Global Voices Digest


April 2, 2006, 10:52 pm
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Global Voices Online – Apr. 2, 2006

Wives and Sisters Against the Chinese Communist Party’s War on Free Speech

AIDS activist Hu Jia and documentarian/blogger Wu Hao were both detained by authorities in China this year without charges. John Kennedy points out that “what is significant about both these two separate incidents is the role blogs have played.” Hu Jia’s wife, Zeng Jin Yan and Wu Hao’s sister, Nina both started weblogs to document their individual ordeals of freeing their loved ones. Thanks to Kennedy’s translations, you can read, firsthand, the reaction of Wu Hao’s sister when she found out that Hu Jia was set free.

The Week That Was in Bahrain

In a testament to how fast news travels from blogger to blogger, Amira Al Hussaini, gauges the reactions of the Bahraini blogging community to a capsized cruise ship which killed 57, less than half a mile off the coast. Also: a meditative tour of the Arabic Book Fair, a Palestinian woman’s struggle to return home, Michael Jackson’s giraffes, and more.

El Salvador’s Echoes of the Past

Echoes of the past have reemerged in El Salvador this past week says Tim Muth. Beginning with the 26th anniversary of the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero, Salvadoran bloggers meld the past with present-day politicking as they take the government to task for not owning up to past atrocities or reforming impunity laws. Muth observes, “these spirited discussions in the blogosphere over impunity are not reflected in Salvadoran mass media.”

Echoes from the Tunisian Blogosphere

Mohamed Marwen Meddah gives English speakers a glimpse into what francophone Tunisian bloggers are discussing. Find out what could be changing about their monopolistic telecom service, how many female survey respondents are victims to domestic violence, and what Tunisia holds in store for the gung-ho shopper. And, in English, the Tunisian origins of the word “Africa.”

Belarus: Political Jokes

– Aleksandr Grigorievich, I’ve got two pieces of news for you, good and bad. Which one should I begin with?
– The good one.
– You’ve been elected president.
– Okay, and what’s the bad one?

To read the punch line, check out Veronica Khokhlova’s collection of translated Belorussian political jokes.

Bold Flavors of the World

From the origins of Cambodian cuisine to the neighboring influences on Korean kimbap, Chef Melissa De Leòn Douglass is back with another installment of her carefully selected global gastronomy. The same rule applies as always: don’t read this an hour before your lunch break.

Rival party factions fight in Egypt, elections in Peru, cleaning up in the Czech Republic, and much more can be found in today’s Global Roundups.

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