Global Voices Digest

February 23, 2006, 1:51 am
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Global Voices Online – Feb. 23, 2006

From the Arabic-Speaking Blogosphere

Haitham Sabbah does globaphiles an enormous favor by translating choice excerpts from the Arabic blogosphere. While there is no central theme, it’s an exciting glimpse into the daily lives of individuals we rarely hear from speaking about such varied topics as Kuwait’s fresh shrimp black market and a blind teacher’s experiences with technology in Saudi Arabia.


Vladimir van Wilgenburg of the weblog From Holland to Kurdistan was recently interviewed about his online involvement with Kurdish communities on the satellite TV network, “Roj TV.” Deborah Ann Diley notes the interest the interview has sparked and gives context to Roj TV’s own trials and tribulations in her weekly summary of Kurdish bloggers.

Philippines: Landslide and Rescue efforts

Contributor Angelo Embuldeniya keeps readers abreast of developments in the major landslide, which engulfed the central Philippines village of Guinsaugon last Friday.

New Politics in Bolivia

Bolivian bloggers continue to test the waters of their country’s new administration. In this week’s roundup of Bolivian commentary, Eduardo Ávila points to bloggers discussing themes and politicians that typically stay out of the spotlight such as the Ministry of Sports, the qualifications of the new Minister of Justice, and a weblog of the Federation of Press Workers’ Union.

Carnival of Blog Translation

A multitude of languages remains one of the gems of modern cultural diversity worldwide, but it’s also a pain in the ass when it comes to tracking global online conversation. Latin America regional editor David Sasaki writes about one blogger’s grassroots movement to unite polyglots next Tuesday for a “Carnival of Blog Translation” in which each participant translates a blog post from one language to another.

A distressed cheerleader in Singapore, the Vagina Monologues in Nigeria, a virtual tour of Moscow, and much more can be found in today’s Global Roundups.

Get the blog buzz from East Asia, South Asia, the Americas, Middle East & North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Eastern Europe, Russia, Central Asia & the Caucasus.

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