Global Voices Digest

March 7, 2006, 2:41 am
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Global Voices Online – Mar. 7, 2006

Jordanian Prison Riots

Coordinated riots by jailed Al-Qaeda members took place in three separate Jordanian prisons this past week prompting local bloggers to pen their reactions to how the crisis was dealt with and what can be done about terrorists that immigrate from neighboring countries. But Roba Al Assi says the rising concern isn’t keeping Jordanians from traveling as spring approaches – make sure to check out the photos of Salt, “Jordan’s forgotten urban jewel.”

Voices from Zimbabwe and the Great Lakes

Student-activist-turned-robotics-PhD-student-turned-Professor-of-Business-Strategy, Arthur Mutambara is back in his native Zimbabwe and had been elected president of the main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change. Zimbabwean bloggers, however, are skeptical that the political celebrity can unify the opposition against Mugabe. Human rights in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s new constitution and flag (with an interesting comment thread), and a Malawian programmer’s open source contribution all figure into Zim Pundit’s latest report from Africa’s Great Lakes region.

Buzkashi in Afghanistan

Global Voices has previously covered Buzkashi when a blogger in Tajikstan took some amazing black and white photographs of the traditional sport in which horseback riders drag a goat’s carcass across a goal line. It is now Farid Pouya’s turn to link to a blogger in Afghanistan who documented a Buzkashi match in Mazar after visiting the impressive city of Herat. For all you Trivial Pursuit fans, Buzkashi made an early appearance in Rambo III.

Environment-friendly edible toothpicks in Beijing, photographs of anti-Bush protests in Mubai, a revolutionary frappuccino at a Philippines Starbucks, and much more can be found in today’s Global Roundups.

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