Global Voices Digest


March 21, 2006, 1:53 am
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Global Voices Online – Mar. 21, 2006

Free Hao Wu!

Global Voices Northeast Asia Editor and Chinese documentary filmmaker Hao Wu has been detained by Chinese authorities without charge. Global Voices co-founder Rebecca MacKinnon explains the situation and points readers to freehaowu.org, which will be updated regularly as news emerges.

Voices from Zimbabwe and the Great Lakes

The authors of, This is Zimbabwe celebrate their one year anniversary amid depressingly ironic reports of a new ‘Interception of Communications Bill,’ which would empower federal authorities to “intercept telephonic messages passed through fixed lines, cellular phones and the Internet.” In his weekly review of Zimbabwe and the Great Lakes, Zim Pundit also features one blogger’s vision of Congolese Monopoly and much more.

African women blogging this week

African women bloggers continue to put forth heartfelt and insightful commentary about their lives, countries, and communities. This week Nish Matenjwa brings readers meditations on Kenya’s political amnesia, technology for development, and a nascent grassroots project that seeks blogging mentors to “encourage African women to report their own stories as an alternative to mainstream media.”

This week in Israel

Israel’s national elections are just over a week away and contributor Lisa Goldman says that some of the country’s bloggers are finally posting on politics. Here’s your chance to discover what the Knesset is, why one former Labor party supporter plans to vote for Kadima, and which political party would legalize marijuana and same-sex marriage. Also, reactions to the Israeli army siege of a prison in Palestinian-controlled Jericho.

What Salvadoran bloggers are saying — post-election edition

More analysis from Salvadoran bloggers about their country’s recent elections has been translated and summarized by contributor Tim Muth. Find out what the close election in San Salvador’s mayoral race means for the leftist FMLN and why the color of your shirt could get you into trouble.

Thailand: BlogconThai 2006

About 25 participants from Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, and Bali met at Thammasat University’s Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication on Sunday for the first annual BlogCon Thailand 2006. Global Voices contributor Enda Nasution was there and has this report. Don’t miss the mp3 recordings of each of the presenters including Enda himself.

The Caribbean blogosphere does Phagwah

Phagwah, or “Holi” as it is referred to in Hindi, is the Hindu, springtime festival of color. And colorful indeed are the photos from Trinidad and Tobago posted by Caribbean Editor Georgia Popplewell. Bloggers from Guayana and New York also document their Phagwah experiences.

Tents on Belarus’ October Square, three years of debating ‘Operation Iraqi Freedom’, Sri Lanka recently, and much more can be found in today’s Global Roundups.

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