Global Voices Digest

April 25, 2006, 10:06 am
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Global Voices Online – Apr. 24, 2006

Bloglogue: US Dollars & Democracy in Iran!

Iranian and non-Iranian bloggers based around the world are debating the would be efficacy and consequences of a US proposal to invest an extra $75 million to promote democracy in Iran. Farid Pouya moderates the online discussion and presents us with the most lucid arguments and revealing insights.

Bangladesh Blog Buzz

It’s a belated wish, but shuvo bangla nobobarsho to all. Or, happy Bengali New Year that is. Rezwan is back with an all-encompassing look at Bangladesh’s blog scene including the upcoming elections, cricket superstition, and two podcasts featuring English translations of Nobel Prize-winning Bangladeshi author Rabindranath Tagore.

Haitian Blogger Yon Ayisyen: “I’m No Revolutionary Hero”

Yon Ayisien, a nom de plume that means simply “a Haitian,” is his country’s foremost and, well, only blogger. In an interview with Alice Backer he theorizes as to why blogging has yet to hit big in Haiti and what the upcoming parliamentary elections could mean for President Preval.

Brutal murder of Guyanese government minister sends shockwavese

It is a day of mourning in Guyana where Satyadeow Sawh, Minister of Fisheries, Crops, and Livestock, was gunned down at his home along with his brother, sister, and bodyguard. Georgia Popplewell sums up the strong reactions by bloggers in Guyana and throughout the English-speaking Caribbean as Sawh’s brutal assassination represents widespread, regional violent crime.

Writings from the Kenyan Sphere

Nor were government officials safe in Kenya where a recent plane crash claimed the lives of 14 passengers including several parliament members and officials on a peace mission. Juliana R points to the tributes and reflections by Kenyan bloggers. Also, corruption, cricket, urban Swahili soul, and much more.

AddisFerengi returns as Ethiopia’s blogosphere explodes

“AddisFerengi, one of Ethiopia’s most controversial bloggers, was back in business this week with a load of back-dated posts, after temporarily shutting herself down and leaving the country amid claims of threats and warnings over her safety.” Her departure coincided with an explosion in blogs about Ethiopia written by native-born authors. Andrew Heavens points to their best content including descriptions of Ethiopian Orthodox Easter.

A stand against chewing Qat in Yemen, myths about Vietnam, Indian student protests in Armenia, and much more can be found in today’s Global Roundups.

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