Global Voices Digest

March 12, 2006, 12:08 pm
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Global Voices Online – Mar. 12, 2006

Welcome to another special weekend edition of the Global Voices newsletter. Something that I have caught onto during my time at Global Voices is that our talented and informed contributors are much more than just sources of news and analysis, they are also potential friends. Global Voices is more than a portal of information and links; it is also space for conversation and community. Please feel free to comment on posts and to visit contributors’ personal weblogs to leave a comment of support and encouragement. These days, the only distance between us is that which we impose ourselves.

Big River International Artists’ Workshop

Artists from the Caribbean, Brazil, Germany, Kenya, China, and India have descended upon Trinidad and Tobago to create works on the theme of “Access Denied” for the Big River International Artists’ Workshop. Caribbean Editor Georgia Popplewell has the hyperlinks as well as three glimmering green photo’s from a performance piece in the Aripo River.

Anglo-Venezuelan Blogosphere Conspiracy

Identity politics have once again leaked into the Venezuelan blogosphere, this time between English and Spanish-speaking bloggers. One Spanish-speaking blogger calls the Anglophone “political blogging vanguard” a “laboratory of propaganda.” But when an ad appeared in a popular Venezuelan daily suggesting that various Anglophone weblogs were actually maintained by a single blogger, the reactions of those accused ranged from disbelieving anger to comic gratefulness for the publicity.

Elections in El Salvador

El Salvador is headed to the polls today and so it’s no surprise that the Salvadoran blogosphere has been chock full of political punditry as of late. Tim Muth has a summary of what bloggers from all sides of the political spectrum have to say about today’s elections and what they may (and may not) mean for the country.

Echoes from the Tunisian Blogosphere

Internet interactions are booming in Tunisia says contributor Mohamed Marwen Meddah. High attendance at the latest bloggers’ meetup, a new Moroccan music podcast, mobile phone web access, and an emerging “commentsphere” are just some examples of the way Tunisians are actively using the internet. Marwen Meddah’s post also touches on Tunisian tolerance, rural sustainable development, and an award-winning female geneticist.

Pulse of the Saudi Blogosphere

Ahmed’s most recent contribution from Saudi Arabia has a little bit of everything, but gender issues do figure in prominently. One Saudi female blogger would like to be able to drive herself but feels that non-Saudis cannot grasp the issue at hand. Another blogger feels that allowing women to drive golf carts would be a step in the wrong direction. Ubergirl is slightly less controversial in her adoration of Riyadh’s Saks Fifth Avenue.

A video of car accidents in a new Russian tunnel, Indonesia’s dwindling Billionaires, grassroots protest coverage in Malaysia, and much more can be found in today’s Global Roundups.

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