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· July, 2012

Stories about Western Europe from July, 2012

31 July 2012

Spain: Fighting Catalonia's Wild Fires

The terrifying fires that continue to devastate the Catalan comarca of Alt Empordà have given way to the citizens' initiative #1Català1Arbre, launched on Twitter by Oriol Puig. The goal is...

Wales: Imagining the Welsh Language Web

For the 600,000 speakers of Welsh the Internet represents a galaxy of new opportunities to use and see their language. But what exactly is 'y we Gymraeg' - the 'Welsh...

29 July 2012

World: Nerd Olympics

27 July 2012

South/North Korean Flag Mix Up – Biggest Blunder in Olympic History?

"It is hard to host the event perfectly without making any single mistake. But this case of displaying the South Korean flag in a North Korean game...It is more than...

Greece: Photo ‘Road Trip’ Around Europe Debt Crisis

26 July 2012

Mali: Athletes Go to London Olympics With Heads Held High

"We will definitely be in London and our goal is to prove to the whole world that in spite of our struggles, our country is still standing." - Malian National...

London Olympics: Ambush Marketers Be Warned!

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) has taken stringent measures to try to ensure no ‘ambush marketing’ tactics are used during the London 2012 Olympics. A common...

UK: Taiwan Flag Disappears from London Olympics Street Display

Taiwanese are wondering where their country's national flag went, after it disappeared from a display on Regent Street in London. All other national flags are still hanging to welcome representatives...

24 July 2012

Gender Verification Policy Introduced at London 2012 Olympics

"There is no tidy definition of gender. We tend to think of it in binary terms – male or female – but gender exists on a spectrum." - A blogger...

23 July 2012

Spain: King's Controversial Son-in-law Gets Salary in Millions

Amid austerity cuts, the Duke of Palma and son-in-law of the King of Spain Iñaki Urdangarín's new salary has caused a scandal in the country. Urdangarín will receive a 1.5...

Portugal: Tugaleaks Bank Account Deemed as Terrorist and Closed

Brazil/Portugal: Homophobia and the “Apparent Invisibility” of LGBT

Spain: Street Protests are Unstoppable

Since the miners arrived in Madrid on strike against the 63% cuts to their sector, demonstrations haven't stopped in Spain. We share images of the protests in Madrid, the capital...

21 July 2012

Greece: Fake Dyslexia Certificates for Children

Wales: The State of Welsh Language Blogging

In the 1990s, William Owen Roberts, a Welsh author and playwright, remarked that writing in Welsh is akin to "writing on the edge of catastrophe". If that is the case,...

20 July 2012

Yemen: Yemen Through Our Lenses Exhibition

Yemeni journalist and blogger Afrah Nasser is using social media to raise funds to stage a photography exhibition in Stockholm, Sweden. Find out how you can help Afrah achieve her...

Pre-Olympics 2012: What’s Buzzing

With the 2012 London Olympics drawing closer, activities relating to the Games are heightening every day. From countries participating in the Games to their athletes preparing to score their best,...

17 July 2012

Spain: Controversy After Supreme Court Nullifies Catalan Immersion

The debate over language in Catalonia has heavily occupied the blogosphere, ever since Spain's Supreme Court nullified linguistic immersion for children between three and six-years-old. Linguistic immersion used to guarantee...

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