Global Voices Digest

May 6, 2006, 8:12 pm
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Global Voices Online – May 6-7, 2006

Landing at the Iraqi Blogodrome

I must admit, each week I look forward to Salam Adil’s summary of the Iraqi blogosphere with confused anticipation. I know that, on the one hand, I will be given a clear, descriptive portrait of what is happening in the war-torn country by those who are actually experiencing the hardships, searching for something better. But I also know by now to expect the second-paragraph-condolences to yet another blogger who has lost yet another family member. These deaths are familiar only by hyperlink and yet that is somehow enough to convey – like newspaper articles cannot – the very real consequences of war, of missiles gone astray, of how foreign policy can inadvertently take away an aunt, mother, sister. As I have grown accustomed to typing, you cannot afford to miss this.

Pulse of the Saudi Blogoshpere

It’s become apparent that bloggers around the world refuse to forget Darfur. One young woman from Saudi Arabia, comparing the scant attention given to Darfur in relation to the Danish cartoons depicting Mohammed, says, “300,000 People have died in Darfur since 2003. Most of them starved to death. One man in Afghanistan died while taking part in a protest demanding the government of Denmark publicly apologize for the cartoons.” Also in Ahmed Al-Omran’s article: the Gitex Riyadh tech exhibition, the Saudi judicial system, thoughts on Tuesdays with Morrie, and a review of Arabic news websites.

Ethiopian bloggers take on the USA

Andrew Heavens begins his weekly account of the Ethiopian blogosphere by remarking that “it was almost as if everyone had got together and agreed to start working on a common theme.” Ethiopian bloggers, based both at home and abroad, focused this week on relations between their country and the United States. “Ethiopia remains the sole sizable country in the horn that has friendly relations with the US.” But how do Ethiopians feel about US support of the Meles Zenawi government?

The State of the Argentine Blogosphere: Jujuy

Continuing a series on provincial blogging in Argentina, Jorge Gobbi introduces us to Jujuy (pronounced Hoo-hooey), “one of the most beautiful places of the country, but also one of the poorest.”

Riots in Mexico, party politics in Zimbabwe, the arrest of Tamil journalists on World Press Freedom Day, corruption in Kuwait and much more can be found in today’s Global Roundups.

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