Global Voices Digest

April 4, 2006, 9:45 pm
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Global Voices Online – Apr. 5, 2006

DRC: Public Transportation and Free Speech Tribulations

Last week, Francophone Editor Alice Backer interviewed D.R of Congo blogger Tony Katombe. This week she brings us a translation of his entertaining illustration of Kinshasa’s gridlock, official processions, and surly taxi drivers. Also, find out why an opposition protest was brutally dispersed by police officers.

Asking the Blogosphere: Is the media telling the real story on Iraq?

“Is the media telling the truth about Iraq? Do you have an opinion on this issue? How does the nature, quality, and content of media coverage of the Iraq war ultimately impact the lives of people in Iraq, the Middle East and around the planet?” These are just some of the questions that will be tackled by bloggers, panelists, and you at the Reuters Iraq Newsmaker debate in New York. Find out how to participate via live chat today at 22:00 GMT in Rebecca MacKinnon’s explanatory post.

Troll causes Sri Lankan blog riot

Mahangu Weerasinghe says that an offensive “troll” has been plaguing the Sri Lankan blogosphere as of late, causing a slump in the community. Sri Lankan blogger Indi, however, says: “I haven’t noticed that people are posting any less, traffic is actually up. Wouldn’t call it a slump, the stir has actually introduced more people to blogging.”

US Dollars, Human Rights & War

The US Congress is currently discussing a proposal to allocate 75 million dollars to promote democracy in Iran. And so are bloggers says Farid Pouya in his rundown on cyber-analysis of the proposal from bloggers based in Canada, Belgium, the U.S., and Iran.

Chilean Inexplicable Traditions

If it is your first day at university in Chile, beware of being made a “mechón”. Rosario Lizana does her best to explain the “inexplicable tradition” of the “mechoneo” and why it might have you wiping raw egg off your face.

A Cuban journalist’s plan of assistance for the United States, Zim Pundit takes to the streets of Harare, the Internet’s impact on Filipino kids, and much more can be found in today’s Global Roundups.

Get the blog buzz from East Asia, South Asia, the Americas, Middle East & North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Eastern Europe, Russia, Central Asia & the Caucasus.

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