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How young people around the world experience AI, in their own words
“AI is more present in our daily lives than we think, and that policymakers should’ve acted to regulate the industry from very early on.”
Transgender girl from Russia commits suicide in a refugee camp
This terrible case exposes the problem of access to psychological and medical care in refugee camps. Representatives of the LGBTQ+ community are at high risk when it comes to suicide.
Science for Ukraine? Some research residencies are failing to support researchers at risk
'If Ukrainian researchers are invited to a pre-planned program, albeit a short-term one, it makes sense. If the program [has been] cook[ed] up out of the blue, then no.'
Can Angela Merkel's receipt of the Houphouët-Boigny UNESCO prize contribute to the reconciliation process in Côte d’Ivoire?
The former German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to Côte d'Ivoire in connection with the Félix Houphouët-Boigny/UNESCO prize is a message of humaniarianism towards the duty of support for refugees.
Can China act as a peace broker in the Russian-Ukraine war?
China is attempting to rebuild ties with the EU and is blaming the US for taking advantage of the Russia-Ukraine War ahead of a meeting between Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin.
Sweden and Turkey relations sour after far-right politician burns the Koran
Following the torching of a Koran, a series of protests were held outside the Swedish Consulate General in Istanbul where participants burned the Swedish flag and chanted slogans against Sweden.
2022 was a bittersweet year for European comics
European comics creators and fans experienced some particular wins and losses during 2022. Some of them are presented in this non extensive listicle.
Liked Shakira's new hit? Listen to these other empowering songs from the same DJ
Bizarrap and these artists are helping shape pop culture for a safer and empowering space for all women and LGBTQ+ people.
France's institutional fear of multilingualism: An interview with language activist Michel Feltin-Palas
France has always been a multilingual country, but central state institutions are reluctant to embrace this historical and cultural heritage, explains French journalist and language diversity activist Michel Feltin-Palas.
European Parliament’s Report on Pegasus spyware indicates involvement of North Macedonia companies
Pegasus and Predator spyware can allegedly extract all communications records from mobile devices. A European Parliament report and journalist investigations suspect wide illegal use in and outside of the European Union.
The Dutch state apologises for slavery, and the Caribbean wonders: Will reparations follow?
The Caribbean’s response to the Dutch apology was mixed — positive in some respects, guarded or even dismissive in others.
‘The Balkans are Europe's Latin America in many beautiful ways,’ says Albanian writer
Cultural mediators between the Balkans and the Hispanic worlds are scarce. Elvi Sidheri is one of them. As an Albanian author and translator, he has traveled across countries and literary fields.
Documentary about the 1920s Volga famine is prohibited in Russia but broadcasted on YouTube
A Russian documentary covering the 1921–1923 famine in the Volga region is banned by the Russian government for unclear reasons, but made available online on YouTube.
What is Hong Kong role in Russia's sanction evasion?
The latest reports out of Hong Kong indicate that Russian-affiliated corporations in Hong Kong had evaded western sanctions by exporting chips and even military drones to Russia.
The Venezuelan diaspora in London seeks ways to save lives in Venezuela
"It is as if the heaviness of migratory grief for so many losses and even regrets has been transformed into a source of honor and an impetus of solidarity and brotherhood."
Does Messi speak Spanish or ‘Argentine’?
Focusing on a "stammering" Lionel Messi returns Americans to the colonial status of children.
With the US intervention, Kosovo and Serbia resolve the car license plate dispute
Kosovo and Serbia find the common language on the car license plate issue, as the US intervened in the EU-mediated negotiations, welcome news against a backdrop of warmongering disinformation
Car license plates bring fresh tensions between Kosovo and Serbia as EU mediation fails
Kosovo wants the Serb minority to abandon their Serbian-issued car license plates, at a time when Serbia does not recognize Kosovo's independence.
Uyghur performers of electronic music spread awareness about Uyghur identity in Europe
A duo of Uyghur electronic music performers, known as NONE SOUNDS, now live in exile in Europe and are gaining visibility as global artists, revisiting the rich Uyghur music tradition.
The European Union welcomed Ukrainian refugees on an unprecedented scale. What's next?
Costs of war are high for Ukraine but the majority of Ukrainian refugees still want to return. The EU needs to consider, what is going to happen to those that don’t.
Remembering Moshe Ha Elion, Sephardic Jewish author and Holocaust survivor from Thessaloniki
Moshe Ha Elion was born in 1925 in Thessaloniki; he survived the Holocaust, and is well known for his Ladino publications and songs commemorating the plight of victims of Nazi death camps.