Global Voices Digest

May 15, 2006, 7:22 am
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Global Voices Online – May 15, 2006

Chilean Blog Contest: The Winners

The Chilean citizen media project Atina Chile has announced this year’s winners of the Atina Blog Awards. More than 2,000 bloggers from 12 countries entered the contest, but only a few won in each category says Rosario Lizana in what turns out to be a great introduction to Chile’s current blogging scene.

Egypt: Blogging Behind Bars

The story of detained Egyptian blogger and political activist Alaa Ahmed Seif al-Islam took an unexpected turn last week when he wrote a blog post behind bars. Quite possibly the first blogger outside of the United States to ever post from prison, Alaa’s detention has inspired a diverse and yet unified reaction across the internet that is not only calling for his release, but also putting pressure on the Egyptian government to respect human rights. Elijah Zarwan has all the details.

Images from Haiti: Hinche’s New Cathedral

Hinche is a city in central Haiti near the border with the Dominican Republic. Alice Backer introduces us to the municipality (and its shiny new cathedral) via the photoblog of an NGO worker stationed there.

Southern Africa Blogosphere

South African bloggers continue to debate the significance of the acquittal of former South African deputy president Jacob Zuma who was accused of rape. Our newest contributor, Rethabile Masilo, also explains how a shortage of sanitary projects is a human rights issue for Zimbabwean women and what some activists are doing to change the situation.

Helping the Homeless in Moscow

Reading Veronica Khokhlova’s translations from Eastern Europe, it’s tough not to come away with the impression that her region’s bloggers are more pro-active than most. This week we are treated to the fascinating account of a Russian blogger who decided to join a group of volunteers handing out sandwiches to the homeless in Moscow’s subway and train stations.

The Pride of Cambodia: Young Generation

ThaRum Bun reveals that Cambodians have plenty of reason for optimism once today’s youth take the helms of tomorrow’s leadership. Find out why these teenagers are making their country proud.

Flying Over the Iraqi Blogodrome…

Weblogs are serving yet another important purpose in post-Saddam Iraq. This time a group of dedicated expatriate Iraqi scientists have come together to “stay united and rejuvenate Iraq’s scientific heritage.” In addition, they’ve also produced an eye-opening publication on the plight of Iraqi academics in the midst of all the recent assassinations and attacks. Salam Adil continues his weekly dispatch with a long list of newsworthy items that weren’t shown in the mainstream media, a roundup of daily life in today’s Iraq, and his now infamous “If you read nothing else today read this …”

Trinidad: Hanuman murti

I must admit, I’ve always been fond of the Hindu deity Hanuman; a faithful friend who flew across oceans and even got his tail burned while helping out Lord Rama and Sita. So it filled me with immense pleasure to discover that the second largest murti, or religious sculpture, of the monkey-deity actually sits in Carapichaima, Trinidad. Georgia Popplewell, who explains that 40% of Trinidad and Tobago’s populations traces its ancestry to India, has posted a photo of the bright red murti.

What Salvadoran bloggers are saying — tourism and gold mining

“Salvadoran bloggers often ponder what types of economic development can best help the country lift the overall status of its people” begins Tim Muth in his analysis of the pros and cons of tourism and gold mining according to Salvadoran bloggers. Also, a reflection on motherhood from San Salvador.

Bubble Gum Ban Video and Singapore

“If it starts with bubble gum, where will it end?” Such is the emphatic, if not somewhat comical, concluding question of a video that compares “bubble gum policy” in Singapore with Melbourne, Australia as a case study of the age-old debate between personal freedom and social utopianism. Preetam Rai says that the video has inspired a healthy conversation about the role of government in modern society.

Vegetarian or Carnivorian, it is up to you!

Our in-house chef, Melissa De Leòn Douglass, has a tasty, almost fragrant, rundown of the best food posts from around the globe. This week there is something for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. In fact, even the vegetables have found a noble defender!

Cutting edge reports from Ramadi, KGB flash mobsters in Belarus, voting in China, and much more can be found in today’s Global Roundups.

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