Global Voices Digest

June 5, 2006, 1:00 am
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Global Voices Online – June 5, 2006

Chileans Students Still Stand for their Rights

Chilean students continue to use web technologies such as photoblogs to coordinate their nationwide protests, seeking smaller class sizes, free matriculation, free public transportation, and infrastructure improvements in public schools. President Michelle Bachelet offered a compromise on Thursday night, but the students rejected the proposal and protests are scheduled to continue today writes Rosario Lizana with links to many of the groups’ weblogs.

Landing at the Iraqi Blogodrome

North American and Western European news outlets were saturated this weekend with stories and op-eds on the Haditha massacre in which a squad of U.S. marines allegedly opened fire on 24 Iraqi civillians last November. But those of us who have been following Salam Adil’s weekly dispatches from the Iraqi blogosphere can understand why the latest disgraceful scandal did not raise a single eyebrow amongst Iraqi bloggers inside the country: as Adil explains, “the issue of violence from US soldiers has been reported again and again and again, this is no longer news for them.” Rather, one blogger describes the deaths of 22 of her neighbors when a motorcycle exploded in a nearby market and another describes the funeral for his neighbors who were killed in an explosion last week. Away from the carnage, this post is also a must read for food and ice cream lovers.

Journalism 3.0 in Cuba: A Utopian Wish?

Cuba. It’s a word, for much of the world, more symbolic of ideological contention than national identity. And so it is no surprise that Cuba and its blogosphere are at the center of a heated debate between two communications professors (one from the University of Havana and the other based at the University of Victoria in Spain) on the realities of citizen journalism and internet access on the socialist island. By presenting each side of the debate, this post aims to give context to Cuba’s emerging community of journalist-bloggers.

China: June 4th:Silence, Memorial and Blogger’s Saying

Yesterday marked the 17th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, an “incident,” which to this day does not exist in the Chinese government’s official memory and certainly is not commemorated in the domestic mainstream media. But as Frank Dai reveals, the decentralized nature of the internet ensures that the atrocity won’t be forgotten. One glance at a particular tag shows that commemoration is indeed alive and active.

The Week That Was in Bahrain

Everyone in Bahrain just got a free upgrade to their internet service. Or so telecommunications monopoly Batelco would like to convince them. In reality, monthly bandwidth limits will be introduced; a move which has been met with almost unanimous disapproval by Bahraini bloggers. So far the response includes a boycott, online demonstration, blog banners, bumperstickers, and my favorite, a rap song (the second verse is in English).

Latest in the Francophone African Blogosphere

And we end the beginning of the week with Alice Backer’s review of Francophone Africa. A call for pan-Africanism, Ivory Coast’s preparations for the World Cup, the Western press’ awakening in the D.R. of the Congo, and much more await you.

Understanding Ahmadinejad’s popularity with Iran’s youth, the threat to Haitian mangos, media coverage in Montenegro, and much more can be found in today’s Global Roundups.

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