Global Voices Digest

April 27, 2006, 12:48 am
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Global Voices Online – Apr. 27, 2006

Nepal: Treading cautiously on democratic grounds

King Gyanendra of Nepal has agreed to restore Parliament, but does that mean that a functioning democracy will blossom? Will Maoist rebels turn in their arms and participate in the political process? What was the country like before Parliament was dissolved in 2002? South Asia Editor Neha Viswanathan seeks the answers as she tours around the very active Nepalese blogosphere.

India: IT, Blogging and BarCamp

Moving on to neighboring India, Kamla Bhatt says that BarCamp Bangalore “looked like it was right out of Pleasanton/Dublin/San Ramon IT corridor in East Bay or Redwood Shores in the San Francisco Bay Area.” Here’s a dose of code, podcasts, and web2.0 from a decidedly Indian point of view. But how will new tech help rural India? Bhatt has that covered as well.

Marriage, Birthday and identity crisis in the Moroccan blogosphere

What is it like to be an indigenous Berber in modern day Morocco? Farah Kinani points us to an interesting meditation on the question and also warns that “the Moroccan blogosphere is starting to look exactly like the Moroccan society with the VIPs, the covetous, the rejected, the ins and the outs..”

Image from DRC: Kobolo Humor

Now further south to the Democratic Republic of the Congo where Alice Backer balances a picture of a very unbalanced Kobolo with a humor piece on Kinshasa public transport.

China: Photoblogs—translation not needed

“The goal is to provide foreigners with a non-official window into Beijing and China not bound by the constraints of text, to let them see images from lives of normal Chinese that aren’t found in newspapers, magazines, on television or in other exhibitions.” So responds Ziboy when asked what he set out to accomplish with his photoblog. It certainly proved to be a success as this Saturday marks the opening of “Here-Photoblogger Ziboy’s Self Expression,” an exhibition at Beijing Dimensions Gallery in China.

Pakistan: Blog-o-strikes back

After a brief cyber-fallout, the delightfully mischievous and distracted Omer Alvie is back with a roundup of recent posts by Pakistani bloggers. Included: a review of the Freedom of Expression in Asian Cyberspace conference held in Manila.

Chernobyl: Letters Never Written

Originally from Lviv, Ukraine and now living in the United States, LiveJournal user “wall4” has written an extraordinarily heartfelt post about his experience as a soldier in Chernobyl, exactly two decades ago. Read Veronica Khokhlova’s wonderful translation, but also visit the original post to see the accompanying black and white photos.

The Week That Was – Bolivian Blogs

In blogs, as in literature, exile and nostalgia are two themes to appear over and over again. Eduardo Ávila says that while some Bolivians write their blogs from countries like Japan and the United Arab Emirates, “many Bolivians leave for uncertain conditions and live under the cloud of illegality” like factory workers in Argentina that endure difficult conditions.

Technorati blocked in China, a Chernobyl protest rally in Belarus, blocking VoIP in Belize, and much more can be found in today’s Global Roundups.

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