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· August, 2010

Stories about Western Europe from August, 2010

Western Europe: A journey through tech for transparency projects

Sylwia Presley takes us on a tour of technology for transparency projects in Western Europe.

Latin America: Blogging at Los Superdemokraticos

Coinciding with several Bicentennial Independence celebrations in Latin America, from June to October 2010 German and Latin American bloggers [es] will be writing for Los Superdemokraticos about their “daily lifes...

Northern Cyprus: Rihanna's Concert

Greater Surbiton writes about the controversy surrounding Rihanna's upcoming concert in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

Ghana: Is Mario Balotelli Italian or Ghanaian?

Is Mario Balotelli Ghanaian or Italian? That's the question that has created a heated debate online. Mario Barwuah Balotelli is a football striker playing for Manchester City and Italian national...

France: An Imaginary Dialogue between Sarkozy and Berlusconi

The Bienvenue chez les Rroms blog (“rroms” is the spelling of Roma in Romani language) imagines [Fr] a satirical conversation in which French President Nicolas Sarkozy seeks comfort and advice...

Syria: A Muslim should be like a jar of honey

Syrian blogger Maysaloon reflects on a conversation that took place following the Tarawih prayers, after meeting Sheikh Abu Salem in a mosque in London.

Global: The International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

August 23rd is The International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. A series of events are organized around the world by various organisations to help...

Cape Verde: Debates on Youth and Politics Happening in Portugal

There is a group of Cape Verdean citizens who occasionally organize meetings in Lisbon to discuss the relations between youth and politics, as Suzano Costa explains in a video [pt] republished...

France: Discrimination Against Roma People, Labeled as “Thieves”

While the expulsions of Roma people are in full throttle with the silent approbation of the majority of the public opinion, some doubts start to creep in about the fairness...

France: Learn More about the Itinerant Community

Around the hot topic of the “gens du voyage” in France – the itinerant community – Léa Charles from suite101.fr, gives a few definitions to sport out any confusion; Les actualités...

Portugal: Online Conversation on Poliamory

PolyPortugal blog [pt] is an online community that discusses poliamory in Portugal and supports sexual diversity in general.

Morocco: When Sarkozy “Proposes” a French Version of Ramadan

When Ahmed wrote his satirical blog post about a completely fictional announcement by president Nicolas Sarkozy intending to impose a French version of Islam on French Muslims, he never imagined...

France: Racism and Politics

Following a speech from French president Sarkozy that France ought to consider stripping delinquents of their citizenship and the planned expulsion of groups of Roma people back to Rumania and...

Bangladesh made boat reaches France

Bangladesh Watchdog informs that an ‘unsinkable eco-friendly’ boat made of jute fibre has reached the coast of La Ciotat, South of France after an eight month long journey from Bangladesh....

France: Expulsions of Roma people from Camp Sites Stir Feelings of Shame

As Roma people are expelled from campsites by security forces under the supervision of the French Ministry of Internal Affairs, Club de l'Europe blog [Fr] links to a video entitled “How...

Serbia: Banking Group Turns Well-Intentioned Suggestion Into PR Disaster

The lack of understanding that major corporations still have for what's being said online may not come as a shock. Intesa SanPaolo, Italy's largest banking group, however, has recently demonstrated...

Portugal: Blogging Against Military Action

Blog Anti-Nato Portugal [pt, es] denounces that the United States has denied making available, in the aid effort to Pakistan, the 19 helicopters destined to the war in Afghanistan. Bloggers...

Global: Ramadan Memes

Every year, web-savvy Muslims around the world share images with each other to celebrate Ramadan. While most images of the sort are solemn, there is often plenty of humor to...

Europe: Stranger Festival Film Submissions

The Stranger Film Festival is looking for creative short documentaries by youth (younger than 30) from European and neighboring countries in a variety of topics regarding European narratives. Submission deadline...

China: Visa tales

With all the economic growth in China over the past few decades and a growing number of global travelers to match, have visa requirements for Chinese citizens been adapting in...

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