Global Voices Digest

June 13, 2006, 12:19 am
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Global Voices Online – June 13, 2006

What Salvadoran bloggers are saying — about Tony Saca

President Tony Saca recently presented a report to the Salvadoran National Assembly summing up the first two years of his administration’s term. At least two bloggers lament the partisanship with which the report was received while others found the familiar rhetoric to be short on numbers and concrete proposals. While most of Latin America is referenced for its move to the left, Tim Muth’s most recent post examines a measuring point of one of the region’s conservative governments.

World Cup: Iran and Mexico

Commentary leading up to both teams’ opening match concentrated on Iran’s luke warm reception in Germany amid offensive cartoons and controversial statements, but once the whistle blew, bloggers in both countries concentrated on the game.

Latest in French-Speaking Blogs of the Caribbean and Oceania

Not even a table of contents could cover all of the goodness that Alice Backer has managed to translate in her review of francophone blogs from Oceania and the Caribbean. Avid readers will remember the newlyweds Sebastien and Annoella of New Caledonia and enjoy their most recent multimedia offerings. A Guadeloupean blogger stars on a talent show, Port-au-Prince goes global for the World Cup, and a rare earthquake shakes French Guiana.

Voices from Zimbabwe and the Great Lakes

The Zimbabwean “Monitoring and Interception of Communications Centre” is not something that rings with optimism for supporters of free speech. Zim Pundit points us to a post about how the center and its founding Interception of Communications Bill are likely to inspire “self-censorship.” Also: Burundi’s brutality towards journalists, “newspaper gazing” in Uganda, and a frightful journey in a “bodaboda.”

World Cup: Running with the Ronaldos in the blogosphere

“Brazilians love to talk, and now nothing is more important to talk about than the World Cup.” So writes Jose Murilo and the conversation he refers to couldn’t possibly get much more heated. First, trash talking between the country’s star player, Ronaldo, and his president, Lula. Then the prodigy, Ronaldinho, whose quick feet are made for YouTube’s remix culture. And finally, from Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo, who helped his team to a 1-0 victory over Angola. Can’t keep your Ronaldo’s straight? This entertaining post will help.

Doubling class sizes in the Philippines, life in Serbia after Montenegro’s independence, buying and selling lives in China, and much more can be found in today’s Global Roundups.

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