Stories from 13 March 2008
Announcing the Global Voices Citizen Media Summit 2008
Join us in Budapest, Hungary on June 27-28 for the Global Voices Citizen Media Summit 2008! Supported by the McCormick Tribune Foundation, the Berkman Center for Internet and Society and MediaHungaria, this year's event will bring together the members of the Global Voices citizen media project and its wider community with a diverse group of bloggers, activists, technologists, journalists and others persons from around the world. Read on for more information about our exciting program of public discussions and workshops around the theme “Citizen Media & Citizenhood”.
Trinidad & Tobago: Poetic Video
Trinidadian blogger Now is Wow posts a video poem.
Trinidad & Tobago: Social Networking
Blogging from Trinidad, KnowProSE.com says social networking is nothing new.
Barbados, USA: Spitzer
“From the time this Elliot Spitzer scandal broke I knew that I wanted to blog about it”: Barbadian blogger Jdid finally does.
Bermuda: Crime Wave
Vexed Bermoothes applauds the Bahamian Police for “contradicting the PLP’s pre-election claims” and being “brave enough to admit this week that Bermuda is facing a growing crime wave.”
Jamaica, Haiti: Felix Morisseau-Leroy
“Although the controversy still rages in Jamaica about English vs patwa or ‘nation language'…from as early as 1958, Felix Morisseau-Leroy was writing plays and poems in Kreyol”: Jamaican Geoffrey Philp pays tribute to the Haitian writer.
China: Twittering Taiwan's presidential election
Venture capitalist and IT guru Isaac Mao had a successful hand in election-blogging this week: on the day prior to a presidential debate in Taiwan, he posed six open questions via Twitter to his Taiwanese readers, then started collecting responses from those who twitted back.
Kuwait: Towers Mark 29th Birthday
The Kuwait Towers, the country's major landmark, marked their 29th birthday without much fanfare. But one blogger did not forget the occasion, writes Abdullatif Al Omar who also takes us to a bloggers meeting, updates us on the olive crisis and shares with us the scene at the cinemas.
Bahrain: Frustrated Fayrouz fans
This year's Spring of Culture, the biggest arts festival in Bahrain, has just started. Bloggers have got plenty to say about it – especially about the star attraction, Lebanese singer Fayrouz; tickets for her concert sold out almost immediately, and many are now being resold on the black market for highly inflated prices, writes Ayesha Saldanha.
Sri Lanka: Blog Marathon!
The Sinhala Bloggers Union [Sri Lanka] presents the Sinhala Blog Marathon – where participants have to blog every 15 minutes over 24 hours!
Sri Lanka: Detained journalists
Transcurrents.com on six people affiliated a news website who have been detained by the Terrorist Investigation Division of the Sri Lankan police force in Colombo since last week.
Tajikistan: Hunger to Replace Cold and Darkness
Tajikistan is a small country with big problems. The nation, particularly the rural population, is still suffering from energy crisis, but yet another crisis is going to embrace it very soon. This time it's about food. Neweurasia reports that Barki Tojik – the country's electricity monopolist – promises to solve...
Pakistan: On being attacked
As civilians are attacked in Pakistan by various terrorists, The Pakistani Spectator asks why citizens are attacked for no fault of their own.
Nepal: One Country
Kathmandu Speaks on why Nepal shouldn't split into independent states.
China: Whose Congress?
"I come to understand ---- when a worker from the bottom of the society presents himself before the public as a delegate, he will involuntarily turn into a decoration instead of a grassroot as he used to be. If such political shows continue, then even if all the delegates were commons, it could do no help." -----Whose congress is People's Congress of China?
Anguilla: Concerned about the Landscape
Corruption-free Anguilla blogs about “Anguilla’s newest landscape features”.
Cuba: A Broader View
“It’s not easy to write objectively about Cuba. Two polarized views often distort any rational discussion”: Circles Robinson attempts to take a broader look.
Barbados, Dominica, USA: Congrats to Paterson
Barbadian blogger Cheese-on-bread! congratulates David Paterson on his imminent position as Governor of New York, saying: “He is the first black man (he’s also of Dominican heritage) to do so.”
Jamaica: Rudeness & Productivity
Chronicles from a Caribbean Cubicle links to an article that proves “that the Jamaican worker is right — rudeness has been found to be correlated with productivity.”
Guyana: At the Ready
Living Guyana is not getting much sleep these days…
Africa: Role of African languages in development
What is the role of African languages in development?: “I've been e-mailing some non-governmental organizations involved in African development about the role of African languages in their work. This is an exploratory research on a small scale that hopefully will help further research in related areas.”