Global Voices Digest

May 16, 2006, 1:47 am
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Global Voices Online – May 16, 2006

France & Francophonia Commemorate Slavery Amidst Curriculum Controversy

May 10th was the fifth anniversary of France’s adoption of the Taubira Law, which first officially recognized slavery and the slave trade as crimes against humanity. The commemoration has sparked an interesting debate in French society and among Francophone bloggers from around the world about slavery’s place in school text books and its legacy for ethnic relations today. As one blogger comments on the post, “I just want to say that I’m tired to be considered by my skin color. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not because I’m ashamed of it but just that I’m a human being period.”

Oil Pipeline Blast in Nigeria as Nigerian bloggers see it

200 people were killed last week when an oil pipeline blew up on an island 30 miles off the coast of Lagos. David Ajao has collected the reactions of Nigerian bloggers including a critique of derogatory language found in international press coverage.

Voices From Zimbabwe and the Great Lakes

A blog divide has emerged in Zimbabwe’s online community between supporters and foes of robotics-professor-turned-opposition-politician Arthur Mutambara. Zim Pundit explains why Mutambara’s second rally in the UK was so closely scrutinized after conflicting reports of the first. Also, the ninth anniversary of Burundi’s Buta Massacre, the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s upcoming elections, the Village Phone project in Rwanda and much more in this week’s Great Lakes roundup.

This Week In Palestinian Blogs: Al-Nakba Continues

“Al-Nakba” is an Arabic term, which translates roughly to “the catastrophe.” It also refers to the day that Israel first declared its independence: May 14th, 1948. Naseem Tarawnah writes that “for many Palestinian bloggers Al-Nakba means remembering this important moment in history, which set the stage for an ongoing struggle and tragedy; where both past and present are commemorated side by side.” Here’s your chance to read what Palestinians have to say about the historical turning point including one blogger’s account of more “non-violent resistance for the media to ignore.”

China: New political campaign shows sarcasm is alive and well

Chinese blogger Frank Dai says that Chinese presidents have a long history of espousing their own memorable variations of socialist thought. Current president Hu Jintao recently rolled out his own “Eight Dos and Don’ts” to emphasize morals in contemporary Chinese society. Dai translates the eight rules for us and reveals the impact they’ve had on print publications and bloggers alike. Beware of some subtle satire.

Bruna Little Surfer: blog turns into book, call girl turns into writer

New York Times reporter Larry Rohter recently wrote about the popularity of Rachel Pacheco, a Brazilian call-girl-turned-blogger, who set off a country-wide debate about sexual mores and practices. But Jose Murilo Junior shows with his translations of Brazilian blog posts that Rohter’s article only touched the surface of what has been a multi-layered reaction to Pacheco’s blog, story, and newfound success. “While the NY Times and traditional editorial writers pontificate about culture and morality and while academics generate new socio-anthropological theses about Bruna Little Surfer and disruptive sexual behaviors, the kids are learning something else. They are learning that the Internet and communicating through writing well are opportunities for success.”

Interview with Afghan Warrior

In the first of a series of interviews with Afghan bloggers, Farid Pouya asks “Afghan Warrior” why he blogs in English, what the future of Afghanistan’s blogosphere holds, and how ethnic divisions are represented online.

Mongolia’s rising ethnic violence, the Bangla Wikipedia, the ongoing search for Chinese imprisoned blogger Wu Hao, and much more can be found in today’s Global Roundups.

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