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· August, 2013

Stories about Western Europe from August, 2013

29 August 2013

“Me & My Shadow”: Protecting Data on the Net

The Internet, mobile phones, and other such achievements of progress have become essential aspects of human existence, and have simplified communication between people and integrated them into a new space.

‘The Worst Tours’ Unveils Darker Side of Portugal's Top Travel Destination

An alternative tours agency takes visitors through "the other side" of the city of Porto to show them what life is really like under austerity .

24 August 2013

Three Youths Harassed After Speaking Catalan at Music Festival in Spain

Two cases of Catalanophobia, this time reported at Valencia's Arenal Sound festival, once again caused a stir on the Internet.

20 August 2013

Spanish Government's Complaint Box Causes Boomerang Effect

Why has the Spanish government's "complaint box" caused such controversy? Elena Arrontes explains.

10 August 2013

‘Rewire': How to Be a Better Media Consumer

Commentary from around the French-speaking Web on serendipity and cosmopolitanism, two key concepts found in the book 'Rewire' by Global Voices co-founder Ethan Zuckerman.

Morocco: “Daniel Gate” Sparks Unprecedented National Outrage

Spanish pedophile Daniel Galván was pardoned by the King of Morocco. Street protests led the king to revoke the pardon. Many say it is too little, too late.

8 August 2013

Experimental Artists Pay Homage to Mary Magdelene with Puerto Rican Flair

Artists Tanya Torres and Raquel Z Rivera host a dazzling artistic-musical "promise celebration" in honor of Saint Mary Magdalene in New York.

6 August 2013

Do FEMEN's Topless Protests Advance Women's Rights or Jeopardize Them?

When a man sets himself on fire in protest, no one accuses him of harming the movement he self-immolated for. Why does FEMEN face those accusations?

Spain: Catalan Water Polo Player Quits Twitter After Harassment

Roser Tarragó had displayed the Catalan separatist flag and a picture wearing the Catalan team suit instead of the Spanish one on her account.

Tchip: The “Shaking My Head” Meme from Africa

1 August 2013

Senegalese Literacy Contest Winner Turns Down French Visa in Protest

Bousso Dramé describes the ill treatment she received when obtaining a French visa in a widely circulated open letter.

DREAM Helps Reduce AIDS Cases in Africa

An interview with Paola Germano, leader of Comunità di Sant'Egidio's DREAM programme in Africa. She explains why research has confirmed a reduction in AIDS cases in sub-saharan Africa.

Italian Appeals Court Upholds Guilty Verdict in Historic Eternit Asbestos Case

An appeals court in Turin, Italy has affirmed Swiss billionaire Stephan Schmidheiny, former owner of cement manufacturer Swiss Eternit Group, is responsible for nearly 3,000 asbestos-related deaths.

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