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· July, 2013

Stories about Western Europe from July, 2013

29 July 2013

Germany: Demonstrations Against Surveillance

#stopwatchingus was the motto of demonstrations that took place last Saturday in Germany. The participants were protesting against surveillance by the secret services and government inaction.

Free Assisted Reproduction Could Be Denied to Lesbians and Single Women in Spain

The government is accused of legislating according to their ideology and being strongly influenced by the Catholic church.

25 July 2013

Sifting Fact From Fiction on the French Speaking Web

"Some people, known for their political activism, knowingly share false information." In this post we look at fact-checking projects in Francophone online media.

23 July 2013

Two Spanish Aid Workers Freed After 21 Months in Captivity

Montserrat Serra and Blanca Thiebaut were building a hospital in Dadaab, Kenya, within the largest refugee camp in the world, when they were abducted.

17 July 2013

Poet Aimé Césaire's Battle Continues Stronger than Ever

The verdict in the Trayvon Martin case coincided with what would have been Césaire's 100th birthday. Our new author Amadou Lamine Badji from Senegal, examines the correlation.

13 July 2013

How Europe's Solution for Economic Crisis is Actually the Problem

Europe's current crisis is more than economic. Between the German government advocating a dangerous austerity policy and European authorities lacking any other suggestions, it is clear that the 2008 financial...

11 July 2013

VIDEO: Police Brutality Under the Acropolis

France Sees Shades of its Revolutionary Past in Turkey's Revolt

The recent protests in Turkey seem to have generated questions about identity in France, with the French asking themselves variations of, "Do we share the same values?"

9 July 2013

Anonymous Leaks the Accounts of Spain's Governing Party

Global hacktivist group Anonymous has leaked the 1990-2011 financial accounts of the governing Partido Popular to the Internet.

Why Can't Madagascar Settle on an Election Date?

Four years since a military takeover plunged the country into political crisis, Madagascar has pushed presidential elections back again and again. What's the hold up, and who's benefiting from the...

‘E-Christians’ Reject New US Ambassador to Spain for Being Gay

James Costos, the new US ambassador to Spain, is openly gay. E-Christians, an ultra-catholic website of Catalan origin, has criticized the US for sending Costos to Spain, and they have...

8 July 2013

Royal Abdications: Netherlands, Belgium, Will Spain be Next?

Abdications by two European kings within few months have unleashed in Spain speculations about a possible stepping down by king Juan Carlos in favour of his son Felipe. Meanwhile, Belgium...

7 July 2013

“Tweet-debate” on the Benefits and Drawbacks of Citizen Journalism

The Press Association of Madrid organized a debate on Twitter about citizen journalism in its third "Tweet-debate" of the #Tuitsyperiodigno (#Tweetsanddignifiedjournalism) cycle put forth by the association with the goal...

4 July 2013

Scholarships For Breast Enlargements in Spain?

An article written by Paloma Cervilla, in which she accuses female scholarship recipients in Spain of using their student scholarship money to pay for breast enlargements, has gotten social networkers...

“#LaSegundaYaTal,” Another Significant Contribution to Twitter by the Spanish Government

On Friday, June 28, at an appearance following a meeting at the European Council in Brussels, Spanish President Mariano Rajoy coined a new expression that was trending on Twitter within...

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