Global Voices Digest

May 29, 2006, 12:49 am
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Global Voices Online – May 29, 2006

Special Indonesia Earthquake Blog

Whether you cite God or Mother Nature, we can all agree that Indonesia has been dealt an unfair deck of cards in recent times. Weblogs helped instigate a new era of online compassion and charity during the Asian tsunami. Now A. Fatih Syuhud writes that Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, Java has set up a comprehensive blog with constantly updated news about Saturday’s deadly earthquake and information on where and how money can be donated effectively. And if there are any Bahasa speakers on this list, translations would be helpful in connecting donors with humanitarian groups.

What Salvadoran bloggers are saying — violence and generals

Salvadoran bloggers seem relieved that President Tony Saca has finally acknowledged the country’s unfettered violence. But what are the root causes of the violence and how can they be stemmed? Also, is El Salvador’s government ready to open up its military archives “to provide information about the assassination of archbishop Oscar Romero and other crimes of the Salvadoran civil war”? Are Salvadorans ready? And … don’t miss the freshly updated photoblogs.

Turkey is Typing…

Despite a busy news week, Deborah Ann Dilley writes that Turkey’s anglophone bloggers have been relatively quiet over the past few days. She takes advantage of the lull to describe some of her favorite Turkish-language weblogs. The links are well-worth the click as many of the bloggers express themselves in the universal languages of music, film, and photography.

Up close with Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

An article in The Independent featuring Dr Ngozi Okonjo, the Nigerian anti-graft and pro-transparency finance minister, has inspired a handful of Nigerian bloggers to offer their own opinions about her. Is she, as the article’s title suggests, “the woman who has the power to change Africa”?

What do Bloggers say about Rural India?

The content on Indian blogs tends to reflect the urban and middle-class realities of the authors. It was such an observation that inspired Mridula Dwivedi to ask what bloggers say about rural India and those who dwell there. Here is a brief portrait of childhood marriage, urban migration, village schools, and how to reduce poverty.

Senegal: Conversations on Drowned Migrants

It’s a conversation that is taking place all over the developing world: how to ensure the safety and human rights of departing emigrants? How to curb emigration with domestic employment? Why do young men and women feel compelled to leave in the first place? Now, thanks to the internet, migrants abroad and their countrymen back home are able to discuss the issues together. And thanks to Alice Backer’s translations, non-French speakers are also able to understand the debate.

Global Food Blog Report

First, the standard advisory: if your stomach is grumbling with hunger, then best to save this post for later. However, if you’ve already returned from your lunch break and you’d like to learn how to make some Philippine coconut leche flan or papa a la huancaina from Peru, then click away.

Guatemala prepares for hurricane season, Mother’s Day in Haiti, Ho Chi Minh City versus Hanoi, and much more can be found in today’s Global Roundups.

Get the blog buzz from East Asia, South Asia, the Americas, Middle East & North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Eastern Europe, Russia, Central Asia & the Caucasus.

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