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More on Sahara coverage

Last week I mentioned that Yazan Badran, Renata Avila, and I will be covering Western Sahara for Global Voices.  I may have briefly explained that I attended the GV Summit with the thought marinating in my head, and left having created a plan with those two (as well as many other interested parties).

Yazan broke the news with his post last week on a new Sahrawi television station.  The post has garnered 30 comments in just 9 days, as well as plenty of other reactions.  Dave Lucas gave GV a mention:

GV makes its first pass at the Sahrawi blogsphere, examining what Sahrawi bloggers are saying each week, in Arabic, English and Spanish.

Western Sahara Info. seems pleased with the development:

Finally, commendably, Global Voices Online have started tracking and translating Western Saharan blogs from French, Arabic, Spanish and whatever else it may be, into English. This question being what it is, furious debate immediately erupted in comments between people claiming that their opponents are agents of hostile intelligence services.

One Hump or Two? gave an honest assessment and asked that readers send in more blogs for GV to follow:

I’m a little disappointed that the first blog Global Voices chose to profile was a SADR-government one, ignoring in their inaugural post the rich Sahrawi blogosphere unaffiliated with Moroccan or Sahrawi government.

Still, it’s a start, and I’m looking forward to learning more about Western Sahara from Global Voices. The writers will look at Sahrawi blogs in all languages, so those of us who can’t read Arabic, French, Spanish, and English will get to look at more.

Today, A. Tee. Dub. wrote a lengthy and informative post about the region, mentioning GV and its coverage quite a bit:

Interestingly, the launch of the Global Voices Western Sahara blog garnered quite a bit of attention. I guess GV does play an important role in make voices heard.

That last sentence pleases me to no end! The blogger then summarizes other Western Sahara content recommended by Global Voices readers (have no fear, they’ve all been added to our aggregator and will be read on a weekly basis!)

Best of all, today, Renata’s first Western Sahara post went live. The post focuses on Spanish and poetry, two ties that bind Sahrawis to their native land.

I guess it’s my turn next…I still feel that my list of English-language Western Sahara blogs is lacking, but the French ones are decent (I will be covering both languages until someone steps up to the plate for French – perhaps Lydia is coercible). My biggest concern is that many of the English-language blogs I have listed are non-Sahrawis writing about the Sahara. I will include them only when I see fit. Still, if any readers have suggestions of blogs (or topics), you can e-mail them to me (or comment on GV itself) at jilliancyork at gmail dot com and I will throw them in the aggregator.

EDIT: It seems that today our project has gotten some negative coverage from Le magazine des blogs et du web au Maroc.  This project is not about countries and borders; it’s about amplifying voices.

I am my mother, and my father

I’m impatient.  When I want something, I want it right at that moment.  I can’t make plans.  My father is the same way; this morning, he pointed out a local barber shop, telling me he’d gotten a terrible haircut there.  I asked why he went to that particular, unknown spot, and he said “because I wanted to get my hair cut right at that moment.”

I do things like that constantly, most often involving travel (though I too have been known to cut off all my hair and the tattoo on my left ankle?  I was bored that night).  I’ve driven to New York on ten minutes’ notice.  I’ve decided, at 1:00 am, that it’s time to get moving, and undertaken a six hour drive just to get there at sunup.  I’ve decided, at an unreasonable hour, to take a random road trip to Cape Cod for the weekend.  Once, I bought a plane ticket to Munich out of frustration.  And this past Friday, I hopped in my car headed for a very familiar destination, but at a second’s notice nonetheless, canceling all of my plans.  Wanderlust gets me every time.

I sound like a braggart, but that’s not my intent, in fact, I struggle with this impulsiveness.  It’s a strange mix – In addition to being impulsive, I am also, by all accounts, tireless.  So is my mother; she’s an IT director and works harder than just about anyone I know.  Every year, she has extra vacation time left over and every year, she uses less than half of it (okay, so I’m not that tireless).  Like her, when I’m passionate about something – like all of the work I’m involved in right now, and oh how good it feels to finally be able to say that – I can’t stop.  I run on caffeine, on fumes.  I run on sheer enthusiasm sometimes.  I run and run and run and can go on that way for months until I finally burn out.

That, of course, is where the impulsiveness comes in.  So what I must do is find a way to combat my obsessive workaholism…or at least cut my coffee intake in half, sleep a little more, and stop wearing my heart on my sleeve.  Perhaps locking up my credit cards so I don’t just hop on travelocity.com and book random flights is a good idea too…

Globalization: A Silly* Post

This keffiyeh?

Made in Korea!

Also, in the name of all that is Silly, I would like to share (even though she said I shouldn’t, because you will make fun of me) that Solanasaurus and I (and others) are going to Dinosaurs Live! on August 2.  You do not know my excitement.

*I am silly because she is.

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