Yes, our new ebook is ready! This title is dedicated to the Africa’s Sub-Saharan region, which remains a major focus for Global Voices: only in 2012 we produced almost 800 posts on various issues and people of that region alone. Here we gathered 13 of them covering stories and people about Senegal, Uganda, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Ghana, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Mauritania, Kenya, Angola and other countries.
Thanks to Mohamed Adel for technical support and to those who variously contributed to articles selected for this e-book: Afef Abrougui, Ahmed Jedou, Anna Gueye, Eleanor Staniforth, Endalk, James Propa, Kofi Yeboah, Lova Rakotomalala, Nwachukwu Egbunike, Richard Wanjohi, Sara Gold, Sara Moreira, and Ndesanjo Macha.
This e-book is available in two languages:
And spread the word in your glocal circles 😉
…And here it is our first ebook in Spanish too!
You can download it in the usual three formats:
Enjoy… and spread the word 😉
Thanks to a coordinating and output effort by Mohamed Adel, here is the Arabic version of our first ebook EU in Crisis!
Please note that, as Mohamed points out, most ePub readers DO NOT support Arabic: «It works well on iBooks and for Android we tried it on an app based on “FBReader”, called Android Arabic Reader, while another is the Moon+ Reader».
You can download it in three different formats:
Yes: our first ebook “EU in Crisis” is now available also in Italian!
You can download it in three different formats:
Also, stay tuned for other upcoming versions: in Arabic, Portuguese, Spanish and French (in order of readiness). Bravi! to our teams of volunteer Lingua translators.
Pssstt: fai girare la voce, spread the word to all your Italian-reading contacts 😉
Curious about the actual content of our first ebook on “EU in Crisis”? Here is an extract from the introduction and a few pictures. Please download it, pass it around and spread the word!
From the introduction:
Since December 2007, a recession has been affecting the world economy along with national political and social structures. This global recession took a particularly sharp downward turn in September 2008, particularly in the US market, where persistent high unemployment remains, along with low consumer confidence, the continuing decline in home values and increase in foreclosures and personal bankruptcies, an escalating federal debt crisis, inflation, and rising petroleum and food prices. Among others, a report released by Bloomberg in 2009 stated that US $14.5 trillion (or 33 percent) of value of global companies has been erased since the crisis began.
Midnight at Puerta del Sol. Madrid, May 19. Image source: Mikel el Prádanos
As expected, this recession spilled over to most of European countries ), reflecting the assessment that the global financial crisis presents a serious threat to international stability. Until September 2008, European policy measures were limited to a small number of countries (Greece, Spain and Italy), while the European Commission proposed a 200 Euro billion stimulus plan to be implemented at the European level by the countries. The G-20 countries met in a summit held on November 2008 in Washington to address the economic crisis. Followed by another G-20 summit held in London on April 2009. Despite various intervention measures implemented in October 2011 and February 2012, several EU countries are still unable to re-finance their government debt without the assistance of third parties.
The Global Voices first e-book is a collection of best material from the wealth of social conversation, participation and mobilization boosted by citizens going through the tough times of austerity in the Old Continent and beyond.
We hand-picked and assembled the best posts from the on-going special coverage provided by our International team of dedicated citizen-reporters. Now you can download our ebook it in three different formats:
The ebook dedicated page provides more info and is open to further discussion, resources and updates. Enjoy!
With a little delay on our timetable (my apologies for that), here is a fresh review of our new exciting project – and its first building brick! The idea is to develop this collaborative space to make available our upcoming, lovely e-books as they get ready and also create a gathering place around them, with on-going discussions, new resources/links, etc.
After a proper search of relevant posts/materials across countries, topics, languages, we will provide broader dissemination to GV huge archive as an important historical and cultural treasure thus advancing GV’s mission of fostering “voices that are not ordinarily heard in international mainstream media.” These e-publications will be DRM-free, downloadable here and/or electronically delivered, formatted for several desktop and mobile devices (PC, smartphone, tablet, kindle, e-readers, apps, etc.), and released under a Creative Commons license. In time we intend to build a unique catalog focused on citizen and social media material to be distributed in many venues –directly involving GVers in its many production stages and also attracting all netizens interested in sharing their multimedia content on our platform.
Everybody is welcome to join and get involved! Here you can subscribe to our dedicated mailing list. After an initial discussion, the first two titles of our catalog will be Europe in Crisis and African Voices of Hope and Change (possibly in several languages). Please let’s warm up or engine: more news soon!