Global Voices Digest

March 2, 2006, 1:43 am
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Global Voices Online – Mar. 2, 2006

Morocco This Week

Farah Kinani covers the last week in Morocco’s busy blogosphere to find a great deal of commentary on what has been a busy week of headlines in the Arab world. Beyond the insightful news commentary, however, Kinani also presents us with a tribute to Lebanese writer, Elias Khoury, thoughts on Arab identity today, and a bilingual blog (French and Arabic) of regional lullabies and legends.

Interview with Chilean Senator Fernado Flores

Chilean contributor, Rosario Lizana is back with the second installment of her interview with blogging superstar and senator, Fernando Flores. Hear Flores’ thoughts regarding anonymous blogging, what Chile has to gain from weblogs, and what future projects he’s thinking about personally.

Kurdistance: Quick Quips

Thanks to Deborah Ann Dilley’s most recent summary of Kurdish bloggers, I now know how to say “do the dew” in Kurdish. If that’s not reason enough to read Global Voices, I don’t know what is. Also in Ann Dilley’s recap: two new English-language blogs, Iran’s near future, and “the Salman Rushdie of the Kurds.”

Philippines’ Coup Deja Vu

You might have been alarmed by last week’s news of a coup attempt in Manila and the subsequent declaration of emergency rule. East Asia Editor, Jose Tesoro says you shouldn’t have been. Quoting various bloggers, Tesoro explains that talk of a coup had been in the air days before the official proclamation. Though reactions to the coup attempt are varied, a sense of resigned “I knew it all along” seems to be pervasive. Or, as one commenter put it, “haven’t we seen this movie before?”

Carnaval in Bolivia

Yesterday marked the beginning of Lent with Ash Wednesday for the majority of Bolivians who identify as Roman Catholics. Before going to mass, however, the country (and its bloggers) were celebrating Carnaval with food, drink, merrymaking, and for some blogging expats, nostalgia. Eduardo Ávila recaps the festive week, its rituals, and its tasty food in his latest contribution.

A Nepalese reporter’s reflections on his birthday, a Muslim bikini-clad pop singer stirs controversy, the cultural history of Soviet underwear, and much more can be found in today’s Global Roundups.

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