Sunday, August 27, 2006

Global voices: whats up in the world?

I am not exactly overflowing with writing thought today and thought I’d just look around the globe and see what other bloggers were wrting anf thinking about to today and see what was - UP… across the globe of blogs.

Some are highly politcal and deal with issues across the globe to seek out to fight for fredom of speech rights -

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Other blogs seem more on life and cultural issues that range across the marketplace of the ideas they track all across cyberspace and try and show all the things that range across the whole space of ideas out there really.

Many can be found here on the global voices project which tracks blogpaces many voices and offers a lot of views and topics and writers and authoros and issues and answers.

I cut and pasted just a few of the thousands of topics out there and it is something worth looking at… when that writers block hits its always good to see what else is out there. and hear voices from across the globe.

South Asia General, India, Arts & Culture

Autorickshaws in the sub-continent not only carry passengers, but social messages and mudflap art. A fascinating flickr set of mudflap art.

South Asia General, Pakistan, Travel

Shirazi on wonderful Pishin and fruits. “Until the middle of the 18 th century, when Quetta finally passed into the hands of Brahvi rulers, the history of Pishin is identical with the province of Kandahar. The earliest mention of Pishin is found in the ancient writing in which “Pishinorha” is described as a valley in an elevated part of the country and containing a barren level plain.”

Americas Guatemala, Human Rights

Patrick of the Guatemala Solidarity Network gathers local reaction to “heavy handed G uatemalan army activity in Ixcan.
Americas Bolivia, Internet & Telecoms, Technology

According to Choloblog (ES) the Windows operating system will be known as “T’uqu”, pressing “Kichana” will open a window and “Wuiskana” will close it. “KAH-lyah-ree”, meanwhile, is the phonetic pronunciation of the word which replaces “Start” in Windows’ familiar taskbar, says Prairie Weather. According to Global by Design and Eduardo Arcos Bolivian President Evo Morales will make an announcement with Microsoft officials in Sucre today that the Windows operating system and Microsoft Office software have been localized in Quechua, an indigenous language spoken by some 10 million Andean residents. Jimmy Granado, however, takes a much more critical look at the announcement, questioning Evo Morales’ support of Microsoft over free and open source alternatives like Linux (ES): “I thought that Evo wold follow the steps of Hugo Chavez. Since, if you didn’t know, in Venezuela the government uses Free Software, just like Brazil.” Finally, Newley Purnell takes a look at Google Quechua.

Americas , Western Europe Ideas, Jamaica, United Kingdom, Arts & Culture, Literature

Geoffrey Philp extends birthday greetings to Britain-based Jamaican dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson: “He became only the second living poet to be published in the Penguin Classics series. His poetry involves the recitation of his own verse in Jamaican Creole over dub-reggae, usually written in collaboration with renowned British reggae producer/artist Dennis Bovell.

Americas , Western Europe
Guyana, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, St.Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, U.S.A., United Kingdom, Montserrat, Arts & Culture, Diaspora

. . . it’s interesting how these festivals have echoed, in a small way, the evolution of their original model in Trinidad, as a vehicle of solidarity, an assertion of identity, a gesture of defiance in a hostile environment,” says Jeremy Taylor, writing about the Carnivals “exported” by the Caribbean to the likes of London and New York.

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