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· August, 2009

Stories about Western Europe from August, 2009

Arab World: Young People Gather to Learn Social Media Tools

Young people from eight Arab countries and Sweden met last May to learn certain leadership and organizational skills, and how to use the tools of social media to advance social...

Spain, USA : Artists (Dis)cover the Veil

Two recent events highlighting how artists look at the hijab issue inspired bloggers. Swiss motsd'images enthuses (Fr) about a beautiful outdoor photo exhibition of African women in Seville, Spain; and...

Africa/UK: South African blogger on Ramadan in the UK

Ramadan in the UK is a bit… different, writes Muhammad Karim, a South African blogger in the UK: “In the UK, specifically here in Epsom, there’s a community as well,...

Africa: BarCampAfrica UK 2009

An announcement for BarCampAfrica UK 2009: “So a tweet , a retweet ,a couple of emails back and forth and an organizers meeting later we are on course for an...

Netherlands: Too young to sail the world alone at 13?

Laura Dekker from the Netherlands is 13 years-old and wants to sail around the world alone to break a world record, but the Dutch Child Welfare Council have taken legal...

Maghreb: Ramadan Good Wishes and More

The Maghreb blogosphere has been blooming with an outpouring of congratulations, welcoming the holy Muslim month of Ramadan. And amongst the usual greetings and formal congratulations, controversial thoughts, often at...

Greece: Wildfires encroaching on Athens

Forest fires are blazing still closer to Athens, the capital of Greece, threatening to consume even more land and property. Meanwhile, citizens are tracking developments via the web and Twitter.

World: Reactions to the Release of the “Lockerbie bomber”

A huge debate is brewing in both the mainstream media and the blogosphere regarding the release of the only man ever convicted over the bombing of Pam Am flight 103,...

East Timor: Celebrating Global Solidarity for Freedom

Ten years after the referendum, global voices are again spreading the word for East Timor, but this time celebrating the strong international solidarity that back then culminated in the country's...

Hungary: 20 Years Since the Pan-European Picnic

Hungarian Spectrum writes about the 20th anniversary of the Pan-European Picnic, which was “held on a field in the middle of nowhere on the Austro-Hungarian border on August 19, 1989″:...

Cuba: Blogging Event in Spain

Even though probably no bloggers from Cuba will be attending the event, David Chapet of BloggersCuba [es] still thinks it is important to follow the event Blogueando a Cuba [es],which...

The Balkans: “Greek Journalist Sued for Writings on Bosnia”

A Fistful of Euros and Greater Surbiton report on the case of Greek journalist Takis Michas: “A few years back, Michas wrote a book about the links between Greece and...

Greece: Armenian singer passes away

Unknown to most Armenians, but loved by many Kurds for his songs sung in the Kurmanji dialect of Kurdish, Aram Tigran has passed away in Athens, Greece. Born in 1934...

Japan: Reactions to the Japanese tourist rip-off in Italy

Japanese tourists in Rome are said to have diminished in the last period. Not only the economic crisis but also the bad service that Italian restaurants and hotels provide to...

United Kingdom: Asylum seekers telling their stories

More and more refugee organizations are using online social media and asylum seekers' own words in their advocacy work and outreach to donors.

Celebrating National Days in Singapore and Switzerland

The Temasek Review has an article comparing the National Day celebrations in Singapore and Switzerland.

Poland, UK: “Polish Action”

Sylwia Presley posts a review of a “new portal, Polish Action, dedicated to promotion of a positive image of Poles abroad.”

UK, EU: Ignorance and Voting Preferences

Wu Wei recounts a conversation about the EU that she had with a young British mover during preparations for a move to Lithuania.

Kuwait: Jailed Brit Documentary

Writing at Chillnite Kuwait, DA posts a documentary featuring the story of a British man jailed in Kuwait under drug charges.

In France, Sudan, Burqas and Trousers Cause Controversy

The world is once more talking about what women wear, or rather, should not wear. A planned ban against burqas in France? A trial against a woman journalist in trousers...

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