Global Voices Digest


March 23, 2006, 1:33 am
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Global Voices Online – Mar. 23, 2006

Ethiopia’s bloggers remember their poet laureate

Andrew Heavens points out that the death of Ethiopian Poet Laureate Tsegaye Gebre-Medhin in late February didn’t make many headlines in the international or even African press, including complete silence from the BBC. “So it was largely down to the country’s bloggers” he says, “with their vastly superior stores of cultural memory and local knowledge, to step in through March to make the appropriate tributes.”

Nigeria: And it’s Census Time Once Again

The national census is currently underway, 15 years after the last count, and Nigerian bloggers are using the occasion as a measuring stick for the progress of their country. David Ajao navigates the pessimism, criticism, and stay-at-home glee.

Moroccan Doctor-Bloggers

Farah Kinani’s latest dispatch from Morocco’s busy blogosphere once again has a little for everyone. This week’s sundry conversations include thoughts on an American Neoconservative’s war conversion, blogging in French versus Arabic, and a rundown of Morocco’s many doctor-bloggers including a new medical research blog.

The (virtual) life of a regional editor

Global Voices Managing Editor Rachel Rawlins highlights a podcast interview by Kamla Bhatt with South Asia Editor Neha Viswanathan. Viswanathan divulges that she reads around 2,000 weblogs a day in her search to discover relevant and timely posts from around the region. Other regional editors have reportedly taken this as a challenge and are adding new feeds by the hour.

The Week That Was – Bolivian Blogs

Soybeans and water take center stage in Eduardo Ávila’s weekly summary of Bolivian weblogs. World Water Day and the concurrent World Water Forum taking place in Mexico city have inspired several activists and commentators to remind readers of the social upheaval caused by Bolivia’s failed water privatization around the turn of the century. Also, hear what bloggers have to say about a free trade pact with Colombia that is said to threaten soybean exports.

Day four of Belorussian protests, banning overseas Vietnamese films in Vietnam, celebrating Pakistan Day, and much more can be found in today’s Global Roundups.

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