Global Voices Digest

June 3, 2006, 3:49 pm
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Global Voices Online – June 3-4, 2006

Arabisc: Arabic Bloggers Ken

Women’s suffrage has been granted for the first time in the upcoming Kuwaiti elections, but are women really free to vote for their preferred candidate? Haitham Sabbah, in his review of the Arabic-language blogosphere, reveals the potential limiting effects of a fatwa issued by the dean of a Kuwaiti college. Also: a meditation on an x-ray from Iraq, broadcast exclusivity and the World Cup, and
the suitability of what could and should be published on weblogs.

Mongolian Mining and the Blogs

As the prices of natural resources skyrocket around the globe, the governments of developing nations are hoping to get a larger cut of the profits from what are typically foreign-owned mining and drilling companies. Ben Paarmann exemplifies the trend with his post on Mongolia’s May 12th decision to pass a windfall profit tax of 68% on gold and copper. Will the controversial new law bring the country needed revenue or scare away foreign investment? Paarman gauges the analysis that has propagated throughout the blogosphere.

Indonesian Bloggers on No Smoking Day

An anti-tobacco campaign has entered Indonesia’s blogosphere and A. Fatih Syuhud notes that some of the signatories are even smokers themselves!

China: Old festival, new name

It is a universal tendency, one could argue, that the stimulus of a festival is always transformed from its historical origin to the human need to merely be festive. John Kennedy explains the largely forgotten origins of last Thursday’s Duan Wu (端午) festival in China, which officially commemorates anti-graft poet Qu Yuan (屈原), but has since been transformed into what one blogger describes as “a chance to eat zongzi, or sticky rice dumplings.” Here is an intriguing look into sticky rice dumplings, poetry, dragon boats, and Chinese queer identity.

Russia: Limonov and Copyright

What happens when 21st century, global “remix culture” intersects with the 20th century, antiquated copyright and licensing laws? Veronica Khokhlova conveys the paradoxical irony by translating a post of Russian professional photographer Sergei Maximishin who finds that one of his most popular photographs was used without his permission for the cover of a newly published book by one of Russia’s most controversial politicians. The irony? Maximishin produced the photograph with a pirated copy of Photoshop. This post is a must read, not just for its insight, but also its humorous tone.

Trafalgar Falls, Dominica

Those of us in the northern hemisphere are either enjoying or enduring summer’s warm temperatures. I doubt that anyone would decline an offer to visit these cool, tropical falls in Dominica photographed by Barbadian blogger Titilayo.

Citizenship and economics in Cameroon, Iranian women encounter football violence, outsourcing a blog to India, and much more can be found in today’s Global Roundups.

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