Global Voices Digest

May 28, 2006, 1:10 pm
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Global Voices Online – May 27 – 28, 2006

Russia: Ethnic Uzbek in Moscow

I recall an analogy made at the Internet and Society Conference where the Global Voices Manifesto was first written: the blogosphere was described as a space where conversations take place that had formerly occurred in taxi cabs and neighborhood cafes. Veronica Khokhlova melds those two universes together with her intriguing translation of a conversation between a Russian blogger and his Uzbek taxi driver.

Arabisc: Arabic Bloggers Ken

If the Egyptian government was hoping to silent its opposition bloggers by imprisoning some of the group’s most vocal members, they couldn’t have been more mistaken. Haitham Sabbah describes that solidarity that has formed in the Arab blogosphere around freeing detained peers and translates the first post of a blogger after being released from jail. Also, media bias in Kuwait’s parliamentary elections, celebrating independence in Southern Lebanon, and Saudi Arabian censorship.

DRC: Coup Attempts and More Questions on the Upcoming Elections

According to the nation’s bloggers, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has a lot of obstacles facing it before free and fair elections might take place on June 30th. Among them, according to Jennifer Brea’s translations: an attempted coup by foreign mercenaries, the surveillance and kidnapping of opposition candidates, violations of electoral laws, Belgian interference, the presence of foreign peacekeepers, and German neocolonialism. And if your weekend reading demands a bit of escapism from the dreary electoral realities, a Canadian ex-pat offers a lesson in eating foufou and how to best greet a stranger on the streets of Kinshasa.

East Timor: More Violence

Factions continue to fight in East Timor writes South East Asia Editor Preetam Rai. When army soldiers opened fire on unarmed police officers and UN advisers, one Timorese blogger was at the clinic where they were taken and describes the scene.

The garments industry riots in Bangladesh

Mayhem broke loose in Bangladesh last week when a garment worker was shot in the city of Savar as police tried to contain angry protesters. According to Rezwan, “The death sparked more violence as thousands of garments workers took to the streets, creating chaos and huge traffic deadlocks around the capital. A section of 800-1000 violent protesters with sticks lead by motorcycle processions resorted to widespread damage of vehicles, attacked about 300 garments factories, and torched many of them.” Bangladeshi bloggers have responded with mixed reaction as blame is passed from the workers to the unions to the political parties to economic globalization.

Public School Students Coordinate Strike by Photoblogs

A massive boycott by more than 40,000 Chilean students, mostly based in Santiago, is calling for free public transportation, free matriculation, and a revision of what constitutes a full time schedule. Rosario Lizana writes that they are organizing their protests and getting their message out by using photoblogs. The next major step: a national strike scheduled for May 30th.

Taiwan’s “decade of democracy”, a Ukrainian blog bibliography, Somalia’s disenfranchised developers, Indepedence Day in Argentina, and much more can be found in today’s Global Roundups.

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