Daily Archives: April 30, 2010

Global Voices puts on a new face

Thanks to our friends at Global Voices, folks around the world read Barbados Free Press articles in Chinese, French, Spanish and a host of other major and minor languages including Hindi, Swahili and Italian.

Which is kind of special considering we’re a tiny little blog out of a small Caribbean island. I mean, who in Italy would be interested in what Barbados Free Press has to say? The answer is… apparently enough people are interested that Global Voices translated some of our articles into Italian!

That’s why you’ll find many articles on Barbados Free Press that deal with Bajan perspectives on a variety of international topics. It gives Barbados Free Press a far larger voice and an international readership than we would otherwise enjoy.

Big News at Global Voices

Today we’re letting our readers know that Global Voices, GV – unveiled a whole new design and look.  Although in typical modesty GV is understating the development, we’ve found their website to be more attractive, quicker and most important: GV has made it much easier to jump from topic to topic and country to country when you browse their content.

Global Voices connects people across the planet by letting each one of us talk to the world about local topics that might or might not make the international news media. If you’re not familiar with Global Voices, you should give them a try. If you’ve been there before you’re certain to be impressed with the changes.

Here’s some of what Global Voices says about their new look…

Now truly multilingual

Global Voices is one of the most multilingual online communities in the world. Our Lingua project, where people from around the world volunteer to translate Global Voices content into different languages, has experienced astounding growth since it began 3 years ago. We now have over 30,000 translations posted in a slew of different languages, some of which you’ve probably never even heard of. As a developer this growth was almost difficult to believe, and presented many challenges, but when you’re in the business of spreading citizen media as far and wide as possible, growth like that is an amazing problem to have…

… from the Global Voices article Global Voices Gets Redesigned: Welcome Back!

Further Reading

Global Voices home page

Some BFP articles with a Global Voices connection…

December 18 2009: Barbados Free Press in Swahili… Really! “Plastiki na Uchafuzi wa Mazingira”

November 9, 2009: Chinese-equipped Cuban Secret Police beat Award Winning Global Voices bloggers

August 28, 2008: Harvard Law School’s Global Voices Translates I’Akobi Tacuma Maloney Articles For Major Worldwide Audience


Filed under Barbados, Blogging, Freedom Of Information, Freedom Of The Press, News Media

Americans angry about Obama’s health care plan… Really?

An old friend sent this to BFP and while we might dispute a word or a fact here or there, we agree 100% with the main thrust…


We had eight years of Bush and Cheney, but now you get mad!

You didnt get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a President.

You didn’t get mad when Cheney allowed Energy company officials to dictate energy policy.

You didn’t get mad when a covert CIA operative got ousted.

You didn’t get mad when the Patriot Act got passed..

You didn’t get mad when we illegally invaded a country that posed no threat to us.

You didn’t get mad when we spent over 600 billion (and counting) on said illegal war.

You didn’t get mad when over 10 billion dollars just disappeared in Iraq.

You didn’t get mad when you found out we were torturing people.

You didn’t get mad when the government was illegally wiretapping Americans.

You didn’t get mad when we didn’t catch Bin Laden.

You didn’t get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed.

You didn’t get mad when we let a major US city drown.

You didn’t get mad when we gave a 900 billion tax break to the rich.

You didn’t get mad when, using reconciliation; a trillion dollars of our tax dollars were redirected to insurance companies for Medicare Advantage which cost over 20 percent more for basically the same services that Medicare provides.

You didn’t get mad when the deficit hit the trillion dollar mark, and our debt hit the thirteen trillion dollar mark..

You finally got mad when the government decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick.

Yes, illegal wars, lies, corruption, torture, stealing your tax dollars to make the Republicans richer, are all okay with you, but helping other Americans… oh hell no.

AND NOW YOU’RE MAD?!         LOL!!


Filed under Barbados, Health, Human Rights, Politics