· August, 2005

Stories about Weblog from August, 2005

Blog Day 2005

  31 August 2005

Blog Day 2005 is making waves throughout the global blogosphere. The one-day celebration, which encourages bloggers to introduce their readers to five new weblogs from other cultures or perspectives, has been adding nearly a page of relevant posts to Technorati every hour. Romanian blogger, Carmen Holotescu asks her readers to...

Inside The Japanese Blogosphere

  31 August 2005

Blogging in Iraq Japanese photojournalist Hiroshi Okamoto, who travelled to Iraq on assignment in 2004 and spent one month in Samawa, has produced a food blog of his experiences. Although Okamoto says he hopes to introduce Iraqi cuisine to his readers, his blog also provides a rare glimpse of life...

Blogs of the World, Aggregate!

  30 August 2005

Boris Anthony, our good friend and Global Voices’ beloved graphic designer/toolsmith, recently offered this observation: “….In the last 6 months, I have not worked on a single ‘weblog': it's all been various types of aggregators.” As blogging becomes mainstream around the world and journalists, corporations, politicians and non-governmental organizations join...

Iranian bloggers celebrate their fourth Birthday

  30 August 2005

I would like to share with you some important issues about our blogging history. Of course it is a personal way to look to Iranian blogistory: 1- Genesis: On 7 September 2001 Salman become first blogger in Farsi. A few days later Derakhshan wrote simple instructions on “How to make...

China: Furong Jiejie's false claim of Censorship?

  28 August 2005

At my personal blog RConversation.com, I link to a Red Herring article in which journalist Kaiser Kuo concludes that claims of censorship by Chinese blogger “Sister Hibiscus” are actually false. I would love to know what Chinese bloggers think about this whole issue, and whether anybody has any concrete evidence...

English, Bilingual, and Political Bloggers in Tanzanian Blogosphere

  28 August 2005

For reasons that are mainly attributed to Tanzania‘s post independence political ideology of Ujamaa, which emphasized strong national identity through the extensive use of Kiswahili, the dominant language in the Tanzanian blogosphere is Kiswahili. There are new Tanzanian bloggers, however, emerging using either English or both English and Kiswahili. Until...

Arab Blogging Revolution?

Occasionally, I like to take a break from my blog, and sometimes from the internet as a whole. During my latest break from my blog, I found this website. It is a cultural Arabic website. What impressed me about this website was not the content -although it looks good- but...

Freedom of Speech News

  26 August 2005

According to Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF), and Human Rights Watch, here are the latest developments on threats to Freedom of Speech over the past week: Tunisia: Government bans new journalists’ union from holding founding congress. RSF reports that the Tunisian government has decided to ban the Union of Tunisian Journalists...

Maghreb Blog

  26 August 2005

A group of enthusiastic bloggers from the Maghreb world; that consists of Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya and Mauritania; have launched a new project under the name of Maghreb Blog. This group blog mainly discusses news from across the region, common issues and more, in an attempt to promote the Maghreb...

Blog Day 2005

  26 August 2005

Sometime in June of this year Israeli blogger Nir Ofir had a realization: the date 3108 (or August 31st) looks suspiciously like the word “Blog.” He had also become increasingly aware that as more weblogs from around the world make their way onto the internet, the more we get stuck...

News from Chinese Blogosphere(Aug 21th-27th)

  26 August 2005

1 Firewall Update: From Aug 20th, internet users in mainland China generally began to experience access failures when they tried to browse websites outside China. Even the searching engine Google and its mail service Gmail are both inaccessible while all the websites based in China are normal. Keso pointed out...

The World Reacts to Robertson

  25 August 2005

In the global chatter about U.S. televangelist Pat Robertson‘s remarks calling for the assasination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (for which he later apologized), there is much reflection on religious extremism – and the extent to which it is tolerated in various countries. Calvin Ng, a Malaysian Christian, condemns “Mad...

My First PC, But For Real

  23 August 2005

A well organized group of proactive bloggers and computer enthusiasts have taken the Chilean government to task over it's newly announced program, “My First PC,” which was launched by the Lagos administration on August 2nd as a way to help narrow the digital divide in Chile. Wanted or not, president...

Khmer Dance

  20 August 2005

khmer dance

Video of a Cambodian dance troupe performing a blessing dance at the opening of the Lowell Water Festival, one of the largest Southeast Asian festivals in the US, organized jointly by the local Cambodian, Lao, Vietnamese and Thai communities.

Profile of Tunisian Blogosphere

The Tunisian blogosphere must be one of the most vibrant and fastest growing blogospheres in the Arab world. At the time being, there are over 70 active blogs, maintained by Tunisians in Tunisia, France, Canada, USA, Saudi Arabia and Romania. TN-Blogs is a directory that groups most of these blogs,...

News from Chinese Blogosphere(Aug 14th-20th)

  19 August 2005

1. 60 Anniversary Sino-Japanese War: August 20 was the 60 anniversary marking the end of Sino-Japanese War in World War Ⅱ, lasting from 1937 to 1945. Postshow, the “Boing Boing in China”, summed up the special reports on Chinese internet. Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi apologized for the misdeed done...