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· December, 2012

Stories about Western Europe from December, 2012

From Indigenous Protests to Online Preaching, Portuguese Language Countries in 2012

As the last day of the calendar approaches, we select a few glimpses of citizen media from the action and imagination of the Portuguese-speaking online world.

Bolivia: Nationalization and football

From Bolivia, blogger Eduardo Bowles refers to the nationalization of Spanish company Iberdrola [es]: […] amidst a severe credibility crisis and when the bumpings with Chile weren't enough for “beating...

Earthling – Sexuality in a British Somali Family

Sokari writes about Earthling, a short story by Diriye Osman: “Set in Peckkahm south London, Diriye explores sexuality and sister to sister relationships in a British Somali family where desires...

Africa's Tainted Global Media Coverage

The #Kony2012 campaign contained quite a few over-simplifications about Africa. African media itself is not immune from this sort of criticism either. Here is a summary of the gems, errors...

Central African Republic President Isolated as Rebels Close in on Capital City

 At this point, there is virtually no one left in president Bozize's cabinet. His religious advisors and his sons are the only left to help him in manage a storming...

Greece: “Gods Just Got Bored Playing Dice”

German daily Handelsblatt reportedly picked Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras as politician of the year, after yet another round of austerity measures, another bailout tranche to Greece, a warning from the European Commission of...

A Look Back at the Great Potential of the Internet

Ginisty wrote [fr] the following on his blog: We are part of the Generation X, a generation that knew the world before there was such thing as the internet. We saw the...

Guinean Journalist Mysteriously Disappears in Angola

Where is Milocas Pereira? The question echoes through social networks on the disappearance, six months ago, of the journalist and university professor in the Angolan capital city Luanda, where she...

Lobbying and Transparency: Pressuring the European Union

In the European Union, there is considerable political resistance to the culture of transparency. NGOs and bloggers stand up for citizen rights and for participatory democracy.

The Spanish Government's “Boomerang” Hashtag

On December 12, the People's Party (PP) of Madrid decided to launched an information campaign on healthcare reform, creating the hashtag #quenotelienconlasanidad [#dontletthemscrewyouonhealthcare] on Twitter. Thousands of netizens took advantage...

Catalonia: Independence from Spain to Do What?

It appears that Catalonia is now set to hold a referendum on its ties to the rest of Spain. Could an independent Catalonia lead to the break-up of the establishment...

Offshore Oil Leak Threatens Protected Lagoon in South West Gabon

NGO H2O Gabon reported that an oil leak [fr] off the shore of Gabon have polluted the Fernan Vaz Lagoon. Oil Company Perenco later confirmed the leak but it claims...

100,000 March for Rights to Marry for All in France

Hundred thousands people marched in France in support of marriage rights [fr] for all on December 16.

Chinese Youth Association of France Sues Magazine for Racial Defamation

We are flabbergasted that the (French magazine) Le Point would stigmatize in such manner a category of the French population in the article “The intriguing success of Chinese people in...

Minister Wert Sparks Humour on the Net

An article on online newspaper Núvol with the title “Send up #Wert” [ca] collects discussions, cartoons, jokes and word games inspired by statements and the education law reform proposed by...

Inappropriate Analogy for Greece-Macedonia Name Dispute

Responding to an assertion by Gerald Knaus… Athens and Skopje face a [prisoner's dilemma]: if neither side believes that a solution is possible, and acts on this, both will lose....

Plástica Magazine Shines Spotlight on Independent Spanish-Language Music

Plástica is an international journal specializing in the independent Spanish-language music scene. More than just a magazine, Plástica is a project that focuses on high quality, creative music. Its main...

A Timeline of 50 Years of Conflict in the D.R. of Congo

The ongoing conflict between M23 rebels and the Congolese army cannot be totally understood without some historical background on the genesis of these conflicts in the great lakes region. Here...

Kuku's Case Reignites Racism Debate in Portugal

The recent acquittal of a police agent who shot and killed a 14-year-old boy named Kuku in a neighborhood of the outskirts of Lisbon in 2009 reignited the debate about...

Croatia's EU Negotiation Model: A View From Turkey

At BlogActiv.com, Kader Sevinç shares highlights [en] from her interview [hr] with the Croatian daily Slobodna Dalmacija, in which she talked about Turkey’s accession to the EU and the Croatian...

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