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· October, 2013

Stories about Western Europe from October, 2013

Meetup with Global Voices!

Throughout the months of November and December, we are organizing six global in-person 'meetups' led and facilitated by Global Voices members.

Ballett Dortmund's Red Dream Ballet Censored in Hong Kong

Scenes and images related to the Cultural Revolution were removed abruptly before and after Ballett Dortmund's Red Dream opening performance in Hong Kong.

From Fiji to Italy, Global Eco-Tourism Communities Blossom

TribeWanted has developed a model for self-sustainable eco-retreats that are co-funded by members and operated together with locals at a growing number of worldwide locations.

Spain's Association of Victims of Terrorism Publicly Chastizes Amnesty International

The vast majority of Internet users defended the work of Amnesty International, the international human rights organization.

15-Year-Old Roma Girl's Deportation Shakes Up France's Immigration Debate

In the Leonarda deportation scandal, everything is controversial: the way in which the police acted, the media management of the scandal and the peculiarity of the family.

On the Kingdoms of Spain

Overnight, Catalan politics changed. Hundreds of towns in the Catalan countryside preemptively declared independence. Catalonia's Parliament passed a declaration of sovereignty. But nothing changed in Spain.

Council of Europe Condemns Deterioration of Human Rights in Spain

The Council of Europe denounces the serious situation of human rights in Spain, largely as a result of social spending cuts, and disproportionate police violence.

Portugal Says “Thank You Troika”, Really?

After Lampedusa Shipwreck, Italy Considers Decriminalizing Illegal Immigration

The tragedy, in which 350 or so African migrants were killed, has renewed debate about illegal immigration in Italy, which is a destination for many African migrants.

Catalan Man Sentenced to Prison after Refusing to Speak Spanish

Carles Mateu, who refused to speak in Spanish to officers during a routine traffic stop in Valencia, was sentenced to six months in prison and had his driver's license revoked.

Future Places: Digital Media Tools for Citizenship

Walk in a Homeless Person's Shoes via Twitter

363 Coffins Close, Reopening the Debate on Illegal Immigration in Europe

The shipwreck of a boat full of immigrants off the coast of Lampedusa, which caused more than 360 deaths, reopens the debate in Europe on illegal immigration.

Gift from French Investing Group Bolloré to Ivorian University Stirs Controversy

Elderly Care in Portugal Highlighted on Blog Action Day

On Blog Action Day, Thousands of Blogs on Human Rights

Bloggers around the world, including Global Voices contributors, are highlighting this year's #BAD13 topic: human rights.

Portugal: A Digital Narrative Around Food, Crisis and Territory

Léonarda, 15, Arrested During a School Trip and Deported

Marking The 30th Anniversary Of The Beurs’ March For Equality

“My Body is My Weapon!”, Femen in Spain to Claim the Right to Abortion

"Of course we will go further and of course we will continue protesting," said Lara Alcázar, leader of the Femen movement in Spain.

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