Global Voices Digest

March 24, 2006, 2:01 am
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Global Voices Online – Mar. 24, 2006

Belarus: Protest Stories and Conversations

“For the past four evenings, thousands of people have been gathering at Kastrychnitskaya (Oktyabrskaya) Square in Minsk, Belarus, to protest the fraudulent presidential election” begins Veronica Khokhlova, who has translated several posts from Belarus’ vast Livejournal community. The importance of the internet as a means of communication becomes clear when one blogger, three hours from Minsk, says that those without internet access have little idea that anything is happening at all. This is your chance to hear directly from the protesters and the skeptics regarding Belarus’ future.

Landing at the Iraqi Blogodrome

This week has brought us both the third anniversary of the start of the Iraq War as well as the 18th anniversary of Halabja massacre, where hundreds to thousands of Kurds were poisoned by chemical weapons during the Iran-Iraq war. Bloggers use both occasions as measuring sticks of what their country has become since the fall of Saddam and what it was beforehand.

Cambodian Weblogs in the Spotlight

It is a sign of the times, if not the nature of the web, that much of Cambodia’s blogosphere consists of Cambodians living abroad and foreign expats who now live in Cambodia. ThaRum Bun introduces us to bloggers of both sorts including Cambodian students in Australia, South Korea, and Norway and a food-focused blog from Phnom Penh.

Fouad Al-Farhan: We Have to Move On

After reading and observing weblogs for some time, pioneer Saudi blogger, Fouad Al-Farhan explains that he decided to start publishing online himself because of the “limitations on freedom of expression in Saudi Arabia.” During an email interview with Ahmed, Al-Farhan compares Saudi Arabia’s blogging community to that of the United States, where he lived as a student, and speculates on the future of citizen media in his country.

Finnish and Spanish Paper Mills Generate Tension in Latin America

Newly planned paper mills along a shared river between Argentina and Uruguay have caused a not-so-minor diplomatic spat between the two countries. They have also generated an online debate (and several new weblogs) over the balance between the need for strict environmental regulation and foreign investment.

Slanted coverage of riot police demolishing protest camp in Belarus, remembering Guyanese activist Walter Rodney, scolding two visiting American senators in China, and much more can be found in today’s Global Roundups.

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