Global Voices Digest

May 23, 2006, 1:04 am
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Global Voices Online – May 23, 2006

The Kannada Context: Exclusive Identity and Other Stories

Sanket Patil begins his lucid and exhaustive introduction to India’s Kannada-language blogging community by translating a poetic meditation on the conundrum of identity: “The search for a Kannada identity is like peeling an onion. As we go on excluding the layers, what we will be left with are tears alone!” Identity aside, what follows is a satisfying peek into the conversations of a group of bloggers that non-Kannada speakers would otherwise never be privy to.

Brunei: Blog report from the Abode of Peace: Bloggers vs Borneo Bulletin

Sometimes, just as interesting as what bloggers discuss is what they choose to ignore. According to Maurina H, weblogs in Brunei “are seen as an avenue for public rants about one’s personal love/school/family life, not a place to have rife discussions about the country’s progress, politics, education and economy.” The one exception would be reaction to a sensationalist article published in a local newspaper which claimed that bloggers could face libel lawsuits.

Ethiopia: Disappearing blogs

Following a worrisome trend, Blogspot-based weblogs are currently blocked in Ethiopia without any official explanation. But as the comments following Andrew Heavens’ post reveal, there is no shortage of unofficial theories.

The state of the Argentinean Blogosphere: Rosario, Santa Fe

Jorge Gobbi continues his series on Argentina’s provincial blogging scene, this time with an introduction to Rosario, Santa Fe, which boasts an impressive quantity of weblogs focused on education.

Francophone Africa: Bloggers On Colonialism’s Enduring Influence

Post-colonialism is alive and well in Francophone Africa writes Jennifer Brea in her thoughtful compilation of posts by African bloggers (including a Togolese former presidential candidate) examining France and Germany’s legacy in Gabon and Togo.

The First Internet Party ever Held in Cambodia

When summarizing a cutting edge website like Global Voices, it is tempting to describe every post as a “sign of the times,” but that is especially true of ThaRum Bun’s portrayal of Cambodia’s first “internet party” as he reminds us that just a decade ago “not many people could spell and capture the term and the meaning of ‘the Internet’ well, except expatriates working in Phnom Penh offices and a few Cambodian staff in aid organizations.”

Syrian Blogsphere in a Week

Syria’s government has stepped up its campaign to silence internal opposition including the arrest of popular opposition activist Michel Kilo who recently signed a declaration described by one bloggers as “a mild-mannered, balanced and reasoned declaration replete with politically correct pan-Arabist lingo.” Yazan BADRAN has the story.

Images from South Asia

Sometimes a picture really does speak a thousand words – and in a language as universal as the smile. New contributor Akshay Mahajan takes us on a tour of South Asia – from Kerala to Tibet – through the lens of the region’s photobloggers.

Montserrat volcano watch and West Indies cricket

Cricket and ash crossed paths this past weekend in the Caribbean explains Nicholas Laughlin as the lava dome of Montserrat’s Soufriere Hills Volcano collapsed after more than a decade of dormancy.

Montenegro: “It Looks Like Europe Has a New Country”

Veronica Khokhlova ends a busy day on the site with a survey of reactions to Europe’s newest country as “55.4 percent of the voters of Montenegro, the smallest of the six former Yugoslav republics, decided in favor of independence.” And find out why beer alone was reason enough for one blogger to protest the decision.

Criticizing the new West Indian anthem, Phnom Penh’s livability, quota commentary from India, and much more can be found in today’s Global Roundups.

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