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China: Chinese version of ChinaGeek

China Geek announced the launching of its Chinese version. The blog will translate China commentary from the English-language blogosphere, giving Chinese readers a view into the Western discourse on China and a way to get involved in that discourse.

Jordan: Facebook Page for Jordan Blogs

Jordanian blogger Osama Al Romoh (Ar) has created a Facebook page for Jordanian blogs here.

France: Blogtrotters video blog sheds light on global issues

French collaborative video-blog (Fr) Blogtrotters travels to conflict zones, dictatorships and other hot spots around the world, from Sub-Saharan Africa to Central and Eastern Asia to the Pacific Ocean, and its climate refugees. (English version here).  Coming soon, a report on Burma. The blog was co-founded by Tristan Mendès-France, the grandson of former prime minister Pierre Mendès-France (1907-1982), a highly respected political figure. In his Egoblog [Fr], Tristan Mendès-France describes himself as “hyper-subjective and hyper-media”.

India: Interview With Greatbong

Blogadda interviews Indian blogger Arnab Ray aka Greatbong, who is working as an Assistant Adjunct Professor at University of Maryland. His blog Random Thoughts Of A Demented Mind was adjudged Indiblog of the year 2008 last year.

Azerbaijan: Interview with Feride Sadikhova Buyuran

Women's Forum interviews culinary blogger Feride Sadikhova Buyuran while her AZ Cookbook posts a recipe for lemon upside down cake.

Azerbaijan: Interview with Scary Azeri

Women's Forum interviews blogger Scary Azeri, now also a contributor to the online gender-specific site based in Azerbaijan. The blogger, born and raised in the oil-rich former Soviet republic, speaks about her blog and reaction to it. Crossing many cultural divides, the blog has already become popular with foreigners as well as those living in the South Caucasus region. Global Voices Online interviewed Scary Azeri in July.

Azerbaijan: Prison Diary

AdnanEmin's Blog, Prison Diary, a new blog from Azerbaijan, has been set up to republish letters sent from prison in the oil-rich former Soviet republic by Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli, two detained video blogging youth activists sentenced last week and considered by Amnesty International to be prisoners of conscience. The first post carries a message from Milli after his sentence.

Lebanon: 2nd Arab Blogger Meeting Planned

Arab bloggers from 19 countries will meet in Beirut from December 7 to 12. Check out the event's website for updates on the Social Arab Web: 2nd Arab Bloggers Meeting.

Morocco: Arabisk Results

Arabic blogging contest Arabisk drew to a close with the announcement of the top three winners. The first place went to Tech World, the second to group blog Nibras Chabab, and the third to UAE blogger Osama Al Zubaidi.

Kuwait: Blogging under the Spotlight

Kuwaiti blogging came under the spotlight during a workshop organised by IREX entitled The Role of Blogging in Kuwait. Global Voices’ Kuwait author Abdullatif AlOmar, who was a panelist at the event, has more.

Saudi Arabia: Someone tried to Hack into my Blog

Saudi blogger Fuad Al Farhan sends out a tweet (Ar) saying that someone tried to hack into his blog and WordPress sent him an alert for resetting his password.

Lebanon: Organizing Blogging

Hanibaael posts an article in Arabic in which the blogger gives a short account of the history of blogging in Lebanon and the current attempt to organize Lebanese bloggers into formal group called “Lebloggers”.

China: Zola's English blog

Well known citizen reporter Zhou Shuguang starts to blog in English as he wants to be more international. Here is his first post.

Sri Lanka: Best Of The Blogosphere In 2009

London, Lanka and Drums announces the best of Sri Lankan blogs in 2009.

Interview With Popular Indian Bloggers

Read Blogadda's interview with forty two popular Indian bloggers (Part 1, Part 2). Blogadda is the largest community of bloggers in India.

India: Indibloggies 2008 Winners

The winners of the Indibloggies 2008 awards have been announced. Over 150 Indian blogs were nominated across 16 varied categories and here is the statistics showing the final votes for each category. Go check out the blogs.

GV French Translator Boukary Konate featured in “Le Monde” Blog

GVO in French translator and Mali-based Bambara blogger Boukary Konate, who blogs at Fasokan, is featured [Fr] in Africascopie, a blog of the French daily Le Monde.  They call him “the unrepentant blogger”, and you can listen to a podcast of a “smashing” interview.  In an earlier entry of the “collaborative report”, he talks about new media as a great way out of the crisis and to raise awareness, “if we go to the trouble of translating them into our national languages” and can bring cheaper and more efficient internet access in African countries.


Hong Kong: Asia Blogfest09

The first Asia Blogger festival will take place in Hong Kong from 6-8 of November. Details of the program can be found here.

Arab World: Arabisk Dates Moved

The last day of voting for Arab blogging contest Arabisk has been moved to 16:00 GMT, October 5, announced organisers (Ar).

Cameroon: Dibussi Tande at the forefront of African blogging

Francis Nyamjoh writes about the Cameroonian blogger, Dibussi Tande: “Dibussi Tande established JimbiMedia in 2004 with the primary objective of using affordable blogging technology to give a solid online presence to powerful African voices – creative people, trendsetters, academics, journalists, etc.”

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