Global Voices Digest

April 14, 2006, 5:04 am
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Global Voices Online – Apr. 14, 2006

Another busy day – lets plunge straight in to

A mixed bag from South Africa

where the most nourishing titbit is the news that one of the country’s most respected journalists has Global Voices in the links of his newly created blog. Oh, and apart from that shameless bit of self-promotion? Well we have views on homophobia in Nigeria and the lack of democracy in Swaziland.

Views from the Horn of Africa and Sudan

tells us that an eminent African scholar is supporting the independence of Somaliland, one of the two areas of the former Somalia whose inhabitants have effectively seceded from the former nation and tells of another blogger’s appeal to the Arab League to listen to Somaliland. There is also Sudanese anger at the presence of foreign troops in the country and an account of unified Ethiopian action giving an historic victory on the battlefield followed by a description the country’s current politics leading towards “complete totalitarianism”.

China: Hao Wu continues to be held without charge

We still know almost nothing about the fate of our colleague. But we have a moving insight into the effect of his disappearance on his family through the blog of his sister, Nina. Read translations of her frank and poignant entries detailing a painful political awakening.

The Week That Was – Bolivian Blogs

The top topic this week has been a letter purporting to be from the ruling party instructing public servants to make an enforced contribution from their salaries. The authenticity of the document is discussed as well as its relevance to the forthcoming elections.

Revolution In Nepal: Monarchy On Its Way Out

is a comprehensive round-up of bloggers’ reports on the protests against the country’s long-standing monarchy. There are photographs, audio and video links in a truly multi-media roundup.


Pulse of the Saudi Blogosphere

is beating fast over a new, and controversial, community for Saudi bloggers. Also raising the temperature is the increasing tendency of Saudi female bloggers to write about sex and for one blogger bored with the usual blogroll the arrival of six new voices (new blood?) has given livened up the scene.

And finally we have a brief flight

Over the Iraqi Blogodrome

where one blogger talks of an ingenious new way of gauging what interests young men – the pictures they buy to download onto their mobile phones. Nowadays the stars and stripes are out and Saddam is in, according to mobile phone entrepreneurs. The research was prompted by the recent anniversary of April 9th and discussion of whether the “fall of Baghdad” was a cause for celebration or not.

Escalating protests in Mongolia, lizard for lunch in the Caribbean, riots after the death of Raj Kumar, the death of a Myanmar rap star Japanese TV celebrity Hard Gay the best of Nigeria’s new literature, Chechen protests over poor mobile phone services and much more in our Global Updates.

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