Global Voices Digest

June 1, 2006, 1:44 am
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Global Voices Online – June 1, 2006

Demystifying Tamil as a language and a person

It is so easy to make exotic that which is unfamiliar. Luckily for Global Voices readers, Bharat – with the help of many Tamil bloggers – demystifies the Tamil people, their language, and its many variants. I’m sure you’re dying to find out what a “Mary” refers to in the “Madras baahshai” dialect.

Indonesia: Java Quake Help Wiki Needs Online Volunteers

The Java Quake Help Wiki has been making major strides in coordinating disaster relief operations over the past two days, but Angelo Embuldeniya says the team is still in urgent need of online volunteers to help organize and machine-translate the content. Just a couple hours of your time could help make a difference.

Jailed Cartoonist, Riots in Universities & Anniversary of a Victory

Persian Language Editor Farid Pouya tackles two main topics filling the bits and bytes of Iranian blogs. First we are given greater insight into the arrest of a cartoonist and his editor for a cartoon deemed offensive to Iran’s Azeri community. Then, student protests have overwhelmed the country’s universities, but what is at the root of the dissension? Ethnicity? Religion? Politics? Pouya links to the low down.

Indonesia: IM Conference Room for Quake Relief

In addition to the wiki, Preetam Rai informs that the World Wide Help Group is also using a live, around-the-clock IM conference chatroom to coordinate quake relief efforts on the island of Java in Indonesia. If you’ve been hesitant on who to donate money to, why not sign in and ask one of the relief volunteers.

Kurdistance: NGO Project Update

It’s time for Kurdish bloggers to get pro-active, reveals Deborah Ann Dilley, as they comment on campaigns by NGO’s like Kurdistan Save the Children and Kurdish Human Rights Watch. This post is a pearl of optimism in what is largely a territory of tribulation.

China: Don’t learn Chinese for business opps, learn it for this book

It is probably something most bloggers have thought about: collect all your old posts, cut a little, add a little, and presto, publish a book. Iraqi blogger “Salam Pax” was one of the first to do exactly that, but John Kennedy tells us that China’s infamous Wang Xiaofeng is now also a member of that select club of bloggers turned print authors. Here is a collection of translated posts responding to the new book and the intersection of online and page print in the first decade of the 21st century.

The Week That Was – Bolivian Blogs

“Bolivians have long resigned themselves to the fact that their football national team will also be home watching the upcoming World Cup on television” writes Eduardo Ávila. But such resignation hasn’t stopped some Bolivian bloggers to nostalgically relive the good old days of 1994 when the Bolivia’s first World Cup qualification “cut through any ethnic or regional lines and united the entire country.”

Madraka Day in Kenya, the history and significance of a bus argument in Hong Kong, hunger strikes in Egyptian prisons, and much more can be found in today’s Global Roundups.

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