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· December, 2008

Stories about Western Europe from December, 2008

From Britain to Morocco to Gaza

Reda Blog, on what connects Prince Edward's animal cruelty, the Moroccan police's crackdown on protesters, and the Gaza bombings.

Israel: Consulate Holds Twitter “Press Conference”

Twitter gains 5,000 to 10,000 new users each day. One new user is the New York Israel Consul General, which is holding the first known Twitter government "press" conference on...

World Runner Comes to Jordan

Danish Runner Jesper Olsen is running around the world crossing four continents to promote running as something all cultures have in common.The Danish Ambassador to Jordan HE.Thomas Lund-Sørensen writes about...

Is France ready for a black president?

In the age of Obama, is France ready for a Black president?

Russia, Serbia: Gazprom, NIS, and Gas Prices

Streetwise Professor posts an update on Gazprom's “vaporware” in Serbia, which includes a recent resignation of the “anti-Gazprom” Serbian economics minister, Mladan Dinkic (more on that – at Robert Amsterdam's...

Bosnia & Herzegovina: More on “Resolution 819″

More on Resolution 819, the film, at Cafe Turco – here, here, and here.

Macedonia: NATO and the Name Issue

Macedonia's foreign minister Antonio Milososki said this in Helsinki earlier this month: “Republic of Macedonia fulfilled the criteria for membership in the North-Atlantic Alliance, but it will join in when...

Former Tunisian Diplomat Sentenced To 8 Years By French Court

Khaled Ben Said, an ex-vice-consul in Strasbourg, was convicted of having ordered acts of torture and barbary upon fellow countrywoman Zulaikha Gharbi when a police superintendent in the Tunisian city...

Madagascar: France responds to alleged censorship of “47” play

Pierre Maury reports that French authorities have responded to the accusation of censorhip of “47” a historic independence play created by Jean-Luc Raharimanana and Thierry Bedard. Victoire Bidegain Di Rosa,...

Ukraine: Chernobyl Panoramas; Welsh Sheep and Radiation

Chernobyl and Eastern Europe writes about the effect of Chernobyl on sheep breeding in Wales, and posts links to panoramic photos from the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone – here and here.

Serbia: “Mother Courage”

Sinisa Boljanovic translates a selection of heartbreakingly shocking stories of giving birth in Serbia, shared by anonymous Serbian women on the Majka Hrabrost ("Mother Courage") web site.

Greece: Notes on the Riots

Notes on the Greek riots – at LimbicNutrition Weblog: “The riots have been descibed as ‘the first credit-crunch riots.’ Countries with high youth unemployment and a tradition of mass protest...

Turkey: Dario Moreno

Mavi Boncuk posts a profile of musician Dario Moreno, most noted for his career in France, he was actually a Turk with Jewish origins.

Cyprus: Banning Turkish Placenames in GPS Systems

The Cyprus government is currently attempting to ban GPS systems that use Turkish place names in the Turkish-occupied Northern Cyprus, Homeboy Media News reports: The Ministry of Education and Culture...

Taiwan: Support for Greece Student/Anarchist Movement

Em, a devoted Taiwanese female anarchist and civil media journalist expresses her support for Greece students. She remarks that Greece students are the most active and influential among global anarchists(zh).

Madagascar: French Authorities Censor Play on Historic Independence Battle

A theater performance to commemorate a historical date in the battle for independence of Madagascar, March 29, 1947 has been banned without explanation in the Southern region of Africa the...

The Difference Between Greece and Egypt

Egyptian Chronicles compares between the situation in Egypt and in Greece and writes: “I mean the Greeks are mad about one teenage while from two weeks ago in successive four...

Greece: Photos From Athens

piran café posts photos sent by a friend in Athens and writes: “This looks more like Beirut than the city that hosted the 2004 Summer Olympic Games.”

China: More on Boycotting French Goods

ESWN translated a few articles reflecting on the call for French goods boycott.

China and France: Boycott of French Goods

On December 1, an article appeared in China.com urging a nationwide boycott against French product in order to protest against the meeting between French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Dalai Lama....

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