Global Voices Digest


June 14, 2006, 12:03 am
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Global Voices Online – June 15, 2006

West African blogs round-up

They are the small recurring events which serve as bookmarks and measuring sticks for our lives: the arrival of the rainy season, the nostalgic memories of previous World Cups. There are new ideas in evolving democracies like the participation of independent candidates. And there are the unspeakable atrocities such as torture, which has somehow managed to persist into the 21st century. David Ajao covers them all in this review of West African weblogs.

China: Revolution’s victims’ stories blogged, not forgotten (1/4)

What is the history of China’s conservative right wing? Under-researched, certainly. Which is why Ran Yunfei from Sichuan province is leading a movement to better document the right’s legacy in China, especially during the Cultural Revolution. John Kennedy has translated a presentation by Ran Yunfei, which offers a revealing look into Chinese intellectualism, forgotten history, and research methodology. As the victims of China’s Cultural Revolution delve into old age, an inspired group of researchers and bloggers is ensuring that their stories aren’t forgotten.

Kurdistance: Wednesday?

Video lovers will appreciate Deborah Ann Dilley’s most recent review of the Kurdish blogosphere, which includes links to video clips that pick you up, make you think, and make you laugh.

The Week That Was – Bolivian Blogs

Bolivia is less than three weeks from electing its first 255-member constituent assembly, but bloggers in the country see little evidence of active campaigning. Will the new exercise in democracy give greater voice to all sectors of Bolivian society or merely cause more conflict between them? Eduardo Avila gauges bloggers’ positions.

Global Voices in Chinese!

Global Voices has long excelled at bringing the world’s diverse and dispersed conversations to one central meeting place. Unfortunately, those valuable exchanges take place mostly in English. So it is a milestone achievement when Rebecca MacKinnon announces that Taiwanese blogger Portnoy has launched Global Voices in Chinese, bringing our content to readers of the most understood language in the world. It is our highest hope that Portnoy’s project may serve as a model for future efforts to translate Global Voices content into other languages.

What had been Lahore’s only Hindu temple, China’s iPod sweatshops, Amman on Zarqawi, and much more can be found in today’s Global Roundups.

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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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June 11, 2006, 10:40 pm
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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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June 10, 2006, 9:58 pm
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Global Voices Online – June 10, 2006

Zarqawi: More Blogger Reactions

Iraqi bloggers continue to react to the death of Zarqawi. But beyond their personal reactions, we are also afforded a glimpse of the atmosphere at a press conference near the Iraqi parliament as well as the streets of Beirut.

60th Anniversary of King Bhumibol Adulyadej

“Long live the king” seemed to be a nearly unanimous expression of devotion last week in Thailand on Friday where King Bhumibol Adulyadej celebrated the 60th anniversary of his accession to the throne. Don’t miss the English translation of his speech.

DRC Roundup: Elections, Mining Corruption, Peacekeepers & More

Jen Brea sums up her incredible collection of translated excerpts best: “With July 30th elections fast approaching, the blogosphere’s attention remains fixed on the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s uncertain political future. Congolese opposition bloggers continue their criticism of the elections and a political transition process they see as unfair, while Western bloggers and expatriates in the Congo write about Western media coverage of the DRC and an international peacekeeping force whose mission is to help maintain stability that some say is wholly inadequate to the task.” All this and a horrid picture of a young boy electrocuted while attempting to wire a house.

Russia: G8 Security and Domestic Issues

Further translations, but of a lighter note, come from Russia where Veronica Khokhlova describes the random apartment checks by St. Petersburg police in preparation for July’s G8 summit. As Global Voices readers have come to expect, the Russian bloggers respond not with fear or hysteria, but rather some very funny jokes.

The Week That Was – Bolivian Blogs

There is skepticism among several Bolivian bloggers about the involvement, if not interference, by the Cuban and Venezuelan governments in Bolivia’s domestic affairs. Eduardo Avila links to their specific concerns.

Relations between Kazakhstan and Iran, World Cup fever in Trinidad and Tobago, Ethiopian ethnic relations, and much more can be found in today’s Global Roundups.

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June 8, 2006, 12:28 am
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Global Voices Online – June 9, 2006

The Kannada Context: Hear the nature of voices

The emergence of a successful community online always requires the right tools and the right leadership. Sanket Patil reveals that South Asia’s Kannada-speaking blog community has both and the result has been the mushrooming of something fantastic. English readers fear not, a bilingual post about India’s engineer of the White Revolution, Dr. Verghese Kurien had me glued to my screen.

Interview with Allamezadeh & Ezati, Iranian Famous Movie Directors & Bloggers

Farid Pouya mixes media delightfully this week by interviewing two Iranian blogger/filmmakers. If you’re interested in Persian cinema or if the intersection of blog, film, and print fascinates you, don’t miss this post.

Exploding at the Iraqi Blogodrome

Salam Adil begins, “finally a piece of news that mainstream media and blogs generally agree with.” You probably guessed it already: Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed on Wednesday in an American airstrike. But will his death usher in peace to the volatile region and new political capital to the government? Iraqi bloggers sound off.

China: New news anchors for a new decade

National news anchors: they are the faces and voices that package the news for us night after night. And, after time, they can become representative of entire generations. It’s no wonder that bloggers reacted excitedly to the changing of guard for the prime time newscast at “the surreally socialist China Central Television (CCTV).” But will these fresh faces stave off a fleeing audience attracted by stations willing to take more risks? John Kennedy translates the perspectives of Chinese bloggers.

Playboy Indonesia and Two Contradictory Opinions

Playboy Magazine made waves back in April when the first ever Indonesia edition hit magazine stands of the world’s most populous Muslim nation. Issue two was just released, writes A. Fatih Syuhud, inspiring commentary from the country’s bloggers.

Storms and rain in Chile

The season’s first rains have hit the Chilean capital of Santiago, but bloggers don’t seem to mind the poor drainage so long as the valley’s smog is cleared. Rosario Lizana links to the water-logged posts.

Nepal’s Maoist leader speaks out, blogs from Myanmar, World Cup versus work in Ukraine, and much more can be found in today’s Global Roundups.

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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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June 6, 2006, 1:46 am
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Global Voices Online – June 6, 2006

This Week In Palestinian Blogs: Behind The Walls

Just as President Mahmoud Abbas announces a referendum on the recognition of Israel, Naseem Tarawnah describes the recent content of Palestine’s blogs better than I ever could: “From barber shops and strawberry fields to politics and the lives of students behind walls, the Palestinian blogosphere this week has many stories to tell.”

Czech Republic: Election Ends in Stalemate

The Czech Republic braces for uncertainty as last weekend’s elections failed to produce anything but political deadlock. Veronica Khokhlova has the reaction from Eastern Europe.

African Vibrations

I am making the bold prediction that over the next few weeks World Cup mania will infiltrate and then dominate Global Voices. Obi Orjiekwe starts us off with the intersection of football and music in his tenth African music roundup.

World Cup Fever

Mounting evidence of football frenzy comes from the country favored to win the entire tournament, Brazil, where Jose Murilo Junior reminds our global community that “we have never before had so prepared an environment for the expanded internationally networked exchange about the games as we have today.” In other words, get ready to defend your team. And if you have yet to prepare yourself for the biggest tournament of the world’s most popular sport, then this is the post for you.

Global Voices, Caribbean Accents: report on Caribbean blogging roundtable

What does the Caribbean mean? That’s the question that Nicholas Laughlin and Georgia Popplewell put to delegates at the annual conference of the Caribbean Studies Association held last week in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. The delegates’ answers are as varied and captivating as their many accents. Laughlin posts the audio of their responses and describes the special panel, “Global Voices, Caribbean Accents: A Roundtable on Blogging in the Caribbean.”

Egyptian blogger Alaa to be detained 15 more days, Peru’s no-longer-ex-president, silence in numbers in Nepal, and much more can be found in today’s Global Roundups.

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