Global Voices Digest

May 30, 2006, 2:12 am
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Global Voices Online – May 30, 2006

Echoes from the Tunisian blogosphere

Tunisian bloggers have put forth some controversial ideas in the past fortnight. Among them: implementing tuition in higher education, normalizing relations with Israel, and how to really get a job in Tunisia. Don’t miss Mohamed Marwen Meddah’s post for all this plus: thoughts on a fully Arabic operating system, a Tunisian musical podcast, and a feature on the World Cup team.

Voices from Zimbabwe and the Great Lakes

The one year anniversary of Zimbabwe’s “cleanup” known as Operation Murambatsvina, which rendered thousands homeless, has inspired the country’s bloggers to commemorate and reflect. Also in Zim Pundit’s review of Africa’s Great Lakes region: Tutsi activists arrested in Burundi, elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the violent tactics of Rwanda’s FDLR, and Uganda’s uncensored cinema.

African women’s voices this week

Nish Matenjwa is in charge of this week’s rundown of what African women have been blogging about. We find an open letter to “UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown who has demanded an end to corruption in developing countries” as well as two incensed posts on Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s decision to bear a child in Namibia.

Indonesia Earthquake

Via the Indonesiahelp blog, Preetam Rai posts a photo from Yogyakarta, Java where relief efforts continue as do, unfortunately, more earthquakes.

Nepal Moving Towards Peace Talks

Though paradox it may be, staging a revolution is usually easier than building a democracy. Nepalese bloggers, according to Paramendra Bhagat, feel that the pace of change has been too slow since the country transitioned from monarchy to democracy in April. What is revealed is a puzzle of consensus building between old royalty, a new parliamentary, Maoist rebels, and the nation’s army.

East Timor reported by the Lusophone Blogosphere

Rio de Janeiro-based Lusophone Editor Jose Murilo Junior looks half way around the world where one of the planet’s newest countries finds itself saturated with escalating, factional violence. Digging deep into Portuguese-language blogs he discovers how oil exploration and a political divide between Prime Minister Alkatiri and President Xanana Gusmão have contributed to the strife. Also interesting are Murilo’s own reflections on the similarities between East Timor’s native Tétum language and the “slang and dialect the Brazilian kids are creating in their instant messenger quick typing.”

China: Raising fuel prices, raising tempers

As African and South American bloggers debate China’s interest in oil exploration in their regions, John Kennedy has translated two thorough posts from Chinese bloggers on their country’s petroleum industry and how it is managed. In a question we now all repeat like a mantra, these bloggers ask “when will gas prices ever stop rising?”

Be irrepressible! a campaign for global internet freedom

Finally, Rachel Rawlins informs us of a new campaign by Amnesty International to highlight and condemn filtering and censorship by both restrictive governments and unrestricted IT corporations. Read on to discover the campaign’s three main points of action and how to put a dynamic badge on your blog or website.

The risks of political party blogging from Barbados, Tiananmen anxiety in China, Russian homophobia in black and white, and much more can be found in today’s Global Roundups.

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