· February, 2006

Stories about Weblog from February, 2006

Landing at the Iraqi Blogodrome

  16 February 2006

Love is in the air this week and even hardened Iraqi bloggers go mushy at the knees on Valentines day. The cartoon controversy has been brewing with more thoughtful comments and Iraq has been dealing with its own controversy – the demon of abuses by British and American troops has...

Durbur: Zaria, Nigeria.

  16 February 2006

The Durbar festival takes place in Northern Nigeria and is a spectacular parade of horsemen. The men gather to pay homage to the Emir during celebrations of Sallah and on special occasions. During the Durbar the horsemen parade and charge wielding swords and guns in memory of ancient times when...

From the Nigerian and Liberian Blogosphere

  16 February 2006

Dr Beko Ransome-Kuti, one of Nigeria's foremost political and social activist died this week at age 65. Beko was a younger brother to the late afrobeat musician Fela Kuti and was at the fore-front of the civil putsch against the military juntas of Generals Babaginda and Abacha. Black Looks, Ijebu...

The Somali blogosphere

  16 February 2006

Since 1991, Somalia has been without a central government. While the southern part of the country has largely remained lawless, the northern Somaliland region, which declared itself independent, has been relatively peaceful. To the wider world, Somaliland is a part of Somalia. But some Somaliland bloggers take pride in bringing...

The Week That Was – Bolivian Blogs

  15 February 2006

Want proof that the Bolivian blogosphere is a steadily growing community? In a recent email to the Bolivian blog listserv, Sebastian Molina, one of the masterminds behind the Mundo Al Revés series of blogs, announced his upcoming wedding and how blogs will play a big part in the big day....

Kurdistance:

  15 February 2006

Hello everyone! I'm finally back -and married. The winner of the “GV Kurdish Post Title” contest was Metin from Talk Turkey, and I particularily enjoy the irony that it was a Turkish gentleman that came up with the neatest name for a Kurdish weekly, it just goes to show the...

Valentine and the U2 in the Moroccan blogs

  15 February 2006

No political posts in the Moroccan blogosphere last week, or at least very rare. It seems the Moroccan bloggers opted for lighter subjects, in order to mark a pause, after the very political week dominated by the Danish cartoons. Bono in Morocco Supertimba is in the United States on assignment....

Ganji, Revolution & Cartoons

  15 February 2006

Nima Milanian in Iranian Truth, a group blog, writes about Akbar Ganji, jailed journalist, Blogger reminds us Ganji's solitary confinement and says: “Five months in solitary confinement. There is a greater threat to the world then Iran's nuclear technology. Its treatment of political prisoners. Call on foreign governments to create...

This Week in Palestinian Blogs: Palestine Now

  15 February 2006

Via The Black Iris, Naseem Tarawnah blogs the latest news of the first Palestinian movie to ever be nominated for an Oscars right after winning the Golden Globe: Paradise Now. Naseem posted an article about Israeli lobbies against tagging the film again as Palestinian. An interesting chain of comments evolved...

Costa Rica vibrates with the Central American Music Festival

  14 February 2006

Feet are fiddling and fingers are drumming as many Costa Ricans wait for the PapayaFest, Papaya Music's tribute to San José as the 2006 Latin American Culture Capital, to begin on February 16th. Papaya Music is a Central American effort to unite musicians, researchers and producers who wish to bring traditional and popular composers into greater visibility and younger generation's attention.

Cambodia: The Shadow of the Past

  14 February 2006

In 1970 a boy of ten Nhem En joined Khmer Rouge. He was sent to study photography in China, and six years later became a photographer of death at Tuol-Sleng genocide museum, the site of S-21. He told journalists in 2001 about his past work that “they [the prisoners] always...

Voices from Central Asia and the Caucasus

  14 February 2006

Buzkashi in Tajikistan – by Dushanbe Pictures, Erik Petersson, 2006. Welcome to the latest scan of the Central Asian and Caucasian blogosphere, brought to you bi-weekly by neweurasia. While many parts of the region still suffer from severe winter conditions (as mentioned in the last roundup), the first signs of...

African Music Roundup #3

  14 February 2006

It's been a fun few weeks with the festival of football that was the African Cup of Nations (congratulations to Egypt the host). Watching all the footballing talent on display made me proud to be an African. So we look forward to Ghana '08 and all the beautiful things the...

Afghan Whispers: Hope, Hate & Fire

  13 February 2006

Afghan Reality talks about signs of hope for Afghanistan after the London conference. The blogger says: “Afghanistan Compact will serve as the international community's reassurance in helping rebuild Afghanistan. The document officially agreed upon at the two-day international conference in London starting January 31, 2006 highlights key areas where Afghanistan...

Kenyan blogosphere Dispatch

  13 February 2006

The Anglo Leasing corruption scandal continues this week, a video (WMV file 34MB) of a piece done by the BBC is available on kenyaunlimited courtesy of Mshairi and Mentalacrobatics, it is also available on Bittorent thanks to Maitha. The video is of an interview with John Githongo, a former anti...

Chilean Bloggers Making Faces

  13 February 2006

Because of the internet, many people know each other by what they write, but have never met face to face. That's the connection that Beatriz made and is why she is now inviting groups of eight bloggers to a (free) workshop every wednesday where she gives them the materials to...

Bahrain: Blood, Sex and Incarceration

  13 February 2006

Good. You're paying attention now so let's start this week's roundup with the mundane and progress from there: Mahmood seems to have been branded a pervert for photographing wild parakeets having sex in one of his palm trees and have chosen to nest in his house's eaves. He's been warned;...

The Global Menu

  13 February 2006

I am reporting this time from Nanegalito, a picturesque town in the Ecuadorian Andes. Let's see if you can find it in your map! We will report about the marvelous finds in the area in future posts, I promise. The weekly roundup brings the following news from our blogging food...

African women's voices this week

  12 February 2006

Diary of a Mad Kenyan Woman comments on the predominance of old men in Kenyan politics and government. She questions how old fashioned men acting out old fashioned politics chose John Githongo to head the anti-corruption drive. Possibly it was because they thought he was so young he would not...

African Bloggers Respond to the Rise of China in Africa

  12 February 2006

There's no doubt about it China has emerged as the newest economic force fast embroiled in the global race for markets and raw materials. No where is this more apparent than in Africa where the Chinese are converging on the continent intent on reaping economic benefits of all sorts from...