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· May, 2006

Stories about Western Europe from May, 2006

Estonia: Nordic Battle Group

Giustino of Itching for Eestimaa writes about the history of military action of Sweden, Norway, Estonia and Finland, and reports on a Nordic Battle Group's workshop that took place Tuesday.

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Estonia: “The Hole” Review

David McDuff of A Step At A Time reviews The Hole, a study on the sinking of Estonia, “a giant passenger and car ferry in the Baltic Sea in September...

Africa: Fortress Europe

Nigeria, Whats New comments on the price of a passage to fortress Europe…US $900 to get into fortress Europe in a tiny boat via Fuerteventura in Spain

East Timor reported by the Lusophone Blogosphere

Seven years after the end of Indonesian rule -- becoming the newest world nation in May 2002 -- and having gone through what was viewed as a successful nation building...

Global Food Blog Report

#1: Viaggi & Sapori, an Italian living in Sweden, goes home in Venice for the weekend. She was invited  to a wedding of a friend: Matrimonio al profumo di muggheto....

DRC: Coup Attempts and More Questions on the Upcoming Elections

Free and Fair Elections? Joseph Kabila, the founder of the PPRD (the People's Party for Reconstruction and Democracy), has overseen an interim administration established by the 2002 peace agreement. The...

Martinique: French Black Presidential Candidate Stephane Pocrain

Le Blog de [Moi] on Stephane Pocrain's candidacy for the 2007 French Presidential Election (Fr): “Yet another candidacy from the left. Ex- Green Party spokesperson and founding member of the...

Senegal: Immigration as colonization

“No Sarkozy! Immigration does not come from a vacuum,” says (Fr) Semett in a post on French interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy's immigration policies. “With centuries of merciless exploitation of subsaharan...

Russia: Relations with Sweden

Vilhelm Konnander writes about a diplomatic dispute between Russia and Sweden, and the past and the future of the relationship between the two countries.

China: Relations with Germans

A lengthy and thorough post from China Matters‘ China Hand looks at cooling Sino-German relations and the global role the two countries now play, set against German Chancellor Angela Merkel's...

Edible Blog Report

#1: A food blogger's reunion in Pistoia, Italy: Kishko and Lucullian Delights tell the story in their blogs. The photos are stunning. It makes me want to go there! Then...

Haitian Diaspora: Franco-Haitian Solidarity Meeting

CollectifHaitideProvence announces (Fr) they received an invitation by Collectif Haitien de France [Haitian Collective of France] to participate in a series of meetings taking place June 3 and 4. The...

Haiti: New Blog CollectifHaitideProvence

CollectifHaitideProvence [Haitian Collective of Provence, France] is the name of a new French and Creole language blog launched by a Haitian organization of the same name made up of nine...

Camoes Literature Prize goes to Angolan writer Luandino Vieira

Luandino Vieira, from Angola, has been chosen for the 2006 Edition of Camões Prize

France: Disposable immigrants

Sotho comments on immigration chaos in the US and reports that France faces similar chaos with the enacting of a new law “Use them, abuse them, but at election time...

Francophone Africa: Bloggers On Colonialism's Enduring Influence

In recent weeks, several Francophone African bloggers have grappled with their countries’ colonial legacies and the power history has to shape the present and the future. For them, independence is...

China: To hell with the Vatican

Simon at Simon World looks at the Chinese government's decision this week to spurn the Vatican and appoint their own Bishops: “Naturally, this debate boils right down to control over...

Trinidad and Tobago: Blue devils in Dortmund

Stacy-Marie Ishmael of the Trinidad and Tobago World Cup Team Blog posts two photos of the winged rhino sculpture, decorated by Trinidadian artist Che Lovelace, that represents T&T in Dortmund,...

DRC: Demonstration for Congolese in Belgium

Renouveau Congolais announces (Fr) that Debout Pour Le Congo [Stand Up for Congo] is organizing a demonstration today in Liege, Belgium against the “regular explusion [of Congolese] in collaboration with...

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