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· January, 2008

Stories about Western Europe from January, 2008

Poland, Scotland: Wojtek the Polish War Hero Bear

The beatroot writes about Wojtek the Polish war hero bear.

Bosnia & Herzegovina: New Blogs by Public Figures

A few interesting blogs have emerged in the Bosnian blogosphere recently, showing the growing interest in blogging and Web 2.0 in the Balkans. Elia Varela Serra introduces the newcomers: a...

Louis Michel Heckled by Congolese Protestors at the London School of Economics

Le renouveau congolais posts a YouTube video which shows Louis Michel, European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid and formerly Belgian's foreign minister, as he was confronted by Congolese protesters...

European Court of Human Rights Condemns France on Homosexual Adoption

In Martinique, Le Blog de Moi doesn't know whether to vomit or dying laughing from some of the online commentary surrounding the European Court of Human Rights’ decision to condemn...

Albania, Italy: Adrian Paci

Living in Shkoder writes about the work of Adrian Paci, an Albania-born, Italy-based artist.

Slovenia: Janša, Janša, Janša

Adventures in Wheelville writes about “the new (and rather mysterious) art group Janša, Janša, Janša, a group of artists who'd recently changed their names to that of the Prime Minister...

Israel: Relations with the Germans and Poles

Imshin, from Israel, discusses the relationship between Israelis and Germans and Poles in this post.

UK: Disgrace

Blogrel comments on yesterday's desecration of a stone cross erected in memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide in the Welsh city of Cardiff. The blogger says that as...

UK: Genocide Memorial Vandalism Update

Blogian posts a photograph of the monument erected in the Welsh city of Cardiff that was vandalized yesterday. The desecration of the Armenian stone cross came on the eve of...

UK: Armenian Genocide Memorial Vandalized

Blogian and Unzipped report on the desecration of a monument erected to honor the victims of the 1915 Armenian Genocide in the Welsh city of Cardiff. The vandalism occurred on...

Davos: peeking in and participating through videos

The World Economic Forum´s annual meeting of political and business leaders is taking place between January 23rd and January 27th in Davos, Switzerland. This year, common people can participate in...

Lebanese Contestant in Italy's Big Brother

Beirut-born Ali Ayach, 28, is one of the nineteen contestants in the eighth edition of Grande Fratello, Italy's version of Big Brother, reports Lebanese blogger Skylark.

Serbia, UK: Fascism and the Left

Greater Surbiton writes on leftist interpretations of fascism – and of Serbian politics.

Portugal: Getting ready for critical mass bike day

This Friday, there will be a Critical Mass bike gathering in many parts of the world, showing how easy and enjoyable traveling in a sustainable way can be. Pimenta Negra...

Ukraine: A Porous Border

Ukrainian news site Korrespondent.net posted a translation of a Sunday Times story on Ukraine's porous borders and illegal migration. The English-language original has received 16 reader comments so far, the...

Slovenia: EU Presidency Update

Marko Bucik writes about Slovenia's “overshadowed” EU presidency: “Then comes Kosovo. This will be perhaps the only headline news for the Slovenian Presidency – be it good or bad news.”

Cuba, UK: Visual Expressions

Child of the Revolution‘s interest is piqued by a new London art gallery's exhibition of the work of Cuban visual artists to show how they “discuss contradictions, ambiguities and social...

Iraq: Respect Women

Hala S, an Iraqi who lives in the UK, relates an incident which made the following thought ring true: “There will be no democracy and no freedom in the Middle...

UAE: French Base Soon

The French are making their presence felt in the Gulf – after signing an agreement with the UAE to establish a military base there, reports Abu Aardvark.

Serbia, U.S.: Bobby Fischer

East Ethnia writes about the legacy of chess champion Bobby Fischer, who died today: “Maybe there will be an opportunity now to remember him for what he achieved, less so...

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