Global Voices Digest

May 10, 2006, 1:53 am
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Global Voices Online – May 10, 2006

It’s been a prolific and important day on Global Voices so let’s get right into it.

Kenyan Blogosphere Dispatch

Bridge-blogger Ndesanjo, following his guide to blogging in Swahili, is now taking up video blogging and will soon record a guide in Swahili on how others can join in. Some insightful reflections on law, gender, and land and an update on a proposed Microsoft-backed technology park modelled after Egypt’s Smart Village are just two of the many posts linked to by Juliana R.

African Music #8

Where else can you read an Ugandan radio DJ describe Monday evenings in the capital city? Or how about reggae from Nigeria and a rap festival in Guinea? Welcome to the eighth edition of Obi Orjiekwe’s Africa music roundup.

Bolivian gas sets Brazilian political debate on fire

We have already heard from Eduardo Ávila about the reaction of Bolivian bloggers to their president’s decree to nationalize the country’s gas resources. In a time of regional economic realignment, Jose Murilo Junior continues the conversation by taking measure of the reactions by bloggers in Brazil, one of the countries most invested in Bolivia’s oil industry.

Afghan Whispers: To Celebrate or not!

The anniversary of the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Kabul has Afghan bloggers pondering the legacy of the Mujahedeen and debating whether or not the victory of the religious insurgents should be celebrated. Farid Pouya presents us with the arguments.

Jacob Zuma Acquittal

Sokari Ekine does a fantastic job presenting the varied reactions to the acquittal of former South African deputy president Jacob Zuma who had been charged of rape by an HIV-positive woman. Was justice served? Were reactions divided along tribal lines? Can a man ever be convicted of rape in Africa? Bloggers grapple with these questions and more.

Access to MSN Spaces in China

MSN Spaces blogs have been rendered inaccessible recently in China, probably due to a new login process that is blocked by Chinese filters. Frank Dai has the very latest, including alternative means for Chinese bloggers to access their Spaces weblogs.

Jahanbegloo, a Scholar in Jail & Islamic Dress

Iranian bloggers have focused on two issues this past week says Farid Pouya. First, why was the Iranian-Canadian scholar and journalist Dr. Ramin Jahanbegloo arrested while in transit at Tehran’s airport? And then, how are bloggers reacting to the beefed-up government enforcement of modest Islamic dress?

Bloggers Bomb for Blogger

In a testament to Web2.0’s potential for activism, Rachel Rawlins has the latest on efforts to free detained Egyptian blogger Alaa Ahmed Seif al-Islam and the more than 40 other peaceful protesters held by authorities. Here is your chance to get involved in the cause.

Russia, Ukraine: Victory Day

Yesterday, former Soviet states marked the 61st anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany. In commemoration, Veronica Khokhlova has translated one blogger’s memory of her grandfather who was drafted into the war in 1940 as well as the reflections of another blogger whose mother lost all nine of her brothers and sisters in the war.

Extensive Flooding in Suriname

“Heavy flooding has affected more than 157 villages in Suriname over the past 48 hours and 15,000 people have been displaced already … The government’s aid operation currently being carried out by the national army and police has been hampered because of continued torrential rainfall, and the situation is deteriorating further.” Angelo Embuldeniya has more pictures and descriptions of the disaster from Maya Matawlie who has been reporting directly from Suriname.

African immigrants giving back to Russia, a first-hand account of Costa Rica’s presidential inauguration, Malaysia’s ban on donating blood by gays, intellectual property rights in China, and much more can be found in today’s Global Roundups.

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