One place in the blogosphere which I find regularly yields blogs and specific posts of interest to me and which I don’t seem to pick up elsewhere is Global Voices, which “seeks to amplify, curate and aggregate the global conversation online – with a focus on countries and communities outside the U.S. and Western Europe”.
Today I was thrown a little off balance by the first item that came up, about a man in Cuba who has his face extensively pierced. Fortunately I read on and found a post about a blog which I would imagine is a rare exception, in that it is the blog of a minister in the Government of the Republic of Indonesia.
And the minister, Juwono Sudarsono, is no minor player, but the Minister of Defence in a very populous and strategically influential nation. Minister Sudarsono has a Masters degree from UC Berkeley and a PhD from the London School of Economics, and has held a rack of high offices in government in successive administrations.
I found his post from earlier this week, Diplomacy and Military Balance, more considered and more thought-provoking than a lot of the mainstream media comment.
What I also found interesting and highly admirable was that, in a country quite new to democracy and in a period when some bloggers turn off the commenting facility, this minister has chosen to leave comments open.