Global Voices Digest


March 6, 2006, 1:58 am
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Global Voices Online – Mar. 6, 2006

Syrian Blogsphere in a Week

One very interesting theory that the rise of right-wing governments in the West is contributing to the rise of right-wing governments in the Middle East, an explanation of Islam for Western readers, Damascus’ charm, and one lover’s incredible sacrifice on Cairo’s train tracks all await you in Yazan Badran’s summary of Syria’s blogs this week.

The Lebanese Bloggers On the National Dialogue

Mustapha informs us that Lebanon is divided between a political alliance of Sunnis, Christians, and Druze on the one side and a predominantly Shiite camp on the other. This past week a “National Dialogue” took place between leaders on both sides of the political divide to discuss their country’s future. While the meeting is being hailed as a historical first, Lebanese bloggers are cynical and skeptical of any positive change that may result.

Angola Carnaval 2006

Not only is each picture worth a thousand words, but the greatest photographers communicate in a language that is universal. Sub-Saharan Africa Editor, Sokari Ekine has posted ten photos of Angola’s Carnaval that capture the importance of ritual and celebration in all of our lives.

Pakistan: “Don’t Block the Blog!”

As previously reported on Global Voices, Pakistan’s internet service providers have blocked access to blogspot.com weblogs. Omer Alvie now explains that the government’s pressure on ISP’s to block the sites, stems from the continuing controversy over the Danish cartoons depicting the Muslim prophet, Mohammad. Alvie points out, however, that Pakistan’s government is censoring both sides of the debate and tells readers of a new campaign – “Don’t Block the Blog!” – which hopes to raise awareness and remove the blocked domain name.

Nepal: Moriarty Drowns Out Prachanda

There has been a propaganda war of sorts between US Ambassador to Nepal, James Moriarty and Maoist Supremo, Prachandra. Paramendra Bhagat presents Nepalese bloggers’ analysis along with a forward-looking post on the country’s economic reconstruction once its political conflicts are resolved.

Small Sampling of World’s Food

Finally, in-house chef, Melissa De Leòn Douglass takes us for yet another tour of the world’s best recipes, restaurant reviews, and a fruit that originates in Indonesia and Malaysia but is also readily available in the Congo. Not to mention some mouth-watering topfenpalatschinken from Austria.

Lack of lights, Google, and press in Africa, the springtime celebration of Martisor in Moldova, this year’s first Carnival of Blog Translation, and much more can be found in today’s Global Roundups.

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