Global Voices Digest

February 16, 2006, 2:03 am
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Afghanistan’s Civil Society

Farid Pouya’s latest report from the Afghani blogosphere finds a call for greater dialogue and acceptance as the global village continues to shrink.

Pakistan Sticks to Cartoons

Omer Alvie recaps Pakistan’s English-language bloggers in typically satirical form, finding that most are still writing about the protests sparked by the Danish cartoons.

African women blogging this week

Kenyan poet, Nish Matenjwa takes a look at Africa’s women bloggers and finds concerns about Uganda’s state of democracy, Nigerian “geles,” and much more.

Bahrain’s Busy Bloggers

Mahmood Al-Yousif’s comprehensive summary of Bahraini blogs has something for absolutely everyone. A Christian event promotes multicultural tolerance as does a declaration (in English and Arabic) by Arab intellectuals asking for more tolerance, dialogue, and understanding following the cartoon controversy. Also discussed: anti-semitism by a leading artist, Bahrain’s customer service, origins of Bahraini colloquialisms, and a planned March meeting between visiting Belgian bloggers and their Bahraini counterparts.

Voices from Zimbabwe and the Great Lakes

Zim Pundit sums up what has been an active week in the South-Central Great Lakes region of Africa including a Valentine’s Day protest march by Women of Zimbabwe Arise and an explanation of “the Nescafe Model of Development” in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

China’s Steamed Bun Lawsuit

The debate over internet censorship in China continues after last week’s U.S. congressional hearing, but Tian Yi says that most Chinese bloggers are keeping quiet about the issue. Rather, he notes, the Chinese-language blogosphere is transfixed on a lawsuit brought forth by a prominent film director against a spoof artist. Yi offers his own analysis of why the lawsuit has trumped censorship.

Hugo Chavez’s proposed indefinite rule of Venezuela, test your knowledge on Albania, South Africa’s upcoming local elections, and much more can be found in today’s Global Roundups.

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