Global Voices Digest

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Global Voices Online – Mar. 29, 2006

Kenyan Sphere Dispatch

One of the hottest new words in the Swahili vocabulary of most Kenyans is “Mamluki,” an ancient term for mercenaries. Juliana R explains why in her latest recapitulation of Kenya’s blogging community.

This week in Israel: Elections

Israelis went to the polls yesterday to elect a new government. Or, that is, some did says Lisa Goldman referring to the all-time low voter turnout. To better understand why the centrist Kadima party won and what it means for Israel’s future, check out Goldman’s review of what Israeli bloggers were saying as the elections got underway.

Bangladesh Blog Buzz

Rezwan’s ten point summary of Bangladesh’s blogosphere features the account of one young Bangladeshi woman in London whose parents are arranging her marriage. Also, make sure not to miss Shakia Khan’s short homemade documentary appropriately titled “Seasons Beginning.”

Tourism, Islamic Vietnam & Blogs

Iran’s government would like to attract more tourism to the country, but bloggers list several obstacles. Also, can weblogs instigate revolution or are they merely a tool of the elite?

From Charango to Sea Controversy

The charango musical instrument isn’t the only catalyst of conflict between Chile and Bolivia writes Rosario Lizana from Santiago. A dispute over sea access was what sparked the War of the Pacific between the two nations in 1879 and it continues in the form of digital debate on 21st century weblogs. Lizana has a roundup of what Chilean bloggers think about the issue.

Sustained stereotypes in Malaysia, Jamaica’s quite serious school rivalry, hopes for a non-violent ‘April Revolution’ in Nepal, and much more can be found in today’s Global Roundups.

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