Global Voices Digest

May 17, 2006, 1:18 am
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Global Voices Online – May 17, 2006

China: Cultural Revolution turns forty

“The ten years of the Cultural Revolution not only led Chinese society into chaos, but also brought China’s economy to the brink of collapse; sporting the banner of ‘culture’, the movement led to the deep destruction of traditional Chinese culture, struck a fatal blow against humanity and heavily twisted people’s psyches into something not seen since ancient times. Today, thirty years since the end of the Cultural Revolution, its presence and pain can still be felt at any time, in any place, sometimes hidden, sometimes showing.” We can read such reflections on the 40th anniversary of Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution thanks to John Kennedy’s excellent translations of Chinese blog posts. Past and present collide head on in this must-read post.

This week in the African women’s blogsphere

African women continue to blog up a storm with posts as varied as ever. Battling with 21st century information overload and some comment-evoking thoughts on polygamous marriages are just two such examples.

Indian Bloggers are talking education, politics and marriage

Kamla Bhatt also touches on marriage in her summary of the Indian blogosphere; not polygamy, but the “marriagonomics” of arranged marriages. Also, a fascinating debate (which Global Voices readers have already read about regarding Brazil and South Africa) on a new quota policy in India’s education system.

Bangladesh Blog Buzz

With elections later this year, it seems that Bangladeshi bloggers are tired of political stagnation, whether it’s the stalemate between parties, dynasty leadership, or lack of electoral reform. Far removed from politics is a podcast of an English translation of Bangladeshi Nobel Prize-winning author Rabindranath Tagore’s short story “Once there was a King”.

Ahmadinejad’s Letter & Tehran Book Fair

Much has been made of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s letter to his US counterpart, George W. Bush, including comparisons to Ayatollah Khomeini’s 1989 letter to then-Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. But the anglophone press was not able to dissect the letter’s hidden implications as well as the trained eyes of Iran’s bloggers. What is the underlying significance of writing “Israel”? What inspired the letter? Who was the letter really intended to reach? Farid Pouya handles each of these questions in a thorough review of the Iranian blogosphere’s reaction.

Bloggers Opinions About a Proposed Euthanasia Law

Finally, Rosario Lizana rounds out the day with a report on Chileans’ response to a newly proposed euthanasia law. Chile remains one of only two Latin American countries (El Salvador is the other) in which all forms of abortion are illegal, but some observers expect a change in social policy with the election of socialist president, Michelle Bachelet. Will this new controversial proposal be the testing ground? Lizana sums up Chilean bloggers’ feelings on the matter.

Daniel Moi’s legacy and influence in Kenya, Evo versus Lula in Vienna, Pakistan’s new censorship-resistant blog aggregator, and much more can be found in today’s Global Roundups.

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