Global Voices Digest


April 17, 2006, 8:03 am
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Global Voices Online – Apr. 17, 2006

Announcing Our Alliance with Reuters

Ethan Zuckerman officially announces the alliance between Global Voices and Reuters as he details how the partnership will increase the exposure of Global Voices content and “help Reuters – and the global media community as a whole – to understand blogging better and the impact of Citizen’s Media on the world of journalism.”.

Happy water festival – mind the elephant gun

The traditional new year came and went this past week for much of South East Asia, which meant that 50-year-old Thais were chasing 5-year-olds with water guns, water-soaked Burmese were attending “Mundatts,” and Laotian villagers were decorating sand stupas with flags, flowers, and perfumed water. Preetam Rai explains the customs and quotes bloggers’ reactions and nostalgia in this fun-filled (and wet) post.

Petition Hu Jintao for Global Voices editor Hao Wu’s release

Today marks the 54th day that documentary filmmaker and Global Voices Editor Hao Wu has been held captive by Chinese authorities without being charged of a crime. The possibility that Hao Wu be set free before Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit to the US now seems unlikely, but Ethan Zuckerman says that a letter writing campaign and online petition could apply the necessary pressure. If you haven’t already, please take the 15 seconds out of your day to add your name to the petition demanding Hao Wu’s release. Or, even better, write to your local government, newspaper, and Chinese embassy to express your dismay over the unjust detainment of Hao Wu.

Another Belarus

Belarus’ Livejournal community continues to inspire and innovate. When one Minsk-based photographer went back to her home village and documented a melancholy side of where she grew up, others were inspired to do the same, which resulted in “Another Belarus,” an online community aiming to document the “everyday, lackluster, a bit too ordinary, but very dear.” Not everyone was so supportive of the initiative, however. Veronica Khokhlova describes the disagreement it provoked.

Mexico’s Ley Televisa and TV Duopoly

Taking advantage of a nervous pre-election climate, Mexico’s media duopoly successfully lobbied senators to reform a law which allows the conglomerates to hold onto unused spectrum, forcing out potential newcomers. Bloggers unanimously protested against the so-called “Ley Televisa” to no avail, but will the continued duopoly usher in emerging markets that replace traditional television?

Don’t go near the sea on Good Friday, and other Caribbean Easter traditions

Unlike South East Asia, no one was drenching wet in the Caribbean this weekend. Quite the opposite, explains Georgia Popplewell in her collection of Caribbean customs, rituals, and superstitions on Easter Weekend. Discover why the beaches were empty, eggs cracked at noon, peas trees were cut to bleed, and just what is a bobolee. No matter what your own customs were this weekend, if any, I think we can all agree that Aruba is a great place for a traditional Good Friday meal.

What’s in a name: Google in Chinese

“Dog dog,” “ancient dog,” “valley song,” “groin,” and “grasshopper” were all possibilities awaiting Google as the company chose its official Chinese name. For some strange reason, they chose valley song over groin. John Kennedy samples Chinese Bloggers’ skeptical reactions to the choice.

Echoes from the Tunisian Blogosphere

A bag of goodies is Mohamed Marwen Meddah’s latest dispatch from Tunisia. A year of blogger meetups as they grow and grow, a music podcast with Tunisian jazz, blues, rock, and soul, and the state of Tunisian cinema and cinemas are just some of the fun and interesting posts here.

North Korean lumberjacks in Eastern Russia, a series on Charles Taylor, the Philippines/Mexico connection, and much more can be found in today’s Global Roundups.

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