobago, a gay witch-hunt in Cameroon, an Armenian youth blogging workshop, and much more can be found in today’s Global Roundups.

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