Global Voices Digest

May 4, 2006, 12:30 pm
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Global Voices Online – May 4, 2006

Thai Filmmaker Apologizes to Cambodia for Fictional Story of Khmer Rouge

Already fragile relations between Cambodia and Thailand have been put to the test once again by the release of the Thai movie “Ghost Game,” which revisits Cambodia’s bloody Khmer Rouge past. ThaRum Bun gauges the reactions by Cambodian bloggers and reminds us that just a few years ago the “Thai Embassy in Phnom Penh was burnt down” in anti-Thai rioting.

Chernobyl remembered and the Amazing poetry enjoyed in the Moroccan blogosphere

Matisyahu is a Hasidic Jewish reggae rapper who has found unbridled, albeit completely inexplicable, success in the United States, leaving Moroccan bloggers to wonder if a bearded Muslim singer would ever find the same receptiveness. But Farah Kinani asks why the bloggers even view the US market as a yardstick of success in her rundown of the week’s posts in multilingual Morocco.

The Week That Was – Bolivian Blogs

Anticipation had been building for Bolivian President Evo Morales to follow through on his campaign promise of nationalizing the country’s natural gas resources says Eduardo Ávila. While much is still in the air over what will be the exact stipulations of “re-negotiated contracts,” here are Bolivian bloggers’ diverse initial reactions to the May Day nationalization announcement.

China: Current trends in censorship law

Last September, Chinese authorities released a new set of regulations to further restrict political debate and activism online. John Kennedy’s translations of Chinese bloggers paint a cutting-edge portrait of Chinese censorship today, how it is being challenged, and who has been affected.

Armenian Blogs on the Armavia Crash

“An Airbus A320 flown by the Armenian airline Armavia crashed into the Black Sea, killing all 113 passengers and crew onboard – the worst air crash in Armenia’s history,” writes Nathan Hamm who presents us with the initial reactions and condolences of Armenian bloggers and those of the political establishment.

A critical look at the Slovak elections, Malaysia’s silence on Darfur, Christian-ish churches in rural China, Venezuela’s gasless innovation and much more can be found in today’s Global Roundups.

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