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May 7, 2006, 11:28 pm
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Global Voices Online – May 8, 2006

Russia: Ban on Georgian Wine and Water

Citing quality and health concerns, Russia has banned two of Georgia’s most important exports: wine and a medicinal sparkling mineral water called Borjomi. Many however believe that the embargo, sure to wreak havoc on Georgia’s economy, is politically motivated. Veronica Khokhlova introduces us to an energetic discussion from Russia’s LiveJournal community on the disappearing Georgian goods.

The Spice of Life

Chef Melissa De Leòn Douglass’ global menu this week could very well be the tastiest yet. Hmmm, I think I’ll start with steamed corn bread from Yunnan, China spread with a spiced plum jam made in Argentina. Then, perhaps, eggplant curry from Mumbai with an accompanying ginger sesame hakka noodle. To finish it off, raw key lime pie (with avocado in the filling!). And for the more tech-centric of readers, here’s your chance to poach salmon in the dishwasher.

Echoes from the Tunisian blogosphere

Literature, culture, and film dominate Mohamed Marwen Meddah’s rundown of the Tunisian blogosphere. How many Arabic books are available online? How did bloggers react to Tunisia’s International Book Fair? How is parliament trying to preserve Tunisian culture and values? Answers to these questions and more await you.

Prominent Egyptian blogger arrested and several other activists

Haitham Sabbah translates a post by “Socrates” about the arrest of Alaa Abd El-Fatah, one of Egypt’s most veteran and active bloggers. The detailed account of Alaa’s arrest – and the prior arrests of other bloggers and activists – reveal the dangers of dissent in contemporary Egypt.

African Diaspora: Hard times for Africans in France and Belgium

In a world that continues to shrink – both online and off – few issues are debated as frequently and passionately as immigration and the treatment of immigrants. Anthony Katombe presents us with some of those arguments from francophone African immigrants living in France and Belgium.

The Tehran International Book Fair, prospects for Bolivia’s gas nationalization, smoking in Mongolia and much more can be found in today’s Global Roundups.

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