Global Voices Digest

April 20, 2006, 11:36 pm
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Global Voices Online – Apr. 24, 2006

As Global Voices matures so does the quality of its content. That was especially apparent this weekend as we see how a Moscow online community gets proactive, Nepalese citizen journalists cover the standstill between protesters and the monarchy, we discover how the internet is adding a new dimension to a debate in Brazil over racial quotas in universities, Lebanese bloggers remember their country’s civil war, and Russians react to a rise in ethnic violence. Plus, the ever-tasty global food roundup and African women bloggers sound off.

Nepal Revolution: Showdown

Kathmandu, Nepal is entering its fifth straight day under curfew, but that’s not keeping the country’s fearless citizen journalists from getting their messages and coverage out in real time. Paramendra Bhagat has a summary of the latest including an explanation of why Western governments and Nepalese citizens reacted differently to King Gyanendra’s Friday royal address.

Helping Russian Orphans

A frequent criticism of bloggers is that they type too much, but don’t make social change happen. LiveJournal users in Moscow, however, are harnessing the community aspect of the web to promote a good cause. Veronica Khokhlova tells the story of an online community that collected donations and took them to an orphanage in the village of Ivanovo. Here is a heart-lifting example of how doing good and feeling good go hand-in-hand and how the smallest gesture by some can mean so much for others.

Quotas in Brazilian Universities: The Online Debate

Like Malaysia, South Africa, and the United States, race quotas in university admission processes are causing a storm of debate in Brazil. But it’s a novel model of national debate, says new GV contributor Jose Murilo, as internet forums, chat rooms, and blogs are “adding perspectives that would not have been on the radar before.” One Brazilian blogger insists “we can’t fight racism with a policy that affirms race. When the state make laws upon the concept, it ‘founds’ the notion of race, creating the very same thing it wants to destroy.” Others, however, disagree. Here’s your chance to read various perspectives on the debate and see where you yourself fit in.

Cooking Pleasures

I can almost smell the aroma from the keyboard. Here are Chef Melissa De Leòn Douglass’ hand-picked favorites from around the globe including one Easter meal in Argentina with BBQ chicken wrapped in crocodile meat! I know where I’ll be spending my Easter next year.

African Women This Week

Sokari Ekine’s review of African women bloggers reveals a strong female presence at the Kenyan blog awards, a nostalgic ode to East Nigerian food, Easter in Ethiopia, Earth Day, and much more.

The Lebanese Bloggers last week: Remembering The War, Plus Some Kisses

Lebanon’s 15-year civil war took place while many of the country’s bloggers were growing up. Their vivid memories – laid out here – represent the coming of age of an entire generation. Mindful of comic relief, Mustapha says the Lebanese have kissed and made up. And if Grandmas or Aunts are around, it could make for a lot of kissing.

Russia: Ethnically Motivated Violence

Racially motivated violence has been on the rise in Russia’s urban centers. When a young skinhead stabbed and killed a 17-year-old Armenian in Moscow’s subway, a blogger was at the scene and described what he saw. His use of the word “kavkazets” inspires a lengthy discussion. Find out what the term means and why it was a cause for such cynicism in Veronica Khokhlova’s translation of the comment thread.

A commemoration of slain Hatian journalist Jean Dominique, the profile of a Falun Gong heckler, a video about “Malaysia’s ongoing war with Singapore”, Venezuela pulls out of the Andean Community, and much more can be found in today’s Global Roundups.

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