Global Voices Digest

March 9, 2006, 2:05 am
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Global Voices Online – Mar. 9, 2006

This Week on West African blogs

David Ajao has collected some of the best content from around West Africa including a celebration of Ghana’s independence day, a review of a Nigerian reality TV show, and of course, several mentions of International Women’s Day.

Honouring African Women, Part 1

Sokari Ekine picks up where Ajao leaves off. As she says: “On International Women’s Day, African bloggers have chosen to honour African women. We honour our mothers, sisters, grandmothers and daughters. Women whose names you will not see written in newspapers or hear on the radio but nonetheless women with courage whose spirits will always remain with us and guide us through our daily lives.”

Honouring African Women, Part 2

In the second half of Ekine’s celebration of African femininity she highlights a myriad of blogger’s creative odes to their mothers, sisters, and heroes. Now is your chance to read a Kenyan blogger’s retelling of her grandmother’s time in the concentration camps of the Mau Mau Uprising. Or learn more about the continent’s women musicians. Or hear the story of Zoliswa Nkonyana, a young lesbian in South Africa who was beaten to death by a vicious mob.

Three Renowned Chinese Blogs Blocked

Censorship is not a disappearing theme in the Chinese blogosphere. This week contributor Frank Dai says that three of the country’s most renowned weblogs have been shut down, not by the government, but rather their blog service providers. Check Dai’s post for all the links, screenshots, and analysis.

Celebrating Women, Discussing Taboos in Morocco

Some Moroccan bloggers are also celebrating women on this, their international day says Farah Kinani. An online debate about homosexuality in Morocco, the government’s determination to eradicate cannabis, and a new blog by a journalist-celebrity all figure in to Kinani’s weekly summary as well.

The Week That Was – Bolivian Blogs

Bolivian blogger Rolando Lopez made today’s work a tad easier for Global Voices contributor Eduardo Ávila by summarizing Bolivia’s music blogosphere. Whether your taste is contemporary rock, electronica, or troubadour, this post will satisfy any curiosity of what is happening in the Bolivian music scene.

Central & Eastern Europe: International Women’s Day

Well men, you’re late. Yesterday was your day to send flowers to Russia says Veronika Khokhlova in her summary of International Women’s Day around Eastern and Central Europe. It’s even an official day off in Russia and Ukraine, but not everyone is happy about that. Nor is every blogger content with a recent order issued by Chechnya’s new prime minister which requires women to wear headscarves in government institutions and on TV.


Finally, on this very active day on Global Voices, Deborah Ann Dilley takes us for another tour of the Kurdish blogosphere including a call for the online publication and translation of “Sex, Sharia and Women in the History of Islam,” a book by Kurdish author Marywan Halabjaye that inspired a fatwa against his life.

Turkmenistan’s future challenges, an open letter to the Philippines’ leaders, a narrated photo tour of Caracas, and much more can be found in today’s Global Roundups.

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