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· October, 2006

Stories about Western Europe from October, 2006

IGF in Athens: searching globally for the Internet's common ground

The first meeting of the Internet Governance Forum – IGF, which aims to be a a place for a “multi-stakeholder policy dialogue”, starts tomorrow, going from 30 October to 2...

Jamaica, UK: Bob lived here

JT at the Caribbean Beat weblog notes the addition of a plaque honouring reggae superstar Bob Marley to London's list of blue plaques designating landmarks associated with well-known figures: “It's...

Dominica, UK: Jean Rhys

Jeremy Taylor's dislike of the new BBC dramatisation of Dominican novelist Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea leads him to consider, among other things, Rhys's struggle to reconcile “her creole and...

Greece: Blog censorship in Greece ahead of the IGF forum in Athens

Currybetdotnet reports about the administrator of a Greek RSS aggregating service (blogme.gr) who was sued, arrested and jailed for hosting a link to a blog with allegedly offending content. This...

DRC, Belgium: Anti-Kabila Demonstration

Congolese demonstrating in Brussels last weekend. Photo by Etienne Ngandu. In anticipation of the presidential runoff taking place this Sunday, October 29 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, opposing Jean-Pierre...

Trinidad, UK: Between two worlds

Trinidad blogger Jeremy Taylor returns to the “quiet corner of the mudder country” (England) where he grew up: “There ought to be a name for this state of mind. (Perhaps...

Albania, Italy, Turkey: “My First Hijacking”

Our Man In Tirana links to the story of a man who was a passenger on the hijacked Tirana-Istanbul flight – over at The Chronicles of Chris: Travel Recollections, written...

France, Togo: Koffi Yamagne's 12 Years in French Public Office

Togolese-origined politician Kofi Yamgnane posts a pamphlet about his 12 years in elected public office in Finistere, France. Says the pamphlet (Fr): “All the work accomplished was done with incessant...

Trinidad & Tobago: Anti-smelter movement gains momentum

The movement protesting the establishment of an aluminium smelter in a community in south-western Trinidad gains momentum with the setting up of a protest camp in the north of the...

Trinidad & Tobago, UK: Review of “Londonistan”

Trinidad blogger Jeremy Taylor reviews the book Londonistan by British journalist Melanie Phillips: “What causes intelligent people to slither across the political spectrum from left to right (and sometimes the...

Martinique, France: Stereotypes of the French

Pondering stereotypes of the French, Martiniquan Le Blog de Moi writes (Fr): “When I arrived in the States with a group of people from all over France, … our recruiter...

Celebrating the Birth of the Guadeloupean Nation

On October 21, Convention Pour Une Guadeloupe Nouvelle commemorated a historical moment (October 21, 1801) it identifies as the birth of the Guadeloupean nation and added: “Nation without state, Guadeloupe...

Togo, Congo, France: Failed Diaspora or Simply Depression?

France-based Togolese blogger Kangni Alem reposts (Fr) an email allegedly authored by Kabiona-Kaseke, a Congolese lamenting the failures of the African diaspora. Says the email: “Diaspora, we have failed in...

The Week That Was in Bahrain

It has been yet another busy week on the Bahraini blogsophere, with some bloggers rallying behind an anti-sectarianism campaign, Just Bahraini; others just back home from a long holiday; and...

Vojaĝo tra Esperantujo / A trip through Esperanto-land

Only two months until Esperanto Day! In this, our second roundup of the Esperanto Blogosphere (missed the first?), I will lead you on a tour of some of the different...

Slovenia: Mistaken for Sweden

NHL player Anze Kopitar is Slovenian, not Swedish, writes The Glory of Carniola, correcting the media's unfortunate mistake: “Another opportunity for Slovenia to get some press, down the drain.”

China: Where my Nobels at?

When one of the best writers in the country flees, is asked not to come back and then wins a Nobel prize in literature while in exile, would it be...

France, Togo: What's the Use of African Book Fairs?

France-based Togolese writer Kangni Alem writes (Fr): ” African literature book fairs in France are, by and large, rarely satisfying. They don't always actually sell your books, they don't feed...

France, Togo: No Smoking

France-based Togolese blogger Kangni Alem writes (Fr): “France is going to progressively completely forbid tobacco smoking in public places. Thank God. To say I had no problem with public smoking...

Armenia: Genocide Bill Fallout

Blogrel outlines some of the impacts and consequences of the passage of France's law against denying the Armenian genocide. While the author is happy the bill passed, he hopes that...

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