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· October, 2009

Stories about Western Europe from October, 2009

The Balkans: Open Letter to Amnesty International

Samaha posts Ed Vulliamy's open letter to Amnesty International regarding the invitation to Professor Noam Chomsky to lecture in Northern Ireland – as well as background info on the campaign.

France: Language Lessons in the Park

Sarah Hay blogs about the French lessons she gives to a group of young Afghan asylum seekers in a park in Paris. “They’re incredibly keen that I learn the Pashto...

Czech Republic: Lisbon before court

The Reference Frame writes about the EU Lisbon Treaty being addressed by the Czech Constitutional Court to review its accordance with national legislation.

Germany and China: Berlin Twitter Wall

berlintwitterwall is a project organized by the city of Berlin to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of Berlin wall. The wall is now filled up with messages from...

Tunisia: Al Jazeera and France

From Tunisia, Farhat Al Tunisi remarks [Ar]: “The similarity between the news on Tunisia that the occupying French media and Al Jazeera broadcast has reached a point which makes you...

Armenia: Twitter counters false media report

After a news item in the local press reported that a British MP had been appointed as rapporteur on Armenia and Turkey, Unzipped says that it used Twitter to check...

Pregnancy and Prisons: Women's Health and Rights Behind Bars

It is still a struggle to ensure human rights for pregnant women worldwide, and it seems that in the process, pregnant women in prison are many times overlooked. What have...

GV Blogger Interview: Sylwia Presley

Sylwia Presley is a name which pops up regularly on Global Voices Online. Her interactions spark discussions and ignite new ideas which helps our community develop. Juan Arellano catches up...

Global: International Creole Month

October has become the month of the worldwide celebration of Creole language and the Creole blogosphere is paying attention.

Adoption: Securing the Rights of Mothers and Children

Women speak out from all sides of the issue: adoptees, natural mothers and adoptive mothers try to make sense of the legal, reproductive and human rights issues behind adoptions.

UK: Russian Film Festival

Siberian Light writes about the 3rd Russian Film Festival, which begins on Oct. 30 in London.

ICT4D: When mobile phones link with computers

In the second of three posts, we ask: How are new technologies changing the field of ICT4D? Will linking computers to portable phones benefit human development in the developing world?

United Kingdom: ‘Super injunction’ lifted on Côte d'Ivoire waste dumping report

Trafigura, the British oil trader, has finally released The Guardian newspaper from a secret injunction preventing it from reporting the so-called Minton Report, after an extraordinary week of online activity.

Israel: Exploring Hebrew's Latin Roots

BaLashon (On the Tongue) explores the Hebrew term kalgas קלגס, meaning soldier. He discovers Latin roots: “Caliga- Roman sandals, secured with nails (which made quite a bit of noise)- were...

Israel: Can Tel Aviv Become a Biking Mecca?

Can Tel Aviv join the Netherlands and China as an ideal location for cyclists? Ami Vider of Tel Aviv Tomorrow discusses its potential.

Posts in Portuguese on Blog Action Day '09

Portuguese-speaking bloggers from various countries have joined global bloggers on Blog Action Day to reach readers and raise awareness of climate change.

Greek Posts on Blog Action Day '09

This year's Blog Action Day was aimed at raising awareness about climate change. More than 150 Greek bloggers registered to participate.

What future for ICT4D?

We know the capacity of mobile phones to affect human development. But that is last year's news. Some thinkers argue that we are on the verge of another round of...

Azerbaijan: Tea

Now based in the U.K., Scary Azeri in Suburbs looks at one custom that both English and Azerbaijanis have in common — drinking tea. The blog says that enjoying the...

Germany: Photos of Berlin's Jewish Sites

LJ user marina-pavlova posts photos (RUS) of Berlin's Jewish sites – here and here.

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