Global Voices Digest

May 18, 2006, 12:54 am
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Global Voices Online – May 18, 2006

Banned White-Red-White Flag of Belarus Travels Abroad

It is probably only global trivia for the majority of us, but for Belorussians, an 11-year-old referendum to reintroduce a variation of the Soviet era flag was the start of a controversy that continues today. The prolific Veronica Khokhlova has translated a post by a Belorussian LiveJournal user who proudly donned his country’s “other flag” while traveling in Ukraine. Check out the post to see how Ukrainians reacted.

China: No lawyer for Hao Wu

“After pushing for so long, it seems that any efforts to seek the law’s help have been stifled.” Those are the defeated words of Nina, sister of Hao Wu, a documentary filmmaker and Global Voices Regional Editor who is being held by Chinese authorities without charge and without access to a lawyer. John Kennedy has the full translation of Nina’s post, which ends with determined hope: “Even though I don’t have a clear plan, if everyone could understand each other, couldn’t we all work together? We must be able to find a way.”

Kurdistance: Finding Rebirth in Grief

Our condolences to contributor Deborah Ann Dilley who recently lost her uncle to cancer of the esophagus. As chance would have it, a Kurdish blogger and his colleague also wrote online about the recent loss of their uncles; men who worked for, but never saw the realization of a Kurdish state. Here is a post that reaffirms the universality of death and the hope that lies in dialogue and working together.

The Week That Was – Bolivian Blogs

Bolivian students, journalists, and musicians have been much more quick to adopt the benefits of blogging than their governmental institutions. The one exception would be the Constitutional Tribunal, which has been posting its decisions and general press releases on a WordPress-based blog since September, 2005. And most notably, those posts allow comments by readers. Ávila explains the extraordinary case ruled against government intervention in the bankrupt Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano (LAB) airline and how user comments prompted a clarification by the nation’s highest court.

Ghanaian chocolate, a horrific video of Egyptian police abuse, a not-so-horrific video of sheep in Georgia, and much more can be found in today’s Global Roundups.

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