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· June, 2012

Stories about Western Europe from June, 2012

Spain: Miners on Strike Bring Struggle to the Net

Spanish miners, on strike to protest cuts to their sector, have used social media to further their cause. Take a look at how some of the workers are taking their...

Greece: Flash Opera in Metro Station

To honor European Music Day on June 21, the Greek National Opera organized a small flash concert in Syntagma metro station in Athens, in front of hundreds of surprised passengers,...

Greece: Immigrant Knifed on Election Night

Violence against immigrants has been steadily mounting in Athens since last year's spate of attacks, especially before the recent elections which saw the extreme right Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn) party gaining...

Spain: No to Eurovegas in Barcelona Gathers Momentum Online

The possible arrival of the Eurovegas mega project to the Llobregat delta in Barcelona has provoked outrage in social networks. City dwellers, social groups and the Church show their disapproval...

Sharing Photos of the Afghanistan You Never See

Most media covering developments in Afghanistan carry terrifying images. Through their lens, Afghanistan is presented as a country drowning in the waves of violence and militancy. A number of photographers...

Greece: New Prime Minister Makes First Official Facebook Comment

Newly elected Antonis Samaras posts his first message [el] as Greek Prime Minister on his official Facebook page, asking for Greek people to “show patriotism and unbreakable national unity and...

Ukraine: Marko Dević's “Ghost Goal”

On Facebook, in the past two hours, over 4,800 users have ‘shared’ and over 2,900 have ‘liked’ the screenshot of the “ghost goal” by Ukraine's Marko Dević in today's Euro...

Ukraine: President Yanukovych's European Assets

On OpenDemocracy.com, Ukrainian journalist Serhij Leschenko writes about President Viktor Yanukovych's “luxury residence and the money trail that leads to London”: “Having completely rejected such European values as human rights...

Angola: Rhythms of Resistance, Past and Present

While international human rights organizations and bloggers are calling attention to the escalation of violence and repression against Angolan activists and musicians in the run up to this year's elections,...

Spain: 15M Presents Legal Complaint Against Bankia

The 15M has presented a legal complaint before the National Audience against commercial fraud committed by Bankia executives. Social media have played a key role in the campaign.

Afghanistan's First Computer-Animated Movie

Leaving the three decades of war and destruction behind, Afghans make use of modern technology and media to rebuild the country and raise new generations with a brighter vision for...

Portugal: Cartoon Satirizes Merkel's Influence on Upcoming Greek Elections

A cartoon of German Chancellor Angela Merkel as the Uncle Sam of Europe, with her finger pointed saying “I respect your right to vote, as long as you vote right”,...

Colombia: Conflicting Reactions Following Release of French Journalist Roméo Langlois

The French journalist Roméo Langlois was released on May 30, after having been held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) for a month. The journalist's statements after his...

Germany: Anti-ACTA Rally in Berlin – Signal to Politicians, Reminder to Citizens

"Don’t forget to be against ACTA" – with these half-humorous words organisers of the anti-ACTA protest closed the demonstration that took place on June 9 in Berlin. Kasia Odrozek reports.

Poland: Obama's “Polish Death Camp” Gaffe Causes Controversy

In the last days of May, a storm of controversy struck the Polish public opinion when the US President Barack Obama used the expression "a Polish death camp" rather than...

France: Interview with Pirate Party candidates

Framablog posts a long interview [fr] with 3 candidates from the Pirate Party for the upcoming French parliamentary elections of June 10/17. They explain their ideas about Internet freedom and a new way of doing...

Greece: Inspiration Behind the Shocking ‘Modern Maenad’ Photo

A photo showing a young naked woman, a modern Maenad (a mythological female follower of Dionysus) bleeding from her navel and holding in her hands like a newborn baby, the...

Spain: Crowdfunding Against the Impunity of the Banks

In view of the indifference of the government and the district attorney’s office to investigate the management of Bankia by it's ex chairman, Rodrigo Rato, people in Spain raised money...

Spain: “Occupying” the Banks on the Street and the Net

The bailout of Bankia could cost 23,000 million euros but the governing politicians and the managers of Bankia do not seem interested in holding those responsible accountable. In the face...

Greece: Community Project for “Authentic Natural Food”

“Hippocrates believed food was the human's medicine. Today, food is the reason that people need medicine”. That's what Radiki (‘Chicory’ in Greek) states, a small community project in Raches village [el] in...

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