Global Voices Digest


April 9, 2006, 11:35 am
Filed under: Digests

Global Voices Online – Apr. 8 – 9, 2006

Ethiopia’s bloggers tackle bomb blasts and fasting

“Ethiopia’s bloggers turned reporters and detectives as a series of mysterious blasts rocked the country’s capital” says Andrew Heavens, writing from Addis Ababa. Also, find out why one Alaskan ex-pat living in Ethiopia got weak in the knees after hearing that “Ethiopian Easter is actually 8 days behind the Easter practiced in the west.” Another blogger, Margot, descriptively recounts her journey to East Gojjam, “where rigid gender roles and strict definitions of “women’s work” vs. men’s work is the strictest and most patriarchal out of all Ethiopia.

China: Great firewall undermined

In a game of technological cat and mouse, Chinese online activists continue to innovate one step ahead of state censors of the “Great Firewall.” While the Chinese Communist Party, with the help of American tech companies, effectively censors text-based online discussions, that technology has not yet been applied to audio podcasts, where politically sensitive topics are being discussed. Thanks to John Kennedy’s translations and summaries, you can get an idea of what is being talked about during this window of free speech.

Pulse of the Saudi Blogosphere

It’s been a busy week in the Saudi blogosphere. Ahmed Al-Omran explains why one young woman felt humiliated after leaving a job interview and why the first full-length Saudi produced movie won’t be shown in its own country. Also, descriptions by two bloggers on their visits to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina.

Belarus: Flash-Mobbing in Minsk

Harper’s editor and flash mob inventor, Bill Wasik recently wrote that the Internet phenomenon – in which a crowd of strangers coordinate a brief and usually silent meetup and then disperse – has died out. But then, Bill Wasik isn’t up to date on Belarus where a Live Journal community continues to do exactly that. Veronica Khokhlova explains why a recent flash mob, dedicated to those imprisoned in the recent election protests, has stirred an impassioned environmental debate.

Protests Against Violence in Venezuela

This past week saw a spontaneous eruption of protests in Venezuela when three, young Canadian-Venezuelan brothers were found dead more than a month after being kidnapped for ransom. Or, at least some observers see the protests as spontaneous. Others argue that they were inspired by the opposition-dominated private media in hopes of undermining the Chavez administration. Still others ask why similar protests don’t occur when the victims of violence come from Caracas’ lower-class ghettoes. Here’s your chance to make up your own mind after reading the opinions of all sides.

Voices from Central Asia and the Caucasus

Stretching from Mongolia to Georgia, Ben Paarmann wraps up the last two weeks in Central Asian cyberspace. The fight for a freedom of information act in Mongolia, the controversy surrounding politician/businessman/criminal Ryspek Akmatbaev in Kyrgyzstan, and a priceless photo of Tajik wrestling are just a few of the gems awaiting you.

A cell phone camera tour of Beirut, a vlogger’s review of Iraqi art, reaction to the first issue of the Indonesian edition of Playboy magazine, 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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