A Spaniard asks "How?"
"Today, headlines from around the world resonate with the news that there are nearly six million Spanish citizens currently unemployed. Spaniards are in the process of losing their quality of life, along with their access to health, education and even food...
How is it possible for the country to accept that over half its population of under 25-year-olds are unemployed? How does a society sustain itself with over a million members living in households where not so much as a euro comes in by way of a monthly salary? How sick is a society when the only social group not to lose its purchasing power in recent years are the retired and when there are more than 150 home evictions per day?
Juan Luis Sánchez gives some answers in this article for Eurozine.
My book, "The Re-Made Parent," to be published via a Barcelona agency
(Thanks to Matthew Tree and all those involved in the long struggle to get to this point, finally.)
Catalan outdoes “the majority language” in Spain's Wikipedia entries
Groups of enthusiasts in Catalunya have ensured something truly remarkable.
“A study by Mark Graham (@geoplace), researcher at Oxford University...shows that 35,000 [*Wikipedia] articles have been created in Spanish territory with coordinates in Catalan, [compared to only] 19,000 in Spanish.”
In other words, there are currently more entries for the whole of Spain in Catalan than in Castillian Spanish.
Also quite impressive is the fact that the Catalan language is ranked “first place in an index compiled by the Wikimedia Foundation, which measures the quality of the thousand most important articles.”
“The Catalan version of Wikipedia...has become central to the activism around the language...Àlex Hinojo, project manager at Wikimediacat and creator of@CatalanMuseums, says:
Many people say they edit because it's fun, they can provide more information about a topic…and they are building a country. Catalan-speaking civil society always maintains a certain activism in favour of its language, just as it does with other topics.
Read more here at Global Voices.
WikiMarathon at Drassanes Reials (Barcelona), on Wikipedia's 12th anniversary. March 2013. Photo by @Kippelboy.
Note: To my mind, *Wikipedia is a sometimes unreliable source of information and can only be completely trusted when an article's sources are credible.
Barcelona resident makes “Third-culture” film
“Where is Home?” asks Aga Alegria in her new documentary about kids and adults who have grown up “living on the edge of many different cultures” or “who have a sense of belonging everywhere and nowhere, and for whom the search for "home" is often a lifelong struggle and discovery.”
In an interview at InterNations producer/director Alegria talks about the movie, which was filmed in Spain as well as Canada, Trinidad & Tobago and Germany.
The colours of corruption
...from Global Mail's detailed breakdown of the illegal activities and “culture of kickbacks” that have been going on here for some time now.
It makes for deeply disturbing reading.