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· January, 2006

Stories about Citizen Media from January, 2006

The Year of the Dog Comes to the Rest of East Asia

  29 January 2006

“Da Hong Deng Long” (Big Red Lantern) by Yining Zhang Blogs all around East and Southeast Asia have gone grey this past weekend as many, particularly those in the overseas Chinese community, celebrate the Lunar New Year. As part of Global Voices Online's continuing celebration of the arrival of the...

Pakistan: Blog-o-mobile

  29 January 2006

I apologize for not having posted for nearly a fortnight, but I have a pretty good reason for being MIA. The traffic on the internet highway has become so excruciatingly bad that it caused my trusted Vespa scooter to finally breakdown and die. I traded it in the remains for...

Youth WSF collective blog

  27 January 2006

Attention-grabbing first person testimonials on what is going at the World Social Forum in this collective blog. Posts about life in the youth camp, the Forum’s (dis)organization, the Bolivarian proceso, Chávez’ misiones, and the Forum debates.

Introduction to Ukrainian Blogosphere

  27 January 2006

Only a few Ukraine-based English-language blogs were around when the 2004 mass protests began, and, just like Ukraine in those exciting days, they received lots of unexpected attention. Some of these bloggers are no longer in Ukraine, but others have taken their place, and, although not numerous, Ukrainian blogs are...

Southeast Asia: ASEAN Irritants

  24 January 2006

Go Figure discusses some continuing obstacles on the road to Southeast Asian economic integration, including both political and economic nationalism.

Around Cambodia with Digital Citizens

  23 January 2006

A blackout in the United States in 2003 made history and news headline, but not at all in Cambodia. In Stung Treng, while composing an email in a community Internet center, a development worker could not finish because the generator-powered computer was running out of gas. In Krong Keb, Cambodia’s...

Turkey is Typing….

  21 January 2006

Two weeks and no “talking Turkey”, I apologise dear readers. Let's just jump in shall we? The best thing to come out of the Turkish blogs in the last two weeks is the creation of the Amerikan Turks Yahoo Group. Started originally by Murat from Amerikan Turk, with the creation...

Biking to WSF

  16 January 2006

Colombian ecologists are riding their bikes from Pamplona (Colombia) to Caracas (Venezuela) to attend the WSF. The 8-days tour aims to promote environmentally friendly transportation.

Pakistan: Blog-o-reason

  16 January 2006

Since the dawn of civilization … no, that's not quite accurate. Since the dawn of web logs, millions of net surfers have suffered from an existential angst relating to the real purpose of blogging. The famous Danish Philosopher Soren Kierkegaard might have addressed this question with a very simple answer,...

First Woman elected President to Chile

  15 January 2006

Michelle Bachelet, central left coalition, won today the presidential elections in Chile, with a 53.49 % over her contender, entrepreneur Sebastian Piñera with a 46.50 % from the Central right corresponding to the official results. He could not override 16 years of left coalition government, where its outgoing president, Ricardo...

11 key moments in [Anglo-]Caribbean blog history

  13 January 2006

THE INTERNET ARCHIVE IS preserving copies of many early blog pages, but most bloggers are too busy posting to think about otherwise documenting what they're doing. The history of the blogosphere goes back barely a decade, but evolution has been rapid, and bloggers who were around just three or four...

Demand Freedom of Expression in Cambodia Campaign

  11 January 2006

The Cambodian Government's actions to silence critics of the ruling party rang in the New Year with the arrests Human Rights activists Kem Sokha, Yeng Virak and Pa Nguon Teang. The arrests were prompted by banners displayed on Human Rights Day held on December 10, 2005. These newly detained activists...

Singapore: Debater Talks Debate

  11 January 2006

Singaporean student debater Shaun Lee posts some observations on his blog Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc on how the dissolution of Asian confidence after the economic and political crises of the late 1990s has led to opportunities for new thought: “The triumphantism of Asian Democracy and Asian Values were contingent...

Best Literary Weblogs 2005

  5 January 2006

The Best Literary Weblogs 2005 written in Spanish were selected by the members of Blogueratura, the most important directory of literary blogs in Spanish. The directory registers 769 blogs from different Latin American countries, as well as Spain. The award first edition winner was Ánima dispersa, written by Mexican writer,...

Thailand, Southeast Asia: Angklung Video

  4 January 2006

Thai-blogs.com points to a video clip of a performance in Thailand using the angklung, a musical instrument found throughout Southeast Asia made of bamboo tubes that create sounds like bubbling water.

Reactions to Arrest of Cambodian Human Rights Activist Kem Sokha

  2 January 2006

Photo of Kem Sokha via VOA Via Jinja who points to this AP wire story about the arrest of the Kem Sokha, Cambodian Center for Human Rights.   It confirms that Yeng Virak, head of the Community Legal Education Center, was also arrested. The article provides more details about the banners...

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