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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


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Barbados Free Press in Swahili… Really! “Plastiki na Uchafuzi wa Mazingira”

Sometimes the world is very large, and sometimes it’s very small.

Today, it’s tiny because we’ve been getting a gazillion hits (well, ok, approaching a hundred so far) from Africa.

How did that happen?

Easy… Global Voices featured one of our articles in its Swahili edition.

That’s kind of special, don’t you think?

Now if we could only get translated into Italian. I’ve always wanted to see the Sistine Chapel.

Wait… Oh… Well wat da ya know!

“Stiamo avvelenando l’oceano con tonnellate di plastica. Secondo il NOAA [in] il Great Pacific Garbage Patch [in], l’enorme chiazza di rifiuti che gallegga a nord del Pacifico, sarebbe grande due volte il Texas. Barbados Free Press [in] propone di vietare la vendita delle bottiglie d’acqua in plastica per favorire l’uso di contenitori riutilizzabili da riempire alle fontane e agli accessi pubblici di acqua potabile. La situazione è intollerabile, basta passeggiare lungo qualunque spiaggia delle Barbados per vedere l’enorme quantità di rifiuti in plastica sparsi sulla riva.”

Yup, the world gets smaller every day.

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