Global Voices Digest

June 7, 2006, 12:48 am
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Global Voices Online – June 7, 2006

Afghan Whispers: Crash & Riots

What do Afghans have to say about the violent protests that erupted in Kabul after a U.S. military truck crashed into traffic there? Farid Pouya gives us the perspectives of three local bloggers.

This week in Israel: what goin’ on?

“In the absence of major events like elections, suicide bombings and important holidays, local bloggers are turning to more prosaic issues” says Tel Aviv-based Lisa Goldman. But, as it turns out, some of those prosaic posts make for some poetic pondering about Israel’s place in the 21st century. Did you know, for example, that the Jerusalem municipality must help fund the city’s main gay pride parade? We also hear from an Israeli businessman who recently returned from living in Japan and a Lebanese businessman who has been recording his impressions of Israel.

Global Food Blog Report # 20

For several months now Panamanian chef, Melissa de Leon has been curating the most delicious food posts from around the world. This week that list includes “real deal Tamales Panameños,” a Japanese and Chinese plant sometimes called “devil’s tongue,” and a new blog project that combines cooking and gardening. Why not help make Melissa’s job easier by suggesting a tasty new food blog in your country?

Belarus: Memories of the Soviet Past

Was life in the USSR good or bad? It’s a question that can’t be answered with a nod of the head; perhaps it cannot be answered at all. But a St. Petersburg journalist and blogger offers an intimate glimpse into what it was like to grow up in the Soviet Union’s westernmost corner where two Easters were celebrated and where, “when the bread vanished from the stores, people began to bake it by themselves.”

On Peru’s Election

By now you should be used to them. Another week, another paramount election in Latin America, this time in Peru, where two competing leftists faced off on Sunday. For Peruvian bloggers, however, the vote was a choice between stepping on feces or pogo-sticking on the control panel of a nuclear power plant. Or, as another blogger puts it, “a choice between cancer and AIDS.”

Ukrainian mayor declines paycheck, HIV in Japan, a reason to forget Tiananmen Square in Barbados, and much more can be found in today’s Global Roundups.

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