· August, 2005

Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa 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...

Nigeria: No problem with China textiles

  31 August 2005

Chippla echoes a view also seen elsewhere in the African blogosphere; why does the West have a problem with the flood of cheap Chinese textiles to hit world ports since the beginning of the year? “If trade is meant to be free, then let it be.”

Uganda: Forced into prostitution

  31 August 2005

NGO worker Stephen Okello blogs about a conversation with a woman who was forced into prostitution to keep her children alive in war-torn northern Uganda. Many others share her fate, she says.

Zimbabwe: Totalitarian dream

  31 August 2005

Under constitutional changes just signed into law by President Robert Mugabe, Zimbabweans will not be allowed to travel freely if they are deemed “a threat to national security”, laments Zimpundit.

Ethiopia: The president reacts

  31 August 2005

Nazret.com's Ethioblog posts the response of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi to criticisms of the country's elections by EU monitors.

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...

Sudan: Why the silence over Darfur rapes?

  30 August 2005

Sudan: The Passion of the Present posts an open letter to the United Nations from Eve Ensler, asking why the UN has kept so quiet about the systematic use of rape in the troubled region of Darfur.

African hunger an established norm

30 August 2005

African Bullets and Honey‘s MMK reflects sadly on the implications of Plumpy'nut, a famine relief product specifically designed to be shipped in to African countries to avert starvation.

Cote d'Ivoire: Mr Ziglibithy

  30 August 2005

Benn loxo has a guest blog about a guitarist from the Cote d'Ivoire who brought a traditional musical form called ziglibithy into a musical world dominated by post-independence francophone pop stars.

African Women: At the end of the rainbow

30 August 2005

All African (Self Help) Bazaar reports on the work of the NGO Rainbo, especially in working against female circumcision/female genital mutilation in African countries.

Zimbabwe: Constitutional changes

  29 August 2005

Zimpundit foresees further erosion of property rights and other potential abuses resulting from the proposed 17th amendment to Zimbabwe's constitution.

Sudan: Shotgun wedding

  29 August 2005

Sleepless in Sudan hears about panic and gunfire in the troubled region of Darfur, only to discover that the shots were fired in honor of a newly-wed couple.

Nigeria: Bloggers unite

  29 August 2005

Kazey Journal has set up a new site, nigerianbloggers.com, aimed at bringing Nigerian bloggers together, and calls for volunteers to help run it.

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...

Sudan: Day for Darfur

  26 August 2005

The Passion of the Present flags “A Day for Darfur”, an event to be held outside the White House in Washington, DC on Sept 8.

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