Global Voices Digest

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Global Voices Online – June 12, 2006

India buzzing

No respite for Indian bloggers writes Kamla Bhatt as a week full of Bollywood, a celebrity court case, fuel hikes, cricket, and the World Cup has bloggers pecking away more furiously than ever. Your good news tidbit of the day: carpooling encouraged by the internet.

The Global Voices Show #2

I’m not one to be easily entertained by new technological gimmicks, but I must admit that Georgia Popplewell has won me over with this week’s enhanced AAC version of the Global Voices Show podcast. If you listen to the global showcase in iTunes, each audio excerpt presents its own embedded link, which will take you to the blog of the podcast being featured. From your headphones to Singapore to Kazakhstan to Jordan and beyond: this is a 23 minute journey worth taking.

China: Google’s China Problem

Google’s censorship of search results in China was intensified during the recent 17th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, writes Frank Dai, which has led to more blogger scrutiny over the company’s place and business objective in the Chinese market. Some bloggers have gone so far as to resort to virtual voodoo.

To have GCE O’Level English, or not to have?

An op-ed from Brunei’s only English-language newspaper recently suggested that the ubiquitous O Level English Exam, a requirement to enter the country’s main university, was an outdated “relic of colonial times.” Maurina H, describes the varied reactions inspired by the suggestion.

China: Freethinking young writer takes on the cultural establishment

When is the last time you came across a blog post with more than 6,700 comments? That is the unbelievable avalanche of commentary that follows an inflammatory post by a popular, young, Chinese author lashing out against three prominent, middle-aged artists. Nothing draws a crowd like a good fight and John Kennedy’s translations bring us to the center of the spectacle.

Landing at the Iraqi Blogodrome

Salam Pax has become a household name for much of the international blogosphere. His descriptions of Iraq, equally full of lighthearted sarcasm and poignant purposefulness, have painted our own visions of what it must be like to be in the war-torn nation. Recently, while searching for willing interviewees, he stumbled across what he describes as “the future of Iraq.” Also in Salam Adil’s weekly review: the missing attribution by a British journalist, a blogger’s imprisoned brother, Iraqi LGBT’s claim that life was better under Saddam, and continuing violence.

Global Food Blog Report #21

We have already seen the weekly African Music Roundup embrace World Cup mania whole-heartedly. Now it is time for in-house chef, Melissa De Leòn Douglass to do the same with her weekly Global Food Report. The best place to watch the games in Panama and a devotional risotto tricolore for the Italian team await you.

World soccer, world music, the possibility of secession in the D.R. of Congo, Chinese weapon sales to Nepal, and much more can be found in today’s Global Roundups.

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